Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 31

house front view

house front view

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We did absolutely NOTHING on the house this week.  David taught three evenings at the gym at our church, we celebrated a birthday, spent time with the grandkids and helped our daughter and son-in-law put up a fence.  However, I have a few things I want to show you.

David’s been using the garage as a workshop but hasn’t really had any time to actually set it up. He had one shelving unit set up but last week he took the other unit we had in storage and set it up.  It actually has more usable space this way.

garage workshop shelving

If you recall, we’ve had problems with the plumbing since the day we moved in.  David’s rented a snake twice and it finally looks like he won this battle.  Now when I do laundry, the drain doesn’t back up:

basement plumbing issue

And we have a corner of the basement that leaks when it rains a lot.  Well, it’s been raining a LOT here in the Midwest and that corner was pretty wet.  But he did some work outside and the leak is much less.  A little more work and we should have it licked.

basement leak

And, of course, being the great papa that he is:

grandpa playing with grandkids

Now, I thought you might enjoy seeing his weekend project at our daughter and son-in-law’s new house.  They’ve been there about a month and are loving it.  There’s just one problem – the yard isn’t completely fenced so their dog is going a little crazy from being cooped up in the house.

So to keep the dog out of trouble, David went over this weekend and helped install the fence.  Because the driveway winds around the back of the house, they had to get creative in how they did the fence.  They installed a couple of sections of privacy fence on one side, a picket-type fence from the house to the garage and closed up a hole between their garage and the neighbor’s garage and enclosed the area under the steps.  Take a look:

Here’s the front view of the house:

Rachel & Andy's house

They LOVE this front porch!

Front Porch

And now the fencing project:

The garage is behind the house.  The blue garage belongs to the neighbor.  They put a section of fence between the garages so Cece couldn’t escape that way.


The area under the back steps is open so they had to close that up.




A little help from Cece.fence


And this side is done.


Now to the area between the back steps and garage:





And now Cece can run off some energy in her newly fenced back yard.

And that’s it for this week.

Previous Progress Reports are available here.
Other Remodeling/Home Décor articles are available here.

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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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5 thoughts on “Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 31

  1. Hi Patty! I was always curious and now I have a courage to ask you a question-what the blog gives you, and why you blog every day-money, socializing, something else? If the question is not appropriate, just don’t answer it. Thank you

    1. Clara – I don’t mind the question at all. Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer! 🙂 When I started blogging three years ago, I wanted to do Monday through Friday but my son, who’s my partner, thought I should do it daily since the blog is called “HomemakersDAILY”. So I started doing it daily and have been doing it that way ever since. I’ve read a lot of articles that say you shouldn’t do it daily – that three times a week is plenty – but I feel like I can’t really do that at this point.

      So to specifically answer your question – it’s not for money or socializing. It’s just the way I started doing it and I’ve continued doing it this way.

      I’m happy to answer any questions you have.

  2. The house is super cute, and I see why they love the front porch!! 🙂 Great idea on the fencing solution. “if cece ain’t happy, aint nobody happy!” ha ha jk

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