When you think of a house on the water, what are some iconic furniture elements that immediately jump to mind?

If you're like us, you can't think of a water house without mentally adding a few Adirondack chairs to the porch, pier, or around a crackling fire pit. And when we bought our new house last October, one of the first accessories we wanted to pick up was a great set of adirondack chairs to fulfill our stereotyped ideology of what our house may eventually become.

Yes, we enjoy putting the cart before the horse, but you likely already know that about us.

While I wanted to hand fabricate all of our chairs, custom building them from lumber and plans, possibly after I felled my own tree and rough sawed it with a giant two man crosscut saw...by myself, Wendy convinced me this was a ridiculous idea given all of our other projects. For some reason she wanted chairs sometime before 2035. Ridiculous. Instead, after extensive research into the various options, Wendy found what seemed to be a good set of self assembled folding Adirondack chairs that didn't break the bank and had the look we wanted.

The chairs in question are the Merry Garden folding Adirondack chairs. They are unfinished and each is made up of about 30 individual pieces of fir. The main thing that was particularly appealing about these chairs is the fact that they arrive unfinished, which means the world is our oyster when it comes to their color and look. And their price is very reasonable, especially given their complexity, weight, and style. I think the only real reason they aren't three times the cost is due to the fir used to make the chair, rather than a more expensive cedar, cypress, or ash.

The reviews on Amazon are mixed with some negative comments about the overall durability of the chairs, which does give us a bit of apprehension. But we had a good feeling about them, so we decided to pull the trigger.


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All right folks, are you ready for some serious excitement?

While HVAC or plumbing might not be the thing that jumps to your mind when I mention excitement, when you've been without either for a few months even baby steps are exciting.

The fact is, this is our toilet situation.

Yes, it may be installed, but it requires us to fill a bucket in the other room and come into this room to fill the tank before flushing it. Baby steps, but we've got a flushing terlet!

As you likely already know, a few months ago we had a freeze disaster at our water house that has left our house without functional heat or plumbing. It all started on February 19th when we discovered the boiler had quit and our house was hovering at about 20 degrees. This caused the pipes to freeze and burst throughout the house, and has necessitated an insurance claim and a major plan to rectify the situation.


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Our plans for our new house including tackling projects both large and small.

Whether we're talking about a whole home HVAC rethink, an individual room overhaul, or the replacement of a single light fixture, we try to make sure we give each the thought and attention it deserves.

A few weeks ago Wendy mentioned the barn inspired new front lights we planned to install to welcome guests to our home.

I have to say, I was pretty excited by this change, as the previous brass lantern fixtures were incorrectly sized, badly weathered, and just not the right style for our house.

After removing the old lights, we had quite a surprise. It seems a family of birds had made themselves at home behind the old lights.


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Happy Birthday to Us, Happy Birthday to Us, I Can't Believe it's Been Four Years...Happy Birthday to Us!

That's right, as of today Old Town Home is officially four years old. In internet blogging years, I think that's like 82. I know it's pretty cliche, but I really can't believe how time has flown. I can still vividly remember the night we were officially posting our first blog entry. We were sitting outside in our backyard enjoying the weather and a glass of wine. I clicked publish on our "How To Create Marbled Easter Eggs" post, looked at Wendy, then said "Okay, we're live, now how are people going to find this?"

In the four years that have followed we've shared successes, failures, progress, delays, good times, bad times, adventures, stories, advice, photos, and a whole lot of DIY and randomness, and we've watched as people have found us. Honestly, I can't think of a better place to have shared everything from our Buffet Turned Vanity Before & After, to the arrival of the Colombian Tall Ship Gloria in Old Town Alexandria.

Throughout our journey we've made so many friends and have made so many connections with people we never would have met if not for the (once again very modern day cliche) idea of, "Hey, maybe we should start a blog." Thank you, to everyone who's read and interacted over this journey.

Over the past few weeks I've been feeling a bit nostalgic and started looking back through and reading some of our older posts. One thing I've noticed is that the longer we've blogged, the more detailed and in-depth (and by that I mean long winded) our blog posts have gotten. While this can be good when we have a detailed guide or something that may benefit from a more verbose explanation, a lot of times something a bit lighter weight would do just as well. And at least for me, I find myself comparing blog posts today to blog posts before and constantly trying to make sure I "make it a good post." This ultimately delays the posts I'm writing and makes everything take way longer than it should. Sort of like this paragraph is doing right now.


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Our heads are spinning when we start to walk through our mental to do lists. 

While we've made substantial progress in the last week to work towards repairing the whole house plumbing and HVAC disaster, we don't want work at the new house to come to a complete standstill. We've been trying to tackle smaller projects each weekend, as well as make progress on the living room renovation. 

Some of the smaller projects have included a bit of a garden cleanup, painting the front door a pale sea glass color (Benjamin Moore's Wythe Blue), and starting the prep work on finishing our adirondack chairs. In addition to these ongoing items, we have another minor facelift in the works. While we realize there are a million other things we'd like to address, I couldn't help but (constantly) notice that the little shed next to our house has seen better days. 

In the grand scheme of priorities, this one would be pretty low. But there are three factors that encouraged us to start on it now. 

We're also trying to be realistic about this project. We're keeping in mind that it was installed completely out of level on a sloped piece of asphalt that was once a boat launch ramp right next to the house. We're ignoring the fact that some of the trim boards have never seen a coat of paint, or that the sheets of pressed board have long deteriorated and now resemble flaky, peeling skin after a major vacation sunburn. We're also not going to obsess that the person or company who installed the shed years ago didn't care much about lining up joints, caulking seams, or mitering corners. 

Did I mention that we're not even going to focus on the missing asphalt shingle? Well, for now anyway.


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