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.

Landscape Lighting for Major Impact with Minimal Effort

Authors: Alex

Who doesn't love a project that's quick to complete and offers major impact? 

With our new house we've been spending the last year on what seem like massive, slow moving projects. Besides refinishing the wood floors and sprucing up the shed, nothing else in the house really felt like we were actually finishing anything. Completed...

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Snowzilla Wrap Up - Jonas Has Left Alexandria

Authors: Alex

Snowzilla (aka Winter Storm Jonas) rolled into town, dropped a lot of snow, and went on its way, and boy was it a great storm!

I've posted the full timelapse that takes us from the start through everyone shoveling out their cars in particularly futile efforts.

I have to believe that snow etiquette dictates those who dig out their car...

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The Great DC Snowzilla Blizzard of 2016 - Live Blog

Authors: Alex

As a kid from Cleveland living on the east coast, I get giddy with excitement when even a chance at a snow storm is predicted.

Earlier this week, I think it was Sunday, when the news weather people started talking about a possibly giant snow storm nearly a week off, my head almost exploded! I thought, "Would we possibly have a legit...

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Historic Plaster Restoration with Master of Plaster - Applying the Base Coat

Authors: Alex

If there's one thing I absolutely love about old homes, it's their plaster!

With all of the beautiful details that fill any home of a certain age, my love of a traditional lime wall covering may seem a bit odd. Given the more modern trend to rip out old walls in favor of modern gypsum drywall, I feel like plaster walls are one of those...

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Some Pig

Authors: Wendy

To say that the first 15 months of owning our new home haven't been what we imagined would be an understatement. 

Between last year's whole house freeze and subsequent replumb of the entire house, installation of a new HVAC system, and generally the feeling of one step forward, nineteen steps backwards, the endeavor has been...

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On the 10th, 11th, and 12th DIY of Christmas...

Authors: Alex

Things have been a little hectic of late, but our 12 DIYs of Christmas are nearly complete.

I started this goal of accomplishing 12 nagging tasks with every confidence I'd finish them all of without issue. But as DIYs tend to go, several little things got it in the way of successfully completing all 12 prior to Christmas January 6th,...

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On the 7th, 8th, and 9th DIY of Christmas

Authors: Alex

Though I realize we're already beyond Christmas, we're in the home stretch on my 12 DIYs of Christmas nagging project goals.

The holidays bring so much joyous fervor and enjoyable obligations that it's often tough to squeeze in the time necessary to check projects off your list. In the past this has always been our excuse for why we...

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How an Old Box Became My New Favorite Christmas Decoration

Authors: Wendy

The story of my new favorite Christmas decoration began last year on Christmas day. After a fun afternoon of enjoying my family's famed potato soup, eating too many cookies to count, opening gifts, and the annual visit from my uncle Santa...

...my Aunt Margie surprised my cousins and me by inviting us around the dining room...

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On the 4th, 5th, and 6th DIYs of Chistmas - I Got a Lot of Little Stuff Done

Authors: Alex

While I may not have given you a 12 DIYs update the last few days, that's not to say I've not been working my tail off to make my 12 projects goal a reality. With my somewhat limited time during the week I've been working to knock as many of the small tasks off of my list that I can. So today I present you with three fairly minor...

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On The 3rd DIY of Christmas - Patching Up a Hole in the Side of Our House

Authors: Alex

On the 3rd DIY of Christmas I did for my true love to see, patching the hole in the side of our house.

This large and unsightly hole has been in the side of our house for more than a year and a half, since July 2014 to be exact. It's the remnant of the removal of our house's old main waste stack, which was abandoned many years ago and...

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