Category Archives: Renovation/Restoration

Please Pardon the Mess

Is there any renovation project that doesn’t spill into the entire house? Not in my experience. Though the bathrooms on which I’m currently working are on the second floor, I had to tear out the back wall of the pantry … Continue reading

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One Step Up & Two…Well, You Know

Per my last post, I set a deadline of Nov. 9 for finishing the guest bath. That was stupid. But I’m getting close. Over the last two days, I mitered, fit, painted and installed the 30 pieces of base moulding … Continue reading

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A Vow I Might Regret (& Possibly Break)

After a summer filled with travel, teaching, fun and family visits (and the day job, of course), I’ve finally the time to get back to work on the guest bathroom. I vow it will be completely done by November 9 … Continue reading

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Ray Davies is So Right

The basement ablutions are beginning to wear. But hey – I have a basket – all I need is to put some lotion in it and I’m ready for a remake of “Silence of the Lambs.” Yes, I could clean … Continue reading

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Half of a Sink (or, The Wussy Remodeler)

I want my friends to remain my friends (I also want my new tub to survive the move). So I’ve hired a piano moving company to shift the 335-lb. cast iron behemoth from my front hallway to the guest bath … Continue reading

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Hurry Up & Wait

You know what you can’t just pick up at the home center? Any of the supplies or products I need to finish the guest bathroom floor. So thanks to the Internet, I’ve stuff coming from around the country. Because naturally, … Continue reading

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Bringing Down the House, Possibly

Load-bearing or not – that is the question. The studs are toenailed directly to the 3/4″ pine floorboards; there’s no plate, and they don’t sit atop a joist. Above is the wall between my bedroom and the bathroom – and … Continue reading

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