Wendy and I have long been fans of estate sales. After all, it was a Cleveland estate sale where Wendy's mom found an old painted wooden chair that ultimately became the catalyst for our many renovation projects. (Yes, Wendy and I have been working on projects since we were seniors...
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If you read our post two weeks ago about the largest historic home in Old Town Alexandria, yes the 12,000+ sqft and 150+ year old Vowell-Smith house, and thought to yourself "it's nice, but way too big for me." Maybe the house I'm going to talk about today is more...
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Earlier this week I posted about the work we did over the weekend to install the glass in our salvaged French doors. These doors will be the new entry to our house, so I spent a significant amount of time making sure that I did an adequate job on the...
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Almost as soon as we finished our very first paint removal project on the baseboards in our front parlor, we found ourselves in need of a good sander to help us complete the job and to prep the molding for paint. We had been given a Black and Decker Magic...
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With all of our errands, work, driving to and from Ohio, whole house audio setup, baseball games, home tours, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and life in general, it feels like we've not had any time to actually work on the doors for the vestibule project. We're getting so close to being...
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If you're looking for something to do this weekend, we have just the thing for you. Saturday, September 24, marks the 70th annual Old Town tour of homes. This great home tour tradition in the historic district of Alexandria is sponsored by The Twig, an Old Town thrift shop that...
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Over the years we've slowly been installing and growing our Nuvo whole house audio solution. Much like our renovation, it has been a slow process with a lot of prep work before we reached the payoff. From miles of cabling, to basic installation in limited rooms, to building a DIY server...
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These past couple weeks have been tough. I'm so very sad to say that my grandfather passed away Friday night at the age of 85, after several years of declining health. The past few days have been spent in the car, making the long 10 hour trek back to Ohio...
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There are a few devices that come into play during any home renovation project that make you say "Wow, I don't know how I could even begin to take on this project if I didn't have one of these." Saws, drills, and sanders are often a given necessity, and ones...
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This particular sickness tends to kick in each year in late July and lasts through the month of October. My disease? I'm a Halloweenaholic. And each year, I promise myself that I won't purchase any new decorations for my beloved holiday. Well, in true Halloweenaholic form, I've already broken that promise...
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In the past I've written about some of our home technology items that we've installed since moving into the house in 2003. From thousands of feet of structured wiring to whole house audio, I love pimping our pad with as much technology as possible without making the house look like...
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There's no doubt about it, there are really some stunning houses within the bounds of the Old Town historic district. Some are small, some are large, most are old, some are very old, but each has its own unique history and gawk factor that set it apart from the masses. However,...
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School days, school daysDear old golden rule daysReading and writing and 'rithmeticTaught to the tune of the hickory stickMy great grandfather used to sing this song to my mother and her siblings as the days of summer drew to a close. And as the llamas debuted their latest festive garb,...
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Yesterday's post about the door hanging work we completed over the weekend revolved largely around the jig I used to place and properly size the hinge mortises in both the door and door jamb. As I mentioned, in our years of home renovation, there are few tasks more difficult than hanging...
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Last weeks near constant rain from Tuesday through Friday totaled over 6" locally. The whole area had massive flooding due to swollen streams and rivers, and it felt an awful lot like we were living in Seattle. One thing is certain, the rain sure put a damper on our front...
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