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.

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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How to Transfer Your Telephone Land Line to Google Voice

Authors: Alex

As of today we're saving $45 per month by using Google Voice and an OBi VoIP bridge for our home phone!

If that's not a infomercial sounding beginning to a blog post, I don't know what is. But we are, and it was really easy to setup. If you're like us and you still have a land line, and you've been interested in how you can use Google...

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How to Easily Build a DIY Paint Spray Booth

Authors: Alex

On Wednesday we shared the before & after of our antique store find buffet turned bathroom vanity.

This was a major moment of progress for our bathroom, and though we're not done yet, it went a long way to making our bathroom feel "complete." But in order to check this major step off of our list, it required something that's been...

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Before and After: A Buffet Turned Bathroom Vanity

Authors: Alex

Now this might come as a total shock, but Wendy and I have multiple ongoing projects.

No, no, I'm serious! Can you believe it?

While we may have a literal disaster when it comes to our heating and plumbing at our new house, and we're overwhelmed almost to the point of panic attacks (if they weren't so often interrupted by catatonic...

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Old Town Alexandria in the Snow

Authors: Alex

Old Town Alexandria in the snow is nothing short of magical. 

I don't care how many times we experience snow storms in Alexandria, the day of the storm and immediate aftermath never get old. Sure we're too far south, too much a warm climate for people in the area to act reasonably around snow. And the people of the area sure take...

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