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.

Building a Support System for Our New Vanity

Authors: Alex

The single most important aspect (out of many very important aspects) of a marble topped vanity is the seemingly simple responsibility of the vanity to provide a rigid support structure for the marble top. Without the necessary support structure, the heavy marble top will not be adequately supported and may crack under its own weight.

I...

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Sometimes You've Got to Stop and Admire the Cherry Blossoms

Authors: Alex

Sometimes, you've just got to stop and smell the roses.

This famous saying seemed so much more popular and prevalent when I was growing up than it seems to be today, which is a bit ironic given that it likely applies much more today than when we were kids.

Whether it was the grandma saying it to her grandkids or muttered in a...

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Blogging Overhaul and Other Really Nerdy Stuff

Authors: Alex

While we're not the type of blog that spends a lot of time blogging about blogging, I wanted to share some of the major changes we've been making behind the scenes over the last week. Well, it's actually been a work in progress over the last several months, we just implemented it over the past week, so you can probably guess that I'm...

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Lulu Goes to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

Authors: Alex

A little bit ago we gave you all a brief update on Lulu's very successful cancer battle. As we said, she's doing quite well and continues to be her happy bouncy self. But before we're too far removed from the memory of her treatment, I wanted to provide a bit more information for anyone who might be going through something similar,...

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Ode to the DIY Fools

Authors: Alex

It's once again that fateful day of the year. April 1 gives rise to hopes of spring, baseball's opening day, and a welcome feeling of warm mornings where we no longer must don out hats and gloves to venture outdoors. 

But beyond the traditional rite of spring the beginning of this new month brings, it also gives an annual nod to a...

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DIY Alarm Final Steps - Selecting a Central Monitoring Company

Authors: Alex

We left off of our DIY alarm system purchase, install, and configuration with a functional alarm system not yet connected to a central monitoring station, mission half accomplished. But selecting a good central monitoring station is one of the most critical, variable, and potentially valuable aspects of a home security system. But...

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The Saga of the Sink Hunters

Authors: Alex

I think our bathroom vanity is going to be...unique. Yes, I think that's a good way to describe it, unique, in many ways.

To start out, the fact that it's a buffet and not a vanity to gives it automatic uniqueness points, but there are several other factors it has going for it in the one-of-a-kind department. I think the number one...

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Happy St. Patrick's Day With Some Snow Photos

Authors: Alex

Another Monday, another snow storm in DC, only this one happens to be on St. Patrick's Day. What better way to have a day off of work than on St. Paddy's? 

This morning, at about the time the sun came up, I headed out and took a bunch more snow photos. Mostly because I can't get enough. Here are my favorites for the morning. Hope...

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From the Balls to the Walls - An Update On Our Calls

Authors: Alex

Last night I realized that we have several items that we've either asked for your opinion on a topic and haven't shared our final verdict, or given you periodic updates on a topic and then kind of petered out without a more recent status. You may have been able to tell from our less frequent updates, but Wendy and I have been busy...

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The DIY Alarm Install Process with a Major Debate

Authors: Alex

Last week we gave you the rundown on our wireless DIY home security system search and selection process. After much deliberation and research, we decided to purchase the 2Gig Go!Control system to meet our needs. It seemed to offer the best combination of features, capabilities, aesthetics, and price.

Before I bore you with the details...

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