Home Improvement

Invariably, when we update something in our house, something else (that we thought looked fine before) stands out as not looking as nice/fresh/updated as we had previously thought. Why is that?!? When we added on to the front of our house, the new entry way felt so nice – and the adjacent wallpapered foyer almost…

Our PVC Basement Flooring

Our 100+ year old basement will probably never be true finished living space, but earlier this year, we decided it was time to fix it up a bit. Our goal was to clean out anything we weren’t going to use again (primarily old construction materials), freshen up the surfaces, and – most importantly – have…

Our New Azek Deck

When we bought our house, one of the features we really loved was the huge, free-standing deck in the side yard. It extended our living space outdoors, had a pretty view of the ravine, and provided an excellent place to entertain larger groups. Over the years, we’ve enjoyed lots of Fourth of July cookouts, birthday…

New Chandelier

When we ordered the new light fixtures for our bedroom, we decided to also order the new chandelier we’d been liking for the upstairs hallway at the same time. The old one was brass and crystal-ly, but not in a good way.  It was looking pretty dated. We’d actually started looking for a replacement chandelier around the…

You guys – this is so exciting!  We put in a new, super useful laundry sink in the basement last weekend!  I know, I know – you might not hear “laundry sink” and think “exciting”, but let me tell you, this is revolutionary. We have been talking about how nice it would be to have a laundry…

We had a plumber come out last week to tackle a couple of issues that we’d probably let go on a little too long.  Both were things we’d thought we might be able to DIY, but both became a little more involved once we got into it, so we figured it would be best to…

It’s been nearly a year since we installed a new tankless water heater and I thought it would make sense to do a quick follow-up to share our thoughts now that we’ve lived with it for a while. And, in a nutshell … we love it! We contemplated a tankless water heater for A LONG TIME…

Working on our To-Do List

When it comes to home repairs / maintenance, there are times when it seems like we do a good job of keeping up with the big stuff (painting the exterior of the house, fixing up the dining room, etc.), but, when it comes to the little stuff, we find it’s easy to just add things to…

After a pretty long break from posting updates on the blog (sorry!), I finally shared some “after” pictures of our exterior paint last week, along with the list of related “add-on” projects we completed to help spruce up the outside of the house. As a quick refresher, here’s a “before” and “after” of the front: Big…

Yesterday, I (finally) posted some “after” pictures of the new paint on the exterior of the house.  Today I wanted to share some of the other updates that we made to spruce up the house in addition to painting.  So, here goes: 1)  Installed two new sets of patio doors in the sunroom.   This was…

Since I last posted anything on the blog, we’ve made some really great progress on our spring-turned-summer project to spruce up the exterior of our house … as we should have, considering that it’s been OVER A MONTH since I’ve posted anything.  I had such super great intentions of posting frequent updates throughout the entire…

One of the projects we decided to tackle this spring in conjunction with painting the exterior of the house was to switch from overhead to underground service for power, phone, and cable.  It’s something we’ve talked about doing pretty much the whole time we’ve lived in the house and we figured it would be good…

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