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Last fall we had some fun with our unused roof deck - we had 2 trees that were very close to the deck that we took down in the spring but evidently not before a rodent was able to climb up and chew our one of our vent screens and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Here is the (new) House
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The guest house is now 99% done, just a couple of trim pieces missing around the kitchen cabinets as well as the under cabinet lighting. But other than that, it's a wrap! We could not be happier with the results, although it is a bit painful to have our guest... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Here is the (new) House
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Long time coming, the bathroom has been done for a while (exception for the shower door and washer/dryer) and we are onto the lighting in the rest of the house – we are about to paint and then it's flooring, kitchen cabinets and trim – home stretch, and the part... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at Here is the (new) House
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Well 2012 is almost over and we are not as far along with the guest house as we would have hoped, but for 2 people with intense full time jobs who are doing everything themselves and learning along the way we are definitely making steady progress and getting fantastic cosmetic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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Yay, now the fun part starts! After months and months of all that boring stuff that goes on in the walls and under the floor (stupid plumbing and slab leveling!) we're finally ready for the good stuff - finishing work. I've been sparing you photos of soldered waste pipes and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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We're taking our Labor Day weekend very seriously around these parts by working our butts off. After weeks and weeks with open, messy walls the sheet rocking is upon us! Finally something worth taking a photo of: The back right corner, see where we cut out the concrete slab to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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You are probably thinking – damn when is this crazy lady just going to pick some damn tile already? It feels like we've been talking about tile for the last year, maybe because we have. We keep seeing the same stuff over and over again and we lean one way... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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Ya'll must think we're a bunch of slackers over here – truth is the only thing we've been slacking on is the picture taking and blog updating. In our defense, who really wants to see photos of mortar being chiseled up, plumbing stacks being moved and electrical wires being run?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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I don't normally post about food here but I got a lot of questions about this creation so I figured I would put a post up about it so people can find it and create their own! I was inspired by the whole "food in mason jars" trend combined with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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Moving slowly (hey, we have day jobs here!) but surely – we're happy to report that the demolition is 100% done. It took longer than we thought (of course!) as the bathroom was floor/shower pan/walls were ridiculously built up with mortar and the only way to get it out was... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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We're well into the thick of demolition, having ripped out almost all the kitchen plus all the carpet and carpet padding. Demolition isn't nearly as much fun as it looks on TV – my least favorite part is uncovering all the creepy crawlies as well as all the secrets behind... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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Forgot to mention we ordered them a couple of weeks ago as there was a great sale going on. They are full plywood boxes that come pre-assembled so we are not doing the "Cabinets To Go" thing and putting them together. We opted to spend a bit more for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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Yes, we took down one kitchen cabinet this weekend and then we stopped – we rock! Actually we just wanted to test how easy it was and it was crazy easy (especially given the impact driver, my new favorite tool!) so we decided to spend time taming our wild spring... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
Haha! Now I just need to make a diorama!
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This weekend instead of running around from store to store weighing the pros and cons of different materials, Eric and I took the time at home to go over our materials list for the guest house, map out our orders and put a rough timeline together for the project. Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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The hammer is about to fall on our guest house which should make for some massive destructions photos heading your way soon – rock! But before we can tear it all up we need to make room for the new awesomeness heading our way shortly. This meant giving away some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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It only took a few months of living in Sonoma County to go from "yay pretty deer!" to "argh, damn you *@?!#%$ deer!" This is because deer are insatiable, they simply eat anything that is not nailed down, more specifically any plant/flower/tree we try to get going around these parts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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There is a lot of tile in the world and right about now I feel like I've seen all of it – at least twice. We're a bit tiled out right now and still a bit overwhelmed with all the possible configurations. The good news is that we think we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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Now I'm not usually one for blanket generalizations but here goes - every architect I ever worked with was a total moron. I'm sure there are good ones out there, but my luck never puts me on the same project as them. Oh well – bad experiences are learning experiences... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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Anyone who's ever gut renovated a place knows the dilemma we've been in – there are TOO many choices. You need to pick an anchor piece first, kinda like the corners and edges of a puzzle, and then everything falls into place. Given that fact that we are going to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Here is the (new) House
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Wow 2011 was a crappy year. I might be tempting fate by saying this before 2011 is actually over, but to hell with it! If I never see 2011 again it will be a year too soon. Man, what an exceptionally crappy year it has been – for pretty much... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2011 at Here is the (new) House
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Back in August, on my third medical-related trip to New Orleans in just 5 months' time, Eric and I were strolling through the French Quarter when we had a lightning bolt of inspiration – our huge, blank canvas of a back yard should be designed like a classic New Orleans... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2011 at Here is the (new) House
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Sorry for another long delay between blog posts – we've been working our butts off here – too much doing, not enough blogging. Yeah, yeah, yeah – I know…we'll work on changing that. So the siding is about 3/4 of the way done now, with the door side, driveway side... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2011 at Here is the (new) House
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Everything is supposed to be so much easier than it actually winds up being. For instance, our first re-siding project is turning into an epic battle between us and…well…siding…and we haven't even gotten to the actual siding yet – we're still in "prep mode" for siding. At this rate we're... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2011 at Here is the (new) House
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Really, the door can do all that? Ha, no! Oh the door, what a fantastic journey we went on together. It all started when Eric and I decided we wanted a really cool, natural, dark wood kick-ass front door for both the main house and the guest house. We spent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2011 at Here is the (new) House