Category Archives: Projects/Process

Closet Envy

When the Square House was built, people didn’t have the sheer amount of possessions we have today. Closets were uncommon and often impractical. When converted to a two family, two closets were added on the first floor but, alas, they … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The good is that no one painted over the natural wood work. The bad is what people did to it over the years. The ugly is the end result… Fortunately, natural wood finishes are my specialty, so it came back … Continue reading

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Replacing the Thresholds

Time for a little show and tell. I love the old original entry doors.  They’re stylistically appropriate, and often only need a little TLC to work well.  PLEASE don’t replace front doors with the “Home Depot Special”… hate when I … Continue reading

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Patches

Thankfully, the house wasn’t badly chopped up when it was converted to a two-family.  Often, in the process, the original details of the entry hall are lost.  At 1407, they made two secure units by putting locks on any door … Continue reading

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The Walls

I had planned on hanging and finishing the new wall board – 40 sheets in all – over the new framing, but got word of a crew that are reasonably priced, fast, and of quality…  You usually only get two … Continue reading

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Framing

I’m always stunned by how much I underestimate the number of 2×4 studs needed to frame up the walls.  In the end, it was close to 120.    

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Knowing When To Stop!

It’s a dangerous world when it comes to old wallpaper! I’m okay if it’s well adhered; it can work like “Glidwall,” hiding the cracks in the plaster.  Once it starts to peel back, though, it’s often hard to know when … Continue reading

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A Cobweb of Ugliness

Meet Ed: Author, musician, father of six, electrician, and all around great guy.  This is the third project he has helped me on, and I couldn’t imagine doing the project without him.  Thanks, Ed… The house had a newer service … Continue reading

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The Big Dig

First I have to introduce one of my favorite people here in Cincinnati, Ronnie Zins.  He owns a plumbing business in Northside and I’ve known him for over twenty years.  This man is golden…  A great story teller and amazingly … Continue reading

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Stripping the Paint

The house has beautiful natural woodwork.  In the kitchen and bathrooms, the woodwork was painted, which is common, though often they were originally natural.  I returned some, but not all, back to a natural wood finish.  I like getting this … Continue reading

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