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Renovations, Stories & Finds

Re-pointing a fireplace

Remember when… …this room wasn’t a furious ball of dust? Sigh. Those were the good old days. Never mind the damp taking out the paint in the far corner near the baseboard or the spots of moisture coming through the wall next to the radiator from what we didn’t know at the time was an improperly sealed inglebook-ish fireplace. With blown out white levels…any room looks habitable. You can’t even smell the dog hair carpet from this safe distance of  ...

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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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Renovations, Stories & Finds

Uncovering Hidden Quarry Tiles

That is some mighty fine carpet you have there. It would be a shame if something happened to it. Oh wait, that’s not carpet. That’s dog hair. Everywhere. S: Maybe the original hardwood is still under there. D: (picking up carpet) Nope, just cement. S: Cement? That makes no sense. All the other floors are wood. What’s under that? D: … This conversation is how month long projects start. I know because I wondered into that time bomb three times already with this  ...

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Renovations

Before: Living Room

Into the room from the hallway, the kitchen opens up on the left just out of view. Facing into the hallway, the board above the door is the old servant bell board. Facing into the room from the kitchen. Check out what was under that wall the radiator is on here. The old servant bell board. The wires still run under the floor board, it is just a matter of reconnecting them again.

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