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Minimalism is the new black

I’m weeping over my new landscaping. Or lack thereof. And shocked at how quickly a 60 year old English Garden could disappear. Ok, so it was more like an English Jungle, but still. It had nice bones and with a little bit a lot of  hedging anything is possible. But the problem is roots…and damp and giant metal supports just nailed into the only thing standing between the weather and the lime plaster inside: antique wall mortar. So while they were fixing the drain problems they  ...

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Renovations

The Wall is Wet

Hey guys, I came in last week to an awesome surprise. The wall is wet. Ok, so a lot of the walls are wet at the moment, but this was a new one. One that never was wet before…most importantly it was one that wasn’t too inclined to be wet. It was dropping hints at its unhappiness in the form of plaster chunks on the floor. So on Saturday I started thinking. Yes, the drain pipe outside of the wall IS cracked, but a cracked drain pipe wouldn’t cause this much damp.  ...

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Renovations, Stories & Finds, The Laurels History

A Victorian Basement Kitchen

Ever wondered what was in the basement of a Victorian home? Wonder no further and allow me to tell you: the Gate to Hell. My Aunt Sheila looked at me like I was mad when I informed her of my exact hypothesis and said “someone watched a few scary movies growing up.” Thinking back to my 6 year old self eating cake rolls and drinking Diet Pepsi at my grandma’s while watching the gate of hell open up under some fallen tree on the television I simply nodded and told her she was  ...

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Renovations, Stories & Finds

Uncovering a Hidden Fireplace

They often say “size doesn’t matter” but in come cases something this size gets your heart racing: You see it, right? Down below? Well hello there, big fella. Of course we are talking hearth stones. With a stone that size you KNOW there had to be something big behind that wall. There was only one thing that stood between my hammer and that wall…that bloody radiator. “We have to cut off the broiler…(something about draining and something else)” my  ...

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