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.

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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Classing Up the Joint with Some Barn Lights

Authors: Alex

Our plans for our new house including tackling projects both large and small.

Whether we're talking about a whole home HVAC rethink, an individual room overhaul, or the replacement of a single light fixture, we try to make sure we give each the thought and attention it deserves.

A few weeks ago Wendy mentioned the barn inspired new...

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We're Celebrating 4 Years of Blogging With the Lee Street Rats

Authors: Alex

Happy Birthday to Us, Happy Birthday to Us, I Can't it's Been Four Years...Happy Birthday to Us!

That's right, as of today Old Town Home is officially four years old. In internet blogging years, I think that's like 82. I know it's pretty cliche, but I really can't believe how time has flown. I can still vividly remember the night we...

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From Bad to Better?

Authors: Wendy

Our heads are spinning when we start to walk through our mental to do lists. 

While we've made substantial progress in the last week to work towards repairing the whole house plumbing and HVAC disaster, we don't want work at the new house to come to a complete standstill. We've been trying to tackle smaller projects each weekend,...

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New Neighbors and Coming Up with a New HVAC Plan

Authors: Alex

So...what's new with you?

Us, well, now that the weather is a little nicer we've been shuttling back and forth between Old Town and our new house in an attempt to both get a handle on our heating and plumbing system woes, and also to move some of our little projects forward a bit.

I'm not sure what it is, perhaps it's the fact that the...

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Getting the Hang of Mounting our Mirror with a Simple Cleat System

Authors: Alex

Hanging a mirror. A simple task that can drive even the most seasoned DIYers to wildly slinging uncontrolled obscenities.

I don't know what it is, but when it comes to hanging heavy mirrors in a centered and level manner, I often find myself melting down, frustrated, sweating profusely, usually on the wall on which I'm trying to hang...

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Steaming Our Way Through the First Steps to Plaster Restoration

Authors: Alex

A little while ago we were weighing our options in restoring the uncovered plaster in the living room of our new house.

This all stemmed from the partial wall removal in that room where we realized the room's original plaster had been covered over by a layer of drywall. And when we removed the drywall, we learned that the vast majority...

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Boozing it Up Under the Big Old Tree

Authors: Wendy

The weather is finally warming up, and so are our moods. While we're still in the early stages of working our way through the insurance claim process to repair our damaged plumbing and heating at the new house (and still feel totally depressed and overwhelmed by both the magnitude of the project and all of the decisions we need to...

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