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July 17, 2011

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Room service

I always look forward to your architectural and decorating features. They are unfailingly excellent and so accessible. I especially liked the Berkshire retreat (“Modern Rustic,” June 26). I would love to see the complete layout of the space – it looks very creative and workable.

Teresa G.C. Patterson / Centerville

Note from the editors: We got back in touch with the homeowners and their project manager, Evan Mathison from Cambridge-based Maryann Thompson Architects, and they were all happy to oblige.
With regard to the small home in the Berkshires, I am very interested in how it is heated.

Charleen Bearce Lambert / North Eastham

The short answer? Smartly. The primary heat source is radiant heating in the concrete floor, explains Evan Mathison. The home also has a supplemental split ductless unit for forced hot air and air conditioning – not that it really needs it. “We needed air conditioning for one day only last summer, given the cooling effect of the concrete floor, the stack effect, and the ceiling fans,” observes homeowner Todd Golub. “And we’ve never needed to turn on the split ductless heat.”
Lingering questions

Regarding the Tales From the City by Dick Nagle in the June 26 Globe Magazine: Where is the humor? Did Nagle really feel it was appropriate to go on a job interview with his teenage son? Was he teaching his son that he had so little confidence in him that he did not think he was capable of interviewing on his own? And to set the example of asking that his son be paid under the table? Why is this funny? Both his son and the restaurant would be subject to fines for this situation. What kind of role model is this?

Ann Heffernon / Keene, New Hampshire
Date with destiny?

The last two years have been filled with stress and bad news for me, so I need to hear or read something good for a change. Please tell me that Rebecca Winik and Mitch Pomerance from the June 19 Dinner With Cupid column hit it off and are, at the very least, engaged. They make a really nice looking couple and seem perfect for each other. (Mitch’s comment that he’s happiest when he hears his mom laugh was the icing on the cake.) I need this. I don’t think I’m asking too much – just a lifelong commitment between two people I’ve never met.

Patricia McGregor / Beverly
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