September 24, 2008
So we feel compelled to write about a guy that has been working on our project for quite a while now. You may or may not be aware of this, but there is another Silva brother on our site: Tom's brother, Dickie. And we can easily say that we have fallen in love with this guy and here's why:
First of all he proved right off the bat that he is funny as heck and a wise guy with a super sarcastic side, which we immediately loved. So he is a lot of fun to have on the site every day and he loves busting our chops on a daily basis. Now pair that with what Dickie does on the site.
Dickie has personally made some really cool and unique handmade pieces for us that will in the end be true gems within the house. Every day he listens to all our crazy ideas and thoughts and he brings them to life.
We wanted a wall of corrugated metal utilizing some old metal barn hinges we found on our site. Dickie made it. We needed something to organize old metal school lockers and bins we found for our mudroom. Dickie did it. We wanted a barn door for a storage space in our bedroom. Dickie took old metal parts and wood found on our property and Dickie built it. We wanted a clever way for our pets to do their cat business in a hidden away space. Dickie found a place under our mudroom stairs and built our cats their own barn shaped cat door.
We appreciate all the great pieces Dickie has made for us and we will always remember his work fondly and the story behind what he built. It is also great how much he helps us repurpose old stuff we find and he gives it a new life and purpose in our house. Dickie is truly a partner to us in helping make all the little and unique details of our house become a reality. The next thing on our list for Dickie is a old metal wrapped newel post with a big industrial light at the end of it for our mudroom, as well as finishing up a hidden storage closet.
So here's to you Dickie. Thanks for listening to us and building us some really cool stuff. We appreciate you and all that you make.
Now, we hear rumors that Dickie is retiring after this project. We don't know if this is fact or fiction, and Dickie for sure won't give us a straight answer. But if it is his last project we feel very fortunate to have him working with us. Thanks Dickie. And you owe us $3 for coffee.
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So how come we never get to see him on the TV show? Is Dickie Camera shy?
Hello Amy, I was just informed of your project by someone who toured the site recently and I believe he forwarded my contact info to you. Your endeavors and vision are intriguing to me for numerous reasons. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about what I do and how I could potentially be of service in helping bring your visions into reality. My background, ethics and approach coupled with my design/build capabilities are very much in tune with what you/your project stands for. Thank you for your time. Jonathan
If Dickie was a true big brother he would put his brother Tommy in a "headlock"
Could we see Dickies house that was raised from the ashes one more time before Dickie leaves TOH for the last time?
I am the guy that asked Rus if he would put the outakes together of Norms little bobos from the years of him on the shows. Thanks again for the T shirt Rus.
I have been a viewer of TOH from the very beginning and I NEVER tire of the shows. I even keep watching them on DVD's
Chino Hills, CA
How about for a segment of Ask This Old House they return to a project (with a few flash backs) and then do something for the owners...who has not built/remodeled and then said "I wish we had...." Dickie could be first.
Check out the sneak preview video (project overview). Was surprised to see an outbuilding on the north side and water (brook, creek ..depends on where you live). I hope the North camera gets back in operation.
Inside...the stairway is in.. don't know when they did it....but they moved a large object (door?) that was blocking the view and there it was. I've never followed the webcams as closely as I have with this project ( got hooked with all the activity early on) and it will be interesting to match up what I've seen with the program.
Watching the first episode right now and the property looks gorgeous, espiacly in HD!
Our cable carries two PBS stations but only one has HD...so I watched on regular tv at 8 this morning and will record the HD version this afternoon so that I can "pause". I got a much better idea of how the house is located on the property but would very much like to see a site map....just a sketch scanned into the blog would be great.
TO PETE FAVAT
I had the pleasure of driving you home in my limo last year, and you told me your house and family would be the new TOH project, i have driven by and seen the fantastic progress, you folks must be thrilled to be on such a great show and to be working with ted benson, some things are worth waiting for, best of luck, i would have taken and moved the house if i knew ahead of time. !
Dick's new house was a great project. The part I remember well was when they were in the garage, and Dick told us "Tom's a desk and office type of guy, I'm not". To me, that meant that Dick loved the construction business for the original purpose of building something without the hassles of paperwork. That's the way I am too.
Did you possibly get the e-mail or URL address for the BMRA org? I am trying to find one in my area-Houston TX.
The address for the Building Materials Reuse Association is www.buildingreuse.org
Can I assume that the webcams are "down" for good and the Favat's will be having Thanksgiving dinner at that beautiful table?
It's been fun to read all about your project! My husband, two children and I are just finishing up the details of our timberframe home recently built by Bensonwood in Columbia County, NY. We absolutely loved working with these guys and I'm already nostalgic for the beginning phases of our project...
Well, it's obvious that this blog and project coverage on the website has fallen off the end of the earth as they all do once the TV season begins.
On behalf of all of us faithful followers, thanks for dropping us AGAIN!
Just once it would be nice to have one final post explaining that the project is over, or leaving the cameras up until the wrap party is over.
And then it will be next spring until we get "after" shots posted here. I don't know why I keep coming back to this website hoping for updates and getting nothing.
Guess is time to give up.
Thanks TOH, Bye.
Thanks for the information...I bookmarked your site, and I appreciate your time and effort to make your blog a success!
Have watched the progress w/ amazement and awe and wonder. The workmanship and pride of same are beyond belief. I know the adage: If you have to ask...! But hey, I'm a gemini. My girlfriend suggests in the two million neighborhood. I concur. Are we in the park?
A "no response" would indicate we are dancing.
Thank you and enjoy your unique home. We look forward to the concluding shows.
"Cupola" Minutes vs. "Cupola" Hours
I do believe it was back in July 2008 that I enjoyed a true vacation for a week or more while between jobs. As luck would have it, I seem to recall that gave me a chance to watch the Webcams live as the cupola was flown in.
I seized the moment and glanced at the clock when the cupola started rising to the roof. I wondered how long this would take on TV.
I glanced at the clock when the cupola seemed to be officially set in place: 2 hours.
Tipped by the TV tease a week ago, I settled in last night ready to time the cupola's TV trip: 2 minutes.
OMG: If the 1 minute we see on TV is 1 hour of *just recording video on location* IN ADDITION to preproduction and postproduction work? I never imagined!
Granted there was a lot of editing for that segment, but I have to imagine that on average you likely DO tape more than an hour of video for a minute of TV time.
My appointment TV has dwindled of late, but TOH remains No. 1. My thanks to everyone who strives to maintain the show's continuity through the years.
Pete and Amy
The House looks great. Can't wait to get up that way.
Haven't caught the show yet.Were a bit behind down here as you know
Missed a important word "Much" How much did this house cost?
This is another wonderful project that I'd LOVE to see some years later. I so wish you folks would have at least one show each season where you go back and visit projects. This one must be stunning after all the greenery has really taken hold.