From House to Home
Day 46: Getting Close!
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Vanity lights = check. Vanity cabinets = check. Vanity side backsplashes = check. Door - check. Radiant floor controls = check. A lot of...
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Day 45: How to Access Wall-Mount Faucet Valves
Monday, December 03, 2012
Sometimes you find that you need to take a step (or two) backwards to get to the end, and today was no exception! When installing the trim for...
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Day 44: Shower Glass, At Long Last
Friday, November 30, 2012
After the delay waiting to get the angled bracket shipped to Philly, at long last the shower glass has been installed! The note on the door...
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Day 43: More Lights!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
We were told that you want to make sure that you have adequate lighting in the vanity area of a bathroom, specifically front-facing lighting...
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Day 42: Custom-Custom Cabinets
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Our original design for the bathroom included an cabinet under the bench in the shower, and we wanted it to be nice and deep for storing lots of...
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Day 41: Glass Installation, Take 1
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
After the initial delays, we were super excited to see the glass arrive this morning! First up is the 4-foot-tall full-width mirror above the...
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Day 40: Set Slabs and a Backsplash
Monday, November 19, 2012
With the glass scheduled to be installed tomorrow, it was time to get the Carrera slabs set, which meant bringing Graeson back out for another...
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Day 39: Shiny Shower Trim
Friday, November 09, 2012
With the shower glass nearly ready to be installed, it was time to get the trim installed in the shower. For this we chose to go with...
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Day 38: Carrera Beauty
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
The Men from MarbleWorks arrived today, along with six cut and polished slabs of stunningly beautiful Carrera marble. Fortunately, everything...
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Day 37: Upon Which a Toilet Appears
Monday, November 05, 2012
Upon request from the residents of the home, Mike spent some time today to get the toilet in place and plumbed in. Sure will be nice to not...
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Day 36: What a Vain Cabinet
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
In advance of the arrival of the templatting team from MarbleWorks, Mike got the vanity cabinet installed today. All told, we are going to have...
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Day 35: Pretty Windows and Doors
Monday, October 15, 2012
With the doorway extended, Mike re-attached the trim, applied a coat of High-gloss Swiss Coffee paint, and I'm sure that when it is all said and...
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Day 34: The Growing Doorway
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
One artifact of the way that Mike figure out how to shoehorn the medicine cabinet to the right of the vanity was to thicken the doorway wall,...
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Day 33: Paint
Monday, October 08, 2012
With the tile all set and grouted, it feels like we are really moving into the home stretch on this gargantuan project, yet there are still so...
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Day 32: All Grouted
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Recalling how backbreaking it was to grout the basement floor, I can only imagine what today must have been like for Graeson, but we came home...
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Day 31: The Tile is All Set!
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
With Carrera dust piling up in all sorts of interesting places, the tiling of both the main floor and the shower floor were completed today (and...
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Day 30: The Tiling Moves to the Floor!
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
It looks like the mosaic in the shower is now complete, including metal edging on outside corners, which adds very crisp lines in what can...
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Day 29: The Tiling Continues!
Monday, October 01, 2012
Another solid day of mosaic tiling, and Graeson has the shower area nearly complete! Here we are, complete with Toby, who has certainly grown...
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Day 28: The Tiling Begins!
Friday, September 28, 2012
Graeson says that he hopes to have all of the tile installed within five days. Having carried a lot of it upstairs, this seems like a...
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Day 27: Tile Prep, Part III
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Graeson installed the waterproof membrane for the main floor, which includes an electric radiant heat mat, which means that we are currently...
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Day 26: Tile Prep, Part II
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Today was a busy one for Graeson as he cut out and installed the recesses in the shower wall as well as installed all of the remaining vapor...
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Day 25: Tile Prep, Part I
Monday, September 24, 2012
Today begins the next major phase of this projects as our "tile guy", Graeson, arrived on the job to start preparing the shower and floor for...
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Day 24: Let There Be Light!
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Four Lutron dimmer switches, some MR16 halogen bulbs, and a bunch of wire nuts later, we now have six lights in the bathroom! What you see here...
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Day 23: Dangling Lights
Friday, September 21, 2012
This was something that had me curious. With the sheetrock covering the entire ceiling, how was Mike going to know where to drill holes for the...
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Day 22: And Yet More Joint Compound
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The dust continues to pile up in other places as the sheetrock joints are nearly all finished. Here we see the ceiling shower and the vanity...
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Day 21: Joint Compound Everywhere
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The room is really coming together as the joint taping continues. The dust from sanding said joint compound is also getting everywhere, but we...
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Day 20: Closing Things Up
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
With all of the framing complete, the remainder of the sheetrock went up today and the joint compound is starting to close up all the little...
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Day 19: The Bench
Monday, September 17, 2012
The area that has been designed and re-designed the most is definitely the left side of the shower. In the original plan, we wanted to have a...
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Day 18: The Walls
Friday, September 14, 2012
We could tell that today was a big sheetrock day by the amount of white powder accumulated on the sidewalk in front of the house when we got...
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Day 17: To create a ceiling
Thursday, September 13, 2012
How Mike does this on his own, I'm not quite sure, but we came home this evening to see that he'd installed most of the sheetrock on the ceiling....
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Day 16: A Little Wall Appears!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
After some perseveration last night, we've decided on the length and height of the little privacy wall that will separate the vanity area from...
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Day 15: Studly!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Graeson is supposed to show up next Tuesday to start tiling, so Mike was back in our bathroom today with a bunch of lumber to complete the...
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Day 14: Subfloor and Furring
Thursday, September 06, 2012
With the plumbing through the floor complete, electrical wires run up from the basement, and the entire column-and-shower-threshold situation...
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Day 13: Column = Finished
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Fortunately, Mike was impressed enough with my column re-construction that it looks like it's going to stay! But there was still a side that...
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Day 12: Plumbing, Floor, and Columns!
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
While the torrential rains left over from Hurricane Isaac were pounding down outside, the plumbers were very busy in our little bathroom,...
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Day 11: Where'd the Column Go?
Monday, September 03, 2012
Screws are a bit like the Ctrl-Z of framing? Remember the column that Mike had built around the DWV and pipes? Well, it's been undone. After...
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Days 5-9: What Studs!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
While we were on a short pre-semester SCUBA holiday in Jamaica, Mike was hard at work framing in the new shower, figuring out how to build walls...
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Day 4: Remove All The Walls!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
After some discussion, it was determined that the best way to accomplish what we have designed for the shower area would require that we...
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Day 3: New Drain Lines
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
When Mike first saw our plans, he immediately asked if we really wanted to move the toilet across the room. We said yes. He asked again. We...
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Day 2: The Demolition Continues
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The second day is done, and they've managed to haul out a ton of plaster, including the ceiling, which reveals the crazy plumbing and wiring for...
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Day 1: The Demolition Begins
Monday, August 20, 2012
8:30 AM on Monday, August 20th. Mike Armstrong arrives along with an assistant. Within ten minutes they've laid down tarps, brought in a bunch...
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The Start of A Big One
Sunday, August 19, 2012
From the day we moved in, we knew that we had two BIG renovations on our something-we-will-get-to-someday list: the kitchen and the second-...
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From Weeds to Wonderful
Saturday, September 10, 2011
January, 2007. We were in Philadelphia, touring various properties. It was cold. The green was long gone from the foliage. On the list of...
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Hardscaping the Back Yard
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
After much deliberation, we decided that it was going to be much easier and faster to hire someone to do all the hardscaping in the back yard....
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The Pièce de Railing
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Next on the list of deck tasks was the construction and installation of the railings. I guess that this should be a moderately easy task, but...
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Ipe Deck, meet Ipe Oil
Monday, August 08, 2011
You may have noticed that I never quite finished the deck last summer. Well? yeah. So the next step on my to-do list was to sand down all the...
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Drip, Drip, Drip
Thursday, August 04, 2011
We have never professed to being good plant parents. But now that we've installed 40+ green things in our front garden (where everyone else...
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Front Garden, Take 2
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Ignoring the near-complete failure of our first attempt at beautifying our front garden (reference July 14, 2007), and forgetting how much work...
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To build a deck, part 3.3 (something to step on)
Sunday, September 05, 2010
To finish part 3 of the deck building assignment, I'm going to need to install the remaining stringers, then cut, drill, and install the risers...
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To build a deck, part 3.2 (stair stringers)
Monday, August 30, 2010
It's time to start building these stairs. This means turning four pressure-treated 2x12s into stringers. The first step was coming up with a...
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To build a deck, part 3.1 (during which we play with concrete)
Friday, August 27, 2010
Following my premonition from last evening, I shall now pour the concrete footings for the posts at the base of the stairs. These are going to...
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To build a deck, part 3.0 (wherein I dig some holes)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
With all but one of the deck boards installed, the time has come to finalize the design of the stairs and install the footings that will anchor...
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To build a deck, part 2 (for real this time)
Monday, August 23, 2010
Now that the rain has let up for a while, I wanted to get back out and make some progress on the deck. The first step for today will be to plug...
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To build a deck, part 2 (which has nothing to do with the deck)
Sunday, August 22, 2010
So, it's raining. Which means it's not such a great day to work on the deck. Instead, I got a few more things done in the basement, including...
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To build a deck, part 1
Thursday, August 19, 2010
After a quick trip to Montreal for a conference, it's time to get down to business with this deck. I realize it's been a while, and it's crazy...
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Coming in for a landing
Friday, August 13, 2010
As you may have noticed in some of the previous shots of the stairs, we have decided to create a small landing at the bottom. This is partially...
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Numerar and Domsjo
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Numerar is a thick slab of beech. Domsjo is a fire-clay apron-front sink. They go together like butter and toast. But one must slice the...
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Flashing (windows, that is)
Thursday, August 12, 2010
A week or so ago we left off the window installation with a bit of a conundrum. Specifically, how to best seal this old sill area to keep...
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Our clothes laundering scheme
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
It's been a while since we removed the old washer and dryer from the basement. We visited a local laundromat a few weeks ago. The hamper is...
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That leak
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
In an attempt to gain back some of the points that I lost on last night's soldering exam, I began the day lying on my back to get a view under...
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104 sweated copper joints
Monday, August 09, 2010
My copper plumbing to-do list is 24 lines long. This is going to be quite a day. We've got our gear assembled: tools for de-oxidizing pipe...
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Akurum
Monday, August 09, 2010
I've always wondered whether the names of IKEA products mean something really strange in Swedish. It turns out that this puzzle has been solved,...
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Mostly methane for our dryer, please
Monday, August 09, 2010
Turns out "natural gas" is mostly methane. Good to know. Anyhow, this is our new dryer, standing in its final location, awaiting the expert...
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The final step
Sunday, August 08, 2010
72 hours have passed since the end of the grouting adventure, and now to complete the refurbishment of the basement floor, we need to apply a...
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Let there be light(s)
Sunday, August 08, 2010
While we're at it, why don't we update the lighting in the rear of the basement as well? Okay, let's start by adding a light to the top of the...
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Escape from 4219
Saturday, August 07, 2010
First, let me say that I am thankful that I had a hammer drill instead of a spoon. Okay, so the task is to create a four-inch-diameter hole...
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Going (fernwood) green
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Not ones to be content with simple white walls, we've decided to add a splash of color to the rear part of the basement. We do approach this...
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Basement windows
Friday, August 06, 2010
A week ago the windows arrived, and while I've been a bit apprehensive about this, today is the day to try to get some of them installed. Here'...
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And... done.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Three more hours and we have a fully grouted floor. Not much else to say here, but I do now have two blisters in the palm of my left hand, as...
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Commenting system
Thursday, August 05, 2010
You will now see a section at the bottom of each entry where you should be able to add comments. I think. Let's give this a shot. If it fills...
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RSS feed now available
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
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Whatever floats your grout
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Twenty-four hours have passed since I laid the tile, and now it's time to move on to the grout. Our target consists of approximately 4,300 two-...
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4,813 little slate squares
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Recently, Lowe's reduced the price for their 2x2 multi-colored tumbled slate sheets from $9.98 to $6.98 per square foot. With such savings, who...
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Watch that last step!
Monday, August 02, 2010
Realizing that the stairs need to be re-done before we install the flooring, it's time to do some demolition and framing work. Looking back a...
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(copper) Pipe dreams
Sunday, August 01, 2010
There is definitely a trend here. We decide to do one thing, and in the course of doing that one thing, we realize that two other things should...
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That's what friends are for (moving appliances, that is!)
Saturday, July 31, 2010
About those big boxes from yesterday that need to get down to the basement... here's the dryer, strapped onto the hand truck and ready for it's...
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A day for deliveries
Friday, July 30, 2010
I'm afraid the neighbors are going to start to complain about the number of times we've blocked up the street as various things have come and...
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Ironwood
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
At 3:15 p.m. this afternoon, the Con-way truck carrying our shipment of Ipe from Advantage Trim and Lumber pulled down the street. This should...
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Two hours and twenty minutes in the yard
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The best news I've heard in a while is that the Ipe is finally going to arrive tomorrow afternoon! This did make me realize that I need to do...
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How to level a floor (and kill a drill)
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Ten 50-pound bags of Tamms self-leveling underlayment, purchased from Cava Building Supply, should hopefully provide us with enough to flatten...
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Preparing to pour
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Tomorrow, we pour the floor-leveling compound. Tonight we must prepare. Being the consistency of pancake batter, this stuff will continue...
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Floors should be... level?
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The next step in the basement laundry/pantry area renovation is figuring out how to get the floor reasonably flat and/or level so that we can...
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New drain
Thursday, July 22, 2010
And then there are some things that, for whatever reason, you decide to hire someone else to do. Cutting and installing a new drain line in the...
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The quikwall
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Now that the washer, dryer, and sink are gone from the rear of the basement, I have access to the wall behind, which is in need of some (mostly...
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Moving the laundry
Saturday, July 17, 2010
As I mentioned a while back, we are planning to replace our old washer and dryer and install the new ones in a slightly different location....
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Rain, rain, go away!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
It's raining again. On an ordinary day, in an ordinary house, this should be a nonissue. But... we have a leak. So, time to spend more time...
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Why all the copper?
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This may seem a bit random, but I think it is completely reasonable for us to buy a bunch of copper pipe, valves, and fittings in the middle of...
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Max headroom, volume 3
Monday, July 12, 2010
With the ceiling above the basement stairs already opened up, I began imagining what else we could do with this space, and realized that there...
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The sky is falling!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
It's 4:14 a.m., and I'm awoken by the sound of something crashing down, somewhere in the house. I'm desperately trying to imagine what it could...
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Max headroom, volume 2
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Continuing to work above the stairs to the basement while awaiting the Ipe shipment, the next step is to remove a few framing members from...
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Max headroom, volume 1
Thursday, July 08, 2010
While we're waiting for our shipment of Ipe to continue work on the deck, we're tackling a few other projects, including a rehab of the stairs...
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The joy of joists
Thursday, July 01, 2010
The pile of pressure-treated lumber is quickly disappearing, which means it's getting close to time to order the deck boards and railings... but...
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Postively beaming
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Atop the 6x6 posts will rest beams built from three sandwiched 2x12s. I'll be assembling them with a pair of 1/2-inch bolts spaced every...
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A post about posts
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Six-by-six timbers are heavy. They are also hard to cut. Sadly, it is also impossible to create four 51-inch posts from two eight footers,...
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Oh, the pressure
Sunday, June 27, 2010
As our last endeavor of the weekend, Katherine and I drove out to our local Home Depot to acquire the pressure treated lumber that we will need...
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Footings: A family affair
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Each footing form should hold somewhere around 2.5 bags of ready mix. Time to get out the wheelbarrow and the hoe again...

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Holes. Deep holes.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
With the batter boards in place and the post locations marked on the strings, it's time to dig some holes. The local requirement to get below...
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Batter
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The next step in our deck building process is the construction of the footings for the posts to support the far end of the deck. To determine...
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To hang a ledger
Friday, June 25, 2010
Here we see the back wall of the house, above the basement door and below the rear door from the kitchen. Most of the wall is a double layer of...
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Stairway to Patio
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
With the wall finished, the next part of the project was to build the steps up from the basement door to the patio level. For this I plan to...
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A bit like LEGOs
Sunday, June 20, 2010
After repeated waterings, it seems that the slab outside the basement door has cured sufficiently, and now it's time to build a wall. Here are...
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This is the slab
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The design for the new basement entrance calls for a nice wall and some steps leading down from yard level. To make this all a lot easier, I...
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How to design a deck
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I run the Introduction to Mechanical Design (MEAM101) course at Penn, where I teach students how to capture their ideas using a program called...
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A new door
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Act 1, Scene 1
Location: the basement
KJK: "While we're at it, we should replace the basement door."
Me: "Yeah, that would be nice....
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Nails are not for tires
Friday, June 11, 2010
It has been a week since my last big concrete-hauling exercise. Yet there were a couple more tons of broken up concrete and brick left in the...
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Hauling Conrete
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Six tons of concrete. One garden-variety True Temper wheelbarrow. One standard 14-foot U-Haul truck. Eight hours. One (now very tired) person... ...
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Now, concrete-be-gone
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Looking at the condition of the concrete under the old deck, I realize that its time has come. This is going to increase the scope of this...
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Deck-be-gone
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
The following events took place between 4:58 p.m. and 7:22 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4th. We begin by examining the condition of the deck in the...
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Anyone want some used concrete?
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Sunday was just about the hottest day of the year so far in Philadelphia - and I could think of no better time to head out into the backyard...
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Tons of brick (two tons, actually)
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Now that the semester is winding down, I've started work on one of our sumer goals, which is to completely redo the back yard. Going back...
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Back in the basement
Saturday, November 28, 2009
On our left side we have an empty wall and a lonely saw. One the right, we have a bunch of IKEA boxes. What will happen when the two meet? ...
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My first workbench
Sunday, June 07, 2009
While waiting for the floor patching compound in the front part of the basement to set, I decided to get started on the first built-in workbench...
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Under the porch
Friday, May 29, 2009
Back in December, when it was starting to get colder, we purchased two rolls of fiberglass insulation to install in the very front of the...
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Going green
Sunday, May 24, 2009
A few months ago our next-door neighbors decided that they were going to get their house repainted, and asked if wanted to do the same. Truth...
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Two years later...
Friday, May 22, 2009
May 22, 2007: This shot, taken during our first week in the home, showed what we thought at the time was a really good looking basement,...
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How many cars is our basement?
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Where, oh where did the months go?! Anyway, with the semester finally finished, and the girls here already, it's time to get the basement done,...
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Smooth, please?
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Moving the obsession down to the floor, it was time to patch up the cracks, divots, gaps, and other odd holes in the basement floor in...
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Under the Stairs
Sunday, January 25, 2009
While I had been waiting for the QuikWall to dry, I decided to replace the shelving under the stairs - it's not like I have a history of...
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The (Temporary) DeWalt Shrine
Thursday, January 22, 2009
One of the few times I'll ever wish we had a smaller basement! (and the other times will certainly be coming in the next few weeks as well)...
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(not so) QuikWall
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
The basement walls... They've been patched, and sealed, and painted, and who-knows-what over the past hundred years. Now it's time to try to...
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Ultra-Pure White
Saturday, January 03, 2009
So far, 2009 has been spent primarily in one place - the basement (well, okay, two places if you count the hardware store). Anyway, with the...
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Lots (and lots) of primer
Friday, January 02, 2009
Wood. noun. 1. the hard fibrous material that forms the main substance of the trunk or branches of a tree or shrub. 2. a paint sponge.

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How to spend the holiday break
Monday, December 29, 2008
We've got approximately two weeks before schools starts up again... whatever should we do? We hear that St. John in the US Virgin Islands is...
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The radiator saga continues...
Sunday, November 09, 2008
With winter fast approaching, we're going to need to turn on the boiler pretty soon. While I could put caps on the radiator inlet and outlet...
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Bead blasting at home
Sunday, October 19, 2008
After some time on the web, I decided to try putting together my own bead blasting setup with the hope that it would allow me to remove the rest...
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This should be easy, right?
Monday, October 06, 2008
After all the wood stripping, how hard could it be to strip down and refinish the cast-iron radiator from the girls' room? The goal of this...
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When the door met the trim
Thursday, July 10, 2008
With the first coat of stain on the door in the basement, it just didn't look quite the same as the trim in the girls' room, so we carried it up...
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And now... back to the door!
Monday, June 30, 2008
It's been a few weeks since I was here last, but I figure it would be good to get the door refinished... fortunately the new Fein tool makes...
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Ah yes, more wood to strip!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
With all of the installed trim stained and polyurethaned, it's time to turn attention to all the other trim pieces that I took down to the...
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Early American
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Though it was truly a good feeling to get the painting done yesterday, we've still got a lot left to do before the girls' room could be called...
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Windham (a.k.a Vanilla Ice) Cream
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Now that the heat wave has broken, we decided we should get the walls in the girls' bedroom painted. To help lighten up the room (in contrast...
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A gift from MomC
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
For Katherine's birthday, MomC sent her four bags of ground cover from her spectacular yard in Tahoe! She sent us some Ajuga, some Periwinkle,...
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Just in time
Saturday, June 07, 2008
With a heat wave coming in this weekend, it was time to get the ceiling painted so we could hang the fan... We decided to use the same eggshell...
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Down by the radiator
Friday, June 06, 2008
After trying to strip the baseboard wood in the radiator/window alcove, I decided to just rip it out and take it to the basement for some...
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A new toy (oops! - I mean tool)
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Last week I saw a new tool called the Fein Multimaster on Amazon, and decided to get one. It operates by vibrating a small arbor back and forth...
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Sore thumbs
Sunday, June 01, 2008
This afternoon we decided to tackle stripping the trim in the girls' room. It took two coats, but we've got most of it off - there are still...
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Is that corn growing in our front yard?
Sunday, June 01, 2008
With summer now in full swing, we figured it would be a good idea to tend to the front garden a bit. For some reason the leaves from the tulips...
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Finished scraping!
Friday, May 30, 2008
After a few days off, I spent a couple hours this afternoon scraping the rest of the trim in the girls' room (mostly just the main door frame),...
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All About Trim
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Moving forward on the stripping project, I began peeling the other window sill, only to discover that the original sills had a quarter round on...
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What 100 Year Old Oak Is Supposed to Look Like
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I knew it was hiding under there, and wow it's satisfying to finally see it! While I was hoping that the overnight soak would help the stripper...
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Paint On, Paint Off
Friday, May 23, 2008
Okay, so it's time to see just how hard this is going to be... I've got all the baseboards, two window frames, and two door frames to strip down....
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Moulding
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I have this vision in my head of what this room would look like with beautifully restored woodwork... since I'm still relatively naive about...
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The ceiing... on the floor?
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
It's been a good shoulder workout, but I've finally managed to strip all the old paint and Calcimine from the ceiling, and now it's all over the...
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That little victory feeling
Monday, May 19, 2008
The last time we were in the attic was March 2nd. One of the numerous reasons why it's been a so long is that the next thing to do is run the...
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Heat no more
Saturday, May 17, 2008
With the coming of Spring (well, okay, so it came a while ago, but we've been busy!), it's a perfect time to drain the radiators in preparation...
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We actually grew something!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
For us, this is a bit of miracle :-) You may recall the bulb-planting endeavor sometime last fall - well, we're reaping some amazing rewards...
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What's behind that wall?
Sunday, March 02, 2008
With most of a day to spend working on the house, I decided to tackle the electrical system to figure out exactly how we're going to install...
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Scraping and scraping (and scraping some more)
Saturday, March 01, 2008
What a difference having the right tool makes! We stopped by the new Lowe's at 50th and Lancaster Ave. this afternoon and picked up a few more...
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The Other Side and Calcimine
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
To see how easy (or rather, hard) it is going to be to strip the paint off the other side of the glass panel, I flipped the door over and...
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The start of another ceiling fan installation?
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Yes, it's happening again. It's time to add another ceiling fan - this time to the girls' room. In contrast to when we redid our bedroom in...
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Is that really brass under there?
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Okay, I feel a bit guilty on this one. Back when we painted our bedroom (yes, that entry is back on Sept 1st) we removed the knobs from all the...
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Jet lag keeping us up? Why not move the pantry?
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
After returning from a wonderful two-week vacation visiting the respective parts of our wonderful family in Utah, Los Angeles, and Lake Tahoe,...
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An Early Christmas Present
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
One of the first major upgrades that we knew we wanted to make was to replace the refrigerator that came with the house - and what better excuse...
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The Finishing Touches
Sunday, September 02, 2007
After a few hours bent over painting the baseboards in hi-gloss "Swiss Coffee", it was time to start putting the bedroom back together (finally!)...
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Going (Jamestown) Blue
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Of course we'd planned to paint the bedroom one of the evenings this week, but with classes starting up on the 5th, we've been working pretty...
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And Finally... A Fan is Hung!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
We started the day with a coat of primer over the ceiling in the back alcove where we'd pulled down everything last night. Then after a short...
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Primer = Paint Stripper? Who Knew
Saturday, August 25, 2007
With the walls and ceiling fully spackled and sanded, we began preparing for a coat of primer. As we were wiping down the walls, we decided to...
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All This... For a Fan?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Continuing along on our scenic path toward installing the fan in the bedroom, we've spent the past few evenings working to prepare all the walls...
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If You Give a Couple a Ceiling Fan
Sunday, August 19, 2007
For anyone familiar with Numeroff's "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" children's book series, this remodeling episode might seem somewhat familiar.....
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Back to the Doorbell
Sunday, August 12, 2007
You may recall that a few weeks ago I undertook the task of rewiring the doorbell, only to have that project put on hold when I couldn't get the...
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Sprucing up the Office
Sunday, August 05, 2007
With Karalyn here for the weekend, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to put her to work! (No, really, she actually volunteered, I promise!)....
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More Dirt (and Some Worms) Please
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Continuing to work on re-grading the front garden, we began today by first removing all the plants (which unfortunately haven't been looking so...
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The Back Alley
Friday, July 13, 2007
As one of the big attractions to living so close to campus is being able to bike to work, we've been trying to find a convenient place to store...
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The Leak in the Basement, Again
Friday, July 13, 2007
Around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, another one of the monsoon-like storms passed through. Just as we were about to drive off to pick Katherine up...
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Brown Thumbs
Saturday, July 07, 2007
One of the things that the girls have been very excited to help out with while they are here is gardening. While landscaping the back yard...
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That Leak in the Basement
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Last week I managed to convince PECO to come inspect the leak in the basement near the entrance of the electrical line. The first man who came...
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Rewiring the Doorbell, Part I
Thursday, July 05, 2007
When we first moved in, we noticed that the doorbell wasn't working. We found the bell on the wall in the kitchen (above the stairs to the...
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The Closet is (Almost) Finished!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
When we were shopping for the closet last week, we didn't know exactly where everything was going to go, so we just bought a lot of pieces and...
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Plumb? Square? No way!
Friday, June 29, 2007
With the walls now the right color, it was now time to begin installing the closets. After carrying the hundreds of pounds of flat-packed boxes...
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Which white?
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
As anticipated, it's time to get the middle room on the second floor turned into a closet. While we also have plans to install a laundry area...
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Gotta Love IKEA
Saturday, June 23, 2007
While the next few days are going to be consumed with unpacking and organizing, we did decide to take advantage of having the massive 26 foot U-...
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The Big Move
Friday, June 22, 2007
The big day has finally arrived! Katherine picked up the girls in Oakland on Wednesday, and her mom flew in to help. In addition, Katherine's...
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The grand tour
Sunday, June 17, 2007
As I realized that you might not have a complete picture of how the house is laid out, I thought I'd take this final day up here to do a little...
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Gone to the birds
Saturday, June 16, 2007
With the basement project essentially complete (for now), I turned back to my original list to see the top item still sitting there - clean the...
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Ceiling-be-done
Friday, June 15, 2007
I'd say that the ceiling in the rear section of the basement now has enough paint to withstand just about anything! After brushing a coat of...
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The right tools
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Without Katherine around I'll admit that I don't take much time to prepare anything fancy to eat. So this morning I decided to try out the...
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Ceiling-be-gone
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Last night before I went to bed I remembered that Wednesdays are trash days around here, and I saw on the website that each house is allowed up...
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Over my head
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
This morning began with another trip to Lowe's, motivated mostly by a need for moth repellant. Armed with a can of something ending in -cide, I...
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A discovery
Monday, June 11, 2007
Returning to yesterday's dilemma over the moths, I think I may have made a discovery this evening. On one of my many trips to the basement to...
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New bath hardware (a seemingly simple task)
Monday, June 11, 2007
One would think that installing new bath hardware would be a relatively simple task. I never imagined that it could take four hours! What I'm...
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Gotta love spackle
Monday, June 11, 2007
After an early morning trip to Home Depot, I had the ammunition for a lot of projects. Beginning with the bucket of spackle, I cleaned, patched,...
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Moths and an old trap (not exactly an easy afternoon)
Sunday, June 10, 2007
While we were away, it seems the moths have been enjoying themselves. We're not yet sure where they are coming from, but both of the traps that...
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An aborted desk and a new camera
Sunday, June 10, 2007
After dropping Katherine off at the light rail station (she's on her way to a conference in the Netherlands), I began the drive up to...
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By popular demand, a new design with more photos
Sunday, June 10, 2007
We're so thankful for everyone's support and comments on our new project! By popular demand, we've redesigned the blog to be able to include...
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Fishing for wires, and another water crisis
Sunday, June 03, 2007
With a long list of things that we'd like to do before heading back to Baltimore tonight, we started the day off by tackling the back of the...
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We just couldn't stay away
Saturday, June 02, 2007
While the plan had been to spend this month in Baltimore, we just couldn't stay away that long! Last night after dinner we weren't coming up...
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The Kitchen (and our first small water crisis)
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
We spent the morning in meetings at Penn, then after lunch spent the afternoon cleaning the kitchen. We removed the bars from the back window,...
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Memorial Day (and more cleaning!)
Monday, May 28, 2007
As we need to head back to Baltimore tomorrow, we wanted to try to finish cleaning the house today. While working on the second floor, we...
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More Cleaning
Sunday, May 27, 2007
We started the morning off by finishing the clean up of the front basement, leaving only the laundry area in the back untouched. Generating...
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Starting to Clean
Saturday, May 26, 2007
I woke around 5:30 when the paper delivery man was making his way down our street. With all the excitement of the new house, I couldn't fall...
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New Homeowners!
Friday, May 25, 2007
Well, it's official - we're now the owners of a beautiful circa 1915 row house at 4219 Osage Avenue in the University City area of Philadelphia! ...
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