A Complete Guide to Managing Wood Rot In Your Historic Barn

The charm and history encapsulated within the aged timbers of an old barn are irreplaceable. Wood, the backbone of these rustic structures, tells a story of times past while providing strength and character. However, wood’s natural enemy, rot, poses a significant challenge, particularly in historic barns. This degradation not only compromises the barn’s aesthetic appeal… Read more »

How to Maintain Historical Accuracy During Barn Repairs

There’s something undeniably enchanting about stepping into a historically accurate barn. It’s like being whisked back in time, surrounded by the craftsmanship and stories of a bygone era. However, the charm of these timeless structures often comes with a unique challenge: executing modern repairs without compromising their authenticity. How do we ensure that these beautiful… Read more »

The Most Common Structural Problems in Old Barns (And How to Fix Them)

Old barns, standing as silent relics of history, bring back memories of a bygone era. With their weathered timber and rustic charm, these structures evoke a sense of nostalgia and admiration. However, beneath their picturesque façade often lie a litany of structural challenges. From the sagging beams to the leaning walls, these venerable buildings require… Read more »

A Guide to Restoring the Structural Integrity of Your (Old) Post and Beam Barn

Old post and beam barns are more than mere structures; they are testaments to architectural prowess and a reflection of historical eras. Representing timeless beauty and functionality, these structures have stood the test of time on a wide range of properties. However, like all things aging and beautiful, these barns often require specialized care and… Read more »

Spring is Here

Spring is finally here in New England. If you walk around your home or barn and discover any rot, bows, sags, etc. that you hadn’t noticed last year, it is very important to have them evaluated. If you have a bow on the lower edge of your home, it is a clear indicator that the… Read more »

Working in the Cold Weather

Clients always ask us if we work through the winter. The answer is yes. As long as the proper precautions are taken, there is no danger to the home. We ensure that any areas with siding removed have extra insulation at the end of each day. Pipes, etc. are also properly cared for. We have… Read more »

Colonial Restorations Race Jersey

Brad, an avid triathlete and road race runner, is wearing his new Colonial Restorations race jersey at a recent half marathon in which he came in 8th in his age group running a 1:40 time (click title to see photos). He was interviewed by a local television station at the race.  

Slide Show Presentations

We have a slide show presentation of photos from various projects from the past thirty three years.  This past month, we were asked to present it on two different occasions.  We presented at Tiger Home Inspection’s annual meeting in Randolph, MA. The presentation went very well and we received many compliments in regards to the… Read more »

Angie’s List Ask the Experts Submission

We recently submitted an abbreviated version of a past published article to Angie’s List Ask the Experts contest. The following is the article: Posts and Beam Buildings By T. Bradford Green of Colonial Restorations When one travels through much of New England’s countryside, a sense of tradition is apparent in the post and beam buildings… Read more »

To Raze or Raise

To Raze or Raise by Thomas O. Green & T. Bradford Green The early 19th century barn located on High St. in Abington, MA defiantly remained standing after two decades of weather related insult and damage.The shingles had been blown off the left side of the roof twenty years ago. The sheathing, if present, was… Read more »