That builder was trusted Newbury resident Bill Barrett.
Bill's company, Plum Island Construction, is well known in the area. Not a day goes by when you don't see his trucks driving by, or parked in front of one beautiful home or another that he and his crew are creating.
After exiting the house, Bill reported that he was pleasantly surprised to find that the house was structurally sound, noting that the fireplace was well in tact - unusual due to it's size. He expected that the foundation might be cracked due to deterioration but none was visually seen. The external patio floor was slanted a bit, but Bill said that was just superficial and easily improved.
STPH greatly appreciated that Refuge Manager Peterson arranged for this, and continued on to comb maps with Rochelle at his office for two hours after the walk through, coming up with some options for retaining the Pink House in the community. Two of the three initial solutions focused on land swaps, as Federally owned land can't just be sold.
When the time comes that the house would be refurbished, Bill has said he would head the project if called upon, and aid in getting donated materials and licensed and insured workers if needed. We don't quite know yet which iron in the fire will come to fruition, but we continue to prepare to be able to act on what we'll need once a solution is reached.
We get a great deal of confidence having people like Bill Barrett on board, working on behalf of his community. That's a volunteer extraordinaire!