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.
Not all kitchens are indoors. This outdoor kitchen captures an unused space and moves the party outside. (Newcastle, NH)
Recent Job: 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!
4th of July Fun
By: Wayne Coolidge
For me, our annual 4th of July family party signifies the real beginning of summer. This year both of my daughters and their children will be spending a good portion of the week with us on the pond. I am so excited to take the little ones fishing and tubing. As I think back on all my fond holiday memories, there is one year in particular that really stands out.
I am the oldest of nine and that year all my brothers and sisters, along with their families, came for a few days. Being the oldest and the host, I always take it upon myself to be the activities coordinator. After preparing breakfast, I went and installed the volleyball net. Being OCD and knowing that the net would have to endure heavy abuse, I used extra heavy rope and anchors that screw into the ground so the net wouldn’t budge under the strain.
After lunch it was time to hit the water. I had the boat all warmed up and two matching tubes tied behind it. I explained to those that wanted to participate that we were going to have the 1st annual Tubing Survival Challenge. The rules were simple: the first opponent to fall off the tube and hit the water was out. We drew for positions, and then the games began. It was so entertaining that even the neighboring camps were watching. My first opponent was my brother Sean. We must have been going around and around for over five minutes kicking at each other’s tubes, engaged in hand to hand combat trying to flip the other’s tube – all while the driver of the boat brought us through choppy wakes trying to dump us. I decided a new approach was needed. As our tubes were about to come together again, I jumped off mine and landed squarely on Sean’s back. It startled him, which was almost worth it right there, but it became instantly apparent that this was not the best approach. We both looked ahead and saw the convergence of the perfect storm wave as we were air born, tumbling and somersaulting on top of the water for quite a distance before submerging. Once we re-surfaced and realized we were okay (after doing a body check for broken parts), Sean was declared the winner because I hit the water first. Hearing the applause and cheers from the shoreline made it worth it though! The contest continued for a few more hours and no one got seriously hurt.
As the sun started to set, we enjoyed a great barbecue and then started setting up for our fireworks display. There was a canoe tied up along the end of the dock so that the discharged fireworks could be thrown in it. Our fireworks display began with my brothers Bryan and Sean orchestrating an assortment of rockets. As we were enjoying the fireworks, there was a mishap – one of the rockets exploded on the launch pad as it was being lit, which sent Bryan and Sean scrambling for safety. Bryan was the closest to the dock back to shore and he sprinted that way. Sean must have sensed that the dock exit wasn’t fast enough, so he jumped into the canoe which was about two feet below the height of the dock. Have you ever seen anyone try to jump down into a floating canoe when they sense their butt is on fire? I did and it was the funniest thing ever! He hit the center of the canoe, which immediately rolled and sent him forward in the most awkward belly flop straight into the water. Once I realized no one was hurt, I laughed so hard I cried. That will teach him for besting me in the tubing challenge earlier!
After the fireworks concluded, I noticed that there were some Roman candles left over. I had a great idea! I challenged my brother Ethan to a duel. We would light the fuse, walk away from each other until the first shot was fired, then turn around and fight like men. So we did just that. We made it about ten feet away from each other as the first shot fired. We quickly turned around and aimed at each other. Ethan’s next shot hit me in the leg, and I had the presence of mind to question my initial decision to suggest this duel. As his third shot hit me square in the chest, it was time for an evasive retreat. I dove behind a car, as did he. There we were, shooting up cars, until all ten of our bullets had fired. I think I lost that contest too.
It was getting late so I figured we needed to play something safer. I decided that laser tag would be fun. Upon the signal to start, our team advanced forward. As I approached the road, I was surprised that we hadn’t encountered the other team, until it was too late – it was an ambush! They were hiding amongst the cars along the road. My teammates fled around the sides of the yard but my easiest route of escape was to run down the middle through the trees. Do you remember me telling you about the volleyball net that I had secured in the middle of the yard? I didn’t, until I ran into it at full speed. My face ran into the six-foot-high net and stopped immediately; the rest of my body continued at full speed. Momentum carried my lower body forward and upward until I was in a completely horizontal position. At that point, I dropped the six feet to the ground, which knocked the wind out of me. As I lay there in pain and gasping for breath, both my daughters came up from behind and simultaneously shot me with their lasers. I lost that game too.
For the next day, I walked around with what looked like graph paper markings on my face from the net, which caused continued laughter from my family. I couldn’t help but laugh either – that was quite the eventful day. You may think that I have learned from my experience, but you would be wrong. If I had the chance to do it all again, I would!
Wishing you a happy and SAFE 4th of July holiday!
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Tip of the Month: July
Keeping mulch and stone clean . Although landscaping an area with mulch or stone makes it look beautiful and pristine, it is not completely maintenance free. For best results, lay landscape fabric underneath to stop weed growth. Inevitably, some weeds will grow and need to be hand weeded. However, the bigger issue is usually leaves and debris. The easiest way to remove this is with a leaf blower. You will need to practice to find the right speed and angle to just gently blow the debris away, without disrupting your mulch. A little debris leftover is not a big deal, as it will break down and add to the mulch. Each spring, it is a good idea to add a little bit of new mulch to your area to “refresh it”.