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.

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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Understanding Flood Insurance for New England Homeowners

Understanding hurricane damage  for property owners

Does property owners’s insurance cover water damage?

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Most standard business owners’s insurance policies do not cover inundating caused by extreme weather conditions such as spring thaw or generalized inundating that originates from outside your residence. Even backed-up sewers are not covered on most policies unless you pay extra for this coverage.Homeowner’s insurance flood coverage for business owners

Between 2007 and 2011, the average property owners deluge pretension was almost  $ 30,000. A few inches of water shatter inside your dwelling can add up speedily. Buying deluge coverage could protect your family from severe financial loss. Learn more from SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain

The cost for property owners insurance, liquid shatter repair and content replacement depend on how much insurance you are buying and what it coverings. A homeowner’s plan with inundation insurance typically handles all buildings and contents. Nonetheless, content insurance is optional, and the amount you need should be discussed with your agent.

If your home is in a moderate-to-low-risk field, you might be eligible for opted overflow insurance rates if you include this product in your insurance portfolio together with other coverage such as auto insurance.Property located in flood zones

Homes located in flood zones are considered high-risk but are still eligible for standard-rate flood insurance policies. All residences located in high-risk flood areas that have a mortgage through a federally registered or insured lender must purchase a inundation insurance policy. Flood insurance premiums are based on certain factors including

Age of building( s)

Occupancy numbers

Number of floors

Location of contents

Severity of overflow hazard( rated flood zone)

The spot of the first( lowest) floor to the elevation requirement on the flood zone map for your area( used for newer structures)

The opted deductible amount compared with the amount of house and content coverage

There are additional homeowner’s insurance coverage alternatives offered by Safety. Review our products for more information on our endorsements.

Please contact your Independent Agent if you have any questions about your coverage. Your Independent Agent can also provide you with flood insurance quotes and coverage.


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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.

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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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