Two married architects living the reno life on our historic garden block.
In the never ending pursuit of increasing energy efficiency, we decided to insulate all the copper piping coming off of our boiler. I also had an ulterior motive of keeping my shop from overheating this winter.
The pex piping is not too bad in terms of its heat transmittance but all the iron and copper piping just radiates the heat from the hot water. (Of course you can build a simple radiator of iron or copper pipe so that makes sense…)
We insulated with 1.5″ fiberglass pipe insulation which will help keep a lot of that heat in the pipes. It’s approximately an R11 and is wrapped in foil paper with a white exterior.
It is easy to cut, and fast to install... read more at Madison Square Posted 6 hours 32 min ago.
When we painted the laundry side of the basement we had put wire through the wall for new exterior outlets. Of course we never found time to finish the outlets but at least the wires got painted with the rest of the basement.
Well now that it’s December we have a reason to finish them… So we can put up Christmas Lights!
We installed outlets on both sides of our entry stoop and kept them low so the will be hidden behind our plants.
On the inside, they are controlled by a new timer switch, so they automatically turn on at dusk.
Now time to decorate. Kelly and Miles helped me hang the garland around the door. We also hung a star at the top and put lights in our boxwoods... read more at Madison Square Posted 2 days 4 hours ago.
It’s fall, the air is crisp, and it’s time to clean up the garden for winter. We started with Rob clipping the tree branches back from the bay windows:
Then into the garden to remove miscellaneous path lights etc:
Maddy and Miles watched from inside:
But then they finally decided to come out and help:
Helping cut the cut off branches:
Hopefully cutting back all the branches will reduce the number of berries next spring!... read more at Madison Square Posted 1 week 6 days ago.
We were given this lovely mirror, which is going to go great in the Nursery.
It’s an antique from Kelly’s grandparents house. Unfortunately it was stored in an outdoor storage container for several years which was not kind to the plaster ornamentation.
To stabilize it we used a combination of wood hardener and Elmer’s wood glue to stop any more sections from falling off, as well as reattached a few pieces that were dislodged since we have had the mirror.
We used plaster to rebuild the missing ornamentation. It was a process to form the rough shape in plaster and then carve out the details once the plaster set.
The lower left corner is the resculpted section- what do you think?... read more at Madison Square Posted 2 weeks 5 days ago.
The nursery is finally getting cleaned up.
The walls on either side of the windows where we borrowed the picture molding are spackled, sanded, and painted. Luckily we still had some of the original paint so we did not have to repaint the whole wall, just touch-ups. (BTW, can you see the floor patch?
The picture molding got a nice fresh coat of paint, along with the wall around it.
Can you see where we patched in the sections?
Now on to the decor. I can’t wait to use the picture molding for actual pictures! Tagged: Nursery, orange bedroom... read more at Madison Square Posted 2 weeks 6 days ago.
Back to the flooring patching,
Using the right wood is only the first step to blend in the patch… then you have to find the right stain color, followed by the right sheen on the top coat.
After testing a few different stains on scrap wood, we finally attempted the floor (it’s hard to go backwards when staining wood). Here is the first coat of stain and it’s too light. But that’s alright, you can always go darker but not lighter…
In the end we ended up blending 3 different stains together to get the right color.
And after 3 top coats of polyurethane, it blends into fairly well.
Once we have furniture in the room you will never notice the patch (unless of course you read the blog post : ) ) Tagged: Nursery, orange bedroom... read more at Madison Square Posted 3 weeks 17 hours ago.
Removing the out of place closet for the Nursery last year unfortunately left our beautiful picture molding several feet short off the new closet wall.
We are not sure what the original configuration of this molding was or even if it always in this room, but currently it is only on the long wall you see above and short pieces on either side of the window surround. It does not exist on either of the other 2 walls. So to make the most out of what we have we decided to salvage the trim from the window wall and use it to make the long wall complete.
Unfortunately the salvaged trim was still not quite long enough…
But we are going to fill in the gaps between the boards we do have... read more at Madison Square Posted 3 weeks 3 days ago.
Even though the cat loves it, and I am sure our son would too given the chance, the hole into the floor in the corner of the nursery has to go.
There was a bad patch in that corner that we reopened up when we redid the radiator lines, and it has been open ever since.
One of the challenge of patching this floor is that it is 100 year old quarter sawn Pine. We are not going to find anything that would be a good match at Homedepot, so we decided to make our own floor boards from old pine studs that we had demo’ed in our previous projects.
This way we could match the cut, board width, and even the tongue and groove of the old floor... read more at Madison Square Posted 4 weeks 11 hours ago.
You may or may not have noticed that you have been seeing less of Kelly on the blog over the last nine months, especially for project that included scraping lead paint or sniffing fumes… Or maybe you noticed when you did see her, she had a slightly larger mid section??
Well if you didn’t, we were expecting! And the big news ( and new project) is our son, who was born happy and healthy! …And 3 weeks early!
We had been working on numerous projects, trying to get everything ready in time.
We finally decided on living room furniture.
After all it’s important to have somewhere to sit when holding the baby and entertaining all the visitors.
But like everything else we just couldn’t decide on the chairs until we found these modern interpretations of wing backs from West Elm... read more at Madison Square Posted 5 weeks 14 hours ago.
So back to the Laundry Room project. Before we could do much down there we had to clean out and empty as much as possible from the basement to have room to work. (This of course made a complete mess of our 1st floor which now looks like the basement!) Our temporary sink http://madisonsquarehome.com/2009/10/04/basement-utility-sink/ that we got a lot of use since 2009, especially for the several months that it was the only sink in the house, got dismantled.
We had a floor mounted radiator down there, from when we use to shower in the basement before we finish our 2nd floor bathroom (boy we have come a long way!), that would be in the way of the base cabinets so it also had to go... read more at Madison Square Posted 10 weeks 16 hours ago.