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The Son's Room #1: Day 1 of the real thing

08-03-2012 03:44 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 13 comments »

Howdy, We started the day off with my son’s friend showing up at 8:00 AM. Which was fine because I started rolling at 6. We cleared out the living room and moved OIL paint heaquarters to the patio. We went inside and I told him to help my son clear out the room. After about five minutes of doing more pred, I went to take another look. The buddy was sitting casually on the end of my son’s bed and my son was showing a box of junk he had kept forever. Well – the buddy was on...

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The Son's Room.

07-31-2012 08:28 PM by MarkTheFiddler | 7 comments »

My son has one year of high school left. I have changed my plans for doing the house so we can get his room next. Years ago I painted a mural on 2 of his walls. The wall paint we keep. I need to touch up the base color here and there but painting will not be a major chore. Another minor chore will be to get the wobble out of his ceiling fan. It’s a nice looking, brushed nickel, Hunter fan so we are keeping it. It’s about 5 year old but I still see similar stuff in the box st...

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That old house #9: Same day, different ...

07-23-2012 10:55 AM by BillyJ | 8 comments »

Borrowing a phrase from Sandhill – just another day in paradise. Another cliche – hopes and dreams of mice and men. There are many I can use to describe this ordeal. The pain of having wisdom teeth pulled, root canals, setting a broken bone – none of them compare to this on-going Ground Hog Day type of job. I thought there was light at the end of the tunnel, but I think it is nothing but the oncoming train. My list of “never again’s” is multiplying daily. ...

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Simple Hall Way redo. #5: Not so simple

07-19-2012 04:58 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 4 comments »

Day 10: Yesterday. I started dry fitting my base boards and I got completely twisted. To my credit, I put the compressor away without firing a single shot. I opened up a forum question instead and got some really sound advice. The sound advice is unfortunately going to set my project back by as much as a week. It will be worth it in the end. Now I’m thinking about plinths, coping, caulking another other wonderful subjects to make those baseboards look just so. Day 11: Today (for a fe...

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That old house #8: Down to the wire - crunch time

06-29-2012 03:08 AM by BillyJ | 7 comments »

July 6, 2011. At 7:53 a.m., to be exact. I began my journey into a world of changes. Changes in design, scope, content, and finally – me. As Jerry Garcia would say – what a long, strange trip it’s been. I’m doing many things at the same time. Although I had plans for various aspects of the kitchen to follow a sequence, today just proved how quickly my priorities change (I should say – forced to change). The customer purchased a small TV/VCR that will be mounte...

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Do you want a 4-season Sunroom or a 3-season Porch?

05-31-2012 05:57 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Sometimes while discussing a 4-season sunroom with our Lancaster County, PA clients, we get on the discussion of an alternative option: a 3-season room. Most of the time people were not aware of the term 3-season room or what it was, even though they usually have seen one after we explain it. Here is a quick rundown of 4-season and 3-season rooms, their pros and cons and even an idea if you’re considering your own addition! What is a 4-season room? A four-season room is a heated room ad...

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That old house #7: Perhaps within a year???

04-02-2012 04:48 AM by BillyJ | 3 comments »

I’m very rapidly approaching the 1-year mark on this renovation. It seems like a lifetime of work that keeps going. SO many things have changed, I hardly recognize the initial proposal. In fact, I just looked at the proposal, and this remodel has increased at least 3-times in size and scope. It is not longer the original plan; that went to the wayside almost immediately. Here is where I stand. 1. New ideas make more work. The painting is finished (I think), and there should not be...

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RENOVATING #2: Putting 'Living' back into the living room...Finale

02-28-2012 09:53 PM by rdlaurance | 2 comments »

Caught with a little time between projects while casting off the last of a winter cold, I felt I should add an update to my last blog of “ As we had earlier given away an antique set we had had (for decades), the style looked right, the color looked right, the price was certainly right and we now had a room that needed furnishing. So here they are. Wall decorations still seem a bit sparse but that may be more of a reflection on where our tastes have been moving these last six or se...

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Deck Cleaning Tips

02-08-2012 06:00 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 4 comments »

Lancaster County, PA homeowners are often curious the best way to keep their new deck or porch looking beautiful for the long term. Different types of decking material need different types of techniques to be cleaned properly. First things first, inspect your deck before cleaning it. If something looks amiss structurally, call a contractor to take a look! Here are some tips for cleaning a Wood, Composite or Cedar/Redwood deck: Using that Power Sprayer – A power sprayer is a huge time sa...

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That old house #6: Not quite there, but on my way

12-31-2011 06:45 AM by BillyJ | 3 comments »

I’m almost at the point where I can begin making the cabinets. After months and months of demo and rebuilding, the cabinets are almost in view. Although designs change almost daily, I can see an end to the renovation. There were only a few items left to complete, finishing the tiling was next on my list. The tiles were handcrafted in the early 1940s by an artisan. Fortunately, the original owners purchased more then enough for the kitchen when they put the tile down. I had four boxes...

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