Here at Old Town Home, one of our members is particularly well known for wanting to rush success and put the proverbial "cart before the horse." This sometimes results in more effort or angst when completing a project, but always makes for a slightly more adventurous journey. If you're wondering who...
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Alex and I will be the first to admit that our DIY skills are lacking when it comes to gardening. Plastering, plumbing, electrical, and woodworking don't scare us, but ask us to make selections in the outdoor center at a local nursery and our knees begin to quake. But there's...
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If you're a fan of This Old House like I am, you've undoubtedly seen the recent focus on the new EPA guidelines and restrictions when it comes to hazardous materials handling by contractors. From lead paint stripping to asbestos removal, the workers covered in white suits look like nuclear facility...
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I can barely type this post because my fingers and arms are blistered and sore. And I'm writing this because I'm in better shape between the two of us. No joke, it was one heck of a weekend working on our front flower bed, but I'm happy to say that...
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Although I didn't grow up in the middle of wilderness or on a farm in the country, I certainly didn't grow up in the city. My parents' home was on nearly 1.5 acres, and about .5 of those acres were heavily wooded and extended into neighbors' yards. As a result...
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Well, we did it! One year, 52 weeks, 366 days (it was a leap year), and 308 individual blog posts. That's right, as of April 22, the attempt at a blog we call Old Town Home has been up and running for one full year. I really can't believe how...
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Do you have a collection or decor item that you really enjoy but your spouse dislikes/despises? I think a lot of people can answer a resounding "YES" to that question. Perhaps it's a comfy chair better left on the front porch of your fraternity house. Maybe it's a childhood keepsake that...
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Boy do we have a major open housing home for you this week! The home we're going to talk about is one of those homes in Old Town where you don't know what to expect from the exterior, but are wowed by from the interior. Located right in the heart...
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Given our urban location, and that our home sits right on the front sidewalk without a yard of any sort, our opportunity to soften the front of our home with trees, flowers or other natural elements is quite limited. What we have to work with are two cast iron urns...
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Today's post is a little later than usual since a few coworkers and I were running around the Lincoln Memorial this morning taking photos of the Space Shuttle as it arrived and flew around the city on the back of a 747 transport. Here's one of the better photos of...
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Wendy and I are excited to let you all know that we've been invited to be the guest speakers at an upcoming workshop on DIY projects and tips that is taking place on April 26th at Red Barn Mercantile here in Old Town. Red Barn is one of our favorite local...
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A few weekends ago Wendy and I ventured out to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to stay with a good friend for the weekend on Tilghman island. We were there primarily as a means for a little fun and relaxation. It's sort of an ideal spot for us since we...
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Now that the weather is warming up, my thoughts are turning to summer. I dream of long days, lazy afternoons in the hammock, and fresh summer cooking. One of the things I appreciate most about the warmer months is the enjoyment I get from cooking with fresh homegrown herbs. Unfortunately, neither...
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Back when Alex and I started Old Town Home on April 22, 2011, we made a pact to go all out. (Not shocking really, as our general renovation mantra tends to be "go big or go home.") We agreed that if we were going to start a blog that we...
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Comments 13
As the majority of DIYers know, accidents happen. We can take the necessary precautions like wearing protective eye wear and work gloves, and be intimately familiar with how to properly use power tools or climb a ladder. But you never know when the stars will align, your DIY luck will run out, and you need...
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