Foundation Planting Tips for Your Cape Cod Home

Your Cape Code Property Looks Better with Colorful Nature

Enhancement of the simple lines and cozy ambiance of your Cape Cod style home is the goal when planning the landscaping surrounding your residence. Foundation plantings can add to the charm and comfort of your cedar shake-sided abode if planned with the architectural details and overall look of your property always in mind.

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Luxury Home in Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. Beautifully landscaped front yard with flowers, lush grass and bushes is in foreground. Chairs are on the porch. Trees frame the house on both sides.

The Cape Cod style is cozy, but with clean lines catching the eye. Typically the door centers the front facade, with two pairs of multi-paned windows on either side. Shutters match the door color contrast if the door echoes the siding. A low-slung roof overhangs the area directly abutting the house.

Perennial landscaping offers permanence and chance for limited maintenance if you choose plants with care. Because it takes several seasons for bushes, trees, and accent plants to reach mature size, research, patience, and discipline are necessary when planting.

The wall of windows facing the curb invites the outdoors in,  requiring informed imaging of how plants below the sills eventually look as they grow. Taller specimens can anchor the edges of the house, pulling the frame into the landscape without blocking panes or interesting architectural details. Plants below windows need either compact growth habits or pruning and shaping to control their size.

An American flag flies from the open porch and gardens surround a small single family home on a Spring afternoon on Cape Cod on the Massachusetts coast.

The symmetry of a classic Cape Cod tempts homeowners to mirror foundation plantings on either side of the door. Keep in mind that sunlight penetration other conditions vary, affecting the height and spread of identical plants. Consider balancing the effect with container or annual plants or choosing varieties that are less sensitive to differences.

Leave a space between the exterior wall and the plants that is at least two to five feet wide. Damage to foundation walls and cedar shakes is possible if plants and their roots or moisture from irrigation can infiltrate the structural components.

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Historical Industrial Perspectives: Taunton Massachusetts

Located in Bristol County, Massachusetts, Taunton is one of the oldest cities in the United States with a rich history of manufacturing.


Taunton is one of the oldest European-settled towns in the United States. Officially incorporated in 1639, its first English settlers were from Plymouth Colony. Most hailed from the town of Taunton in Somerset, England naming their new home after their birthplace. The founders purchased the land from the Nemasket tribe in 1637.


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From the 1650s into the 1900s, Taunton celebrated its iron-making industry. Investors built forges on the Forge River, in nearby Raynham, and on the Mill River in Taunton. The development followed the discovery of bog ore, an impure form of iron found in wetlands in the region. Taunton’s companies were manufactured iron stoves, tack, locomotives, Civil War rifles, printing presses, and industrial machinery, particularly for textile making, into the mid-20th century.

The Mill River works built by James Leonard in 1670 and operated by his descendants for more than 100 years transitioned to using the river’s power for first a nail and then a textile mill beginning in 1805. Source  Wikipedia.

In 1968 the historic wooden Whittenton Pond Dam associated with the mill industry failed, flooding the city. Concern built again in 2005 when another failure seemed imminent. After draining the Pond, demolition of the wooden structure led to an earthen and rock replacement.

Silversmiths earned an excellent reputation beginning during the 19th century,  Taunton called “Silver City” because of the high-quality items produced. Felt and brick making were also important industries.

Shipping, utilizing the Taunton River, moved grain and other agricultural products from the interior throughout the nation during the 1800s. When railroad transportation experienced growth, the city became a vital hub because of its location.


Today Taunton continues as a robust business center. Myles Standish and Liberty and Union Industrial Parks offer a range of opportunities for the local workforce, including manufacturing, high tech, warehousing, and distribution operations.




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Thanks to the Taunton Historical Society and New England Historical Society for their help.

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Cape Cod – Iconic Summer Vacation Destination

Cape Cod features a unique geographical and geological history that allowed it to serve a myriad of purposes for the humans who populated it in the past and who enjoy it now. The current landmass emerged as the glaciers retreated tens of thousands of years ago. Covered with between 200 and 600 feet of glacial debris or drift and extending for many miles into the Atlantic, Cape Cod is suited to everything from fishing to farming to vacationing.

The Development of Cape Cod as the Perfect Summer Getaway

For centuries fishing and some form of agriculture were the primary activities, with shipping becoming prominent in the 18th and 19th-centuries. Rail lines extended into the area mid-19th century, and rail travel was available on the island of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. During later 19th-century, more people began to travel to Cape Cod and the islands for recreational purposes including sport fishing and other activities. The arts and artistic venues proliferated in areas like Provincetown.

Golf clubs, resorts, and camps became more common, growing along the railway corridors on the Cape during the late 19th and early 20th-century. Summer cottages, meeting grounds, and hotels appeared on the islands as well as the Cape. By the 1920s the building of bridges over the newly completed and still to be improved Canal encouraged motor traffic to the area. By the 1950s the construction of the Mid Cape Highway solidified access to Cape Cod, also served by several airfields.

Summer cottages and a lighthouse are nestled in the sand dunes of Sandy Neck peninsula off the coast of Barnstable, Massachusetts.

It is no surprise that Cape Cod’s pleasant climate and its natural beauty continues to be attractive to 21st-century visitors. Residents of the Eastern Seaboard’s band of urban centers are joined by people from the rest of the United States and around the world to have made it one of the country’s preferred and upscales vacation and travel destinations.

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After The Fire: Restoring Your New Hampshire Home

Having a fire sweep through your New Hampshire home can be genuinely terrifying, and the stress does not stop when the flames are put out. Just the thought of trying to sort out everything that you will need to deal with in the wake of a fire can be overwhelming.  How do you move forward after a fire? At SERVPRO, we are always ready to put our expertise to work for you.


After a fire in your New Hampshire home, security is your first priority. Take the necessary steps to make sure that you, your family and your pets are safe and secure. Once that is accomplished, you can focus your energies on your property and the process of restoring it to the place that you call home.


When it comes to picking up the pieces after a fire, the first tool you reach for should be your phone or mobile device. That is because you will need to get in touch with several different professionals as quickly as possible to secure their assistance. You will want to inform your insurance company immediately to start the process of filing a claim. You will likely be asked to provide pictures, an inventory of the damage and receipts for the inevitable expense incurred after a fire. Also, you will want to contact your mortgage company and inform them about the fire.

You will also need to reach out promptly to a restoration company to line up the professional fire damage restoration services that your home will require. At SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, we understand that any delay in responding to fire or water damage allows the damage to continue to spread, so we offer 24/7 emergency services. We are prepared to answer whenever our help is needed.


Even after the fire is gone, the danger remains. That is because both the flames and the water used to put them out can create hazardous conditions. After a fire, the structural integrity of your house might be compromised. Electrocution hazards might be lurking. Toxic gasses and residues may have been generated as components of the home burned. Wildlife like snakes, rodents, and other animals may have entered the structure. More subtle health threats like mold and bacteria will quickly invade as well.

While you can take pictures for insurance purposes from a safe distance, it is best not to enter the scene of the disaster until it has been deemed reliable by knowledgeable professionals. Even then, you should be careful to wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long sleeves, long pants, gloves and any other recommended protective gear.

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Three firefighters putting out a house fire.


While the inherent danger of a fire scene is a good reason to bring in qualified restoration professionals, it is not the only one.

Cleaning up after a fire is surprisingly complicated because the damage is not just a result of the flames. Even spaces and items not directly impacted by the flames can be damaged.

Smoke from the fire naturally seeks out cooler spaces and rises, leaving its mark on materials in areas that escaped the flames in the form of corrosive, staining chemicals and unpleasant odors. Likewise, the soot and ash generated by the flames also cause staining, corrosion and smoky smells. Originally deposited by the fire, they can be carried through the home as people move around it. Even air movement via fans or the HVAC system can help these damaging materials spread. Finally, there is the harm done by the water used to suppress the fire. Water damage can cause wood to split and warp, stain fabric and upholstery, crumble drywall, ruin electronics, and fuel unhealthy mold growth. With so many types of damage, it is vital that you bring in knowledgeable professionals who can sort everything out and develop an effective restoration plan.


We are delighted to be leaders in the restoration industry, and we work diligently to provide the quality services our customers

need when a fire has damaged their homes or businesses. Our team of highly skilled restoration specialists includes technicians who are certified in smoke and fire restoration, fabric and upholstery cleaning, odor control, and water damage restoration, and we make sure that they have the equipment and resources necessary to do the job correctly.

At SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, we always take a “restore first” approach, which means that we do our best to return your residential property to its pre-loss condition by utilizing specialized techniques and professional-grade equipment. While some replacements may be inevitable, our focus on restoration whenever possible allows you to salvage more of your cherished personal property and reduces restoration costs.


When you call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester for help with fire damage, we will:

  • Assess the damage. We will inspect the scene, evaluate the disaster that is readily visible and identify any hidden issues. This expert assessment enables us to create an effective action plan for the needed restoration work.
  • Assist with securing the property. Fire often compromises a structure’s building envelope. If necessary, we can board up broken windows or walls and cover damaged roofs with tarps to help prevent further destruction.
  • Remove water. If firefighting efforts have left excess water behind, we can remove it and see that the structure and its contents are adequately dried.
  • Remove smoke and soot. We will select the appropriate techniques and equipment to remove these damaging residues wherever they may be.
  • Clean and deodorize. We will use various professional techniques to clean and sanitize everything salvageable and bring in industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to eliminate unpleasant odors.

Local Business Spotlight: Dover, Rochester, Somersworth New Hampshire

At SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, we have the experience, training, and equipment needed to return a home or business that has been damaged by fire to a safe, healthy environment.  If you need professional fire damage restoration services, contact us today to explore our services.

SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester

74 Industrial Park Dover, NH 03820

(603) 743-430

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Historic Paint Colors to Bring Back Life Into Early American Homes


When it comes to putting some life back into a New England colonial home, check out some of the landmark colors, shades and tints that were used to paint interiors and exteriors of these early American Homes.

Flood Water Challenges for Property In New England

Every area of the country struggles with water damage to homes. Some of the issues are similar, resulting from plumbing leaks, spills, and appliance malfunctions. Rain and exterior flooding threaten most locations, but the frequency and seasonal patterns vary. Other differences in the way water intrudes arise depending on the climate and the topography.

Educate Yourself About Mold Risks of Mold In a New England Property

Newer houses and homes that have been in New England towns for generations all are at risk for mold damage. The climate in our area provides a supportive environment for microbial growth year round. Understanding the mold life cycle is essential for homeowners. Putting that knowledge into practice can help avoid mold growth and damage in residential properties.

Proactive Strategies Help New England Businesses Survive Potential Disasters

Successful business owners in New England have at least one thing in common. They take the time for planning, both short and long-term. Although inspiration and vision may start the journey that turns a passion into a thriving company, mindful, step by step preparations and a commitment to follow through are the maps and itineraries that lead to the desired destination.

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Quick Cleanup for Water Damage in Your Merrimack Donut Shop

Merrimack business owners work to cater their operating hours to the peak times when customers buy the products that they sell. As a result, your donut shop might offer some unconventional hours to be available when the greatest demand might be. While you work to maintain the building throughout the downtime and hours that you close throughout the week, you can never fully account for the possibility of something like a water loss incident occurring. These situations can spread damage throughout your business quickly and strike at the worst possible times.

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Merrimack donuts

From plumbing breaks to storm damages that allow water penetration into your building, there are multiple sources for commercial water damage to your Merrimack donut shop. With the high demand for your baked goods, it is important to treat this problem as an emergency regardless of the spread of the damage to ensure that the right steps get taken immediately to preserve construction materials and equipment that you use in your shop every day.

Recovering from a water damage incident begins with understanding the full spread of the damage. Certified professionals arrive with the equipment to detect moisture pockets in affected materials to efficiently place drying equipment to maximize results. As you might expect, no two water damage incidents are the same, so the equipment necessary to restore the effects change with the different scenarios. Choosing the right professional restoration team can ensure that you have the advanced equipment necessary to minimize out of pocket costs to you.

Saturation of affected materials can lead to secondary effects like mold growth if the moisture and dampness do not get resolved quickly. Even with advanced equipment, a delay in arriving when the emergency occurs can ultimately be the difference between preserving affected materials and the need to replace drywall and flooring.

It is important to act quickly when your donut shop gets threatened by water damage incidents. Making the right choice in professional restoration assistance can make this process easier to manage, cost-effective, and an efficient path to reopening your doors quickly to the hungry patrons you serve.

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