How to Take Down a Wall (video)

As you may remember, the kitchen dining area of the house was really small.  Closed off, not functional, and we had big plans to transform this space.  Before we could do anything else, we had to take down a wall between the kitchen and a bedroom that Read More
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Tips for Chopping Down Trees (video)

I've mentioned before how many dead or overgrown trees we had at the new/old home.  We looked into how much it would cost to pay someone to take them out but quickly ruled that out.  Wow, is tree removal expensive-- especially when you have a gazillion Read More
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Home Tour: Downstairs Family Room

We are just about finished with all of the "before" home tours, and I'm getting excited to get into the nitty-gritty of our massive renovation of our new/old mid-century modern home.  Today I'm showing you what the downstairs family room and bar area Read More
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Home Tour: The Nursery

My friends, I have seen the deeper depths of hell known as potty training and I can say with a wee bit of apprehension that our girl is about 80% there.  At over 7 months pregnant with a husband working around the clock in the office and on the house, Read More
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Home Tour: Kitchen

It only took one look at the kitchen to know it was going to need a complete makeover.  We really couldn't save a single thing in there.  The layout was terrible, the cabinets were outdated, and the appliances were original to the house (I think it Read More
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How to Finance a Renovation

So, you have big plans.  You want to make your home spectacular but before you can do anything, you've got to figure out how to pay for it.  Darn money.  Always getting in the way. Well folks, there are several ways you can do it.  If you're independently Read More
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4 Things You Need to Know for Building Permit Approval

After taking a much needed week off of blogging, it feels good to start a new year with a fresh perspective.  I've always loved New Year's.  There's just something refreshing about pushing the reset button and reevaluating things.  I feel like my resolutions Read More
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The Plan: Exterior Backyard

My apologies for this post going up a couple days later than planned.  Is anyone else feeling like they're drowning this holiday season?  Between the house, the toddler, the pregnancy, and holiday commitments, I'm feeling like I can't keep up.  And Read More
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Home Tour: Exterior Backyard

If one thing sums up the backyard area of our new/old house, it's trees.  And not just trees, a lot of dead trees.  While the backyard is where a lot of the action will be happening right off the bat, there is also an area back there I want to preserve. Read More
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Black Windows

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was filled with demo and exposing more interesting (read: gross) aspects of the house.  Including a lot of dead bugs hidden under 30-something year-old carpeting.  Don't act like you're not jealous. One Read More
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