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This week marks our two-year anniversary of buying the Schoolhouse. Even though we both can vividly recall our first day there, when we started ripping the ivy off the Library unit, we still can’t believe it. What is “it”? Pretty much anything and everything you can think of, for example: We can’t believe we found […]

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Steve and I have been very lucky. We’ve been married for 16 years. In that time we’ve made it through a move to (and four years in) Knoxville, Tennessee, a year in British Columbia, major career changes, the death of both my parents and his dad, divorces among family and friends. The Schoolhouse is a […]

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We’re proud of our edge, and I’m particularly pleased that it was my idea: I don’t know enough to have a lot of good ideas when it comes to carpentry, but once in a while I have one. The joists are ugly – built of pressure treated redwood – so they typically get covered by […]

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We got a central heating system this weekend! It’s not hooked up yet of course, but it’s there – an amazingly compact unit rated 95 percent efficient. With lots of single-paned windows, no insulation, and 11 and a half foot ceilings, the Schoolhouse is a challenge to heat. Once upon a time there was a […]

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This weekend we got a roof. This is a bigger deal than it sounds. Our purchase almost fell apart over insurance. A 120-year old building with maintenance issues, pest damage, no insulation, a bad roof, and a funky kerosene heater? No thank you. With the help of Kayte, a creative insurance agent referred to us […]

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