March 2008

Entry Light Restored

by Josh on March 26, 2008 · 12 comments

in antiques,Projects

Does completing two projects qualify as a streak? I’ve just finished my second session of stripping and restoring the old hardware from around the house, and I’m on a roll. First I cleaned some window hardware a few weeks ago. Now in the last few days I decided to tackle one of my most hated […]


My First Urban Plan

by Josh on March 25, 2008 · 3 comments

in Ideas,Journal

Here’s what a fan of old houses, traditional neighborhoods, and urban design thinks is a fun activity to play with his 4-year-old: It’s My First Urban Plan(tm)! With just some wooden blocks, a few matchbox cars, some people toys, a flattened diaper box and some markers, you too can start designing your very own city. […]


Easter Bunny Tracks

by Josh on March 23, 2008 · 2 comments

in garden,Journal

Fresh snow on Easter morning makes for a lousy egg hunt, but it was easy to see that the Easter Bunny was here.


Bricks in the Attic

by Josh on March 21, 2008 · 2 comments

in Journal

While working on bedroom remodeling project, I found two bricks on a piece of cardboard in one of the attic crawlspaces. The bricks are from the Belden Brick Co. of Canton, Ohio, and are in great shape. Belden has been around since 1885, so they could have sourced the original bricks for the house, but […]


Starting Seeds

by Josh on March 18, 2008 · 6 comments

in garden,Projects

Even though a fresh coating of snow has it looking more like winter around here than it has in a few weeks, spring gardening is just around the corner. This year we are trying something new for us, by starting many of our annual flowers and vegetable plants from seeds. Growing from seed has several […]


Nursery Closet Framing Finished

by Josh on March 17, 2008 · 0 comments

in Projects

Over the weekend I finished framing the closet for the nursery. The outside wall needed to be built out with 2X2s to provide a nailing surface for drywall over the inside of the chimney. This will also give me a bit of space for some insulation around the chimney, too. There were a couple chinks […]


Home Improvement Fair

by Josh on March 12, 2008 · 3 comments

in Ideas,Journal,Local

This past weekend I checked out the South Minneapolis Home Improvement Fair held at a local high school. Like any home show, this event had solid representation from replacement window vendors and design/build contractors, but sprinkled among them were some preservationist- and traditionalist-oriented booths and some useful neighborhood-specific resources.


Cleaning Window Hardware

by Josh on March 8, 2008 · 2 comments

in Projects,Windows

If you’ve missed the terrific recent posts on window restoration over at Stuccohouse, do yourself a favor and check them out. The photos and instructions she provides are are excellent supplements to resources like Terry Meany’s Working Windows. Inspired by the latest entry in Stuccohouse’s window series in which she strips the paint from window […]


Framing the Closet

by Josh on March 3, 2008 · 4 comments

in Projects

As if the lack of postings here wasn’t sufficient to tell the story, let me spell it out: finding time for house projects and blogging has been mighty tough of late. Last weekend I watched the kids so Ms. Bungalow could put in extra hours at the office. The weekend before that I went ice […]