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Trish
Home Sweet Home
This is a blog about our home improvements, big and small.
Interests: diy, home improving, design, architecture, gardening, cooking, sewing, yoga
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When I left off, we had just completed the back room renovation. It looked something like this: We finished it off with a sectional big enough for a crowd and some curtains. By now we've added a new media cabinet, TV, and some accent pillows. By the end of last... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Home Work In Progress
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So another week or two passed after we completed the tile installation and we ordered our carpet. Another color selection! We are glad to have one cozy room where people can sit or lay comfortably on the floor, since the rest of the house has hardwood floors. I looked at... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at Home Work In Progress
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OK, it has been a while. We may be experiencing a slight bit of burnout on the renovation process. We have been at this for quite a while (about a year and a half,) so I suppose it is understandable. Fortunately, we continue to make progress and have a manageable... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at Home Work In Progress
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With all of our furniture moved and light fixtures installed, we are more excited than ever to finish up and get our back room cozy and done like dinner. The next step was to install underlayment for the area to be carpeted, which is most of the space. We used... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2011 at Home Work In Progress
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The weekend after we finished painting, we had friends over for a dinner and overnight party. We were so excited to break in our new space, despite not being finished yet. It was feeling much closer to being inhabitable. So we decided to have the party in the almost renovated... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2011 at Home Work In Progress
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It's been a month since I wrote a post... whoops! Time flies when you're having fun renovating, feeling sick, visiting a new niece, hosting a dinner party and starting a new job! Yes, all of those things happened in the past month. So I will rewind to the point at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2011 at Home Work In Progress
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In phase 1, in the bathroom we replaced the vanity, toilet, medicine cabinet and towel bars. However, I got stuck finding a new light fixture. I couldn't find one I liked at a price I liked. We also plan to re-do the bathroom in a future phase, so I didn't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at Home Work In Progress
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At the beginning of the week Justin's dad (Ken) and uncle (Dale - our contractor) showed up early in the morning to spend a week here to do drywall. They have been a huge help to us since we bought this house and we definitely couldn't have done all of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Home Work In Progress
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What? Doesn't everyone get home from dinner out on a Saturday evening and insulate their walls? Well, we did. The purpose of this round of insulation was not for thermal benefits, but for acoustic reasons. Since our little powder room is right there in the back room living/dining space, we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at Home Work In Progress
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Last weekend we tied up some loose ends in preparation for the much anticipated drywall phase! This is the current to-do board: The clear marker board is a recycled storm window from the old single-paned aluminum ones. Well, it looks like we won't be making our tentative deadline of completing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Home Work In Progress
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The Crawlspace has been a big part of this renovation. And the work down there was almost finished up this weekend by Justin and his dad. I'm so glad that I didn't have to spend my Saturday hunkered in there. I did lots of laundry! And cleaned out the file... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at Home Work In Progress
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The upcoming steps in our renovation include finishing the vapor barrier and insulation in the crawlspace and then... We have helpers scheduled for the last week of January to hang and mud and tape the drywall! So while we are eagerly anticipating that step, I thought I would re-cap the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at Home Work In Progress
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When we began fixing up the basement (which is an entire post for later,) we moved a bunch of stuff from there into the attic. While in the attic, we poked around for the hidden stash of cash every homeowner dreams of finding. We lifted a piece of insulation and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at Home Work In Progress
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Bill and Flo were the original owners. They bought the house new post-WWII, in 1949. At that time this town was considered the country suburbs of Philly. Most of the houses in this area were built in the 50's and 60's. When we toured the house, we noticed many interesting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at Home Work In Progress
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The living room and dining room received the same treatment as all the rooms on the second floor. We stripped wallpaper and carpet, the walls (and ceilings) were painted and the floors were refinished. The living room upon first day of ownership: The carpet had apparently been installed more recently... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Home Work In Progress
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It's kind of amazing that insulating the back room only took a day and a half. That was a lot of work! We really wanted to have the space insulated and buttoned up before the weather turned cold. It would be great if it snowed right now because we are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2010 at Home Work In Progress
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Insulating the back room included spray foam in the exterior walls and 3 types of batt insulation in the ceiling. The spray foam turned out to be a relatively simple process. First, we taped the front of all of the wall studs and covered the windows and floor with plastic.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2010 at Home Work In Progress
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After we finished phase 1 in the original part of the house last fall (wallpaper removal, carpet removal, floors and paint,) I had time to measure and AutoCAD our new house. The main portion of the house was built in 1949. The addition of the family room, laundry room and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at Home Work In Progress
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The idea of buying a house first occurred to us around March of 2008. Our lease was about to expire and we were getting very worn out by apartment living. We found a listing for a townhouse and checked it out. While we weren't quite ready to take the leap,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at Home Work In Progress
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As soon as we closed on our house, we went home, ate lunch, changed our clothes, and went to our new house to start doing something. We weren't sure where to start, so we decided to rip the wallpaper off the bedroom walls and remove the carpet to see what... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2010 at Home Work In Progress
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Welcome to my first post. My husband and I have been renovating our house for a little over a year now, and I have always thought that I should publish a blog to track our progress. We're getting closer to the finish line of our major project - "The Back... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at Home Work In Progress
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