Author Archives: Ratamir

Water Towers Rise Again — See Their New Shapes and Uses

Emptied of water, these structures are now being filled with furnishings to add living space and take advantage of the views Mary Jo Bowling Houzz Editorial Staff; writer, reader, serial remodeler. At the end of the 19th century, home water towers were all about function. Back then they were used to collect and store water, […]

Some Things are Cool and Some are “Wicked Awesome.”

Forms in Nature Forms in Nature. The Light sculpture Forms in Nature resembles Darwinist Ernst Haeckel’s drawings . Using a simple action, such as intensifying the brightness at the center of the artwork, the light transforms the space and adds character, as the work throws oversized shadows onto walls and ceilings in the space in which […]

Stonehenge? Wrong Amesbury, but These Stones Could be Historic.

I recently unearthed granite slabs that look as if they may have come from the abutment of a bridge.  Most are in the shape of a pentagon and  slightly decrease  in size from one to another, as if they where stacked at one time.  They measure approximately  5′ x 2′ 6″ x 2′.  I found around […]

Roots of Style: Classical Details Flourish in 21st-Century Architecture

Columns, friezes, cornices … if your home has features like these, it may have been influenced by ancient designs Steven Randel Houzz Contributor. Steven Corley Randel has practiced architecture in California… More  Ancient Greece and Rome obviously provide the origins of classical architecture. What makes the subject relevant today is the high number of buildings and […]

Tips for Moving Into a Smaller Space

Downsize with less compromise: Celebrate the positive, pare down thoughtfully and get the most from your new home During a time when everyone seems to be downsizing, I thought this article by Laura Gaskill was important to post.  In the Green Building Pyramid, less is often better as it relates to the size of a […]

Mixing “Old with the New”

I would like to introduce  a great architect and Interior designer – JOHN SALADINO.  I’ve been following his work for years and he has inspired me.  His work is timeless.  He is a master of scale, color and lighting.  His work is always layered with historical knowledge.  Please visit his web site at; as I […]

Eclectic Designs …….. A Bit of Inspiration

A Heritage Only Remembered by the Names.

The Native Americans of New England north of the Merrimack River loved the land and were close observers of nature. They gave names to the mountains, rivers, streams, and other natural features and for the most part early European settlers kept them. Amonoosuc River  – “fishing place.” Amoskeag Falls  –  “at the fish land.” Contoocook […]

The Green Building Pyramid

(Click on image to enlarge) Many people ask me what it means to build “Green”.  I want to share with you a graphic that I found in October’s addition of Green Builder called  “A Homeowners Handbook (3rd addition)” .  This graphic was buried deep in the issue so I’m bringing it to the forefront to […]

A History of the Name “Amesbury” (1637 – 2013)

In 1637, the first English settler in the region was John Bayley who crossed the Merrimack River from Newbury, built a log cabin, and began to clear the land for cultivation. On September 6, 1638, the General Court of Massachusetts created a plantation on the left bank of the Merrimack, north to Hampton, on behalf […]