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Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 | 4 comments

Brad and Heather’s DIY Wooden Porch Remodel

Brad and Heather’s DIY Wooden Porch Remodel

I did a double-take the first time I drove past Brad and Heather’s home and noticed their handsome gleaming wood porch. Later, I learned that they designed and built it themselves and were willing to share their experience with us. Here is the porch the way it looked when they first purchased their home. Brad initially did his planning on paper and with computer software. He went through many drafts before​ c​oming up with the perfect design. Once they had the final plan, Brad spent several months ​drawing the interlocking wood panels using a key to indicate the differen​t e​lements. They then ordered enough white oak to build the railings and to replace the ​five original pillar​s that were removed. They salvaged the old yellow pine for other DIY projects.​ While Brad worked on the wood pieces, Heather prepared the flooring by removing many layers of paint by using a floor grinder and pressure washer​. They installed slate tiles, a choice they admitted to regretting since they said it...

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Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 | 1 comment

“Be the Light:” The Making of an Art Installation

“Be the Light:” The Making of an Art Installation

Today we welcome Nancy Belmont to share how the “Be the Light” display in Del Ray came to be… If you’ve been on Mt. Vernon Avenue in the evening over the past week, you may have noticed some extra energy. On Saturday, December 3, I launched, “Be the Light,” a new community art installation. The project asks visitors to think about the light inside of them, write an intention about how they can bring that light into the world, then light a candle to add to the display. Photo credit: Bill Coyle on Flickr “Be the Light” is my third interactive public art project over the past year and a half. (The first was the Courage Wall; the second was UNITY.) It was inspired by the idea that sometimes my light feels covered up by sadness, pain or heartbreak. I wanted to bring people together in a way that allows them to be vulnerable through anonymity. By creating a space where people can participate without sharing their identity, they...

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Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Janet and Everett’s Backyard “She Shed”

Janet and Everett’s Backyard “She Shed”

We all loved seeing Janet and Everett’s amazing garden during the Del Ray Urban Farm Tour last weekend, but the plants themselves weren’t the only standout feature. The tiny house in the yard, aka the “she shed,” attracted many a gazing eye. I learned that Janet, her husband Everett, and sister Nancy built the house themselves from the ground up. They wanted to build a garden shed on the property so as a test-run of their construction abilities, they decided the build the tiny house. At first the house was used a playhouse for their kids, but now Janet uses it the most as her writing studio. Her kids are still welcome to play in it too.  It’s 4′ x 6′ with a height of 6′ at the peak of the roof. Let’s step inside. Except for the shingles, they either salvaged or bought the main materials for the house second-hand: Windows: Community Forklift for $25.00 each. They’re samples and don’t actually match, but no matter. Flooring: Habitat for...

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Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 | 0 comments

An Old Ironing Board Cabinet Turned Spice Rack

An Old Ironing Board Cabinet Turned Spice Rack

When we moved into our 1920s bungalow, I admired the old ironing board cabinet, but not being much of an ironer, I imagined converting it into a spice rack. The other day, my husband Matt decided to make it his weekend project. He started by pulling out the ironing board, which normally pulls up and out and then rests on the bottom cabinet door that moves out on an angle. While removing the ironing board, the bottom cabinet door came out with it. It’s not hinged to the wall to begin with, but is attached to the ironing board. Next, he went to Lowe’s to buy the shelves, cut to size, along with brackets and hinges to use to reattach the bottom cabinet door. He was hoping to find a hinge to match the vintage one on the top door. Matt then drilled the brackets on to the wooden shelves before screwing them in place inside the cabinet one by one. Now, when we open the cabinet, we see...

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Tim and Dawn’s DIY Outdoor Living Space: Part 2

Tim and Dawn’s DIY Outdoor Living Space: Part 2

In our last post about Tim and Dawn’s outdoor space, we showed you the before pics and plans to completely overhaul their corner Rosemont lot. We’re back today to give you a look at their progress of turning a neglected yard into an attractive and functional space for their active family. After building a small deck landing, Tim sought the city’s approval. He was proud to learn that the city code administration not only approved the small deck landing he built, but they told him that the quality of the work was as good as a licensed contractor. Here’s what the home looked like before Tim built the deck. And here is the completed project. Tim still plans to place LED lights on the steps, another side rail up the stairs, and a bench for the kids to sit on when taking on and off their muddy or wet shoes. To give the appearance of a beach boardwalk, Tim bought 500 sq. ft. of stone pavers. You may remember...

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