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 […]


Snow Day Sights

by Josh on December 10, 2010 · 1 comment

in Fireplace,Journal

Snow has come to Minneapolis and more is on the way. The squirrels are making follow-the-leader tracks through the windowbox. The lawn chairs are much more cushiony. And the hearth offers a warm welcome back inside.

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Sashes and Storms

by Josh on November 17, 2010 · 3 comments

in Projects,Windows

You’d never know it by my writing volume, but I’m having a really productive fall.  Unfortunately for you, Dear Reader, I’ve allowed my free time pendulum to swing too far toward working on projects and away from writing about them.  I’ve also been extra busy this fall with new elementary and pre-schools for the kids […]


House Paint Revealed

by Josh on June 16, 2010 · 7 comments

in Projects

Cue the drum roll!  Raise the curtain!  At long last, I am pleased to reveal the completed Bungalow ’23 exterior trim painting, finally finished by our painting contractor. Did I say the paint was “completed”?  Well, not quite.  Even with all the major trim repainted, there will still be exterior painting for me to work […]


Change of Address

by Josh on June 3, 2010 · 4 comments

in Projects

Okay, this one took a long time even by my ridiculously drawn-out standards.  Way way back in October of 2005, when I was a newbie blogger about to mark the first anniversary of closing on this house, I bought some new house numbers.  They were mission-style and I thought I got a good deal on […]


Clicker Garage Door Keypad

by Josh on May 28, 2010 · 3 comments

in Projects

Why didn’t I do this sooner? For years I’ve thought it would be useful to have an entry keypad for my overhead garage door, but I assumed it wasn’t possible without a new garage door opener and I never really looked into it. But when my house painters asked about accessing the basement sink and […]


Exterior Scraping and Priming

by Josh on May 25, 2010 · 4 comments

in Projects

With most of my house projects, things usually get worse before they can get better. As the exterior painting work here progresses, the pattern is the same, though this time I have other people in charge of the work. Getting Worse It took the painters a few days to finish the scraping portion of the […]


A Look Into The Future

by Josh on May 18, 2010 · 5 comments

in Projects

At last it’s time, here at Bungalow ’23, to look into the future! The future, Josh? That’s right, Dear Reader, let’s look to the future– all the way to the year 2010! In the year 2010, in fact this very week, my house is finally getting the exterior paint job it has needed for a […]


Cutting the Cable

by Josh on November 8, 2009 · 4 comments

in Projects

As I mentioned in my last post, our family is proudly too cheap to pay for cable or satellite television. But the same can’t be said for my house’s previous owners. All along the side of the house is strung a cable TV wire that has been disconnected from the supply.  We have never used […]


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. […]