Current Jonathan Cutler Homestead Owners
February 22, 2009
At a time when most 'craftsman ' seem most interested in just getting a Job done, even if it means cutting corners, Old New England Restoration is a remarkable exception. Restoration is far more than just reconstruction. It requires knowledge, special expertise and patience. Not surprisingly, as with any old house restoration, we discovered unexpected problems that had to be addressed. At every step of the process, Bill Hardiman diligently assessed the situation and presented us with options, being sensitive to both the needs of this old house and the balance in our checking account! Wherever possible, he tried to preserve original structural elements and architectural features. When preservation was not appropriate, he restored the original work if he could, resorting to replacement only when it was necessary to ensure safety and quality. His honesty, understanding and commitment to both us and the Jonathan Cutler Homestead as a living piece of history gave us great comfort and satisfaction that the job was being done right. His care in selecting appropriate materials and his application of both traditional and, where appropriate, modern construction techniques, produced stunning results. The restoration of the Jonathan Cutler Homestead was a very big job, and it was done very carefully and extremely well.
There is something very special about living in an historic building, and that opportunity carries with it certain responsibilities. People who choose to live in old houses understand that they are just passing through--the Jonathan Cutler Homestead was here long before the Declaration of Independence was written, before our Constitution was signed. It had stood proudly for more than a century before the Civil War. This grand house has stood witness to the entire history of our nation and deserves respect as part of our heritage. Sure, it has changed over time as all things do. It has had a life of its own. This dwelling has provided not only shelter, but a place for families to live and grow together...The Cutlers, the Travis family, and those families who have who succeeded them, including ours. Our responsibility and desire was to do more than just 'fix the place up'. It was very clear to us that Old New England Restoration felt the same way. Thanks to their special skill, emphasis on quality craftsmanship and painstaking attention to every detail, the Jonathan Cutler Homestead is stronger and more beautiful than ever, and will continue to be part of our heritage for generations to come, even if we are only passing through. We could not be more impressed by or more satisfied with the work of Old New England Restoration; it is not very often that one can make a statement like that today.
Great Craftsman, Great Find
Another beautiful job completed by Bill. We just had our front roof re-done and the crown molding finishing. As in many old houses things are often more complicated then expected but the job came out beautiful. We have had snow since and the new copper drip edge is doing it’s job! This is one of many projects that Bill and his capable crew have done for us. He is a master craftsman that cares deeply about the quality of his work and our house. Bill has been great about working with us to prioritize projects, create a plan and timeline and will always offer up multiple options so that we can keep to our budget realities (when we bought our 1830 home we were told the good news and the bad news were the same. Almost nothing had been done to the house over the years). And very importantly we have had a few emergency situations that he has made himself available to get us out of a bind. We will have Bill working on projects into the foreseeable future and highly recommend him and his work. We were lucky to find him!
Great to Work With!
I have worked with Bill and his crew on two occasions. Please note that I used the word "with" because that was my experience both times. Bill presumes nothing. While he offers his opinions, and gives expert suggestions, he respectfully leaves final selections to his clients (if doable). It is important to me to be heard. The final products, both times, were reflective of his "team" approach. He had the patience of a saint with me! I love the kitchen and bathroom remodel! Even though I wanted to keep with the period of my old home, I wanted the comforts offered to today’s home owners. Bill brilliantly interpreted what that may have looked like and worked like and produced what exceeded my every expectation! We are now talking about another project. Bill appreciates my loyalty to him, and I appreciate his loyalty to me. He feels more like an old friend in my home than an intrusive stranger. I have and will continue to refer him for work, especially for those residing in older homes!
Restoration and Maintenance of Antique House
We hired Old New England Restoration a few years ago to begin restoration work on structural repairs to our historic house. The qualities of a contractor important to us: in-depth knowledge of and respect for maintaining the integrity of historic houses, an understanding of our difficulties and funding constraints as we are a non-profit managed by a volunteer organization; a company we could trust; and fair pricing. Old New England Restoration are very responsive to our needs and are willing to take the time to explain in layman’s language the scope of the work. The have also represented us at our city’s Historical Commission and are presenting to our members a program on what work is needed and why. Old New England Restoration has worked diligently with us to breakdown the work in to manageable pieces. Also, when we applied and received a grant for some preservation work, they supported us with more detail and pictures that were necessary to fulfill the grant’s guidelines. We continue to work with them on restoration and preservation needs; and we are in the process of jointly putting together a 5-year plan for needed restoration as well as an on-going maintenance plan. One most important quality is how very organized and neat they are when working on our house. There is never any debris around and before they leave the site, it is left in a well-organized and clean state.
Old New England Restoration - A Superior Company
I worked with Bill Hardiman and his team over the course of many years, restoring a 1722 antique colonial. Bill's workmanship is unparalleled. But, it's also his attention to detail and credo of "do it right". Bill doesn't shortcut anything, nor does he endeavor to rush a project to completion if there are underlying issues. And let's face it, with old houses there are ALWAYS issues that may not reveal themselves until you are tearing into a project. Bill is also very good at reviewing a home and creating a long term project plan that takes into account a homeowner's finances, prioritization of work, and degree of difficulty, amongst other factors. I recommend, highly, Old New England Restoration. You won't be disappointed.