Nick Wylie
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No one will love your house as much as you do

As we finish up some details with the demo, life gets in the way sometimes and plumbers in the area are busy, I am reminded that no one will love your house as much as you do.  We learned this recently during a kitchen remodel.  When the time came for new countertops to be installed I had not taken the olds ones off yet.  The installer took a sledge to the countertops no lasting damage was done but twelve screws were all that held them in.  If I would have done the work myself I would have…


Posted on March 18, 2014 at 10:19pm

Demo done - mostly

We finished up the demo today.  The lath is still up but we feel like we can move forward with plumbing bids now.  Spent the day pulling plaster down to see a "new" to me way to do it. Using a circular saw to cut the depth of the plaster and the lath cut on either side of studs and pull the whole section plaster and lath at the same time.  The plus side to this method is less mess and faster but I can see that if you are not sure what is behind the walls or have trouble finding the studs…


Posted on February 11, 2014 at 9:31pm

Really! Glue, Deck nails , and Caulk!!!!!!

Spent time working on removing all of the trim around doors, windows, baseboard, and wainscoting.  This would not have been such a big deal if the previous owner during a 1980's "update" did not use construction adhesive or wood glue, spiral deck nails, and caulking where the trim meets the wall not just in a few places but on every piece.  It made the removal, especially since I was trying to save as much as possible, very slow and tedious.  I only get about 4-6 hours a week to work on this…


Posted on February 6, 2014 at 10:09pm — 1 Comment

If you don't succeed try, try again

Well this weekend did not go as we had hoped.  I removed the door that use to bridge the two upstairs bathrooms.  I also removed the access panel to the shower plumbing in the maids room bathroom that will become our master bathroom.  We saw pretty much what we expected.  The access to the plumbing is pretty straight forward.  What was disappointing is the layout in the small bathroom, which was the original bathroom of the house, did not work the way we thought.  We wanted to put in a walk…


Posted on January 27, 2014 at 2:51pm

Bathroom inspection Pictures

Pictures of what I found during the discovery phase of our bathroom renovation

Photo 1 Tar paper underlayment

Photo 2 water damage…


Posted on January 21, 2014 at 9:08pm

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Tell us about yourself:
My wife and I proudly own a Gordon Van Tine catalog home built in 1919. We have a passion for older homes and look forward to being a steward to our "new" home.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
This is our fourth historic home and the first in a designated historic neighborhood. Our hopes for this house is to add the details to the house so that it honors the past and takes advantage of appropriate modern updates. My carpentry and electrician skills combined with my wife's fabric and art skills give us the necessary background to tackle all but the largest preservation projects.

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