On a recent trip to New York, between the St. Lawrence River and the foothills of the Adirondacks, I was relieved that we were not spending the entire time on a busy highway. We were able to enjoy Maine’s Lakes Region, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Vermont’s green mountains and upstate New York at the peak of fall foliage. It’s over a seven hour drive, but it’s a beautiful one and makes the long trip enjoyable. This particular trip made me appreciate living in New England.
Living in Maine in the fall means enjoying cool, crisp weather, apple picking, pumpkin carving, New England Patriots football and lots of leaf raking. Fall in Maine also means having to prepare for Old Man Winter, which isn’t just putting away your summer wardrobe and pulling out the winter boots and mittens, it’s putting on snow tires, planting fall bulbs, cutting and stacking wood if you have a wood stove or a fireplace and pulling out the shovels, snowblower and ice scrapers.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, a Maine winter can offer an abundance of recreational activities with some of the best skiing this side of the Mississippi, miles and miles of groomed snowmobile trails, ice skating and pond hockey. Being a “Mainer” means being able to adapt. Having to put up with the fact that over 13 inches of snow dropped in October on the leaves that you never got around to raking and then a 60 degree day in November after you put away all of your warmer weather clothes. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say: “That’s Maine for ya.”
Maine and it’s New England neighbors share a history that makes the region special with it being the oldest clearly defined region of the United States, which is unique among U.S. geographic regions according to Wikipedia.
Homes of New England also have a style of their own with their roots in the residential architecture of early Colonial days. The cape cod, colonial and federal-style home originated in New England.
Our customers continue to request the classic New England style home without giving up modern touches and amenities. The majority of our homes we build feature dormers, a farmer’s porch, crown moulding to reflect homes of yester year, pantries, farmer’s sink and wood flooring.
When we sold our 1850’s farmhouse this summer so that we can build new, I made it clear that the new house needed to feel old. I want the leaded glass in my front doors again, wide pumpkin pine flooring, wainscoting and a farmer’s sink. It’s what I grew up with and to me it’s what living in a Maine home is all about.