Garden Apartment

Yes, it took a lot longer than we thought. Yes, there were quite a few unforeseen issues, but finally, nine months after we bought our place, the garden apartment is finally ready to rent. Here is what it looks like: We created an entry way with a place for shoes and coats. For the bedroom, […]

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Fireplace tile clean-up

The fireplace in the garden apartment looks like this: It seems OK, until you take a closer look: Varnish is splashed all over the tile. On the floor, the tile just looks sad. Sure, this tile is over 100 years old but it still has some life in it. Enter my favorite tool in the […]

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Garden Kitchen

For the past 20 years, our house has been configured as a lower duplex with a top floor rental. Having lived under people for 95% of our married life, it was time to change that. We decided to reconfigure the Pink Lady into a Garden rental and an owner’s duplex on the parlor and top […]

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Making an entrance

The entry way to the garden level apartment used to be a narrow hallway flanked by a mishmash of closets. The space was barely wide enough for a person to get through – a fairly thin person that is. There was also evidence of some major water damage and a lot of rotted wood. Yum! […]

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Fireplace #1

Of the 5 fireplaces in our house, two have ugly brass covers. Luckily, all the original cast iron covers were still stashed away in the basement. Yesterday we tackled the fireplace in the garden apartment. It has the least ornate mantel. This is the best photo I have of it in it’s “as purchased condition” […]

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Progress in the Garden Hallway

The Pink Lady  has been throwing us some curve balls lately. No, not the doorbell that rings randomly (it seems as we have a ghost that locked itself out and wants back in. I call her Constance). Our biggest problem is that the mechanical systems are organizing a mutiny and a general strike of Greek […]

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