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 Carpet

You guys!  We have new carpet!  It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here and we love it.  We had been planning on replacing the carpet in the master bedroom since we moved in 8 (!) years ago … and then we decided to go ahead and replace the carpet on the stairs &…

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…

I mentioned earlier that we had decided to finally update the master bedroom – woo-hoo!  And, clearly, the first thing that came to mind as needing to be replaced was the carpet.  So, I promptly went to the carpet store, brought home about 8 samples, laid them all over, looking at them in different lights and…

Master Bedroom Facelift

We’ve finally decided it’s time to make some changes to our master bedroom.  I’ve never loved the room – it’s been on the “must renovate” list since we moved in 8 years ago, but it’s funny how you can just go blind to how bad something looks when you see it all the time.  Anyway, I’ve…

I think, out of all cleaning tasks, cleaning the shower is just about my least favorite.  It is such a thankless job.  For years, my solution was just to not really clean the shower much, but, since we remodeled the master bathroom and have a pretty tile shower in there now, I figure it’s a…

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…

Throughout my adult life, I’ve tried a variety of approaches to cleaning.  I guess they were all basically successful – the house wound up clean for at least a little while – but I struggled to get into a routine that kept it in a basically clean state all the time.  Especially after we moved 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…

It’s usually our goal to hide our electronics as much as possible.  This is especially true for all of the things that are hooked up to our TVs.  It’s so much nicer to be able to focus on the screen rather than all of the “boxes” and wires that go with it. So, this leads…

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…

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