Innovation Construction Adds New Windows and Siding on an Onset Cottage


This three-sided waterfront family cottage was originally built in 1932. It survived the hurricanes of 1938 and 1954, and was the family summer destination of its second-generation owner.

Having purchased the property from the family estate, our homeowners set out to update the exterior in a traditional yet durable and carefree manner. It is their hope to hand down this hidden gem to their children.

We removed all the sidings and rotted wood trim. Our homeowners selected the Eastern white cedar Maibec solid-color, two-coat, prestained shingle featuring the strongest warranties available: 50 years against wood decay, 15 years on the solid color retention, and 5 years on labor.

We replaced the exterior wood trim with Azek PVC trim boards. This cellular PVC trim is the best and most high-performance trim product on the market. Azek adhesives and concealed fasteners finished out the installation.

The window selected was the Harvey brand Majesty series double-hung wood window featuring genuine wood interiors and a maintenance-free, aluminum-clad exterior. All Majesty windows are custom-made to the sizes required. With experienced, accurate measurements, the new construction-style windows marry up seamlessly to the existing wood interior trim. These new windows feature tilt-in sash, Energy Star-rated glass, and Harvey’s proprietary, virtually invisible screens for unobstructed views.

Is my home ready for winter

Is my home ready for winter

Is My Home Ready for Winter?

Home winterizing checklist

Part Two:

By Keith Dmytryck
Winter is moving into the area, and there’s nothing to be done about the onslaught. But you do have some say about how just much it bullies its way into your home. In the first part of our checklist for winter, we offered troubleshooting for windows and trim – major problem spots for cold air and water intrusion. Here are hints about the other main weak points in your home’s winter armor. (more…)




Part One: Windows and Trim

by Keith Dmytryck

It’s getting cold outside and you want it to stay that way. Outside, that is. You know what’s coming next. It’s checklist time. Once you dive in, the list could go on to fill a binder, but first things first. Here are some potential trouble spots that can hugely impact how your home and your wallet weather the winter (more…)

Roof Repair or Roof Replacement: Which One Makes Sense?

Probably one of a homeowner’s least favorite things to hear from a contractor is “You need a new roof!”

When does it make sense to just do some repairs, and when do you have to give in and admit that it’s a necessary evil?

As it turns out, many roofers just want to replace a roof entirely and don’t want to be bothered with making repairs.  However, this might not always be the best solution for the homeowner.  Aside from getting multiple opinions, how can you tell which is the best solution for your home? (more…)


It’s that time again! . . . Tired of painting outside? . . .  let us show you all the firsts in Certainteed Monogram 46 line of clapboard style vinyl sidings!

FIRST in COLOR: Monogram vinyl siding was the first to offer unique darker shades backed by permacolor* lifetime fade protection. For virtually unlimited design possibilities

FIRST in STYLE: Monogram is the first siding product to offer direct transfer system from real cedar boards for a natural truetexture* wood grain finish.

FIRST in PERFORMANCE: Monogram is the first vinyl siding designed to perform under HIGH wind conditions through proprietary rigidform* technology. (more…)