Grandma’s Front Porch

Is there anything better than having a Grandmother, and all her grandmother ways (a stocked fridge, a big hug, maybe a fresh baked cookie, no judgment, loves all your friends and your new haircut) oh and she has an old Victorian beach cottage in a little southern beach town? Oh and that little Grandma […]

Frost was (is) right

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy […]

Clam Shells

When you live on the Eastern Shore of VA, your car is usually dirty, your driveway is generally not paved, rather it is made of crushed clam and oyster shells, (what? that is insane, how many shells does it take to make a driveway that is a quarter of a mile long?) an ass […]

Sunrise at Greene Cottage

Spring has arrived in Northampton County and the annual explosion of color, sound, smell, and basic sensory overload abounds.

Sunrise, April morning, the sun has made it through the trees and is now rising over the water to the east. Greene Cottage is positioned on a point that is created by Chesapeake Bay to […]



One very simple word, Zig. Is Zig actually a word? Probably not. Zigging is what you do when everyone else is Zagging. This activity, if practiced like a religion does several things.

When you are an early Zigger, you are most likely shunned by all the other Zaggers around you. Nature doesn’t like Ziggers […]


Back in the day they really didn’t do much insulating. They did what they could to keep out drafts by plugging holes with rags or anything they had lying around. In more expensive houses where they would plaster interior spaces they would put up lath (little strips of wood that look like long wooden yard […]

Exterior Features

The exterior is pretty much finished with the exception of a couple coats of paint and perhaps a shutter or two. There are two floors, the second is on the dormer side and is more of a loft with a mac daddy view of the water.

The house is modeled after several historical homes here […]

Welcome to Greene Cottage

Welcome to Greene Cottage, the home of my version of very simple environmentally conscious home construction. We have taken a step back in time, before modern technology whittled away at the craftsmanship in home building, and to a time before the days of composite building material compromises.

The building you see is made of recycled […]