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Passive Solar Porch Reno – Part 2

Passive Solar Porch Reno – Part 2

This 2nd post in my Passive Solar Porch Reno series focuses on the exterior aspects of this project. The late summer weather was perfect for working outdoors and aside from having to evict a nest of carpenter ants (and replacing the framing they damaged below a window) it went as well as expected. Exterior improvements […]

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Passive Solar Porch Reno – Part 1

Passive Solar Porch Reno - Part 1

I’ve been thinking about this for a decade… turning my south-facing front porch into a passive solar heater on those sunny winter days. This was the year I really had to do something with the peeling paint and loose window glazing, as well as the crumbling concrete steps that had become downright dangerous to use. […]

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Simple Door Casing Plinth Blocks

Simple Door Casing Plinth Blocks

Whether you’re renovating an old house like I am or installing trim in your new dream home, plinth blocks can add an element of sophistication as well as provide a transition point for mouldings to meet cleanly. Plinths can be a plain block or they can have a profile – usually on the upper part […]

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Cutting Door Casings for New Flooring

Cutting Door Casings for New Flooring

I’m in the middle of my latest redecorating project which involves stripping wallpaper that’s older than me, giving the room a fresh new paint job and installing a new vinyl-plank floor. Anyone who’s installed a new laminate or hardwood floor has discovered that door casings can present a challenge to achieving a professional-looking installation. After […]

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Stud Space Pantry Design Tips

Stud Space Pantry Design Tips

If kitchen storage space is tight and you’re about to beat your head against the wall in frustration – you’re already looking at one solution. Take a moment and think about how you can use the space within that wall to store all kinds of stuff you use every day. Deep pantry cabinets with pullout […]

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Portable Passive Solar Air Heater

Portable Passive Solar Air Heater

Most solar air heaters you’ll find are large wall-mounted units and the utility of a ‘portable’ unit is marginal at best. But I had a specific purpose in mind for this design. While I actually completed this project a long time ago I’m just getting around to posting this quick review of my design and […]

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Quick & Easy Winter Driveway Markers

Quick & Easy Winter Driveway Markers

Anyone who lives in a snowy climate knows just how hard it can be to guess exactly where your driveway is once it’s buried under a foot or two of fresh snow. And if your driveway is almost 300 feet long like mine – it can be a challenge for your  neighbour to keep his […]

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The Greater Purpose of Repurposing

The Greater Purpose of Repurposing

Since this recycling project was designed and built based on the materials I had on hand – and it’s something I’m sure most of you don’t need – I’m treating it more as a philosophical exercise in creative problem solving than a how-to project. The ‘project’ in this case is a roadside garbage box – […]

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Stonehaven Recycling Bin Cabinet – Woodworking Plans

Stonehaven Recycling Bin Cabinet – Woodworking Plans

This Recycling Bin Cabinet is an original Stonehaven design that combines the style and charm of an antique furniture piece with the practical management of your household recycling.  Just open the drawer and drop your recyclables into the proper roadside bin. On recycling day you grab the bin and take it to the curb for […]

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Design Tips for Your Kitchen Trash Pullout

Design Tips for Your Kitchen Trash Pullout

Traditional Kitchen Trash Cans by Wellesley Hills Kitchen & Bath Designers Architectural Kitchens Inc. The home kitchen continues to evolve to meet our ever-changing needs and wants. Today, we’re as likely to have a TV or computer in the kitchen as a microwave or breadmaker. The "kitchen work triangle’ – the relationship between refrigerator-range-sink remains […]

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