This is a change I made to the house almost immediately but forgot to blog. There have been a lot of existing conditions here that I've decided to just live with "for now" because I knew I'd fix them later but the bathroom window just could't wait. Due to the vagaries of lot lines and … Continue reading Micro Update: Instant Bathroom Window Privacy
Part of the reason I decided to entirely tear out the existing "finished basement" was aesthetic: it was incredibly dated with an unpleasant drop ceiling and an unfortunate layout. I could have kept some parts of it however, if it hadn't been totally un-insulated. I can do SO MUCH BETTER than that.
Not all 2x4s are created equal and when you are taking on a construction project its important to start with a bunch of good ones. Life is hard enough without dealing with bowed, cupped, or twisted studs. I'm getting ready to start framing the new walls in the basement and I wanted to get the … Continue reading How to Choose the Right 2x4s for your DIY Wall Building Project
I poured a mother freaking 28 square foot concrete slab in the basement this week ... and it really wasn't that hard. Here's how I did it (hint: I roped my parents into some of the extra manual labor!)
Just to throw a wrench in the works once again, I gave myself an additional major delay in construction (or de-construction) at the beginning of the year: bringing home a new dog, Roxie. Here's a little intro to my pup and the techniques I've used to acclimate her to her new life as a construction dog.
I removed the original lights, house numbers and mailbox when during the painting process and could never bring myself to put them back on the house. I went through several weeks where the poor postman had to deliver to a the old box propped on the stoop. It was time to hit the internet. I … Continue reading Micro Update: High/Low Mailbox and Entry Lights