Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Antique glass door knobs

Our last house had the most beautiful door knobs. Most were glass and had intricate brass plates. I started looking for comparible doorknobs for my new house and could only find the $600 kind. A friend then told me to try Antropologie and she was completely right. Most of their door knobs cost less than $10 and they're beautiful. Here's the one I'm thinking of for the green bathroom it's called jewelers knob.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pedestal sinks for small bathrooms

I'm thinking of an angular white pedestal sink. It's classic and simple. Here is a photo of one I think might work.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Bathroom designs for small bathrooms

The first room I've decided to attack is the guest bathroom. It needs minimal work (photo coming soon). Paint, I'm thinking green. A new sink. I'm thinking pedestal. And some tile repair. I'll be posting pictures as I come across them. If you have any ideas please share. Thanks.

Monday, November 2, 2009

A New Washing Machine

The washing machine broke too. It couldn't empty the water from the basin and smoke was coming out. Not a good sign. Did I mention no one lived in this house for 5 months? Beware of homes not lived in for 5 months. The washing machine that broke was a front loader. I've always had a top loader so didn't know the benefits a front loader would offer. So I looked it up.

A front loader:

- spins faster, extracting more water so clothes go into the dryer with less water. You're clothes supposedly dry faster while using less energy.

- the clothes tumble much like in a dryer, and because of this, the washing machine does not use as much water. You supposedly use 40% less water than a top load machine. If your water is metered this will equate the price of buying a less expensive top loader.

- cleans better. Because of the tumble action, water supposedly passes through the clothes more often, making them cleaner. Also the tumbling is less harsh on the clothes making them last longer.

- can be stacked with a dryer to conserve space.

The make I have is a Maytag Neptune, apparently the first one. I think it's pretty old. I'm wondering if I should call the Maytag man or just get a new one. Looking at the Maytag site they cost about $1,500. I guess I'll be calling.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A New Heater - Temp Star 150,00 BTU 80% Furnance and 410A A-coil

So the 2nd day we're in and the heater broke. I didn't have much time to decide. I thought about something that would save energy and give us a tax credit, but that would take longer to install and we were staying at my in-laws in the interim. Ack. I know. So I went with the Temp Star 150,000 BTU 80% Furnace and 410A A-coil. Sorry I couldn't find a photo.

Also, Air & Water has a choose the right heater buying guide. Check it out:

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Our New Home - 1930s Colonial

So I just bought a new home. Here's the photo. But it needs a lot of work. Things are already breaking and sadly it does not have that many details and vintage touches. This blog will showcase my journey through the process of restoring my vintage home to the state it was in the 1930s.

Please feel free to comment and let me know any ideas you have, whether you like something I'm thinking of or just stating an opinion. All comments are welcome.