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Old House rehab; final photos and surviving a remodel (with your spouse!)

Remodeling a house is a metaphor for life. It starts, it ends and in between are all sorts of lessons to be learned; "think outside the box", "let of go of that plan to try another" and "let your spouse have their own way!"  It was 74 days working every day off to complete this… Continue reading Old House rehab; final photos and surviving a remodel (with your spouse!)

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Old House rehab 8; the laundry and new half bath

The once inside, then outside, then inside again room in this old house contained the most history and was the room that needed the most help.  It's laundry facilities were battered and out of code draining into main pipes that were leaking and the 40" apart floor joists let the tile floor sag and crack.  So it… Continue reading Old House rehab 8; the laundry and new half bath

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Old house rehab 7; the kitchen re-do

At first look the cheery yellow kitchen in our old house had it's merrits—bright and sunny with solid wood cabinets—but upon closer inspection it needed some work. The cabinets needed rearranging for better use of the space, the paint everywhere was patchy and the floor was sagging.  So we tore into it. The initial plan was to move… Continue reading Old house rehab 7; the kitchen re-do

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Old House rehab 6; the bathroom make-over

Color changes everything.  And when I have helped people choose colors for a room, the first question I ask is "how do you want to feel?" there. In a bathroom where we start and end our day we want to feel restful and serene. It's a place where we gather ourselves together, thusly, quiet colors without… Continue reading Old House rehab 6; the bathroom make-over

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Old House rehab 5; reinventing the floors

Carpeting is never a good idea in a rental property.  Think; potty training, pets and exuberant beer drinking on game day.  It all gets wicked away to settle down in the pad—yuk—and when it's not our own home...  So in removing the carpet from our old house we had yet another opportunity to uncover some of its… Continue reading Old House rehab 5; reinventing the floors