Living in New England, one comes to appreciate the simple charm of colonial architecture. It's a style that has always appealed to me, and I'm not alone. Many home buyers drive the streets and back roads looking for an older home to buy and remodel. But even in New England, there simply aren't enough of them to satisfy the market. When a buyer is lucky enough to find an appealing house, bringing it up to modern standards of safety, energy efficiency, and function can be a formidable task. Few home buyers have the resources or ambition to tackle such a project.

To meet this demand, my company, Connor Building, builds reproduction colonials — classic-looking homes that people assume are 200 years old. With their correct proportions and classic details, they have little in common with the generic two-story "colonials" found in subdivisions everywhere.

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