Home Improvement

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…

Exterior Painting Progress

It’s been a good 3 weeks since our house dried out from being pressure washed and the painters were able to start prepping and painting.  We’re finally starting to see what the paint colors look like on the house, so I figured it would be a good time to share an update. As a quick refresher, here’s what…

On Monday, the painters came out to officially start work on prepping our house for fresh paint.  The weather forecast wasn’t great (the weather man was calling for rain starting around 1:00), but their first step was to pressure wash the house and that was able to be completed in just a few hours, so…

Our big home improvement project this spring/summer will be painting the house.  We haven’t been thrilled with the current paint job since we moved in (lots of built up, scaled paint, etc.), but it has really started to fail in the last year or so, so it’s finally time to do something about it.  We…

We’ve known for a while now that we would need to eventually replace the two sets of patio doors in our sunroom.  We aren’t sure exactly how old they were – they were added sometime after the room was enclosed (it used to be a screened in porch) in the 50’s, but we think they…

We’ve been thinking about installing a tankless water heater for quite a while, but got a lot more serious about it over the last few months.  We started by insulating and building a stud wall in the furnace room where the new water heater would hang.  Then, a couple of weeks back, we finally bit…

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the work we (well, mostly Chad) had been doing in our basement furnace room to seal it up a little better and get it ready for the installation of a new tankless water heater.  We started by insulating the exterior block wall and, more recently, we’ve been building…

After our master bathroom was remodeled a couple of summers ago, we noticed a loud banging sound in the bathroom wall every time we flushed the toilet.  It was particularly noticeable when we flushed the toilet in the master bathroom, but we heard the same type of banging sound (just not quite as loud) when…

Whenever winter decides to finally be over and the ground thaws, we’ll be starting a pretty exciting (to us, at least) project.  We’ll be switching from overhead to underground service for electricity, phone, and cable.  Totally exciting, right? In all seriousness, we’re really happy to finally be making this change.  It’s something we’ve wanted to…

Update:  Our exterior painting project is now complete – check out the “after” photos (and final paint color choices) here! Guess what?  The time has finally come to paint the exterior of our house.  We’ve known this day was coming … we even got estimates 3 or 4 years back before deciding to hold off…

Our last few posts have been about older projects as we try to get the blog up-to-date with everything that’s been going on around the house, but I figured it was time to also share what’s been keeping us (or mostly Chad) busy recently – and that would be installing insulation in our basement furnace…

To say this post is overdue is an understatement.  We had the original hardwood floors in our 1915 home refinished in November … it’s now almost March.  But it was such a huge change in the house (probably one of the more impactive of the projects we’ve done besides the entry way addition), so I…

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