House & Barn Restorations

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Since 1981, Colonial Restorations, LLC has provided structural restoration and repair of historic timber frame buildings. A family business, Tom (UMass Class of 1973) and Brad Green (Wesleyan University Class of 2000), father and son, perform all work themselves in order to make sure that your historic timber frame project receives all the experience and commitment it requires. We want to thank everyone that contributed to the continued success of Colonial Restorations in 2015. We will be making some organizational changes for 2016. We have formed an LLC and will be known as Colonial Restorations, LLC. Brad is now the senior partner. Tom will continue working onsite at the projects and doing site visits.

In the past few years, we have worked or have done site visits as far away as Kennebunk, ME, northern Vermont, and Buffalo, NY to the north. South of our location, sites include the Hamptons on Long Island, northern New Jersey, south western Pennsylvania, and numerous sites all over CT. Of course all of Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the islands, are in our work area. We have been called to consult on houses not only with water and rot damage, but also tornadoes and even an explosion. Mother nature is always full of surprises that can affect buildings without people realizing it. If you have any questions about how the structure of your building is holding up, please Contact Us.

To know these buildings as we do is a privilege. “To know how to do something well is to enjoy it”. And every day we find this to be true. History has a way of repeating itself. In the early-mid 1980s, the savings and loan crisis caused a recession in the building trades. In many ways, the past several years have seen economic problems and challenges similar to then. Some builders tried to provide themselves an income by expanding the services that they offered. With no real timber frame experience, they often advertised sill replacement and structural work relating to post and beam buildings. Unfortunately, they often lack the practical experience and love of the antique buildings to do the job successfully. “There is an old story about a small New England town. It seems a new barber moved in and put up a sign offering three dollar haircuts. Soon after the original barber put up a sign in his window saying “We fix $3 haircuts”. I guess its fair to say that we have fixed many three dollar haircuts”.