Blog posts from home improvement
Building a fire patio

Building a fire patio

We've used a small copper fire bowl for our backyard fires for years. Normally we'd set it up in the middle of the yard, clearing a small patch of leaves and pine needles. It worked ok, but it could...

Light-up house numbers

Light-up house numbers

Our house is set back from the road making it hard to see our house numbers, especially at night. This year we finally addressed that by adding 12" numbers backlit by LED tape to the garage. We...

Wine / Whisky Room custom table

Wine / Whisky Room custom table

As mentioned in the Wine / Whisky Room transformation post, we'd been thinking about this room for several years. Back in Christmas 2018 we found a beautiful log from a downed tree at my parents in...

Wine / Whisky Room transformation

Wine / Whisky Room transformation

This September we finally upgraded our unused dining room from dumping ground to an actually-functioning wine and whisky room. We'd been discussing this for several years, but now that we are home...

A new walkway to the screened porch

A new walkway to the screened porch

When we completed the screened deck last fall I mentioned that we had plans for additional yard improvements. After consulting with a landscape company over the winter we finally started on some...

first floor renovations, part VI

first floor renovations, part VI

I finished the backsplash Sunday night, and Monday morning the cabinet painter came to take all the doors and tape off the kitchen. a total mess - but at least my cabinets look organized! after a...

first floor renovations, part V

first floor renovations, part V

Since we were changing so many parts of the kitchen, I really wanted to add a decorative tile backsplash as well. I've had the tile purchased for several days and last Sunday Home Depot offered a...

first floor renovations, part IV

first floor renovations, part IV

The downstairs bathroom has been slowly coming together. The walls needed to be completely redone as the paint was coming off because I didn't properly prime it after tearing off all the wallpaper...

first floor renovations, part III

first floor renovations, part III

We recently swapped out our old laminate countertop for a beautiful blue-grey quartz. What a change, just as dramatic as the floor transformation. The white trim looks a bit crazy now but they will...

first floor renovations, part II

first floor renovations, part II

On Tuesday of last week, we began our kitchen floor transformation. It took two days for the guys to tear out the existing floors and about two minutes for everyone to realize that our sub-flooring...

first floor renovations, part I

first floor renovations, part I

As the screened porch project neared completion we got to thinking about the kitchen improvements we wanted to make. So, over the past few weeks we've picked out new bamboo flooring and quartz...

The screened deck, pt.VI

The screened deck, pt.VI

Though we've been enjoying the new screened deck since late August it was not quite complete-- we'd been waiting for the wood to cure a bit before staining. This week was finally time: We used a...

The screened deck, pt.IV

The screened deck, pt.IV

Much has been accomplished in the past 10 days, with electrical rough-in and screen framing complete. View from the side- we'll have horizontal slats across the lower section to protect the screen...

The screened deck, pt.II

The screened deck, pt.II

There was a good bit of progress on our deck while we were in NY over the 4th of July weekend- we left a muddy area with some cement, and returned to a new deck! This morning the carpenters started...

The screened deck, part I

The screened deck, part I

About a month ago work began on the new screened-in deck. First up, demolition of the old: Bye-bye broken hot tub Several permitting delays later we finally have footings that will support the new...

Bathroom remodel, finale

Bathroom remodel, finale

Construction on our master bathroom remodel project wrapped up in late March, and the final punch-list items completed in April. Further delaying this final remodel post were our travels to Madrid...

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