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The Forgotten Film of the Upstairs Bedrooms

Yep. Still more forgotten film. This time of the upstairs bedrooms and hallway. Unfortunately (or fortunately), YouTube does not allow you to smell the "before" version. Or taste the dust on your front teeth. Or hear the pitter patter of...

Making a Decision About the Fireplace

(Sorry for the lack of posts last week. Who knew how much dust would gather on my keyboard when the baby started walking? Yes, I should have guessed that. But I didn't.) After much fretting and research and discussions and...

I Wish We'd Known...

...about laminated veneer lumber (LVL) six weeks ago.  Unfortunately, I just learned about it last night over dinner with friends.The good news is that we had a great time yesterday evening hanging out with our long time friends Dave and...

Airing Our Laundry in the New York Times

A New York Times article that I was interviewed for came out today.  It's about couples who renovate and their irreconcilable differences.  (Addition to the to do list:  Quickly get back to the gym to resurrect my pre-baby body.  Sheesh! ...

Living Room Reno Continues

After our disappointing discovery about the living room fireplace we were a bit taken aback.  We'd obviously hoped to find something better back there.  It wasn't the worst we've see in this house, though, so we've pressed on.  We're determined...

Three Years (and 11 Days) of Progress

Believe it  or not, it's now been three years since we closed on the house.  In fact, it's eleven days past the exact anniversary--whoops!  I guess time flies when you're having fun so much going on.No, actually it really has...

You Know You Live in a Fixer-Upper With a Baby When...

...your tablesaw spends more time holding dirty clothes than cutting wood. Jeanne keeps reminding me I shouldn't have put it under the laundry chute...  ;-) Actually, the saw got a little attention this weekend and we even made it to the hardware...

So, How's the Nursery Coming Along?

OK, Thanksgiving has officially come and gone--the holiday onslaught begins.  And in our household, that means another thing...the baby is coming!  Only two months to go, in fact.  Hard to believe.  Equally hard to believe that we're ready for all...

Brrrrrrr. (UPDATED)

Today I'm unexpectedly working from home because one of our radiators started leaking last night. It was one of the first times we'd started up the heat this fall, and the problem arose from the radiator we'd disconnected while we...

Second Floor Punchlist

For every construction job, after "occupancy" occurs, there are always things that need to be finished. Thus, the final "punchlist." Our own project is no exception...we still have things to finish upstairs even after we've moved in. The difference here...

A Milestone!

As planned, our new mattress arrived yesterday and sure enough--it fit up the stairs! And so after one year and four months of work, last night we actually slept upstairs in our master bedroom! It probably seems silly, but I...

Second Floor Trim Installed (Mostly)

We finished our trim installation rather late at night, so we had to wait until the next morning to get good photos of the stuff installed. Anyway, here they are… As you can see, we still haven’t gotten everything in....

Painful but Necessary

With the finishing touches wrapping up in the master bedroom, our minds have turned to moving in. (Hooray!) We're even optimistic that we can start moving some things upstairs as early as this Sunday if we can get enough of...

Labor Day Block Party, 2005

While yesterday was another productive one (we've got a ceiling fan in the master bedroom now), the most important thing we did was relax at the neighborhood's annual block party. The first families were out as early as 7:30am to...

Finally, Paint!

OK now! As I wrote last night, we've made good progress last night and today. I've been working on finishing the trim in the bathroom. Jeannie, on the other hand, had the more glamorous project: painting the upstairs master bedroom...

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Plaster vs. Drywall

What we've decided in our own home, how we decided, and why you might do something differently......

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Ouch.

For a while we'd been posting about our intentions for the second floor walls. Specifically, when we had to tear out the original walls (extensive water damage to the wood lathe as well as years of the raccoons using the...

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Residential Scene Lighting Controls

A lighting control system to enhance our master bedroom....

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Installing Foamboard and the Vapor Barrier

The Thanksgiving holiday was good for many reasons, including time spent with J's parents. It was also a good chance to make more progress upstairs... The Challenge I'd recently insulated the walls and the primary attic space. However, I hadn't...

Insulating the Attic

Normally, we wait until the end of a project to summarize "do it yourself" stuff, but recently we've been getting good advice from readers and there's no sense in waiting until after the fact to get more ideas. The Challenge...

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