About Dennis Shanoff

Dennis Shanoff
Dennis moved from Connecticut to south western New Hampshire 12 years ago to be closer to the outdoor recreational opportunities northern New England offers. His hobbies include regional travel, motorcycling, hiking, camping & woodworking. Dennis' main inspiration for writing is to share the great things he discovers about northern New England while out exploring the small cities & countryside.

 

Installation of Bluebird Nest Boxes
Vermont Woods Studios Green Team installing the Bluebird nesting boxes.

Bluebird Nesting Boxes Installed, Who Will Move in First?

Back in March I wrote a blog post about our Bluebird nesting box project. Since our new Stonehurst property had the right environment (open grassy fields) for nesting Bluebirds and we had some extra lumber the Green Team went into action. It was a tough winter so it took a bit this year for the snow to finally melt away so we could complete the final phase of our project. Plus that’s about the time Bluebirds return to these parts. But what we really needed was some thawed ground. These nest boxes need to go out in the open field which necessitated driving metal mounting posts a few feet deep into the ground. Bluebirds forage on open grassy ground and we were able to get 4 boxes in. (Bluebirds prefer some space between their nests)

For those of you who may not have heard, Stonehurst is going to be the home of our new Vermont made furniture showroom. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians and painters have been very busy since January remodeling this old farmhouse. According to the latest project schedule we should be able to begin the move in sometime mid May. Everyone here sure is eager to move into our new home! But I suspect the Bluebirds should discover these recently installed nest boxes any day now and will probably be moved and settled in before we do!

In the meantime, I will go up to Stonehurst every few days to check the nest boxes and  look for signs of move in. (Bluebirds use grass for a nesting material) While I am up there I will check on our construction team to see when our new nest will be ready. Stay tuned for future blogs to see what our nest box project yields.

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Best Outdoor Furniture

Best Outdoor Furniture

When it comes to the best outdoor furniture, what would your criteria be? After many conversations with our customers we have found five things that is on everyone’s wishlist.

1. Zero Maintenance

2. Sturdiness and Durability

3. Stylish

4. Eco-friendly

5. American Made

 

POLYWOOD Outdoor Furniture

We have only been able to find one manufacturer that fits our customer’s 5 point criteria, and that is POLYWOOD.

1. Zero Maintenance

POLYWOOD is constructed with recycled plastic lumber, which is designed to resist fading; won’t splinter, crack, or rot; and never requires refinishing.

2. Sturdiness and Durability

POLYWOOD is as thick and heavy as conventional wood lumber, assuring that it will hold up for heavy use or won’t blow all over your yard.

3. Stylish

With 20 collections and 13 colors to choose from, there’s a piece of POLYWOOD outdoor furniture for all tastes.

4. Eco-friendly

90% of POLYWOOD’s lumber is made from post-consumer recycled plastic. Typically, containers such as water bottles, milk jugs, ect. The average POLYWOOD adirondack chair requires 500 milk jugs to manufacture.

5. American Made

POLYWOOD is 100% made in America for over 20 years and is the premiere plastic outdoor furniture maker in the industry. In recent years, there have been a lot of companies trying to produce a similar product, but POLYWOOD innovated this process, and no one can beat the original.

We offer the full POLYWOOD product line, and you can check it out on our website. As an authorized POLYWOOD dealer, we try to keep it competitively priced, tax-free, and offer free shipping. If you have any questions about our POLYWOOD outdoor furniture, feel free to contact us.

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Vermont Furniture Showroom

It’s officially Spring, but you wouldn’t know that from the outside temperatures this week. But, it hasn’t slowed down our remodel crew a bit. Based on our most recent construction meeting, it looks like the last hammer swing will be around the third week of May. Of course we are anxious to move in and excited to welcome our customers to our new home.

So most of the recent activity has been on the interior and the different spaces are taking shape quite nicely. One area we really love and feel our customers will love too is the customer welcome area. This space was formally a kitchen, and it never really took advantage of the gorgeous view. We decided to put in as much glass as possible to best capture this view. We think this is a perfect space for our customers to soak in the scenery. Our photo below shows the transformation of this space.

Vermont Furniture Showroom
The former kitchen becomes a room with a view!

Check back soon to see this room when it is finished and see how the rest of the spaces are coming along. Looking forward to opening our doors for you this Summer.

To get caught up on the Vermont Woods Studios showroom remodel, see the Stonehurst section of our blog.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Blue Bird Nesting Box
We used the lumber from one of the “hazardous trees” we had to cut down to make blue bird nesting boxes.

When we first purchased Stonehurst, it was evident that about six different trees needed to be removed, as they were much too close to the house. Not wanting them to go to waste, we sawed what we could into lumber and trimmed the rest for fire wood. One of the trees was a Norway Spruce, so Ken didn’t have his eye on it for furniture. So, we decided it would be perfect lumber to make some bird nesting boxes. We called in the help of Vince Johnson, of Vernon, who set up his portable sawmill on site. He was able to get a good amount out of that Spruce tree and we had plenty for our project.

Part of Stonehurst is potentially creating a nature center and we will always look for ways to preserve the natural habitat for all the native species on the property. With Stonehurst having a fair amount of open fields, it is a perfect habitat for the Eastern Bluebird and Tree Swallows, both cavity nesters. Also, the field edges would make a good spot for some Black Capped Chickadee nest boxes.

We found a bluebird nesting box plan and some members of the Green Team took over Ken’s workshop. We made a bunch of nesting boxes for the bluebirds, but ran out of time for the chickadees, so that’s something that we will get back to. The next step is to get out to the fields to mount these in just the right places. We want to get them up before the end of March, which is typically the time these species start to look for a nesting place. We will report on that in the coming weeks as well as keep you updated as these nest boxes become occupied.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Platform Storage Bed With Under Bed DrawersBeds with drawers – a smart place for extra storage space!

Platform beds with storage drawers are seeing an increase in popularity these days, especially where bedrooms are small and and storage space needs are large. And with the average apartment size bedroom offering only 100 – 140 square feet of floor space it only takes a queen size bed to consume 25 – 35% of your precious floor space (not including nightstands). So, by starting your bedrooms furnishings with a storage bed with drawers you will have the equivalent of a good size chest of drawers without encroaching on any valuable square footage.

Even if you have the luxury of a spacious master bedroom suite there still might be a better use for all that floor space under the bed? Not to mention one less place to dust as often. And while plastic storage tote boxes can be used under the bed, I think we would all prefer not to have to see those. Plus these tote boxes can scratch your wood floors finish over time as they are dragged in and out from under your bed. Definitely not the solution for fans of neat and tidy.

Under bed storage drawers are a perfect space for your everyday items, seasonal wear, or even your extra bed linens, blankets, etc and we have been getting more calls for this type of bed / storage solution. At Vermont Woods Studios we offer a variety of wood platform storage beds. These beds all have 2 large drawers per side creating the perfect his and hers storage space. All feature solid hardwood construction, are naturally finished in your choice of Cherry, Walnut, and Maple with sizes ranging from Twin to California King. Included in our storage bed lineup is our Copeland line which includes 5 platform styles that are available with optional unique open nightstands which allow full opening of the bed drawers.

So if you are looking for a more attractive, easier to use system and give those items hiding under your bed a better place to live then you just may want to take a closer look at some platform storage beds with drawers.

 

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.