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W.A. Coolidge Company is a full service construction company serving the Seacoast of New Hampshire, Maine, and Northern Massachusetts. The owners, Wayne A. Coolidge and Wendy A. Wentworth Coolidge have been partners for over 30 years. We specialize in high quality residential and commercial building, renovations, and restorations.
The Coolidge Company is about flexibility, innovation, and results. Our company will focus on your precise wishes in order to deliver cost-effective solutions to any project. We strive to offer superior quality by using and overseeing the best and reliable subcontractors and suppliers in the area. We believe that every project that we undertake will be completed within a timely fashion as if it was our personal home. We offer first class craftsmanship and attention to detail from start to finish. We want to make your dream project a reality along with providing a fun and memorable experience.
Lighting can completely change the feel of a room, like the custom lighting in this kitchen. (Dover, NH)
By: Wayne Coolidge
I recently observed a parent letting their children eat ice cream right before bed. I thought that was a horrible decision. Jacking up your kids on sugar before bed – no way they are going to have a good night sleep.
Then, I recalled being 12/13 years old and I reflected on my own “sugar” habits. It all started with my after-school paper route.
I would walk home after school, get my bike, and head to the Stop-n-Shop grocery store that was right next to my local paper pick-up station. I would meet my best friend, Barry, who also had a paper route, and we would saunter over to the self service coffee machine. For 25¢ you could get a cup of coffee with unlimited refills. We would sit at the front counter that overlooked the parking lot and prepare our drinks. You’ve heard the saying, “there is enough sugar in your coffee to make the spoon stand up”. Someone watching us actually made that up! Wanting to get the most for our money, we would each have three cups of coffee.
Before leaving the store, I would buy a can of Betty Crocker chocolate frosting and two 3-Musketeer bars. Those weren’t like the bite size bars of today- that aren’t even big enough to actually taste the candy bar. This was the 70’s, when the bars were about 8” long!
I would then pick up my newspapers and head out on my two hour route. During the first hour, I would finish one candy bar, and the second bar before completing my route. It would have taken a mortal teenager three hours to complete the route, but I was a super hero - SUGARBOY.
When I got home, I would do my homework (Ok that’s a lie. Homework? Bahahhaa). I would sit down and eat half of the can of chocolate frosting. I saved the second half of the can and tucked it in between my mattress and headboard for later. After brushing my teeth and saying goodnight, I would go to bed and finish the can of frosting. There has been no exaggerating in this story, except that sometimes I would buy Almond Joy or Snickers bars instead. It took my mother over a year to catch me, and that was only because she decided to change my sheets one night, right before bed.
Flash forward many years to each of my birthdays. Wendy asks me what type of cake and frosting I would like. I always have the same answer; yellow cake with chocolate frosting. As she is frosting the cake, I always ask, “Can you leave some frosting in the can?” Her reply is also always the same, “No.” Sometimes I get to lick the knife though.
That all changed this year. Wendy bought two cans of chocolate frosting. She used a can and a half and put the extra on the countertop for me to eat. Wait. What? Am I in heaven? But, for some reason I didn’t eat it right there on the spot. I looked at it on the second day, walked by it on the third day, and threw it away on the fourth day. I just can’t explain why I didn’t eat it after all these years of begging. Was I maturing? Was I watching out for my health? I don’t know, but I DID have a bowl of ice cream before heading to bed.
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Hidden Treasure: Renovation Project
You never know what you will discover hidden under a ceiling, floor, or in a wall during construction. Like this home, imagine how delighted the owners were to find beautiful beams hidden in the ceiling, which we incorporated into the new ceiling!
Tip of the Month: June
Get Summer Gear Ready. When you are packing for a trip and ready to be out the door in a few minutes, nothing is more stressful than realizing one of your items is not as it should be. A hole in a tent, a broken zipper on a sleeping bag, or something missing completely. Get your gear ready now. Put up your tent and examine it. Wash your sleeping bags. If you have the time, you can even waterproof your tent to make it better. Pick a spot in the garage or a shed to store everything once it is inspected and cleaned, so it is ready to go as soon as you are.