Insulated blinds are one of my favorite micro updates. Additionally you win privacy, controls over your daylight and a stylish update to your aesthetics. Win. Win. Win.
I recently realized that I've been living among wall colors I DON'T LOVE for way too many months and that it is time to make some of my planned color changes now while I can appreciate them rather than at the end of the project when I'm just about to pass it off to someone … Continue reading Testing Paint Colors in Natural Light
With winter coming (the weather just shifted from 70's to 40's this week), I was reminded of a punch list of get it done in good weather items. One was last weeks painting catch-all. Another is the possibly crazy goal of getting the mudroom framed in, scheduled for next week. This week I wanted to … Continue reading Basement Progress: Snugged in for winter with new basement Windows
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!
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
A basement is the secret weapon of the midwestern ranch house. (This is one clear advantage we have over all those cool, glassy California Pinterest ranches.) Our basements secretly expand square footage, storage and differentiation of spaces all without bulking up the house to the street or eating up the building site. Sure, basements CAN … Continue reading Basement: the Midwestern Ranch House’s Secret Weapon