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The kitchen remodel is closer to done.

We upgraded our kitchen sink this week. In the grand scheme of the ongoing saga of the home renovation that is our life, this is pretty minor. But sometimes, it’s amazing what a big difference such a minor change can make. Our old sink– the white one on the top in the picture, if you couldn’t tell– worked fine. It held up well over the past twelve or so years. Can I tell you where we got it?...

Safe stairs.

If you know us even a little, you know that since we bought our 138-year-old house back in 1999, we’ve been living in a permanent state of home renovation. Seriously, it never ends. The house was divided into two apartments at one point; one upstairs, one downstairs. We rented the upstairs apartment to Tierney and then Pat, and then we kicked our friends out and took over the space. In order to convert the...

Three Months of Construction.

The impending arrival of baby is a pretty big deal around here, but it’s not the only thing happening. We, well Dave, has been busy trying to add two new rooms onto the back of our house— as if we didn’t already have enough on our plate. The addition is a project we’ve talked about for years. Our house is two stories except for the kitchen area, which is only one level, so we had room to build...

We Have Windows.

I don’t pretend to know anything about construction. I know Dave’s been working tirelessly on our house, framing and building walls and doing whatever it is that you do to add rooms onto a house. But in the beginning phases, it’s hard for someone like me to actually see progress. But now, we have windows. Two of the three sides on the new addition are framed and wrapped in Tyvek, and our new...

Tips for Do-It-Yourselfers.

My husband is an excellent handyman, carpenter, do-it-yourselfer— whatever you want to call someone who can do almost anything better than the so-called professionals. We’ve owned our home for twelve years, and we’ve had at least one home project going at any given time. Usually more than one. We’ve done everything from small projects like painting and laying wood laminate flooring to massive...

Progress.

We’re adding two rooms onto our house. It’s something we’ve talked about doing for several years now, but haven’t quite gotten around to doing. Construction officially started this fall, and sometimes I think we’re crazy for taking on this project when we have so much going on in our lives right now. We’ve got seven weeks to finish two new rooms before baby arrives. The new rooms...

Stressed.

This week is not going well. Our latest home renovation— the addition of two rooms above our kitchen— is underway, but it’s not completely sealed. Of course it had to rain Wednesday night. I woke up from a short nap to the drip, drip, drip of water seeping through the roof and into an assortment of buckets and bins. Dave used plastic to create a “roof” on the inside of the kitchen, over the...

Home Renovation: New Window

If you know us, or if you’ve read the “about me” page, you know that our house has been a work in progress since we bought it. It will probably never be finished, and I’ve mostly come to terms with that realization. Our kitchen has two regular-sized windows that sit side-by-side and look out over the deck and pool. Dave recently discovered that both windows were rotting out around the...

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