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Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 | 8 comments

Flip or Flop? Mary’s Del Ray Remodel Part 1

Flip or Flop? Mary’s Del Ray Remodel Part 1

If you enjoy those TV shows where a reno team takes the ugliest house on the block and turns it into the best house on the block, you’re in luck, we have the Del Ray version right here. Mary Denby of MHD Builds bought this ugly duckling last month and she’s got big plans to restore it to its former glory. No one has lived in the house for quite some time, for years it was used as storage for an antiques store. It was listed as “un-inhabitable” on the MLS and sold as-is. Just steps from Mt Vernon Ave., however, it sits on a deep lot in a prime location, and has some unique original architectural elements. Still, Mary has her work cut out for her. Her crew is cleaning out the house and after careful inspection of the foundation, she’ll be able to make a decision about what can actually be done inside. The process has uncovered some interesting treasures: Circa 1976 newspapers hidden in the walls,...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 | 0 comments

Looking Back: Home Tours 2015

Looking Back: Home Tours 2015

Home tours and room renovation stories are our favorite part of writing this blog. Who doesn’t love visiting other peoples’ homes and seeing how they decorate and make the most of their space? Today we’re compiling a list of all the homes we visited in 2015 and encourage you to contact us if you’d like to share your home on this site! Justine and Jonathan’s Art-Filled Home Every piece of art in Justine and Jonathan’s home has a meaningful back story. Mark and Sally’s Modern Basement Makeover See how the couple turned a former music studio into a cozy and comfortable living and guest space. Matt and Angela’s Howell Avenue Taphouse Local home brewers Matt and Angela have taken their craft to a new level renovating their basement to include a 3-tap kegerator and lounge area. Christina and Brad’s Del Ray Rowhouse Remodel: Part 1, 2 and 3 We were thrilled when blog reader Christina contacted us about her upcoming rowhouse renovation and offered to let us track the...

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Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 | 5 comments

Renovating a Vintage 1940s Home, Part 2

Renovating a Vintage 1940s Home, Part 2

Earlier this year, we took you on a tour of a vintage 1940s home that had barely been touched since it was built 70+ years ago. Now, several months later, this diamond in the rough has received a complete makeover and we’re back to share its stunning new look, the work of local contractors Mary Denby of MHD Builds and Kyle Blaylock of Blaylock Design and Build. If you remember from part 1, the outside of the house was hidden from view by overgrown shrubs and ivy. Now with those shrubs gone, the vintage architecture is on display — and the fresh exterior paint, bright red door and new stone walkway complete the curb appeal. Inside, the plan was to restore many of the home’s original features, overhaul the HVAC and electrical, modernize the bathrooms and kitchen, and put an addition onto the back creating a large open concept living room and second-floor master suite. Here was the inside when Mary gave me a tour in February. And now,...

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 | 2 comments

Belgium’s Crazy Bicycle Museum

Belgium’s Crazy Bicycle Museum

Have you ever seen a bike that also doubles as a drum set? Or a bike so tall you need a ladder to climb on? During my recent bicycle vacation to Belgium, my tour guide Evan from Beercycling brought us to this wonderful and whimsical place, The Crazy Bicycle Museum, also known in Flemish as Gekke Fietsen Museum. We found the wackiest, weirdest and most wonderful bikes. Best of all they were all built by hand using parts salvaged from the trash. The owner, Wim, repurposes bikes he collects during the annual day when people put their old bikes on the street for trash collection. Wim has been collecting and repurposing bikes since he was ten years old. He was inspired by bikes he saw at a theme park as a young boy. Wim gets most of his ideas from the Internet and events like Tour De Fat. He made this drum set from old bikes. The bicycle/drum set is rideable. There’s the kissing bike… And so many more…...

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Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 | 1 comment

Sarah and Scott’s Farmhouse Reno: Part 1

Sarah and Scott’s Farmhouse Reno: Part 1

Sarah and Scott, and their two young sons, live in a beautiful Del Ray farmhouse with an inviting wrap-around porch and a big yard. Sarah gave us a tour of her home, telling us about their exciting plans for remodeling and updating their kitchen and upstairs master bedroom, which we will return to view in the months to come. They love their home, but with two growing boys, they want to reconfigure some of the rooms to make better use of the space, as well as add some square footage to the kitchen and second floor. Their roof is a rich red in color, which is why the second floor in this photo has a pink tint from the reflected light. Sarah showed us the cool 3-D graphic rendering that their architect, Laura Campbell, gave them that shows the addition they’ll put on the second floor in the back. Sarah highly recommends working with Laura. “She is highly detailed,” she says, “and thinks about things from functional and aesthetic...

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