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    Divide and Conquer the Kitchen

    When we purchased our new home, one thing was certain: it would be many years before we even attempted a kitchen renovation. Before moving in, the two of us performed as much…

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    The Basement Aquatic

    The original stairs to the basement were kind of an enigma to us. First, who thought nailing, screwing, and glueing (yes, all three) an extra large series of custom shelving to the wall…

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    We’ve got gas!

    Gas leaks. Big bills. Democracy gone awry. It’s been a tough week. Fortunately, our heating system is once again running smoothly and safely. Let’s start at the beginning. We knew we wanted to upgrade our…

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    Home is Where the Hearth Is

    It seemed like virtually every open house we visited incorporated the exact same fireplace. There was always a smattering of real brick surrounded by a wooden frame and finished with the most atrocious red stone…

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    Studio 95

    Straight out of the forties – and then “renovated” in the era of disco – our one and only full bath left quite a few things to be desired. Contractors swooned over the…

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    Stairway to Heaven

    Our first challenge upon when walking into our new home was this absolutely foul no-longer-white carpet over our Cape Cod’s signature staircase. Our three year old nephew deemed it “soft” with an air…

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