America: Embracing the Disposable Society

 

We as a country set forth (on the fourth) to embrace another notch in the timeline belt of our fore fathers. This Independence Day has set in motion some questions of our past , as well as, questions of our future. The American dream is thought to be alive and well with prosperity available for all those who dare to believe and take the risk . As of late it feels as if the dream itself is now made in China. Faster,cheaper and replaceable seem to be the mantra of the tech savvy consumer. A land of big box stores where any item is available for immediate injection to our cavernous impatient souls. The age of information and commerce is that of a double edged sword. Junk for the junkies, with a splash of needed knowledge and product intermixed, to keep things recreational on the verge of addiction.

This is summed up, in the fact people want junk. This is meant to be both figurative and literal in stature. The nation has come to accept that things we buy are made overseas, or made in the great USA from foreign supplies. The longevity of said products leave the consumer smiling if it works out of the box. Now longevity means works at first. This is not where our national spirit historically lives.

The American dream was born on the backs of men and women wanting to be the very best. From products to ideas this was the under lying drive. These brave souls new one thing purely: HARD WORK. Possessing a toughness of will that may have died with them. The bottom line people were tougher because they had to be. Necessity is the major birth pain of invention. America possessed some of the best products and ideas the world has ever seen. Colonial times homes still stand today, heirloom furniture was handed down proper thru the generations. The materials, craftsmanship and detail designed to withstand centuries, forged by skilled hands, with an individuals name to bare.

As we celebrate this fourth , we are surrounded by none of these things. Homes need to only last the 6 year warranty period. Big box furniture is assembled from cardboard and glue, with an heirloom dream of making it out of the box. Everyone has come to embrace these new age ideals by the justification of the low price.

This Independence Day a challenge is issued: Embrace modern American Craft. Take back your ancestry by supporting locally made goods that bare the soul of their makers and of our fore fathers. Think custom and hand made instead of big box. Yes, it will cost more upfront, but it will last longer than you on this spinning earth.  Give the great grand kids a chance at a nail biting antique appraisal and a great thanks to your memory. Kick the junk to the junkies and stand to improve your home, work and personal value. You will deal directly with the manufacturer and costumer satisfaction is the only option. Make your life reflect and embrace the concept that is Modern Antiquity .

Happy Birthday America

 

 

 

New Construction Home Building the Old Way

Home building processes have changed greatly in the past century. Modern builders tend to focus on production type builds. Working crews are specialized to specific  tasks throughout the construction process. Aesthetics are kept to functional and speed of completion. This vocational film from the 1940’s is a great look back on how carpenters were responsible for many aspects of a completed home. Skill and detail express the true essence of craftsmanship in America.

 

 

Carpenters needed to be aware of the consequences of details down the road. Straightest wall studs in the kitchen to aid in later hanging the cabinets. Solid blocking in the framing to nail finished crown moulding to upon trimming. This attention and involvement in all phases of the building process lends itself to a more refined finished product. This is a lost concept on many fronts in production builds, with the mass view of building the biggest box, the fastest and most affordable. The modern use of the wording quality and luxury has become just that; words. The meaning of these words have steadily lost a sure foothold in the modern sea of vinyl cookie cutter boxes. Modern Antiquity is a concept that embraces the ideals of the past with a foresight into the future, fighting the accepted average of today , returning to the root of these misused words. Only through defying the norm can we begin to bring quality and luxury back into the realm of heirloom longevity.  At Modern Antiquity these words have true meaning.

The Saratoga Springs Trifecta

Saratoga Springs can be summed up upon arriving. As one enters the city limits, they are greeted by a decorative sign that states the mantra: Health History Horses. This trifecta is apparent in this small city that plays to the world stage.

The first statement of health can be attributed to the city’s focus on small business, a cauldron of mom and pop shops that is a stark contrast to the chain businesses that seem to seep into the commonality of modern life. Main street Broadway is a stunning example of niche stores and eateries that each provide a unique customer experience. The focus is on interaction with the local vendor climate instead of a national chain experience. It is both warming and rewarding to the consumer. There is a feeling of personality and attention to detail. Saratoga also embraces the pedestrian with common walkways, city parks, walking trails, and fresh farmer markets, health is inadvertently ingrained in the city. It is easy to slip into the laid back personal profile of the small city life.

The third is horses, an extremely evident factor in the heritage of this small city. Saratoga is one of the oldest sports venues  in the United States. World wide patrons descend on this  eclectic city for the month of August. The population explodes in the summer and Saratoga Springs is known for its excitement and racing flare. Tradition, beauty, and prestige embody the historical race track a site that must be experienced to be known. Saratoga racing provides entertainment and people watching for the small fare of a couple dollars for admission. Guests can bring their own coolers and picnic baskets. Come one and all to embrace the tradition that solidified Saratoga as common currency in all things horses.

History, is something that is not taken lightly in the spa city.  From the ancient fresh water and mineral springs to the time honored race track traditions, Saratoga embraces the past. The popularity of downtown has led to an ever growing city population. New Construction projects abound, but space is hard to come by. New construction has  moved into the realm of knocking down existing structures with no historical significance, or style.

Our mission at Modern Antiquity is to embrace the Saratoga Springs trifecta and apply these principles to new construction home building. We are focused on bringing back the craftsmanship of the past. Focusing on natural materials, time honored design and style, and gorgeous curb appeal. These homes are steeped in tradition, as well as, longevity. Modern Antiquity tries to carry on the history that has made this city special, providing products that will last for generations to come. These ideas mirror everything that makes Saratoga a staple in the history of American tradition. The future requires a nod to the past and with Modern Antiquity it is the best of both worlds.

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