Best How To And More

by Josh on March 28, 2009 · 1 comment

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In her March 3 round-up “Best of the Blogs” at My Old House Journal, Clare Martin picked Bungalow ’23  as the “Best How To” houseblog: Photos of beautifully restored homes are great to look at—but they won’t do you much good if you don’t know how the homeowners got there. Enter Josh of Bungalow 23: […]

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Cool Tool: The Snow Plow Shovel

by Josh on December 30, 2008 · 12 comments

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My parents and I agreed that we would cut back on Christmas gifts this year, but that didn’t stop “Santa” from delivering an awesome new Snowplow shovel to my front porch the week of Christmas. Readers in warmer locations might not appreciate the value of a great snow shovel, but for my corner lot in […]


Someday: Front Steps

by Josh on December 22, 2008 · 4 comments

in Ideas,Journal

My recent post about the trouble with the downspout and pavement at the front of the house reminded me of another topic I haven’t posted on yet: the front steps. Although I don’t have a picture to prove it, I’m certain my house originally had street-facing front steps with brick wing walls on the sides. […]


I had such high hopes for my summer windowbox this year.  But by early August, I was forced to concede that it was best to just remove the few plants that weren’t already dead and leave the windowbox bare until the time to decorate it for winter. Along with my vegetable garden, the windowbox remains […]


Design Inspiration

by Josh on September 6, 2008 · 2 comments

in Ideas,Projects

A day after I finished building the trellis next to the back steps, I decided the design still needed a little flair.  I considered a few different ideas for adding some more character to the top of the trellis, but in the end I found my inspiration just glancing up at the roof.


Wanna See My Wordle?

by Josh on September 5, 2008 · 1 comment

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Fred over at One Project Closer tagged me in his latest Friday Fun post about Wordle content clouds.  Unlike some cloud tools I’ve seen, Wordle provides a lot of flexibility in font, color, layout and more.  Plus, like any cloud, it can be a handy way to produce an at-a-glance summary of content themes.   […]

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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 […]


Some fellow Minneapolitans may have found the answer to my pigeon problems. Best of all, this pigeon control solution is completely green, VOC-free, locally-sourced and all-natural. It’s a predator! This video was shot by netclift about a mile from my place: And Lost Forest After Dark shows what happens when a pigeon meets a hawk. […]


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. […]


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.