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A little while ago we were weighing our options in restoring the uncovered plaster in the living room of our new house. This all stemmed from the partial wall removal in that room where we realized the room's original plaster had been covered over by a layer of drywall. And when we removed the drywall, we learned that the vast majority of the plaster was completely intact. The interesting thing about this plaster is a top or finish coat had never been applied. Old plaster is typically a three part system. You have the scratch coat, brown coat, and finally, a top coat to smooth everything out. But often, if the plan was to apply wallpaper to the wall rather than paint, the top coat was omitted and the paper was applied as a sort of top coat of its own. Read Full Post...
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Dust Control System Here at ConcordCarpener.com we often write about ‘best practices” and “contractor professional development.”   We also follow Henry Ford’s advice of,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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We truly live in our living room.  This is where we hang, where we entertain, where we play.  So the challenge of incorporating the things that come with having a baby and now toddler into this space was a bit of a challenge.  Before I had her, I did not realize that toys were more for the parents than the child. I suppose that is an obvious point but it had just never occurred to me.for the renovation obsessed, here is the scary beforeAfter a bit of struggle, I think I've finally struck a good balance between function and form.  While it's not magazine perfect by any means, it still feels open and organized while having lots of entertaining options to keep Aggie busy....
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Yeah...this is what happens when I go out of town for work for four weeks, get sick, and spend most of that time in a hotel, with hotel cable TV (that doesn't even have TCM)!  Okay, I'm really not as tragic a figure as that sounds, but sometimes Eyore-ing it just seems appropriate.  What am I talking about?  This blog-site...for the third time in what - the last three years ?, I've redesigned the site.  All because I actually have the time.  Truth is, I'm only half way through the trip, and if things don't pick up for me, I'll do some more tweaking.  Here's what I've done:I changed the banner (again), this time opting for a clean, minimalist look.  Then I changed the entire blog template, and spent hours on customization. THEN I spent even more hours installing the slider....
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Build A Shed Series | Planning The Build In this part of the country spring is right around the corner and that means it’s time to start thinking about and planning this years outdoor projects. If one of the items on your list is to build a shed than you’re in the right place. This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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Did you know that Richard Nixon’s birthplace – now the site of his presidential library and museum – was a 1912 kit home? True story. Nixon’s father built the kit home from a nearby lumber yard on the family ranch in Yorba Linda, California in 1912-13. The house is now part of the grounds of […]...
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Oak Park has a reputation for being keenly aware of its architectural heritage. Much of this image comes from the people that come to Oak Park to gawk at buildings designed by America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. A significant number of people even make the journey to visit the former stomping grounds of author, Ernest Hemingway. Like other suburban communities around Chicago that developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, we also have architect-designed homes and commercial structures of a remarkable quality and quantity....
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A package I sent to China last September just came back to me. What’s remarkable is not the fact that it has been in the mails–going to and from–for six months but, rather, that it came back at all. I didn’t imagine anything that went to China would ever come out again. China, in my imagination, is an impossible land, vast and overpopulated and corrupt and, at its core, ancient in bizarre ways. I know, this view betrays my ignorance. And maybe I’m being unreasonable when I admit that China’s ravenous, desperate appetite scares me.     But here’s the thing: China is too big, and too important, to ignore. It used to be that we could mock China because everything cheap and tawdry was made there–the grab bag trinkets and rock-bottom knock-offs you’d find at the Dollar Store....
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Are you interested in learning more about purchasing, designing and building a home in the lakes region of New Hampshire? Join us and meet a few leading local professionals exploring the options for purchasing, designing, and building a home in today's lakes region. Click the link for more details. Squam River Landing Presentation...
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Are you interested in learning more about purchasing, designing and building a home in the lakes region of New Hampshire? Join us and meet a few leading local professionals exploring the options for purchasing, designing, and building a home in today's lakes region market. Click the link for details. Squam River Landing Presentation...
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