Needed: A New Family for Holcomb Rock

A new chapter for Holcomb Rock:

My children's father, Tom Berkeley, and I saved Holcomb Rock in 1983. We scraped the exterior paint, treated the clapboards with a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine before painting it, fixed the holes in the walls and the floors, added heat, added plumbing.

My children grew up there. Now at least part of the work and much of the work I had hoped to complete needs doing. The house is much too big for either of us, and is silent without the sound of play and visitors.

Our chapter at Holcomb Rock is over, and now we are looking for the next family for a house that has always had families and has out survived all but a few.

Friday, November 30, 2012


When we first bought the house, I attended some seminars on old house restoration , read everything in sight , and made the decision that anything we did needed to be reversible. So the floors aren't sanded and have varnish instead of polyurethane, the windows have original glass, and there is much original "fabric" . I did some things, like glaze an old finish , because I had young children , and needed to make sure they weren't exposed to lead.

Here s an article and energy and replacement windows.

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