Blizzard Conditions

We’re in blizzard conditions. Right now the snow is falling at a rate of 4″ every hour. It’s very windy witn low visibility.
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It’s a whiteout at Valley Forge Park.

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Going under the tracks…

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A historic church built in 1805…

Using GREAT STUFF PRO to Seal Up the Fireplace

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We purchased many cans of GREAT STUFF PRO to seal up all windows and door jambs. It also worked perfectly on the vertical gap next to the chimney.

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The yellow foam is for windows and doors;the orange is fireblocking.

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Insulating the Attic with R19

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John installed R19 insulation in the attic roof rafter bays. It was difficult because he couldn’t fully stand upright and he had to work around the HVAC duct work.

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He stapled around the collar ties; it has to be stapled efficiently to make the best possible seal and R-value.

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I Chose Daltile Rittenhouse Arctic Subway Tile and Daltile Hexagon Tile for the Guest Bathroom

The guest bathroom will be the first bathroom to be tiled and functional. I knew all along that I wanted this bathroom to have a retro and classic design. Because it’s a guest bathroom, it will be used only occasionally. Therefore, I’m saving the splurge-worthy tile for the master bathroom and the hall bathroom.

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Photo: Courtesy of DaltileRittenhouse Subway Tile on Wall

I chose Daltile’s ‘Rittenhouse’ 3×6 ceramic subway tile in semi-gloss Artic White for the bathroom wall.  (And how appropriate considering Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia is about 18 miles from Brick House 319.)

I ordered  a generous amount of subway tile so that the wall will be tiled about 6′ high from the floor. Since it’s a small bathroom (6×6), the white tile will create an illusion of more space and reflect light. I considered tiling from floor-to-ceiling, but I decided to stencil the remaining wall space with a black and white theme.

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Photo: Courtesy of Daltile

For the floor, I chose 2×2 black & white hexagon tile. Rather than having an all white bathroom, the touch of  black adds contrast and interest. The bath towels will certainly be black and white and I’ll tie in the black floor hexagons with a B&W stenciled wall. I might stencil a border or use a wall stencil–still undecided.

When I feel like adding a punch of color, I can always add cherry red towels!

Tile Tip: Daltile also has black & white Retro Rounds in gloss and matte for the floor. (Click & scroll down the page to view.)

PS The step-by-step tiling project will begin soon which I’ll feature on Huffington Post’s HOME page.