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.

Considering Waterlox to Refinish Our Heart Pine Flooring

Authors: Alex

In fun news, we're considering our many options on how we want to refinish our antique heart pine floors!

However, this is not an easy decision, and not one to be taken lightly. We're fortunate in our new home to have beautiful 110 year "random width" heart pine throughout all three floors. Best of all, it's all in relatively good...

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Geothermal Ground Loop Install = A Giant Dirty Mess

Authors: Alex

The past week we've violently oscillated between outright angst over work being done on our house and utter exhaustion from the work we're doing.

The work on our house's HVAC and plumbing repairs has been progressing, and we've been trying to stay ahead of the contractors with our responsibilities.

Since the price tag for new...

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You're Hired!

Authors: Wendy

Well, we certainly can't claim to complete any house projects at world record speed, whether it's a 12+ year renovation of our 15' wide townhouse, or even completing our master bathroom renovation in less than five years. But when outsourcing work, I thought we could count on hired pros to turn things around a little more quickly.

For...

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Old Town Alexandria Welcomes French Tall Ship Hermione

Authors: Alex

July 2, 1779, a 22 year old Frenchman by the name of Johannes (Jean) Claudius Schledorn enrolls in the legion of Lauzun and engages as a light horse soldier in Lauzun's 1st squad of Hussars.

The adventure and duty that follows brings the calvary soldier to North American to fight with George Washington and the American rebel forces...

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Old Look with a Modern Twist - The LED Edison Bulb

Authors: Alex

Historic home renovation of any sort is a delicate balance between old and new.

Whether you're patching a hole in a 100 plus year old plaster wall or looking for period hardware or accessories that are both functional and appropriate in an old home, you have to weigh the character of the old against the function of the new. This has...

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Building the Base on Custom Bathroom Cabinets

Authors: Alex

Much like War and Peace, Gone with the Wind, or The Academy Awards, our bathroom renovation is running long.

As the years have progressed and our patience runs thin, the bathroom has slowly progressed. Rather than drawing comparisons to various epically lengthy novels or movies, let's instead use The Little Engine that Could as our...

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Oh Man, I'm Ticked Off, What a Week it's Been!

Authors: Alex

Let me tell you, the last week has been tough. Are you ready for a very random blog post?

About a week and a half ago I was ready to take the world on. I had a head of steam, was out shopping at Lowe's for some lumber to build some master bathroom cabinets, and was getting ready to both attend a few Nationals games and knock out a ton...

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Shaping up the Shoddy Shed

Authors: Wendy

Well, I'm proud to report our shed is looking a little less shoddy these days. After all, this is what used to greet us when we pulled into the driveway of our new home.

A couple weekends ago my parents were in town visiting, and true to his word, my Dad gave us a huge hand with the shed project. (Not to mention, my parents were able...

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Searching for that Iconic Adirondack Chair

Authors: Alex

When you think of a house on the water, what are some iconic furniture elements that immediately jump to mind?

If you're like us, you can't think of a water house without mentally adding a few Adirondack chairs to the porch, pier, or around a crackling fire pit. And when we bought our new house last October, one of the first...

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We've Made a Decision on Our New HVAC Approach!

Authors: Alex

All right folks, are you ready for some serious excitement?

While HVAC or plumbing might not be the thing that jumps to your mind when I mention excitement, when you've been without either for a few months even baby steps are exciting.

The fact is, this is our toilet situation.

Yes, it may be installed, but it requires us to fill a...

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