Mezaparks in Riga, Latvia

Mezaparks in Riga, Latvia

Today, we wandered through an area called Mezaparks in Riga, Latvia, a neighborhood of some new and many century-old homes. The name, Mezaparks, literally means “Forest Park” in Latvian. Originally called “Kaiserwald,” it was built in the early 20th century and is one...
The Traveling Architect In Latvia

The Traveling Architect In Latvia

Today, we toured a neighborhood in Riga, Latvia that is full of 100+ year-old wooden houses. These were the homes of the professionals, merchants, and business owners from an era long past. Since these homes were built, Latvia has been overrun and occupied by Russia,...
Bleaching Oil for Cedar Siding

Bleaching Oil for Cedar Siding

Staining cedar siding I was on a job site the other day and we were reviewing the transformation that occurs when you add a stain to cedar siding.  The contractor had built a sample wall and we were discussing the process. He indicated that the siding would be...