Upton Cape impresses with custom woodwork throughout 158 South St., Upton; $599,900

By John R. Ellement GLOBE STAFF JUNE 11, 2015
It was an unusual decision that had a marvelous result. When the current owners had this oversized Cape built, they took on the task of finishing every room themselves. It took 5½ years, but the attention to detail and custom woodwork shows there is nothing amateur about what these “This Old House” fans did.

Off the main entry, a pair of French doors leads to the study and its built-in cabinetry, floor-to-ceiling wainscoting, antique reproduction sconces, and a fireplace mantel based on a design from Norm Abrams’s “New Yankee Workshop.”
Across the hall, the formal dining room is rich in tall baseboards and crown dentil molding.

The circa 1900 chandelier (not included in the sale, but negotiable) showcases the intricate “Arbutus” wallpaper by 19th-century designer William Morris.

The dining room leads to the eat-in kitchen, which features high-end stainless-steel appliances, custom birch cabinets with lighting above and below, a center island with room for two stools, and an accent wall of white subway tiles that mimics the backsplash.

From here, the ceiling height grows to nine feet in the step-down family room whose focal point is a handmade wood mantel that counterpoints Morris’s “Willow Boughs” wallpaper and is flanked by windowed nooks.

The flooring in the home is white oak, including on the second floor, which has the classic attributes of a Cape — the rooms are shaped by the roof lines and dormers — but none of its limitations.

In the master suite, the bedroom features two large dormers that channel sunlight into the space with dramatic effect, and it is large enough to easily accommodate a king-sized bed.

The full bath comes with a deep soaking tub, a double vanity with black granite countertop, a separate shower, and a water closet. The sitting room is conveniently located next to the walk-in closet.

The other two bedrooms offer good closet space and, like the master, are sunny and airy because the rear dormer runs the length of the second floor.

The basement is partially finished (but not by the homeowner) and includes a media room with a propane-gas fireplace, custom sconces, crown molding, aboveground windows, and laminate flooring. The bath with shower boasts a polished-marble floor. There is a large workshop space and an office. The home, set on a hill on 2.68 acres, has a two-car garage and an ipe deck.

Judy Leonelli of Millennium Realty in Mendon will hold an open house on Sunday, June 14, from noon to 2 p.m.


Style: Cape

Year built: 1999

Square feet: 3,469

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 3 full, one half

Water/Sewer: Private

Taxes: $8,905 (2015)


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Why Wood is Best for Building

OLYMPIA, WA – Laying out the case for wood construction over steel, concrete and bricks, the Innovative Wood Products Collaborative notes that as timber grows, it soaks up carbon dioxide. That carbon is stored in wood products, a carbon sink that mitigates climate change.

About half of the dry weight of wood is stored carbon;  while 16 percent of global fossil fuel goes into making steel, bricks and concrete. At www.TheMostNaturalResource.com. details are presented about these and other benefits of building with wood.

The Innovative Wood Products Collaborative launch its website –www.TheMostNaturalResource.com – Sept. 11.

The new site is the product of a collaboration between Washington and Oregon sustainable forestry managers, wood products manufacturers, conservationists, academics and architects to highlight the latest information about using innovative wood products from sustainably managed forests.

Wood – the only building material that is grown by the power of the sun – is a renewable resource that has a low carbon and energy footprint. Using wood from sustainably managed forests will significantly reduce carbon emissions from the building sector.

As timber grows, it soaks up carbon dioxide – about half the dry weight of wood products – a carbon sink that  mitigates climate change.

According to a Yale University study, substituting wood for more energy-intensive building materials would reduce global carbon dioxide emissions by 14 to 31 percent because wood consumes much less energy than concrete or steel construction.

“Wood construction is incredibly fast and effective, with the added benefit of producing a building that stores carbon rather than emitting it,” says Canadian architect Michael Green. “The only way to achieve a net-zero building is to build with wood.”

As timber grows, it soaks up carbon dioxide through photosynthesis, and that carbon is stored in wood products. This creates a carbon sink that helps mitigate climate change. About half of the dry weight of wood is stored carbon. In contrast, 16 percent of global fossil fuel consumption goes into manufacturing steel, concrete and bricks.

“This collaboration between Oregon and Washington sustainable forest growers and manufacturers is capturing the recent wave of recognition among architects, builders and conservation groups that wood products have real carbon benefits, and can be used in tall buildings,” says Mark Doumit, executive director of the Washington Forest Protection Association.


Tallest Wood Building On the Rise

Cross laminated timbers are being used in mass quantities for the tallest wood building so far: a 121-unit, 10-story  apartment complex  in London.

Wood products are carbon-negative because they sequester and store carbon,” says Joseph Mayo, a designer at Mahlum Architects in Seattle. “There is no other natural building material like wood. Increasing the use of wood also supports local jobs and industry.”

“The forest landowners and lumber manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest are the largest supplier of wood building materials in the nation,” says Paul Barnum, executive director of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. “Using those wood products in new and better ways will benefit both the environment and the economies of Oregon and Washington.”

Wood’s strength-to-weight ratio is comparable to concrete and steel. Engineered wood products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), glue-laminated timber (glulam) and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) make it possible to build taller wood structures. These mass timber construction materials are highly fire-resistant and cost-effective. Prefabricated CLT panels can also be installed quickly, speeding up construction time.

“As global demand for wood continues to increase with population, we need to be sourcing our timber from sustainably managed forests,” says Thomas Maness, dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry. “The most environmentally sustainable place to grow wood is right here in the Pacific Northwest.”

The Stella  apartment complex completed in 2013 in Marina del Rey, CA, with work by Larrabure Framing of Chatsworth, CA, includes two buildings, 244 units, 650,466 square feet total, and cost $65 million.

About the Innovative Wood Products Collaborative: The Innovative Wood Products Collaborative is co-sponsored by the Oregon Forest Resources Industries and the Washington Forest Protection Association to promote the use of wood from sustainably managed forests in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Oregon Forest Resources Institute: The Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute in 1991 to advance public understanding of the state’s forest resources and to encourage environmentally sound forest management through training and other educational programs for forest landowners. OFRI is funded by a dedicated harvest tax on forest products producers. For more information, go to OregonForests.org.

About the Washington Forest Protection Association:
The Washington Forest Protection Association is a trade association representing private forest landowners in Washington state. Members of the 100-year-old association are large and small companies, individuals and families who practice sustainable forestry in Washington’s private forests on about 4 million acres of forestland. WFPA is committed to advancing sustainable forestry in Washington to provide forest products and environmental benefits to the public. For more information, go to wfpa.org.

SOURCE Innovative Wood Products Collaborative


A New Woodworking Academy Headed to National Prominence

The Peyton, CO School District has taken the first step to creating a woodworking program that will become national in scale. That first step was the opening of a dedicated woodworking school in Peyton, CO on the site of a former middle school campus. Enrollment in the current academic year is expected to reach 60 students. For the 2016-2017 school year, 120 students are expected.

The secondary-level educational program draws students from surrounding school systems to the program, formally called the Career Technology Education Facility. In addition to the woodworking program, courses in automotive technology are also offered. Tim Kistler is Superintendent of the overall program at the Peyton CTE.

The Peyton School District Woods Manufacturing Program is headed by Dean Mattson, the WMIA Wooden Globe Educator of the Year winner. Mattson is also a member of the Woodworking Career Alliance, and a certified tester – so students completing the program at Peyton will have ready access to the WCA tools mastery credentialling process.


Call for a National Woodworking Academy

What if the wood industry launched its own model of classroom education in a cutting edge training center? Award winning educator Dean Mattson challenges suppliers.


Mattson says the school has received commitments approaching $1 million in support from woodworking machinery and supplies companies in anticipation of a new national academy.  The Peyton School District expects to establish that national academy in January 2017.

The board of directors of the school district has provide strong support and advocacy for the creation of the national woodworking academy, and the for the Woods Manufacturing Program that launched this year. This has garnered significant backing from industry suppliers, with more than two dozen listed as partners who have readily supported the program in kind, and financially. On Oct. 26 an appreciation dinner will be held followed by an open house Oct. 27 at which suppliers will be able to tell students about the importance of the school and its missions to the woodworking industry.


Source: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/management/woodworking-academy-headed-national-prominence