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Welcome to our new house, and our new blog.

We just bought an 1874 New Englander on the East End of Portland, Maine. It is what’s known as a fixer-upper. Our goals are:

One, to make the house habitable. As it is, the entire top floor is covered with cat pee-stained carpets, there is some water damage in a few spots on the ceilings, there are gaping holes in much of the drywall, and the interior needs to be completely repainted.

Second, we want to renovate while hewing to the spirit and history of the house, maintaining architectural integrity and bearing in mind the character of our neighborhood.

Third, we want to use ecologically sustainable remodeling materials and techniques whenever possible, both to minimize our environmental footprint and for the sake of indoor air quality–an important consideration when you’re cooped up inside during Maine’s six month winters!

Please follow along!

Nick took a hammer to the ceiling about 15 minutes after we closed. It was thrilling!

Nick took a hammer to the ceiling about 15 minutes after we closed. It was thrilling!

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