Category Archives: Renovation/Restoration

In the Dark, Fixturally Speaking

I got the old-knob-and-tube electric rewired in February, yet I’m still stumbling in the relative dark. Choosing the “right” lighting fixtures (at an affordable price) seems beyond my skillset. So I still have installed in three places the bare bulbs … Continue reading

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6-week Install

It took only an hour or so to actually get a door fit and hung between the hall and one of the two front rooms on the second floor. But add in the distractions and prep work and it took … Continue reading

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Books, Baths & Food*

As I move beyond the “must-do” in this house (taking out the 1950s walls that divided it in two, Romex to replace knob-and-tube wiring, a new roof and windows) and move on to the “want to do,” it becomes clear … Continue reading

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2 Steps Up & 2 Steps Back

At the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks 35th-anniversary open house last weekend, almost everyone with whom I talked asked one thing: How are the stairs coming along? Those who didn’t ask about the stairs asked about the house in general. (Except for the … Continue reading

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Why Not Go for (Sub-) Broke?

After emptying out most of my savings account for a new roof, I thought, “What the hell. Might as well get new windows, too.” This is not an aesthetic choice. Half the windows in my house don’t close properly and … Continue reading

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The Tipping Point

Watching the roofers scurry up and down 40′ ladders and perching on gutters – with no apparent fear or regard for safety – must have addled my brain. I, who sit at a desk most days, thought it would be … Continue reading

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So Many Choices, Only So Much Plasma to Sell

In the last week (and over the long weekend), I’ve painted two ceilings, the walls in the hallway, replaced the screen in one of the front screen doors and painted the porch – well, most of it, anyway – after … Continue reading

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A Heaping Serving of Humble Pie

I vowed to use period-correct tools, techniques and – as much as possible – salvaged materials from the early 1900s for the house rehab projects. And I’ve caught a bit of grief for it, because, as several people have mentioned, … Continue reading

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Floored by the Kindness of Strangers

I was hanging out with Chris Schwarz at his first Lost Art Press Saturday open shop a few weeks back, and in walks his neighbor, Dave. Dave and his wife, Marissa, are rehabbing a Victorian about a block away. He … Continue reading

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Some Things Old, Some Things New

This weekend, after dithering a bit about how to go about it, I decided to cobble together the staircase landing from the original 2x8s (really that size) and some new materials…because much of the old was missing, thanks to the … Continue reading

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