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Other stories by Jon Vara

  • To the Lighthouse

    It's not your typical summer-home renovation, but you can't beat the view.

  • Roll Out the Barrel House

    A former summer camp whose design came straight from the funny pages gets a new life as a museum.

  • Little House on the Sidewalk

    Taking portable toilets to a whole new level.

  • House Move: Saving a Luxury Home From Beach Erosion

    When a compromised island setting requires moving not one, but four, massive structures, the logistical challenges are daunting and the process is nothing short of impressive.

  • Song of the Saw--the Other Life of the Full-Size Hand Saw

    Full-size handsaws, once indispensable to the day-to-day business of cutting lumber to size, are seldom seen on modern jobsites. But they have another, equally traditional use that persists today: as musical instruments.

  • Screw-Head Portraiture

    A hybrid of painting and sculpture, Andrew Myers' portraits use screw heads to create remarkable artwork.

  • Legislation Is the Mother of Invention

    Rough-Service incandescents keep the lights on.

  • Mud Michelangelo

    Bernie Mitchell has spent the past 20 years developing and refining a method of creating remarkably lifelike relief sculptures in drywall mud, many of which ornament the walls of area vacation homes.

  • Vermont Windows

    Examples of angled gable-end windows, called "Vermont Windows"—a unique feature of farmhouses in several New England states.

  • Home on the Pinecastle Jeep Range

    When a former munitions demonstration site and military training facility in Florida gets a new lease on life, complications arise for the area's residents.