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October 29, 2012 | Robin Kencel

Things You Don’t See Every Day

Things You Don’t See Every Day

I have sat at the kitchen desk all morning long, working through the pile that has been growing steadily, and while here I’m tracking Hurricane Sandy via the lake outside my window. We have been only 6 weeks in this home, so I have no sense of how the house reacts to inclimate weather, but am pleased to see that the seals of the leaded glass windows are tight and the heating system is working nicely. 

The latter a bit of a surprise because the looks of the mechanical room might suggest otherwise. It’s on our short list of things to focus on. Along with upgrading the mechanical room and changing out the current hinges back to the original olive knuckle style, is a host of other projects designed to restore our 1931 house to what architect Franklin P. Hammond’s intention was.  But that’s a story for another blog.  Back to unique things I’ve seen lately, reported on this dark and stormy day.

Exhibit A: Things You Don’t See Every Day– Olive Knuckle Hinges

Olive knuckle hinges are so pure in design that they have not changed in over 200 years.

I have been splitting my time between the extensive renovation of another lakeside home, this one set in New Canaan, and in my work as a realtor with Sothebys International Realty in Greenwich, CT, and have come across some things I have never seen before.

The below, greeted me at the New Canaan house renovation site one morning. “BIG MORNING!” grinned the general construction manager Joe Fossi, owner of Pelham Homes, a residential construction firm.  “Go see the master bathroom bathtub”, he encouraged me. “She’s a real beauty.” Never having heard a bathtub referred to with a personal pronoun caught my attention, but then again, Joe is a team-oriented kind of guy and no one gets left out, live or otherwise.

Exhibit B: Things You Don’t See Every Day– Red, Heart Shaped Bathtubs

Could you really relax in this thing?  

It wasn’t many days later when I was driving down I-95 and I noticed a truck, advertising its services. Nothing different in that, you’re thinking. But have you ever seen THIS service advertised?  I didn’t even know there were companies that did this. As a past consumer products marketing manager, I’m all about mission, focus, positioning, and not trying to be all things to all people. But can you really feed a family on this concept?  Seems a bit narrow to me, but then again, I’m not a prolific gum chewer.

Exhibit C: Things You Don’t See Every Day– a company that removes gum from unwanted places

Gum Busters van– off to the rescue

So at the end of tomorrow will be saying that Hurricane Sandy falls into the group of today’s topic? Guess we’ll have to wait and see but in the meantime, it sure is nice to have a day in your p.j.s and not feel guilty about it!

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