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It’s All About the R-Value

Insulating our home isn’t the most sexy of home renovation projects, but to us it’s critical.  One of the biggest challenges in this house is to make it airtight.  It’s vital for the home’s most efficient functioning. One of the driving ideas behind our brownstone renovation is to try to achieve net-zero energy, which means that one day … Continue reading

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Stripping Paint from Fireplace

One of the things I really hate about our house is this fireplace on the ground floor.  The fact that someone took ugly brown paint and painted over the whole fireplace: wood mantle, tile surround, cast ironwork and hearth is offensive. I tried to be pro-active and this is a post of how I lost … Continue reading

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Extracting Broken Screws from Wood

Nothing ever seems to go as planned in renovation. Even something as simple as mounting a handle on our kitchen cabinet doors caused a flurry of curse words out of my mouth.  This actually happened a year ago and I’m only just getting to writing it now, because heck, it was for a temporary kitchen … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Another sweet postcard we found during demolition that is fitting for this sweet day. The card is postmarked February 10, 1909 from Baltimore. From Cornelia to Miss Maud Johnson. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy New Year!

A  very , very sweet card we found during our demolition appropriate for today. And so, another year filled with sweet memories, joyous and tough times have passed.  Here is a wishing from our family to yours that the coming year is a glorious one that rewards all your future endeavors with success.  2014! Full … Continue reading

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!!Furious with the Contractor!!

As we had suspected, the contractor had not added proper insulation behind the rear exterior door trims, nor did he caulk or seal any gaps.  He lied point blank to our face and had insisted that he had added insulation when we complained this past winter that we were feeling active cold drafts around the … Continue reading

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Early Fall Blooms

I look forward to the cooler days of late August and September when our garden feels more tranquil and the Sweet Autumn Clematis vine starts to bloom.   These vines are easily a favorite of mine: hearty, easy to take care  and freshly fragrant.    Also, another favorite of mine is the late summer blooming … Continue reading

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Raves for Our Dishwasher

After years of owning a Bosch at our previous apartment, I decided I wanted a Miele.  Bosch was fine, however, over time the push buttons stopped working and I felt like the dishwasher never  fully dried the dishes. We went with Miele Futura Classic Fully Integrated Dishwasher with Custom Panel.  Both Bosch and Miele are … Continue reading

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Painting Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Usually we have great experience with smooth brushwork with oil based paint — and I can go over some of the techniques in this post– however  this summer when we started to paint our kitchen cabinet doors, there was a plot twist!!!  I’m pretty certain the heat wave had a lot to do with it. … Continue reading

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