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 […]


Wiring The Alcove

by Josh on May 10, 2011 · 2 comments

in Kitchen,Projects

Last time, I wrote about the change to the exterior by removing the kitchen backdoor.  On the interior, closing up the doorway allows me to finish the area as an alcove for the refrigerator.  And by moving  the refrigerator, I will be able to add some new cabinets and countertop in the fridge’s former space […]


When Ms. Bungalow and I bought this house six years ago, one of the first things I wanted to change was the kitchen pendant lights. But then I took on other projects and added new priorities and the kitchen lights just kept hanging around. Here’s what one of those pendants looked like: It is hard […]


Out With The Ugly Kitchen Light

by Josh on November 15, 2009 · 3 comments

in Projects

Another loose end to be tied up with my bedroom project is replacing a short section of wiring for the switch to the kitchen overhead light.  As a side benefit, I will have to take down the horrible kitchen pendant light I’ve wanted to replace since I moved in.  Here is the hated light: The […]


Bedroom Update: Wired

by Josh on July 31, 2009 · 10 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

My bedroom renovation project passed the first of several inspections a little while back when the electrical inspector signed off on the wiring rough-in. For now, those new wires are sitting dormant until the walls are finished and the new fixtures and receptacles can be connected.  But the upgrade of the electrical box from fuses […]


A Better Detector

by Josh on July 17, 2009 · 7 comments

in Ideas

Admit it.  When is the last time you changed your smoke detectors?  Not  just changed the batteries, but actually replaced the detectors themselves? As part of my electrical upgrades, I had several new Kidde smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed.  Although these new ceiling warts look about the same as the detectors we’ve all seen […]


Electricians’ Eve

by Josh on July 8, 2009 · 0 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

Twas the night before the electricians and through part of the house I was marking outlet locations with help from my spouse… Since my last post, I received bids from four electrical contractors and selected one to work with me on the bedroom project upstairs.  Tomorrow the wires start running. If the electrical job simply […]


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 […]


Wireless Through The Walls

by Josh on November 21, 2007 · 0 comments

in Local

My neighborhood is on the leading end of the rollout of municipal wifi service in Minneapolis. I kicked my DSL to the curb a little over a week ago have been pleased (though not thrilled) with the performance of the wifi connection. I’m sure things will only get better once the network is complete. With […]


Wires Through The Walls

by Josh on November 20, 2007 · 0 comments

in Projects

With the help of a new tool, I made some progress this last weekend on my nursery renovation project. The tool? A fish tape that allowed me to run new romex from the fuse panel in the basement up to the utility run on the upper level. Then I went fishing again to be able […]