Hello, we are Tiffany and Tom!
We have the romantic age-old story. We grew up together in Kennebunk, Maine, dated in high school and then both went off and lived some life. One day, while perusing Country Living Magazine, there he was in front of me in full color! The article talked about his business, Old House Parts Company, and his gift of creating with architectural salvage.
We emailed a few times chatting about our lives for a year and a half. Then one day out of the blue, he called me, and we were both single! We planned to meet so I could have a tour of his 12,000 SF retail store in an old freight house. In 1996, he started the Old House Parts Company, because as a contractor he was throwing away beautiful Architectural pieces and wanted to give them a chance at new life. The concept took off and fifteen years later, salvage became the new design trend. Since that first day, we spend all our time together.
I invited him to celebrate my birthday, and he accepted immediately. For my gift, he brought a beautiful Antique Stained Glass Window. A few years later, he crafted an old world door around that window, which graces house we live in. It looks upon the old fishing harbor of Friendship, Maine. Entering our house, you pass through this gorgeous door which evokes the memory of our “first” date.
Our first five years, we adventured the Maine Coast from Kennebunk to Moosehead Lake. We traveled in a custom travel trailer and houseboat, both handcrafted by Tom. We scoured antique stores, flea markets and yard sales for Architectural Salvage treasures.
Seven years ago, we purchased a house on Friendship Long Island. An island that you can only access by boat and has only walking trails. We spent magical and relaxing days reading, gardening and exploring the island. We saw glorious sunsets, eerie moon risings and wished on many shooting stars.
Tom’s next venture was to create the Tiny Barge Transport Company. He had a steel landing craft built in Kentucky and drove it back to Maine. For four years, he mastered transporting to the many islands in Muscungous Bay. The list of cargo was extensive, including construction vehicles, building materials, hard wood, travel trailers, water containers, and trash. He never passed up a challenge.
Eventually, we sold the island house and purchased a 1960’s mainland ranch with water views. Tom transformed a plain ranch into a beautiful cottage by the sea. The improvements were nothing more than amazing. We expected this to be our forever home, and put ourselves into it completely.
With all this going on, Tom was craving more challenges. In 2001, he had purchased a 59′ Brooklin Boatyard hull in disrepair. He envisioned a vintage Steamship-style, seaworthy vessel powered by solar panels and electric engines. He had built five houseboats to date, starting at 15 years of age. We had partied together on his first one in high school. Now was the time to fulfill his lifelong dream. It took 4 years to complete, and I was a “boat widow” and did not see him many nights and weekends. Tom incorporated many of the antique and salvage pieces we had collected over the years. You can view pictures and videos of the progress of this One-of-a-Kind majestic boat build at www.evamericacruising.com.