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.
Like We're Moving In for the First Time
- Published on Wednesday, 25 November 2015
There's really nothing quite as satisfying as watching a room come together, even if it isn't in its end all state.
But if you've been following along since we bought our new house last year, and then the successive disastrous freeze and resulting work since February 2015, you've no doubt noticed that we've had a whole lot of...
An Inexpensive and Completely Custom Butcher Block Bathroom Vanity
- Published on Friday, 20 November 2015
The last several months have been nothing short of a massive effort to get our house back in shape.
The whole house freeze last February forced us to put ongoing projects on hold and focus on hiring people to do the HVAC install and replace all of the plumbing in the house. Once we had both of those items nearly wrapped up...
Our Floors are Done and We're So Happy!
- Published on Friday, 13 November 2015
A few weeks ago we gave you an update on our antique heart pine floor refinishing, and this week we're very excited to share the finished product!
Through a very long and drawn out process that included a good deal of heated spousal debate, a little social media luck, and more furniture moving than we could imagine, we had...
If Walls Could Talk? In Old Town Alexandria They Can!
- Published on Friday, 06 November 2015
If you've ever visited Old Town, you've no doubt seen the oval metal historic markers adorning the front of many residences and old buildings.
These little plaques are so significant that they are often mentioned in Old Town Alexandria real estate listings as a selling point for a property that has one.
Anyone who has noticed and been...
Your Guide to Halloween in Old Town Alexandria
- Published on Tuesday, 27 October 2015
When it comes to celebrating Halloween, Old Town Alexandria is a special place to be!
Our historic streets are not only steeped in the history of several centuries gone by, but are also dripping with spooky stories and ghostly tales. What's even better is just how much the homes and neighbors of Old Town really, and I meanreally, embra...
Antique Pine Floor Refinishing is ON!
- Published on Friday, 23 October 2015
Just wanted to give you all a quick update on some major happenings in our new home.
A few weeks ago we told you about our heated debate involving just how we'd ultimately refinish our new home's nearly 110 year old antique heart pine floors. We didn't want to go the old stain and poly route and we were assessing at all of our...
My Irish Eyes are Smiling
- Published on Friday, 16 October 2015
A few weeks ago Wendy and I took a week long trip that I've been wanting to take for 16 years.
You see, 16 years ago, when we were fresh faced college kids, Wendy had the amazing opportunity to study abroad for the summer as part of her degree in international business and marketing. Throughout her time living in London and traveling...
When Is It Worth Plastering Instead of Drywalling?
- Published on Friday, 09 October 2015
Sometimes a tried and true building method beats the modern approach. When talking about old houses, I often feel this way about plaster vs. drywall.
Our good friends and blog readers, Doug and Gretchen, are fellow old home owners. After a lengthy search for their first place, they purchased a home in the H Street Northeast...
Flooring Finish Debate Two: Undecided On How to Finish Our Floors
- Published on Wednesday, 30 September 2015
We've been having a few heated debates in our home, and one of them involves something that looks a little bit too orange and yellow. Thankfully, I'm not talking about Donald Trump's skin and hair.
Our debates are not of the GOP variety, but rather about our various options for refinishing our antique pine floors. We've been looking at...
An Accidental Family Room Makeover
- Published on Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Sometimes I find inspiration when I least expect it. But when it appears, it's important not to ignore it and to simply hang on for the ride.
Last week I found myself in the Kingstowne neighborhood of Alexandria, dropping off a housewarming gift for a client who just purchased her first home. Afterwards, I felt the invisible but...