Though it's been a little quiet on the blog lately, we've been very hard at work on several ongoing house projects. 

The most major of our projects has been our focus on the overall exterior appearance of our Foursquare. As a realtor, I'm keenly aware of curb appeal, and how small differences on the exterior of your home can truly set the tone for how you feel on the interior of your home. But as an owner of a house with wood siding, a large yard, and a lot of plantings around the house, I know what an overwhelming endeavor it can be to stay on top of those items that impact the curb appeal of your home. 

In our case, I'm not so concerned about what people driving or walking by our home think. Instead I'm more concerned with how the curb appeal makes me feel, or how it makes our visitors approaching the house feel. I want our home's exterior to set a tone of relaxation for all of our visitors, and it's hard to feel relaxed when you approach a yard of long unkempt grass, flower beds full of weeds, and significant sections of cracked or peeling paint on the house. After all, it's our goal to have more relaxing evenings like this.

This summer we've decided to approach the curb appeal and exterior maintenance of our home in three distinct phases.


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Our goal is simple. We have low voltage outdoor lighting and we want to be able to control it using Insteon home automation.

Ben when it came to outdoor low voltage lighting, we couldn't find one on the market that would work with home automation systems.

Back in February 2016 we shared the relatively inexpensive and very DIY friendly way you can add landscape lighting to your home. Though it looks great when it's on, the control of the lighting leaves something to be desired. There are several problems with how you can control the lights.

In the case of our unit, there's no good way to control it with a light switch. Each time you turn off the unit it resets, so turning it on only puts it in programming mode. Once it's set, when it's on it's on, even if you want it off, unless you actually press a button on the transformer. To turn it off we have to crawl behind the bushes and there's few people that want to crawl around in dark bushes at night.


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Today's master bathroom reveal is a long overdue blog post we've wanted to write pretty much since we started blogging.

Yes, it's true, this ongoing, on again, off again project has been in its final stages for some time. With our post about the finished custom cabinets we essentially checked the last big box on our punch list before we could really consider this room done.

We've wanted to share the overall end result of this room so many times, but we never allowed ourselves to call it complete and write this blog post until we actually achieved the milestone. Considering our bathroom looked like this when the project started...

...I'm sure you can understand our excitement at the fact it looks like this today.


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It's been a long time coming, but a major sub-project in the never ending project that is our Master Bathroom is essentially complete!

Yes, it's true, and I can hardly believe we're reporting this major milestone to you! Our master bathroom in our Old Town row house has been an ongoing project since...well, the early days of our blog. And if you're counting, our blog just turned six years old a few weeks ago!! In Internet years, that's like 82 I think.

We may not have had any hoopla surrounding our blogging birthday, but there's really no better way to celebrate than with a completed project!

Since there's a pretty good chance you don't have any clue what I'm talking about when it comes to our cabinet project, let me quickly refresh your memory.

It all started with a drawing on a happy hour napkin that outlined Wendy's vision for our bathroom vanity wall. We completed the vanity several years back by converting an antique buffet into a marble topped double sink, but the two cabinets that were planned to flank the vanity were both just figments of our imagination.

After we finished up the first steps on the napkin vision, following a very very VERY lengthy process of more steps than I care to mention to get to the point where our bathroom had things like walls, a floor, flushing toilet, and other things you commonly associated with a modern bathroom, we had ourselves a very lonely looking vanity.


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If you're looking for a great historic house museum to visit in DC, we've got a stop that's perfect for history buffs, old house nerds, and fans of "absolutely do touch" museum experiences.

It is we'll known that the seat of power in Washington, DC is held at the address 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, but did you know that in 1814 The White House had to be temporarily "moved" just a few blocks away to 1799 New York Ave?

Not only does the house that occupied this address still stand, it's also open to the public and offers a unique "hands on" museum experience that can give you a sense of life's joys and hardships for all of the inhabitants of the home in the early 1800s.

This home that played the role of The White House for six months in the early 19th century is the known as the Octagon House, and it also happens to be one of the Federal City's (DC) early inhabitants. And this temporary relocation of power was necessitated by the burning of The White House by British forces in August 1814, toward the end of The War of 1812.


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