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Back in January we shared the first steps we were taking to properly restore our original plaster walls. Today we have part one (of a two part) update on our progress. In true Alex form, this project has stretched on and on, taking far longer than any reasonable project timeline should. I spent the lull between activity doing what I do best, obsessing about the work we were doing and how to make the end result the best it could be while essentially paralyzing myself from making headway....
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The Milwaukee Tool Father’s Day Gift Guide Is dad ‘handy’? The team at Milwaukee Tool has been designing innovative, quality tools for the professional trades for nearly a century. This Father’s Day,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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Hallelujah – the sun is back on the East Coast! So when it finally reappeared after weeks of rain, we broke out the camera and took some photos of our finally finished bonus room (well, “finished” is a loose term, since I don’t think we’re ever actually done tweaking things). We’re happy to report that we crammed in a decent amount of fun, function, and a big ol’ spot to sit down and never get back up again. The couch in here is truly a vortex that’s impossible to resist. But I digress… If you missed what got us to this point (and are wondering where the heck this room is), you can catch up on how we finished this unfinished storage space above our garage, added built-ins & shelves to fill the nook, and made a wire-free spot for the TV....
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With just 3 months to go til baby boy joins us, I think it's time I start prepping.  One thing I was really happy last time around was having the nursery ready to go before Aggie came home.  She didn't use it on day one but we used it heavily before we were fully out of that newborn stupor so having one less thing to do was a blessing.  With that in mind, I plan to have this boy's nursery done and dusted this time around too.  Lucky for me, I think I can do a totally different look without too much effort.The look I'm going for is modern safari.  Just enough whimsy to make it sweet without the color overload. sources: glider | animal heads | crib | curtains | mobile To refresh, here is what it looked like for Aggie  (the complete nursery)...
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Whether it’s pelting sleet, a torrential downpour, or a heavy mix of snow, there’s nothing like adverse weather to make you appreciate your home—and your roof, in particular. It keeps you and the rest of your house safe from the elements each and every day. It’s designed to hold up over time, and most people take that for granted until it begins to fail. If the time has come for you to replace your roof, here are a few crucial tips you’ll need to consider before the new installation: Which Roofing Should You Choose? The first thing you have to figure out is what type of roofing you want. It’s important to consider the look, but also the cost and expected lifespan of each product....
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Installing Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Is Easy Low Voltage Landscape Lighting is a great DIY project with the ability to transform any yard into a beautiful night time setting. Electrical projects may seem daunting to some people but this is a project that anyone with basic hand tools can handle... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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Before 1985, dangerous asbestos fibres were often used in a range of Australian construction materials. In those days, the naturally occurring mineral fibre – with its versatility, tensile strength, and insulating qualities – was thought to be God’s gift to the construction industry. We now know that exposure to asbestos can be detrimental to your health. If you suspect that a building where you live, work or frequent contains asbestos, immediate action is required. Step One: Evacuate Exposure to asbestos poses significant potential health risks and can be life-threatening. If you are concerned that you have been exposed to asbestos, see your doctor....
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The last couple posts were about the gable and the oriel.  In this post I want to pull them together and add a couple other things that have been finished.  I think I have finally come to accept the fact that the exterior of the house - oh hell, forget about the exterior, the whole house is never really done.  But in this case, this phase (ha! phase connotes a plan!) is done, and the changes have been pretty dynamic!  I'll show a couple befores and point out some details, so bear with me.This first picture is from several years ago...this'll set the tone:OMG!  That wisteria, the stuff of nightmares!  And there's that dreaded rust on the fascia....
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About a month ago, Sun Joe sent us a sample unit of their SPX3000 electric pressure washer. We put this pressure washer to the test cleaning composite decking, a pvc rail system, some stucco concrete and other odds-and-ends. The SPX3000 was great for removing heavy mildew and other stubborn stains. We were especially pleased with the Total Stop System (TSS) which automatically shuts off the pump when the trigger isn’t engaged. This is a great mid-range pressure washer and an excellent option for those looking to avoid the expense and maintenance of a gas-powered pressure washer. Read on for more details. Setup Setup was straightforward. The trigger holder, spray wand protector, and hose holder all snap into place and are held secure with screws....
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Hello everyone, it is time for a new blog. We're going to discontinue posting on the Green Home Design Architect Blog as well as our Post and Beam Timber Frame Blog. Please view our two new blogs, http://boninarchitects.blogspot.com/. This blog will be written and maintained by Kim Bonin, Principal Partner of Bonin Architects & Associates. It will feature behind the scenes and daily happenings at Bonin Architects & Associcates.The second blog is http://redmaplela.blogspot.com/ which is written by Greg Rusnica,  Landscape Architect at Bonin Architects & Associates.Feel free to contact Kim or Greg with suggestions, comments or to schedule a visit to Bonin Architects & Associates' offices in New London and Meredith, New Hampshire. www.boninarchitects.com...
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