Craftsmanship Series: Dick Kalman’s Toolbox

My father had a big, heavy wooden toolbox that he used to build some of Nantucket’s finest houses of the day. Forty years ago, when he had abandoned his hand tools for more efficient power tools, I asked him if I could have it, because it was being beaten up under piles of stuff in […]

How to Make the Transition From an Elevated Porch to the Yard

Here in the Lowcountry of Charleston, South Carolina, many houses are elevated to protect them from flooding during hurricanes. Frequently the homeowner faces the problem of a living area on the first floor soaring ten feet above ground—or more–that seems detached from the yard. When the house is first built, a steep flight of narrow […]