Clean Slate

Recently, an acquaintance of mine dropped me a line to say she and her husband had recently bought an older home in a great location. The house was faded beauty, great bone structure, but in need of a facelift, and more importantly for them, it needed a personal style overhaul so it could feel like […]

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Ask Sally

ASK SALLY Dear Sally: My husband and I recently bought a mid-1930s bungalow in a historic small town neighborhood. It’s a rambling old place with a lot of charm and, if I’m honest, a lot of things that need updating. We’re about to start working on the kitchen. The existing cabinets are solid pine, mostly […]

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Change Fate

When I am on vacation and my world slows a little I like to play the “What If” game. Not the “What if the car breaks down? What if we miss our flight, What if the hotel smoke alarm goes off” mind game, but the more peaceful version with questions like “What if I lived […]

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Ask Sally

Dear Sally, I’m the owner of an older home (built 1928) and my husband and I have started a renovation process of our downstairs. We’re still pretty early on in construction, but I’ve started to look fairly seriously at paint colors. It’s important to us that the house looks updated. But we collect a lot […]

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Rain, Snow, Heat, Oh Hell: Renovating Through Inclement Weather

I spent a couple of days recently on unexpected holiday when the snow storm blanketed the roads, closed schools and kept my crews well away from our frozen worksites. My job is all about managing complications. And wintertime always poses unique challenges to any construction project. Renovations are tough enough when it’s sunny and 70 […]

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