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    Garden v2.0

    The second year of our garden is well under way, and I’ve just moved the first of the cold-loving plants to the raised beds. This year, I opted to keep the seedlings contained to a small wire shelf, equipped with grow lights I constructed from ductwork leftovers and $11 single fluorescent grow lamps from menards…. Read more »

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    Posted on April 19, 2016 by
  • Springtime in Detroit!

    The sun is shining, and the weather is finally warming up. The ice cream trucks have already started coming back around. Here, that means it’s construction season. On the first pseudo-warm day, it seemed like there were crews setting up all over our part of town starting exterior work on homes in the area. It’s… Read more »

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    Posted on April 14, 2016 by
  • Twenty SIXTEEN!

    Whoa. Hi guys! Happy 2016! There has been a ridiculous amount of stuff going on in our life these last few months. For starters, it isn’t actually winter in Michigan. That kind of sucks for a couple of purely selfish reasons: 1) we totally could have finished painting the house if we’d known the weather… Read more »

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    Posted on January 16, 2016 by
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    It’s NAIAS Time!

    Tonight is Charity Preview night at the annual North American International Auto Show held at the Cobo Center here in Detroit. It’s a swanky black-tie event that kicks off the first weekend of the Auto Show that is open to the public, and serves as a fundraiser for local children’s charities such as the Children’s… Read more »

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    Posted on January 15, 2016 by
  • The front of our house is 100% plywood free!

    Annual review! – VOLUME 01 – 2015.10.20

    Hi everyone! Last week was the anniversary of the date we closed on our home! As such, it seems like a good time to review all that we’ve done in our first year as homeowners. Our house was built in 1923, occupied for about the first 50 years, and vacant for the last 40 or… Read more »

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    Posted on October 20, 2015 by
  • Auction time is here again!

    Recent conversations with colleagues have reminded me to do some research on the upcoming Wayne County Auction. The idea is that these are properties that have been foreclosed upon, and the county holds an annual auction to get rid of them. If a Detroit Land Bank home isn’t quite what you’re looking for, the Wayne… Read more »

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    Posted on August 23, 2015 by
  • Slow Roll!

    Progress report! – Volume 10 – 2015.08.16

    Hi you guys! Whew, it’s been a while. Summertime is apparently also crazy time. We have been busy on house-related and non-house-related things over the last few months. It’s hard to believe it’s already the middle of August. We have sort of landed on a color scheme for the exterior paint and some solid landscaping… Read more »

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    Posted on August 16, 2015 by
  • Let’s Strip! …the paint

    Lots of intricate woodworking detail covered in layers of paint and varnish from 100 years. To strip it for refinishing, we employ no chemicals or harsh invasive techniques, just heat from a $10 Harbor Freight heat gun.

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    Posted on July 21, 2015 by
  • Living in Detroit – Installment 2

    Sitting in bed, watching a movie last night, we heard a series of loud pops. They sounded awfully close by. I looked at Dave and said, “that was fireworks, right? Please tell me that was fireworks.” I told myself that the pops had come too close together to be gunfire, so HAD to be fireworks…

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    Posted on June 21, 2015 by
  • Progress report! – Volume 8 – 2015.06.09

    Hi followers! Man, have we ever gotten a lot done since passing that rough electrical inspection! The first thing we did was finish the floor in the bathroom. Our Facebook followers have already seen these, but whatever – I was super excited for us to finally lay the tile it took me so long to… Read more »

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    Posted on June 10, 2015 by