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.

Reader Reward: Tickets to the 73rd Annual Twig Alexandria Homes Tour

Authors: Alex

I want to take a moment today to share a little love story with you that relates directly to a giveaway we're kicking off with today's post.

As you know, Wendy and I are completely and absolutely head over heels in love with Old Town Alexandria. I really never knew it was possible to love a city in this way, and it may be totally...

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The Subway Tiling Train is Chugging Along

Authors: Alex

We have been tiling machines of late.

Well, when I say "machines" what I'm really saying is that we're tiling machines that are old and slow, but apparently still work sometimes and eventually get the job done.

I guess if we're trying to draw a comparison, we're less like...

...and more like...

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A Cake Smashing Good Time

Authors: Wendy

If you've been reading along for a while, you probably know that baking cakes and cupcakes is a specialty of mine. In fact, I've been trying my hand at perfecting various buttercream recipes over the years, as well as experimenting with different fillings and flavors. I realized this week that I haven't shared any recipes lately, in...

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Who Knew Sourcing Carrara Marble Would Be So Hard?

Authors: Wendy

Who knew it would be quite so hard to find custom fabricated marble?

Last week we filled you in on our search for that seemingly elusive bathroom tile that was just right. During his pretentious rambling, Alex also alluded to our ongoing search effort for marble and the difficulties we had been having identifying a source.

We were...

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Not All Subway Tile is Created Equal

Authors: Alex

I think the search for finish materials is possibly one of the more difficult aspects of a bathroom renovation.

Yes, in spite of all of the other complex, planning, and pain in the butt items, I'm totally serious. When you look at even a "simple" overhaul, you're still changing just about every major surface in a bathroom, and all of...

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The Decidedly Masculine Joys of New Clothing Storage

Authors: Alex

As a male living with a female in a two person, two pet household I'm facing a challenge, likely well known by many. This familiar challenge involves an apparent disparity in closet and clothing storage space between myself and my spouse.

Never mind the fact that our 1880s home was built with only a single original hallway closet, as a...

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Throw it Over the Transom and See What Happens

Authors: Alex

One of my absolute favorite aspects of our old home (and many old homes in general) is our house's period and restored architectural hardware.

Since moving into our home we've gone to great lengths to discover and restore period vintage hardware for our home. Whether that means scouring eBay or digging through the extras pile at a...

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A Toilet by Any Other Name Smells Just as Sweet

Authors: Alex

We've got ourselves a functional turlet!

Yes, that's right, an official and flushable lavatory! This is big news. No, no, actually, this is really big news.

Up until last night we've been without a second seat in our home for several years. We've endured visits from friends and family with sadly a single sanitarios. We've entertained...

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Custom Baseboards to Maintain the Soul of the Moulding

Authors: Alex

Trim and finish work of all kinds are typically major elements in every room we've undertaking in our home.

Whether we're talking about stripping original moulding...

...having reproduction moulding profiles created to match original elements...

...making major statements with custom and complex wainscoting elements...

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Turning the Tables on a Phone Scammer

Authors: Alex

There are few things I hate more in life than a scammer, liar, and a cheat.

Long ago, as a very young kid, I remember going to the video arcade at the mall with a $5 bill in hand. As I walked up to the exchange machine to get some tokens, an "old person" (he was probably in his 20s) approached me and said, "I have a whole bunch of...

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