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*Today’s guest post is by house enthusiast/writer John Miller. House Crazy Sarah is taking a nap this week. ~~~ There is something about cozying up next to a stone fireplace in the winter, especially when the mood is intensified by the smell of warm wood, the comfort of thick rugs and a breathtaking vista outside an […]...
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After 6 passes on our plaster crown molding, it looks good… So it was time to take down the wood guide rails. We still need to do a final sanding of the trim and patch in the corners… but the hardest part is done! i.e. Running the long sections of trim, and of course figuring out how to do it. If your curious on how we did it, here is a short ‘action’ video. I had just put a fresh coat of plaster over the previous pass and then ran the knife along the guide to skim off the excess plaster, leaving a smooth profile: So now on to the corners… To prep them we drew our guide line and put a few more projecting screws in for the plaster to grab on to. And here goes the first coat. I am hoping we can finish the corners in 3 to 4 coats and not 6. Stay tuned…...
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RIDGID Pro Pack Wet/Dry Vacuum Review A clean and tidy job site goes a long way to show customers that you are a professional. Beyond that, a clean job site is a more efficient and safer site as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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We are about to get a huge snowstorm here so what better time to start dreaming of the beach? Perfect timing to share the shore kitchen before and afters! I know, I know - this is the slowest quick renovation in the history of time but I think it was worth it.  So much brighter, beachy (without being too over the top thematic) and functional.You have already seen most of the work in prior posts but it was time to do a complete post with sources.As you might remember, we wanted to keep the renovation tab down so we decided to keep all the plumbing exactly as is. The only real structural change to the room was tearing down half the closet and opening up the space on the left....
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I got in about six hours of painting this weekend so the mural saw a lot of progress. If all goes well, I should be done with the first coat of paint on all sides of the mural. This might not sound like much but I consider it a huge accomplishment. It is time consuming and, for me, the least fun part of the painting because it doesn't look like much at that stage. The east wall is still the furthest along. A few more hours and I will be finished with it. The next furthest along is the south wall. I have several more days to finish work on this one and didn't do any work on it this past weekend. The west wall is the least finished of the walls and I spent some time laying down the first layer of colors on it this weekend.I also did a lot of work on the north wall this weekend....
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Several months ago we closed on a very picturesque and historic house on the water. This home is a second home for us, and our grand plan is to use it as a vacation/weekend retreat where we will be able to spend time with friends, family, and each other away from the very fast paced and close proximity lifestyle to which we've come accustom. But before we reach that idyllic setting of sipping drinks on the dock and paddling a kayak, we've got our work cut out for us by way of house projects. As you may already know, we're not ones to shy away from a home renovation related challenge, and though any given project may take us exponentially longer than the average bear, we have some serious plans for this house before we're all said and done....
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Bonin Architects & Associates, of New London & Meredith, NH, Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 AwardOver 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the WorldJanuary 19, 2015 – Bonin Architects & Associates of New London & Meredith, NH, has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The award winning architectural firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction....
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Bonin Architects & Associates, of New London & Meredith, NH, ReceivesBest Of Houzz 2015 AwardOver 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the WorldJanuary 19, 2015 –  Bonin Architects & Associates, of New London & Meredith, NH, has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The award winning architectural firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction....
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Insulating Wood Framed Walk-Out Basement Walls Walk-Out foundations create an interesting dilemma in when considering wall insulating details. I’ve written extensively on the subject of how to properly insulate basement walls which deals with concrete (and block) walls but I’ve never addressed the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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If you’ve watched “Antiques Roadshow,” you’ve seen segments where a collector believes he’s brought in a priceless artifact–like a Ming vase–only to be told by the Roadshow appraiser that he’s got a fake or a reproduction or he’s grossly over-estimated the value of the item in question. In short: he’s been burned. Sometimes the collector has broken even on the buy–the appraiser’s estimate is about what the collector paid–and so he goes home with a dashed dream but no great damage. Other times, the collector has lost thousands of dollars in the transaction, having bought a $30 trinket for $3,000. I love watching these segments because, sorry to say, schadenfreude kicks in and I relish the would-be collector’s misery....
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