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 […]


Dear, Carrie W.

by Josh on July 5, 2006 · 4 comments

in Bedroom,Journal

When you were in grade school, did you ever write a note to that special boy or girl in your class? You know, the kind of note where your turgid adolescent emotions can be summed up by the phrase, “I like you like you.” What if that note– cross-outs, misspellings, and grammatical errors included– was […]


Missing Details

by Josh on July 2, 2006 · 2 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

Sometimes finding restoration clues involves looking for what you don’t see. When I had removed all the panelling from the bedroom I am restoring, the walls behind were wallpapered down to six inches from the bottom of the walls. What don’t I see? The original tall baseboards that began where the wallpaper stops. I would […]


A Little Bit of Destruction

by Josh on June 23, 2006 · 2 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

This week I got a bit more time to continue the demolition work in the south upstairs bedroom. My overall plan for the room includes: removing the old paneling and drywall installing more and better insulation and vapor barrier replacing the sheetrock restoring the two double-hung windows stripping all the woodwork


Let The Sun Shine In

by Josh on March 18, 2006 · 7 comments

in Projects

The built-in bookcase that I’m removing from my office is all but gone. I pulled the top bookcase off the cabinet base (with only minor damage) and moved it to the garage for storage with the help of Ms. Bungalow. Now only the base remains in the office and its continued presence is just a […]


What Have I Undone?

by Josh on March 10, 2006 · 2 comments

in Projects

It took much less time and labor than I expected to remove the built-in bookcase from the wall in my home office. Behind the bookcase were the two windows I expected and some ugliness I should have. But before I completely give away the ending, here’s how the deal went down. First I pulled out […]