Posts Tagged ‘home renovation’

B is for back-yard.

April 13, 2010

Now that spring is here, and the snow melted away, we can’t continue to ignore the disaster that is our back yard. Years of neglect combine with us using it as a staging for the construction waste bin, our poor back yard is in need of some major TLC. the first step was raking up as much ouf the left over debri as possible one Sunday afternoon, one beer, 2 bags of yard waste and we are almost done. Although the finer bits will always be there. At some point, we are going to construct a fence to enclose the back yard and make it more secure and private. Then, setting up a small herb garden. Hayley’s goal is to have a salsa garden, we will have to look into that since we are both horrible at taking care of plants. Start small.


overdue updated pics

February 2, 2010

Earlier this month, I took some pictures of the house in preparation for a presentation I was doing at work.  I meant to post it on here, but it slipped through the cracks.  Better late than never.  What do you think of our “peacock feather” wall?

upstairs hallway

living/dinning room


master bedroom

patching up holes

January 29, 2010

It has been a while since we last posted. That’s because it’s been a while since we’ve done anything significant on our house. There’s been a lot of waiting game. Just a couple of minor things to share:
-The electrical is done as dinner. That means that we finally have a cook top and oven, in fact, last night Hayley baked for the very first time in our home.
-we are still waiting for the rest of the kitchen to be hooked up and finished. Hopefully, next week we will have a working kitchen sink with running water, a dishwasher and working washer and dryer.
-we have been slowly patching up the floors. The main floor was done with the help of my dad. The floor was not level between the old hallway and dinning/living area, and since we took down the separating wall, it took a lot of work to patch it up. There was a lot of shims and magazine pages sacrificed to make it work. Now, I’m trying to patch up the upstairs hallway floor.

please don’t let us down countertop man

January 13, 2010

Fingers crossed.

Today, our elusive countertop is finally coming.  I am actually quite nervous about it.  Will it fit? Did they do what we wanted them to do?  Will they show up?  Questions are all I have.  Let’s hope for the best.

it’s prime time!

December 23, 2009

We can see the light at the end of this home renovation tunnel, and it is as white as primer. On Saturday, with pizzas and beers in hand, we lured our friends over to our “pint primer paint pizza party.” With their help, we were able to prime our whole house in just one day. With its walls whitewashed, it is finally starting to look like a house and less like a construction site. Thanks to Thuy, Cathy, BJ, Jenia, Alex, Linh, and Alan for your company and your helping hands.

deconstructive architects

December 11, 2009

Over the weekend, we finally did what we wanted to do ever since we got the house – we knocked down the mudroom in the back. We had some room left in the waste bin and the first snow storm was just around the corner so we knew it was now or never. With BJ’s help, we took turn and tool it down in no time. As it turns out, destroying something is a lot more fun than constructing something. We think Hayley just found a new calling in life. She sure knows how to handle a crowbar. A side note, we finished mudding and started sanding the upstairs bedroom. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

it’s official – we have cold beer

November 10, 2009

And other cold beverages.  We got the refrigeration working yesterday so I promise there will be cold beer for the future help force.  In our design haste, we did overlook one thing.  We realized that our Ikea fridge which has a pair of french door, requires significant clearance on either sides for the door to open in order for the drawers inside to be fully accessible.  Right now, we have it butt up against the wall on one side, meaning that the fridge door itself can only open to about 95 degrees.  We can get the draws to come out a bit, but not fully open, so we will have to see what we can do.  They didn’t teach you this kind of stuff in architecture school.

home renovation updates

October 13, 2009

Just to give a quick update on what is going on at the house.

-insulation is in
-drywalls are going up
-spray insulation (for the north wall) is coming on thursday
-electrical is all roughed in
-furnace is up and working
-all new windows are installed
-both doors have been replaced
-basement cleaned out
-roofers are on site today
-tiles are being delivered today
-kitchen is coming on friday
-exposed brick wall is getting a make-over.
-my hair is 20 percent greyer then when we first started.

Hopefully, I will get a chance to put up some photos soon. Grey hair not included

it’s funny because it’s true

October 13, 2009

I stumbled upon this great evite from someecards and just had to put it on here.  It speaks volumes about what we are going to be – house broke.  Games night anyone?


good idea? bad idea! -hammer with bottle opener.

October 9, 2009

Nothing beats a couple of ice-cold beers after a long hot day of construction.  A couple of ice-cold beers during construction is a different story all-together.

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