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Adventures in DIY Home Renovation

Exterior Complete

Two and a half years later here’s the exterior in all its majesty. After Before All new stucco, roof, tile steps, windows, and landscaping. The inside is just about done, too. It took us five years to the month but it was worth it. AKPC_IDS ...

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Mystery of the Ugly: Our Once and Future Balcony

Our house was built in 1928 and we’ve long been trying to unravel its history. It’s clear that the small, sweaty, stucco room above the entries that our Realtor called a “sunroom” was once a balcony. The asymmetrical front of...

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Front Yard Landscape Plan, or, Trying not to be the worst house on the street

Like a kid promising to take care of a new pet, before we bought the house I promised Brad I would take care of the yard. I imagined Waldenesque afternoons communing with nature, exchanging friendly banter with neighbors, and enjoying the sunshine. ...

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Bathroom Remodel Before, During and After

We finished remodeling the bathroom in November – just a few days before Brad’s parents came down for Thanksgiving. It’s been fantastic having a corner of the house done. Not only is the area with the master bedroom, hall, and bat...

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The Hardest Two Grand I Ever Spent

When I stopped spending Lincolns and started dropping Benjamins at Home Depot I expected someone would notice.  I mean for far less money the Hard Rock in Vegas gives me stuff for free.  Not surprisingly my dreams of an HD Host were far fetched to ...

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Best Laid Plans

While surfing the web I found a cool google program that is free called sketchup.  It’s like shoes made of tomatoes (?).  No just kidding.  It’s a very simple CAD program.  You can do mockups of anything you can think of from a shoe b...

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Bathroom update

So we decided to replace the two small vertical windows in the bathroom with a more modern long horizontal one. It will be high enough to be quite private, the glass is obscured, but it should still let in lots of light. We went to the local home s...

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Bathroom Remodel Plan

We’ve spent the last few weeks planning the work and stockpiling supplies for the bathroom remodel. Brad moved all the furniture out of the office, laid down floor protection and is using that as the staging area. Instead of the desk and chairs t...

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Master Bedroom Update

It’s been almost 2 months since we finished our bedroom and, while we owe you details on how we got here, below is a quick update… Remember when our bedroom looked like this? The bedroom as seen from the hall. I wish I'd made the bed for thi...

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Wall Demo and Insulation – Part 2

After we’d carefully protected our floors and furniture, we were ready to start taking down the lathe and plaster in our bedroom and hall. Step 2 – Demo! We didn’t have as much time to work on Sunday as we’d hoped but luckily the demo was fas...

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Wall Demo and Insulation – Part 1

Although it wasn’t part of the original plan, the need for insulation, the horrors of paint scraping and the ugliness of plaster patching combined to make us realize we needed to completely replace our lath and plaster walls with drywall.  We cons...

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An oak floor in 3 or 4 parts.  Part 1

This post is much belated.  My father came down just after we bought the house and did a ton of work getting us up to speed with everything from power tools to electric wire plans.  I think we’re doing him pretty proud around now.  :) So her...

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Paint Stipping the Built-In

First, sorry we haven’t posted in a while.  We got married and went on a honeymoon.  I think that’s one of the best blog delay excuses ever.  :) To get to it, we have a built-in linen closet in our hallway. There were so many layers of...

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Demo!!!

Here’s a quick before and after. When we first moved in we hated this mantel/heater housing. It held an old gas heater that was not vented to the outside and therefore not legally usable. It was order of business #1 (or at least 5) the day w...

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Save money on sandpaper

When you’re refinishing your hardwood floors you may run into the same problem we did at first: putting sandpaper on a drum roller, while not rocket science, does take a bit of practice. To redo our floors we rented a drum sander and an edge sa...

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Approaching One Month

We’ve been moved in for almost a month and have been too busy working to post.  In February, Brad’s dad came out to help us get the place habitable and we’ve been running with it from there.  Below is a list of improvements we’ve made.  Co...

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Washer and Dryer

We took the plunge and bought a washer and dryer online yesterday. To get us started I had ordered a book from amazon published each year by Consumer Reports.  Their 2010 issue wasn’t available at big book stores yet, but I did see one on ebay...

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Locks

So we bought some locks from amazon.com.  They’re rekeyable, so that should be good for when we move out and have rotating tenants.  Amazon had a good deal where you could get a deadbolt and knob as a set.  They were around $50.  We needed ...

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Energy Saver #1

I received a mailer from OSH harware this week. It was buried in with all the grocery store stuff. Anyway, they had a sale on water heater blankets and pipe insulation. This site from the Department of Energy says a water heater blanket can save y...

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Paint sale

Home Depot had a sale this weekend (Behr MLK Rebate) for $5 and $20 off gallon and five gallon buckets of paint. We needed paint for our new place and to repaint the walls in our apartment that we’re moving out of. Our landlords use the Navaho...

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