We’ve been humbled
over and over again by the quality people we have been surrounded with in this journey called Cottage
Many have exhibited uncommon
patience with us as plans
seemed to change or come to a halt daily at times.
Other times, we faced uncertainty,
and the right people came
alongside and with professionalism and grace helped
us get through or
over one more hurdle. This, it’s
been clear has not been our project alone. We
couldn’t be bringing this vision from imagination to
reality alone. Experts and professionals have become trusted
friends. All have had a part
in this grand plan. We are truly grateful to God and to those
on this (growing) list:
My late father, Jim & mother Veryl Macdonald, more than parents. Inspirers, critics, encouragers, fine tuners.
Couldn't do it without them.
Jim Bedorf and Justin Prince of the Bedorf-Prince team at Coldwell
Banker. These guys are absolutely amazing! Focused, experienced,
talented, are not enough . . . caring, honest, and the kind of
professionals you like to think of as friends. Cottage Brook Lane's
success owes so much to these two for finding the right people, the
right builders, and making everybody happy! Thank you so much Jim and Justin!
Joy and Chris Daniels, Sheri Walker, and the entire team of real estate
professionals of Joy Daniels, Re/Max Realty Professionals. Getting this
vision launched just at s the Great Recession hit us all, Joy was
there! Responsiveness and action
that makes one's head spin! It is no wonder Joy is consistently
in the top 1% in her field! www.joydaniels.com
Arlene and the late Tom Carricato . . . Massimo and Debbie and the Carricato
sons. Every day the Model was under construction we witnessed
pain staking attention to detail and quality, many, many examples of
which are now hidden by the superb finishes inside and out.
Brian Fischbach, Dave Morgan, Jim Smith & staff of the former Fischbach,
Morgan & Associates, Engineers . . . these folks made the
rubber hit the road... and get it done!
Fischbach Morgan & Associates, LLC
Charlie Junkins, Principle of CW Junkins
Associates. More than a surveyor, Charlie pointed us in the right
direction with more than his transit. Charlie introduced us to
both Brian Fischbach and to "rain gardens". "Rain Gardens" are
playing an important aesthetic role in Cottage Brook by replacing
unsightly storm detention ponds with landscaped bio-plantings.
"Rain Gardens" also provide a critical enhancement to the local
ecology by returning cleaner water to our nearby Yellow Breeches Creek.
Thank you Charlie, double!
Lee Bixler of Renovations Woods, incredible example of industriousness, honesty, and friendliness . . . and the barn magician
Andy McBride and Tracy Crain of New Creation Renovation who set a high standard
of responsiveness, integrity, diligence and excellence.
David Atwood painting
Lin & Roger Shoffner painting
Jon Reapsom & (everybody loves) Raymond Painting
Keith Plasterer, friend and mentor
Andrew Madeira, my other friend (just kidding) and mentor
Darin Warren friend and "gitter done" inspirer
Dennis Boyle, Esquire, friend and reportedly Indiana Jones' mentor
Dwight West of Best Roofing
Jeff Musser of Musser Home Builders
Don Farinelli of Farinelli Construction
Russ Ehric, Dan Smith, Lisa Snyder, Kathie Shafer of Messiah College for patience, availability,
Commissioner Ken Martin for encouragement to stay the course early on
Planning Commission Chair David Bowman for unexpected public comments praising
Cottage Brook as the kind of development Upper Allen wants to see
Commission President James Cochran for another public comment of support after
action to approve Cottage Brook's plan
Commissioner Joe Chick for his penetrating knack to call it like he sees it and
for a big heart willing to share his time and expertise
The eight or nine Messiah students who dormed in the old stone house and tolerated
repeated visitation requests and inspections
Mike Taylor of Bartlett Tree Experts for his passion for trees and expert counsel on their care and preservation
Mike Myers of Myers masonry . . . Cottage Brook Lane's stone
entry wall made entirely of Grantham limestone is a lasting testament
to artisan Mike and sons.
Greg Musser of Coyle Lumber for sharing his memories of delivering papers to
the old stone house and of course for masterful wood working
Jeff Bricker of Bricker Landscaping for thoroughness and energy exemplified by
handing me estimates and shooting transit elevations in a downpour
Jim Casey of Casey Brothers Masonry, masters of an almost forgotten trade
Greg Dunkle of Cumberland Valley Landscaping for making sure the meadow didn't
turn into a jungle
Michael Larkin, landscape designer, a man passionate about creating beauty and
transforming the common into the extra-special
Tim Wilson, for his expert architectural eye and creative imagination for structural
beauty inside and out
Mr. & Mrs. Don Royal, gracious hosts for enduring Penn Dot sight-line engineering
and stone and ivy landscaping conversations
Joanna and Betty our new neighbors on Yorkview for their recommendations and
encouragement at the Planning Commission meetings
Many, many smiles and waves from new friends traversing to see Pat at the Post
Office, or heading to class or office at Messiah
Ben and Tony of Stone Roots, artists who bring old-world aesthetics to concrete!
Julie at William E. Poole Designs prompt communicator of the necessary permissions
and details for using images of some of most beautiful house plans we have found
Emilie and Jim McGinnis (Jim the Computer Guy, Inc) deserving gold medals for
patience, skill and imagination in website design.
Ivo Otto and staff at Martson, Deardorff, Williams & Otto for invaluable
help in cutting through the mustard.
Martson Law Offices - Ivo Otto
Rob Rahall and Frank Koser of Susquehanna Bank.
Michael Leaman & Black Landscape Contracting
Jim Gleim, Dave Gruber and staff at JW Gleim Excavating, Inc.
Gina Brown, the PPL engineer
who continues to surprise all of us with her proficiency, clarity and
responsiveness . . . all delivered with an uncommon graciousness.
Steve McGarvey, Verizon SWAT
team guy. Here's an engineer who really needs a corporate jet or
at least jet back-pack! For all the ground you cover, Steve,
thanks for making little Cottgage Brook a priority.
Sheri and Beth of Red Door Staging (yes, ok, no, maybe, but)
Red Door Staging
Dr. Dave Foster, professor at
Messiah College, for partnering in making clean water filtration
to the Yellow Breeches a subject not only of discussion, but plans for
making it a co-operative learning experience at Cottage Brook for his
Dr. Foster - Messiah College Bio Science
Dr. Erik Lindquist, another
friend and nature enthusiast. This guy's definitely a combination
of Indiana Jones, Tarzan, and Einstein.
Dr. Lindquist Bio Science
Dr. Jeff & Casey Marks,
new neighbors, Stone House cheerleaders, paradise preservers, gracious
hosts, new friends. Thank you.
God. We know it has been His hand that has woven together the
many circumstances which have been beyond our control as well as being
the One who has enriched our lives through the many people we have come
to know, lean on, and appreciate in this adventure.