Of Scallops and a Schoolhouse

by Josh on April 25, 2012 · 14 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

When pulling a home design together, often it is the little details that make the difference between harmony and dissonance. In my bungalow kitchen remodel, I’ve been distressed by the dissonant details over the sink. Specifically, these are a scalloped header board and an off-center electrical fixture box. In the before photo above, the problem with […]


Triangulating the Deck

by Josh on August 8, 2011 · 8 comments

in Deck,Projects

While cleaning the deck recently, I had some time to think. As I scrubbed away at the mildew stains, I realized that my plan to clean and stain the deck had a problem: Cleaning and staining are fine for maintenance but the deck needed more than maintenance– it needed help. The deck was added to […]


When I last wrote about my kitchen project I showed the exterior side of converting the old back door to a new alcove for the refrigerator.  This time the work shifts indoors with a before-and-after comparison of this part of the kitchen. I had already removed the door, framed the opening and faced on the […]


Removing the Kitchen Door

by Josh on April 28, 2011 · 8 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

Ever since the previous owners built the tower addition off the back, our house has had an odd pair of dueling back doors.  The old back door exits the kitchen and the newer back door exits the mudroom in the tower, but from the outside the two doors are just ten feet apart on our […]


Making a Tile Frame, Part 2

by Josh on December 3, 2010 · 1 comment

in Projects

When last we saw my tile frame, I had completed the construction and was ready for finishing.  When it comes to staining and finishing, I’m a complete amateur.  I just haven’t done it that often and my past results have been mixed, so I really wanted to take a step forward in my finish quality […]

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Making a Tile Frame, Part 1

by Josh on December 1, 2010 · 1 comment

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After the adirondack chairs I made last year, I’ve wanted to try some more woodworking projects.  I thought a good next project would be to make some picture frames because the construction, though simple, requires precise cutting, assembly and finishing.  I’ve framed a few walls, so why not frame some things to hang on them? […]

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Like a kind of housewarming present, the previous owners left us a few pieces of furniture when we moved in six years ago.  The most notable of these is a custom entertainment center bookshelf that the previous owner built himself.  It isn’t the prettiest thing in the house but it is very functional and I […]


Another Adirondack Underway

by Josh on November 20, 2009 · 0 comments

in furniture,Projects

The adirondack chair I built last spring spent a lonely summer in the front yard awaiting its mate. With competition for my attention from summertime activities and other house projects, however, the second chair has sat for weeks half-assembled in my garage. But now, with winter’s snow a daily possibility, completing the lawn furniture has moved […]


Bedroom Update: In Pictures

by Josh on June 19, 2009 · 5 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

My last couple posts have lacked pictures, but I finally took the camera around and captured a few images of the progress up in the bedroom. This first photo shows the partially-stripped door into the bedroom and the newly relocated doorframe for the closet.  The radiator at the bottom of the image is sitting partially […]


As scheduled, my construction contractor arrived on Monday morning with his assistant to finish up the framing in my bedroom project.  While they relocated a door frame and furred out rafters, I hauled away demolition material and kept my kids out of trouble. After a few hours, the framing was finished and the room was […]