Two married architects living in an 1870's brick rowhouse on a garden block in Center City Philadelphia. We work, we work on our house, we take pictures with our iphones and try to write a little something that makes sense. What you see is what we did… it’s just how we roll.
Back on Track
- Published on Thursday, 30 August 2012
A few weeks ago we started the living room ceiling border by laying it out, constructing the curves, and masking off the border… And now we are finally back to paint it.
Things can really get away from you in the summer,
But tonight we painted!
I’d like to say we are done, but unfortunately that was only the first...
Scooping Up Radiators
- Published on Wednesday, 29 August 2012
On our last Poconos visit we made a pit stop to Olde Good Things in Scranton, to see if they had any skinny cast iron radiators for the dining room project. The current dining room radiator is very deep and easily eats up at least one extra seat at our table. After exploring the always-interesting yard, we found this guy,...
Dining Room Details
- Published on Sunday, 26 August 2012
We spent a good part of today working out details for the dining room wainscot and trim including a few tricky transitions around the passage to the kitchen. We also decided to order some addition custom trim. We anticipated this project when we ordered it back in 2010, but since we did not anticipate a few of the additional...
- Published on Friday, 24 August 2012
A little update on the homestead! We installed the pulls on the credenza:
And did a quick fix on the STAPLES that were poking out of the wood floor. Now that we’re walking barefoot around the house it was starting to get dangerous. Why anyone would use staples in a wood floor, I cannot answer.
Oh and we’ve been...
Jig Saw Showdown
- Published on Thursday, 16 August 2012
The jig saw showdown went something like this…. 1) Borrow jig saw from West Philly Tool Library. 2) Trace interior curve of half bath cabinet onto cardboard. 3) Transfer to shelf. 4) go to basement.
5) Cut along line:
6) Back upstairs. Install shelf on pegs (included with shelf):
7) Shuffle items back onto shelves:
The Install Party for Our Stained Glass Window
- Published on Tuesday, 14 August 2012
So we are finally getting around to posting the exciting details of our stained glass window installation… As you may remember from the previous posts the day started with removing the plywood that filled the openings for the last couple decades, letting the light once again stream into the living room! That was amazing...
- Published on Wednesday, 08 August 2012
Having a curved wall in the Living Room and Half Bath looks great but has its challenges like how to mount a flat mirror on a curved wall?! Yet it also offers an opportunity to be creative with both the mirror and lighting.
One of our original ideas for the half bath was to mount a mirror off of the wall and install a light...
Another Planter Box?!
- Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2012
So tonight we finally got to the fun task of planting the box over top of our new back gate.
The box is lined with a scrap roof membrane, and has drains at both ends.
The drains are covered in mesh and then gravel to allow for drainage without loosing dirt. So now it’s time to plant!
We have been growing tomatoes from...
- Published on Tuesday, 31 July 2012
You may have noticed we’re rearranging the blog a bit and have a new address, as we just celebrated 3 years since we first laid eyes on our madisonsquarehome.com
We’re also bringing a photo out of the archives (2009, spray foaming the kitchen) to celebrate:
So please ignore anything wonky and please...
- Published on Tuesday, 31 July 2012
So tonight we finally got back to painting our new gate. Bye bye lilac.
We choose red to be consistent with the color we had selected for the aluminum clad windows we installed on this side of the house. Red is also a traditional house color, has a lot of energy, and the previous owners had also done some red accents.