I finally pulled out the tired green wall-to-wall carpet in my living room and revealed ... a lovely warm toned and dense grained hardwood floor underneath. I'm so happy I can't stop rubbing my hands together in glee.
You can remodel your home and substantially increase your living area without adding on a single square foot! Staying within your existing footprint is easier, cheaper and more sustainable.
Having passed the framing and electrical inpsections, the next direct step for the basement was to finish up the insulation. For the first time ever, this task turned out to be easier than I expected.
n what was actually one of the easiest steps in the whole basement project - a day and a half of concentrated work by me, my dad, and our fabulous electrician Terry Kuehn - we made some of the most concrete-feeling progress. We've created order from chaos from order!
After all this work in the basement - slow but steady - I decided to take on something a little more quickly satisfying: painting the bedrooms grey. Check it out!
One of the most fun (and easy) things I did to the house last year was painting the front door. Here's how I exactly matched the mailbox.
The components elements of an American house entry are fairly consistent, country or city, large or small. Ranch entries are even more consistent: Door, Lights, Mailbox, House numbers, Wall and Overhang. If you have your own door (and maybe even if you don't) you have most of these to play with. What to think about when … Continue reading The Six Major Elements of (Nearly) Every Entry
While the "unfinished" side of the basement isn't high on my to-do list of spaces to make glorious, I did take a break last week to give it a good scrub and a fresh coat of paint.
Once we filled in the big hole we'd had dug in the ground, I turned my attention to filling in the big hole we'd had cut in the basement wall. We want to turn that area of the basement into a legal fourth bedroom. For health and safety reasons a bedroom, especially one in a … Continue reading Basement Progress: Bedroom Light and Vent, plus an Egress Window!
In order to start the next stage of basement progress, framing up the new walls, I needed the plumbers to come back and move some old pipes out of my way. At the same time they replaced a bunch of aging equipment and re-located the water heater to make a more efficient pipe layout!