How to Paint Windows Black (video)

It wasn't even negotiable.  I knew the windows in the #staggreno had to be black. Pretty much the entire design for the house stemmed from that decision.  In a previous post, I shared the drama rama with getting black windows and gave you the different Read More
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How to Paint Brick

Originally, the #staggreno was almost entirely brick, with just a couple spots of really terrible painted wood siding. We always planned to keep the brick, and add some new siding materials with hardy board and board and batten.  I've already Read More
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How to Remove Wallpaper

The #staggreno had a lot of wallpaper... That's from the old entryway and it sported some kind of pillared structure slash floral motif.  Definitely had to go.  Luckily, we ripped that entire area out during demo.  We also tore down all of the walls Read More
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House Update (video tour)

Hey guys, sometimes photos just don't do all of the action and progress at the #staggreno justice, so today I'm taking you on a little virtual tour of the house and all of the changes we've made.  It's looking more and more like the house I have envisioned Read More
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Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

With the dramatic structural changes we had planned for the house, we knew some new paint colors would be in order for both the additional materials we were adding in and also for the old, dingy, off-white brick. Choosing exterior paint colors is kind Read More
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Structural Changes to the Exterior

The #staggreno was built in 1970 but somewhere along the line, there were some changes to the home's structure.  The owners added a pitched roof (that's right, it was flat originally).  The neighborhood is on the bench (higher part of the Salt Lake Read More
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What We Did with All the Old Stuff in the House

Our house is old.  Yep, 1970-original-almost-everything old.  But, it had a lot of re-usable stuff.  Stuff we didn't want/need but still, stuff that somebody would want/need. Rather than just trash everything in the house after the children of the Read More
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Tips for Working with Contractors (video)

I get asked all the time about working with contractors. How to find a good one, how to know you're getting a fair price, referrals, you name it.  We have worked with some wonderful contractors and some not so wonderful ones, but my advice for working Read More
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Kitchen Addition Time-lapse and Details (video)

Hello friends!  The house is really moving along now.  It's so exciting to see progress!  But before we could tackle anything, we had to put in the additions. As you may remember, the original kitchen was pretty bad. It was small, closed off, Read More
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Our New Old Home: The Details

Now that I've given you the first look at our latest project and new home, I'm getting into the nitty gritty details.  First, how we found the house and let me tell you, I believe the house found us instead. For several months we had our eyes on a Read More
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