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One of the most difficult aspects of renovating an old home is to ensure your alterations are not only functional and attractive, but are in keeping with the character of the house.
The hallway on the day we moved inAnyone who has renovated a home of a certain age knows this all too well. The simple fact is that an old home’s character and identity comes from its many small details that were given the upmost of attention.... read more at Old Town Home
Posted 12 hours 29 min ago on Old Town Home
Tomorrow is December 1 - the traditional start of the advent calendar countdown. Let's just say I'm not ready. Lucky for me, my children won't notice if I start a few days late.Even though its a bit of hassle, I sort of loved my DIY rustic antler advent calendar I did last year.Of course there are so many great ideas elsewhere too. Really simple versions like this advent calendar in a jar from White Gunpowder, a super simple ornament version by Casa Haus, or a sleek modern approach from Journey into Creativity. But my most favorite one - both for ease and function is from Live Laugh Rowe. She took a linen over the door shoe organizer and made a fabulous one.... read more at Brooklyn Limestone
Posted 2 days 11 hours ago on Brooklyn Limestone
Benefit’s of Flashing Deck Joists Water and wood do not play nice together, and over a long period of time unprotected wood, even pressure treated can rot. But by protecting the wood, it can...
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Posted 4 days 14 min ago on A Concord Carpenter Comments
But don’t worry – we’re not moving into this one.
As we shared on this week’s podcast, we recently purchased a beach house (!!!). But it’s not the fancy, high roller version that the term “beach house” tends to evoke.... read more at This Young House
Posted 4 days 10 hours ago on This Young House
It was a big week in Chicago this week. The Cubs won the World Series, deyed the river blue, and had a big parade. I work on Michigan so it made for a fun work day. I also felt that it was a good week for work on the house. The weather was great, I got the garage cleaned up and it can now be used for parking cars instead of staining wood, and I did a lot of work on the beadboard. I was able to finish all but two small sections of beadboard this week. It looks great and will be nice to finally get to the scraping and painting. I don't hold out a ton of hope that I will get much done before it is too cold but I am crossing my fingers. ... read more at Tiny Oak Park Bungalow
Posted 3 weeks 4 days ago on Tiny Oak Park Bungalow
Campell Hausfeld just released two new air compressors- the pancake DC060500 and horizontal DC080500. Both compressors include all the features you’d expect from a trusted brand like Campell Hausfeld. What sets these compressors apart is the low sound output. Both compressors are designed to be among the quietest in the industry.
Campell Hausfeld sent us one of the new horizontal compressors to try out. Opinions are my own. Read on for the full review.
Up to 50% Quieter
If you’ve ever used a compressor indoors for framing or painting, you know how loud it can be. It’s almost impossible to talk over a typical compressor as it cycles on and off. Even worse, it can be a real disturbance to a homeowner as you work.... read more at One Project Closer
Posted 7 weeks 6 days ago on One Project Closer
The central stair hall / vestibule of our house is pretty unique for a Philly row house. The door is centered in the front facade and you immediately have three choices when entering the front door: turn left to the living room, go straight up the stairs, turn right into the dining room. Fourth option is of course turn around and down the stoop to the garden.
It’s not a spacious front hall by any means, but it does mean we have a gracious steep and wide stair which is always on display to guests and tempting small children to climb.
As mentioned before, we started test- stripping some paint and had paint samples on the wall and the risers. For 6-7 years.
It was easy to overlook this area as we wrapped up other projects.... read more at Madison Square
Posted 10 weeks 2 days ago on Madison Square
As a reminder, when I started the back stoop, which seems like forever ago, it looked like this:So it was time. At the end of the last post, the stoop was looking like:It was getting there. Really, all I had to do was paint, but if you know me - I......hate.....painting! Stain on the floorboards and two coats of B-I-N primer, and two coats of paint later, here it was (of course Linus supervised throughout):Oh, just a quick step backward - here's the stoop without the doors. As you can see the mower and some other things are stored below:What you can't see here is that the storage runs the entire length of the back porch, more storage is always good!... read more at 173 Our Old House
Posted 12 weeks 4 days ago on 173 Our Old House
AGL, our current electricity provider, recently updated us to a digital or “smart” meter. The specific model that they installed is an EDMI Atlas Mk10D.
When we had the meter installed by AGL we were informed that we could opt out from the new meter. We decided to go ahead with it because it would allow us more detail of our energy usage.... read more at Renovate Australia
Posted 13 weeks 3 days ago on Renovate Australia