March 22, 2015

One of the latest trends in not only residential construction but commercial construction as well is the sliding door, a.k.a. the Barn Door.  They come in all shapes and sizes and can be adapted to any situation.  You can even take a antique door and add a bit of hardw...

March 21, 2015

Many moons ago my mother and grandmother lived in a four-plex house which had a stoop with marble steps.  Whenever it started to look worn and dingy, Grandma would grab a box of Tide laundry detergent.  On her hands and knees, she'd use a stiff scrub brush (not steel)...

March 18, 2015

If you have a refrigerator with a ice/water despensor in the front you may see that there's a build-up of hard water residue in the spill tray.  I don't know what causes it, but it looks terrible.  We tried using CLR on the tray but that didn't work.  I'm not sure what...

March 16, 2015

 

If you've recently purchased an old home with a claw foot tub chances are that it's original to the house.  A lot of times people have these removed because over the years the tub starts to look a bit dingy, but 30 minutes and some elbow grease with a good abrasive cl...

March 14, 2015

It's nearly spring and time to do some spring cleaning.  Don't forget to check your dryer vent where it exits the house-and don't be surprised if you find that a bird has decided to build a nest there!  Not only does this block exiting moisture but it can also be a fir...

March 14, 2015

Everybody loves a large front porch - or a large rear porch for that matter.  People often think, however, that just because it's a porch it's inexpensive space to build onto a house.  In fact it costs nearly as much to build as the interior finished space in a house....

March 14, 2015

 

Lately I have had several clients who chose not only to forgo the formal living room but the formal dining room as well.  Most people recognize today that the dining room is used two (maybe three) times a year and they don't want to dedicate 150 s.f. to a space that's...

March 14, 2015

 

Are you renovating an old house and have a lot hinges and latches that are gunked-up with 100 years of paint, oil, and general nastiness?  Don't get rid of them only to buy replacements from a salvage store.  Put the lot of them in a crock pot filled with water on hig...

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