renovation

Passive Porch Reno – Part 3

Passive Porch Reno - Part 3

This third post focuses on the interior aspects of the project – specifically insulation and air sealing. Now that we’re in the coldest part of winter I can offer some preliminary feedback on how well my passive porch is performing. Although keeping the heat in is top priority, I’ve incorporated some architectural elements to bring […]

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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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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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Kitchen Planning – On Pets & Pantries

Kitchen Planning – On Pets & Pantries

A few years ago, our good friends Bill & Martha got married. After spending a couple of years commuting between two separate multi-pet households in different communities, they began the process of consolidating into one home. This meant a rather extensive renovation to Martha’s modest house, involving everything from replacing the creative, but woefully inadequate […]

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Replacing a Stair Runner

Replacing a Stair Runner

After 18 years of living with a 1950’s-era vinyl stair runner with dubious health and safety issues, we finally decided it was time to make it go away. One of the motivating factors was hoping to enable our 4 year old greyhound to climb the stairs on her own. We figured the vinyl was just […]

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