June 2008

We’re driving to Cumberland, Wisconsin, today to visit Ms. Bungalow’s great aunt. While we are in the area, I thought it would be cool to drive up the road to Shell Lake to check out the Shell Lake Furniture showroom. Shell Lake Furniture produces some nice-looking, quality mission furniture, as well as a cabin collection […]


Mortar in Hand

by Josh on June 27, 2008 · 4 comments

in Projects

After some play time in a nearby park, the boys and I stopped by the hardware store to get the supplies I’ll need to tuckpoint the wingwall for the old back steps. The thing I love about a good local hardware store is that I know the people there well enough to trust their advice. […]



by Josh on June 25, 2008 · 0 comments

in Projects,Uncategorized

Here’s another project that got a bit bigger than I was expecting. I have a lovely “Josephine” clematis that I want to plant between the backyard gate and the house as a replacement for grapevine that has been growing there. This is an unusual spot where a small deck is built over the top of […]


A few weekends ago, I stole away from my own house projects long enough to catch the last hour of the Twin Cities Bungalow Club‘s 2008 Home Tour. I only had time to make it to the first house on the tour, but it was a good one– a nearby bungalow with a contractor for […]


I have posted a lot about the garden and landscaping lately, but there are other things going on here, too. Before I cover any of the other stuff, though, Ms. Bungalow insisted I write a post on her fabulous work improving the little landscaping berm in the backyard. What makes this project special is that […]


DIY Or Die

by Josh on June 4, 2008 · 6 comments

in Journal,Uncategorized

When you think of the personal health impacts of home improvement, what comes to mind? Lead paint? Asbestos? Tool injury? Mold? Well, consider this from You: The Owners Manual (HarperResource, 2005) by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Oprah’s pet doctor, Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.: Illness comes mainly from events that constantly stress you–even if they’re […]