Old Town Home

Old Town Home is a blog dedicated to chronicling the successes and failures of an Historic Old Town Alexandria couple as they live in the charming historic district while attempting to completely renovate and appropriately restore an 1880s Victorian row house...almost entirely on their own.

House Hunt Part 2: An Unexpected House For Us

Authors: Wendy

Last week we showed you one of the houses that is a final contender in our search for a second home. As you may have expected from our preferences and our current home, it is an older farmhouse filled with character, charm, and potential. But today we're going to share a house with you that might really surprise you. I know it...

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House Hunt Part 1: A Classic 19th Century Farmhouse

Authors: Alex

After two years of dreaming, online scouring, and in person searching, we finally pulled the trigger and bought a second home that will be both a vacation/relaxation space, and another home for many more projects. For the long-winded explanation of our thought process in buying this second place, feel free to give our last post it a...

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House Hunters: Old Town Home Edition

Authors: Alex

So we have a bit of crazy major news we want to share with you. Rather than beating around the bush, let's just cut to the chase.

No, I'm totally serious, we actually bought a second home with actual doors, windows, and walls. And get this, unlike that house I was trying to convince Wendy we just had to buy...the creepy Victorian one...

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A Professionally Installed Navien Tankless Hot Water Heater - DONE!

Authors: Alex

Alright...where were we? Our water had heater failed in a glorious manner with a basement waterfall, but our WaterCop saved our butt by shutting off our water.

Mending our wounded pride for allowing such a catastrophic failure as theoretically responsible home maintainers, we showered with a bucket for a few days and endlessly...

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First Steps for a Tankless Water Heater and an Open Basement

Authors: Alex

Have you ever been working on a project, humming right along and without issue, when a disaster jumps right up and bites you?

It's almost like Forrest Gump running thorough the jungle carrying troops, humming right along, rescuing people left and right, and that bullet just jumps up and bites him.

That's how I felt when the hot water...

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Our House's Revolt

Authors: Wendy

It seems in the last couple weeks that our house has been revolting against us. Whether big or small, we've had a slew of things go wrong and the mounting list of repairs has me feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and convinced we'll never finish our endless master bathroom renovation, or any other project for that matter.

We've spent a...

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Tankless vs. Tank Water Heater - Major Decisions Afoot

Authors: Alex

We've made a few major decisions over the last couple of days, not the least of which is that neither of us really enjoys showering with a bucket of lukewarm water.

Since we were thrust into the potentially life impacting decision making process surrounding the replacement of our fractured water heater, we've had a bit of a crash...

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Who Says Basement Swimming Pools are Only for the Wealthy?

Authors: Alex

Ugh! This past weekend was a kick in the gonads. Yep, that about sums it up.

What Wendy and I had hoped would be a super productive weekend turned into a bit of a bad situation that could've been an unmitigated disaster scenario. In the end we got very little of value accomplished but dodged a major bullet. But now we're left...

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Goose Necking Our Way to a Functional Vanity

Authors: Alex

We've reached a critical juncture in our vanity transformation project, and I'm super excited about it.

Though we've been discussing our adventures in tiling, the delivery of our marble a few weeks back put us in a great position for moving our vanity project along.

As we've grown weary of our tiling efforts, the unfinished vanity,...

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Reader Reward: Tickets to the 73rd Annual Twig Alexandria Homes Tour

Authors: Alex

I want to take a moment today to share a little love story with you that relates directly to a giveaway we're kicking off with today's post.

As you know, Wendy and I are completely and absolutely head over heels in love with Old Town Alexandria. I really never knew it was possible to love a city in this way, and it may be totally...

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