The Office is Getting a Makeover

Office Remodel

Well, it’s not really much of a makeover.  It’s the last room inside the house that needs to be fixed up, and all it really needs is patching, paint on the ceiling, paint on the woodwork and walls and a little (okay, a lot) of organizing.  But it’s finally underway! Prior to this phase of the makeover, David had already completed several tasks: New light switch and outlet covers; Removed … [Read more...]

Fixer Upper: Another Small Change with Big Results

Dining room light fixture

We’ve been working on the fixer upper for about 18 months now and most of the rooms are done.  We have to finish the office, the screened porch, the basement (not finish it, but clean it up) and spruce up the garage.  That may sound like a lot but all of those projects will go quickly. In the meantime, we’ve been making small tweaks in some of the rooms. Last week I showed you some changes we … [Read more...]

Small Tweaks Can Take a Room from Okay to Awesome

Remodeling Tweaks

The fixer upper is coming along but there are a few completed rooms I'm not happy with. The first room was the living room. Every time I sat in there, I felt it. I just didn't know what "it" was. After thinking about it for weeks, I finally figured it out. The room was too dark. The furniture was dark. The floor was dark. There are windows only on one wall. I don't like dark rooms. And the … [Read more...]

Why We Won’t Do Another Live-In House Flip

For Sale Real Estate Sign Isolated on a White Background.

Remodeling houses can be fun.  It’s the most fun if it’s your own house or if you’re doing it on the side and hopefully making a lot of money.  But remodeling a house to flip while you live in it is not fun and we’re going to do our best NOT to do it again. When we decided to move two years ago, we had a Plan A and a Plan B.  Plan A was to sell our house and buy our forever house.  We expected … [Read more...]

Fixer Upper: Landscaping & Plumbing


Unfortunately we’ve been doing battle with the basement drain.  It was plugged up when we moved here and David immediately rented a snake to clean it out.  It worked fine for quite a while but then had problems again.  He’s been trying various easy fixes for the last few months but those haven’t done the job.  So this past weekend he rented a snake again and snaked the drain.  It seemed like it … [Read more...]

Master Bathroom Re-Do: Why We Did What We Did

Master Bedroom Remodel

Last week I mentioned that I was going to share why we made some of the decisions we did when we remodeled the master bathroom. So here we go. We changed the door so it opened toward the tub instead of toward the toilet.  I preferred having the door open toward the toilet, but in order to have a shower (previously just a bathtub), we had to move the light switch to the toilet wall. You know – … [Read more...]

Master Bathroom Remodel – Almost Done!

Master Bedroom Remodel

The master bathroom remodel is almost done.  All that’s left is a hand towel bar and a threshold.  Oh, and some organizing and cleaning.  I’ll do that this week. In the meantime, here’s how it’s looking: Vanity Medicine Cabinet This medicine cabinet is GIGANTIC!  Seriously, I put SO much stuff in there.  The shelves are a little deeper than your average medicine cabinet which … [Read more...]