Estabrook Woods

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One of the reasons we bought our property is because we literally back up to this wonderful piece of land known as Estabrook Woods. This is from their website:

Estabrook Woods is an amazing place nestled inside Concord, MA. If the variety of trails weren’t enough, the history is very special. Here you can walk on the same road that the Minutemen traveled from Carlisle to the North Bridge to face off against the British in 1775. Every year on Patriot’s Day, the reenactment soldiers still travel this 350 + year old road. The site of an old lime kiln from the 1960s can still be viewed here. Just a few miles from Walden Pond, Henry Thoreau also walked here, lived here and wrote about these woods. In fact, his Walden Pond house was moved here from the Walden Pond site. Today, the land is mostly owned by Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. It is a wild tract of more than 1,200 acres of woodland, hills, ledge, and swamp. It is the largest contiguous and undeveloped woodland within thirty miles of Boston.

Estabrook Woods is a recreational delight. You can travel the wide, but rocky carriage roads or turn down a winding stretch of single-track trail. It’s a favorite spot for dog walkers, light hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. The New England Orienteering Club (NEOC) has a map of the area and holds meets here on occasion. Most of the terrain is ride able by a mountain bike. Some is fairly easy, but most trails are rocky and technical in places. Some rock gardens and slick stream crossings will almost certainly have most riders off their bikes. For the advanced rider, take the winding single-track up to the top of Punkatasset Hill and enjoy a rocket ride straight down to the bottom. Pick up the Davis Corridor to Carlisle and after a short road ride to Kimball’s ice cream, pick up the singletrack behind the farm and you can make it almost all the way into Great Brook Farm State Park on trail. Trail runners delight in the flowing trails and variety of gently rolling terrain.

Third Week in November

Living Room getting painted and getting floors-

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Living Room and Dining Room mantles going inFullSizeRender_2 FullSizeRender_3

Wallpapers in-this is the Master Bath,hallway and powder room on first floor.

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Granites,soapstones for counters arrived-and toilets!FullSizeRender_3 FullSizeRender

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Front staircase is finished.Handrail is cherry and will be linseed  oiled.

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Outside also really coming together-we are even starting to get grass from hydroseeding.

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Mudroom tile will be placed this week-FullSizeRender

Beginning of November at Woodstone

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moldings in Dining Room and Living RoomFullSizeRender copy 2

Kitchen Cabinets starting to go in!FullSizeRender_3 copy 2FullSizeRender_2 copy 2

There are plans on every detail hanging all over the house-so amazing to see it all come alive

Front Hall Detail

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Dining Room Detail

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Back Patio in Bluestone going inFullSizeRender copyFullSizeRender_1 copy

Other half of front path going in with brick pattern we pickedFullSizeRenderFullSizeRender_3

First Column up-the front ones will sort of snap around the wooden pole

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Side Patio all finished-boxwood go in next

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Party At Woodstone!

Yesterday we had a party for all who have worked on our house and barn for the last two years..quite a crew.

We had Christie Leigh Bellany come sing and had Redbones cater with ribs,chicken,beef,cole slaw,mac and cheese,baked beans. Bill had a slide show of about 500 pictures from the very beginning until now. I think about 100 people came and went-we had a perfect 70 degree day for it,which was amazing for the end of October in Massachusetts.

Bill spoke about how wonderful the architects Jen Hart and Jen Lyford from Hart Associates have been to work with,and also the landscape architect, Lili Morss. Without Dave Jenkinson of Jenkinson Homes we would not be proceeding so well-he is amazing at organizing it all. Andre LeBlanc gets major credit for taking on the barn project in the winter last year and doing such a great job.

5 weeks to go on the house, barn is finished!

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Late October at Woodstone

Lots going on with the exterior-front path in brick going in:FullSizeRender copy 4

Finishing up stone walls and landscaping for nowFullSizeRender copy 3

Getting ready to put in back patio in bluestoneFullSizeRender_1 copy 3

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Barn is finished!

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Columns for all porches on house arrivedFullSizeRender_3 copyFullSizeRender copy 2

Sign Bill had made is mounted on housePB TD BH GO SHC-2

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Family Room window unpainted

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Most of all we love being out here-the views especially right now-are incredible!

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Mid-October at Woodstone

Landscaping going on-planting trees and shrubs,grass seed going in-trucks are everywhere!

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Bluestone arrived yesterday for front porch,  back and side patios.

 

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Dave’s trailer now about to leave as he can work in the basement now-all wall boarded.

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My husband had this sign made for the east side of the house. The five stars are for each of our children.

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The screened porch has floor boards now-about to be painted in Ben Moore Platinum Gray.

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The barn is basically finished!

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Millwork is being partially stored in the kitchen. They are now putting in millwork on the first floor.

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The cedar closet is finished and the banister and railings on the third floor.

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Late September and the Tree Delivery!

IMG_0985 IMG_0986 IMG_0989IMG_0993FullSizeRender_1 FullSizeRender_2FullSizeRenderWe have now added lots of beautiful new trees to the property-sugar maple,swamp oak,bi-color oak,tupelo,boxwood,locust, shag bark hickory and various bushes.

In addition, in the house-3rd floor is finished-cabinetry and floors in,walls painted. 2nd floor millwork is going in,painters are right behind them. Floors going in next week or two.1st floor is next! All bathrooms tiled and in process of being grouted. Barn office is beautiful and all finished. They are finishing up the shingles on the outside of barn and clapboard on house.

Pictures soon- we are getting there!