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.

How Does One Attach Claw Feet to a Clawfoot Tub?

Authors: Alex

Our tub may be in the bathroom, and the overbuilt drama of how that would happen may be behind us, but there's still a lot to do before we're done.

Among the many aspects of getting this tub into its final resting place, we have to get the feet into shape and onto the tub. The problem, we don't know exactly how to attach these feet.

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Up Up and Away - Moving a 350lb Clawfoot Tub Upstairs

Authors: Alex

We left off in our tale of bathtub salvage with a cleaned up and freshly painted cast iron behemoth in the basement, just waiting for the big moving day.

Wendy had contacted the movers and scheduled a date for a group of pros to help us accomplish this lofty goal of lifting the tub from its basement resting place to its rightful...

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Preparing the Clawfoot Tub for Its Journey Into the Sky

Authors: Alex

There are few incomplete projects in our home renovation history that have been talked about more than our salvaged clawfoot bathtub.

It's really no surprise given that we purchased the bathtub over 10 years ago for a cool $150 from an ebay seller. Not to mention it came out of a Del Ray Alexandria bungalow. But this tub, that we...

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The New House: Moving Weekend and Where to Start

Authors: Wendy

As we revealed on Friday, last month Alex and I took the plunge into second home ownership. Our "new" home, an early 1900s American foursquare, has great bones, an amazing water view, and enough projects to keep us both busy for the next decade or so. While the house is completely livable as is, we see a laundry list of items both...

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House Hunt: The Second Home Decision

Authors: Alex

It's been one month since we made the big announcement that we bought a second home. Now that we've shared our four top contenders from our home search, we're finally ready to spill the beans on the results of our more than two year search.

Though I fear we've led you all on for too long, it wouldn't be a true House Hunters inspired...

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Dealing with a Decroded Furnace Vent Duct

Authors: Alex

Several weeks ago while we were having our hot water heater replaced with a tankless unit I shared a shocking photo.

While the picture may look quite a bit like a set prop piece from a dream sequence in A Nightmare on Elm Street, it was actually the deteriorated metal flue ducting that had long served its purpose of directing the...

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Halloween 2014: A Bloody Good Time

Authors: Wendy

This fall marked the 12th year in our annual tradition of throwing a Halloween costume party, but this year, for the first time, we had our party on Halloween night. 

Though we typically hold our party the weekend before Halloween, with the holiday falling on a Friday night (along with Alex's now crushed hopes and dreams of the...

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Halloween 2015: A Bloody Good Time

Authors: Wendy

This fall marked the 12th year in our annual tradition of throwing a Halloween costume party, but this year, for the first time, we had our party on Halloween night. 

Though we typically hold our party the weekend before Halloween, with the holiday falling on a Friday night (along with Alex's now crushed hopes and dreams of the...

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House Hunt Part 4: An 18th Century Home with a Whole Lot of Land

Authors: Wendy

We've finally arrived at the final home on our house hunting tour.

Thus far we've shared three very different homes located on waterfront property, from a 1980's ranch to an 1880's Victorian. Many readers have been divided on both their opinions of the homes and whether or not the home featured was the one we'd ultimately choose....

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House Hunt Part 3: An American Foursquare with a View

Authors: Alex

Are you ready for house three on our house hunting trip? And since it's Halloween, we'll even give you a little Halloween twist we experienced while we were looking at this house.

But before we get started, we're going to make a slight change to our game. I know in the intro post about our second house we mentioned sharing three homes...

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