Category - Home & Garden

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House Search

While filing some papers away today I came across the sales particulars from the purchase of our house, and I recalled our experience buying it nearly ten years ago. Having decided to move...

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Measuring Up

There’s been a lot of measuring going on around here lately. We have tape measures dotted around the house and can usually lay our hands on one pretty quickly. If none can be found, we...

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See Through The Wall

The idea to put openings in the wall of our new outdoor stairwell came a bit late in the design phase. Actually, it came in the construction phase. Construction of the foundation walls was...

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Holdups

We didn’t know we needed a custom fabricated steel hanger a few weeks ago. Things come up when you are adding on to an old house. When our contractor showed me it was not possible to...

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Roofscapes & Eavesdrops

It is very gratifying to finally see the sloping roof shapes atop the addition. We have had a lot of rain recently, and consequently progress on the roof has been slow. In designing the...

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Strawberries

When I was a boy I had my own vegetable patch. I became interested in growing strawberries when someone gave me some old plants they had dug up. My grandmother intervened and provided me...

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Camp

John suggested we have coffee in the “camp” this morning. Camp is our name for the secluded stone patio area I designed and we had installed in the back corner of our property. Camp is...