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.
This elegant kitchen features glass doors with cabinet lighting, exquisite granite countertops that enhance the different cabinet colors, and a ceramic tile chimney at the gas stove. This is the second time this kitchen has been renovated. Everyone should replace their kitchen every 20 years! (Rye, NH)
By: Wayne Coolidge
If you ask me if you need a building permit or not - my default answer is YES.
It is true that you will most likely get a visit from the city appraiser and your taxes might go up. It is also true that it could add a couple of days to the construction schedule while waiting for the needed inspections, but the alternative could be much worse if you get caught without a permit. Did you know if you have electrical wiring installed and it is later discovered that you did so illegally, the inspector has the authority to make you remove the sheetrock so that the wiring can be inspected? Imagine that cost and disruption to your life, especially if the job is already completed and you are living in the space.
Oh, I’ve heard it before. “I’m not worried, they’ll never find out.” Really? Because that reminds me of a TRUE story from many years ago…
John, a good friend and employee of mine at the time, was building a small addition off the back of his mother’s house on weekends. He hired an excavator to dig the hole and a concrete contractor to pour the foundation. The following Saturday, he was out there setting up his tools to begin framing when an elderly neighbor walked into the backyard:
John: “Good morning”
Neighbor: “Good morning. I live next door and I saw all the construction trucks and was just wondering what was going on back here?”
John: “I’m building a small addition to expand my mom’s kitchen”
Neighbor: “Oh, that’s nice. Did you get a permit?”
John: “No, I don’t need a permit. The building inspector will never know what I’m doing back here.”
Neighbor: “Oh, well have a good day”
This went on for the next few Saturdays. The neighbor would come over and see how John was progressing and talk about construction and stuff. After a month or so of these friendly meetings, John finally said, “I apologize, but I never got your name?” “Oh,” said the elderly neighbor, “My name is Russ. I’m the building inspector.”
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Tip of the Month: April
Clean Out Your Gutters. Now that all the snow and ice has finally melted out of your gutters, you can easily see all the leaves and other junk that has filled your gutters. Wearing a glove (because, really, you never know what you could find…), clean out the debris in your gutters. Once you think you have it all out, use a garden hose for the final cleaning. Remove the nozzle and slide your hose into the downspouts to free anything that could be hiding in the bends of your gutters. Now, you are set for the lovely spring rain!