Author Archives: Sandra

Backyard makeover: the before

If I were a realtor describing this house’s yard, I’d use phrases like “full of potential” and “ready for your personal touch.” In other words: neglected, unprepossessing, and in need of work. We spend most of our time on the deck, … Continue reading

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New hardwood floors

Ta-da! The new hardwood floors are done. There’s new quarter-round along the baseboards, and the trim has been freshly painted. At last! I’m willing to entertain area rugs, but I NEVER want wall-to-wall carpet again! Of course, now I’d love … Continue reading

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Life in plastic, it’s fantastic

Main floor crammed with furniture and boxes? Dust everywhere? Just when you thought things couldn’t get any lovelier around the house, here comes plastic sheeting hung over the doorways! In theory, this is supposed to limit the amount of sawdust … Continue reading

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The new floor arrives, and so does the dust

Happily, I won’t have to look at the ugly subfloor for long: the new hardwood is already snapping into place. I’m going with pre-finished oak. While one contractor warned me that pre-finished will never give you the perfect glassy sheen … Continue reading

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What lies beneath: subfloor and old newspaper

The contractor ripped out all the carpet on the first day (yay!) and got most of the old hardwood out of the way as well. The good news is that the stairs (which were also covered in carpet) appear to … Continue reading

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Another reno: replacing old hardwood floors

I’m at it again, tackling something I’ve wanted to do ever since moving into this house: ripping out the wall-to-wall carpet on the upper floor and replacing it with new hardwood flooring. The carpet was almost new when we bought … Continue reading

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Rec room/guest room

We’ve finally got the main area of the basement set up in comfort and style. What took so long? Finding the right couch. We needed a couch that: Could seat two people comfortably for TV watching Was not too long … Continue reading

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