I finished the painting in the upstairs bedroom. Feels good to get some progress done. The video below will give you a quick look. I have the wall with the bad outlet repaired and painted. Dave has installed fresh new electrical outlets and switches. He had to evict one past tennant - a dead … Read more about One bedroom done, now we need the floor.
Now that we have most of the siding repairs done, the house looks much better from the street, but it is fifty shades of white. We used aluminum siding that was white, new but not weathered so it does not match perfectly. We used primer and any left over white house paint plus a few new gallons - … Read more about Creative fiberboard siding repairs with marine shrink wrap tape
Getting a well going that had been abandoned for at least a year was relatively easy, keeping it going was much harder. Before you buy land in the country, ask the neighbors or a water purification contractor what the water is like in your area. Our realtor had tipped us off that the water on … Read more about How we cleaned tree roots out of our well
I designed our kitchen on Main St., but I just cannot come up with a plan for this house. I've decided to get some help. Our existing kitchen on Main St. I think I did a good job on our existing kitchen. It's been in place since about 1992 or so. I recently added the mason jar shelving and expect … Read more about Getting ready for professional kitchen design
I thought I could live with the living room after giving it a coat of paint. We could concentrate on other areas and tackle this room later . . . or so I thought. I tried a bit of paint, but I could not ignore that ceiling and no amount of paint was going to fix that. We (my son, Bob, who … Read more about Tearing Down Plaster and Lathe
Nothing feels better than seeing progress. The insulation behind the drywall feels pretty darn good also. Unfortunately, the north wall (the one without insulation) had to stay that way for several weeks. We had to wait until the new electrical service was inspected and switched over by Edison so … Read more about Hanging the Drywall in the Living Room
This is one of those ideas where you wonder, "Why didn't I think of this before?" I'm still struggling with my kitchen design. Working with a designer did not work out for me. I don't want a row of cabinets slapped up on a wall. I want a thoughtful, workable design and I cannot afford the type … Read more about Corner walk-in pantry, no corner cabinet!
One of the oddest features of this house was that it only had one door when we bought it. Not only is it inconvenient, it just did not feel right. We decided we needed a door at the back of the house in the studio. This would create two doors in the studio, but most importantly, it would put a … Read more about Adding a new door
We're building a new garage! I've never lived in a house with a garage. My home on Main Street has a building we call a garage but the widest door is a double door just off the alley that is only five feet wide. You'd never get a car in there. The building had a small room with a three seater … Read more about Garage demo makes way for new Cleary Building
Here's a video recap of the four days of demolition. It was a huge amount of work but we got through it as planned. Just a few weeks later Cleary's subcontractor got to work prepping the site with a load of stone. We got a bump in the construction schedule and work began the same day … Read more about Heavy equipment makes everything easier
The studio had been used as our staging area for construction for the rest of the house. Now it needs to be completed because our closing is scheduled for next Friday. We will have only 30 days after that to be out of our old house. I am still teaching and doing business in the old house. That … Read more about Rug hooking studio is ready (almost) for drywall
The garage is finally done! The construction did not go as smoothly as we had hoped. Here's what happened: Site Prep for the Pole Barn/Garage A load of stone was delivered and spread over the site and the materials arrived earlier than expected. I arrived on site at 7am but they were … Read more about Lessons learned during the construction of our Cleary pole barn