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3/1/2016
Hello everyone and welcome back to the recurring issue of town code and making sure all of our renovations are up to snuff! This week we tackle stove ventilation.  Traditionally, stoves feature a hood up top that pulls smoke out of the house from below. When I was designing our kitchen, however, I really wanted a stove with a mirror above it so I could see the water behind me while... More
2/10/2016
Well, here we are in week 172(!) of our beach house renovation, with our brand-new, no-contractor status, in the dead of winter. But things could be worse, right? I know—I really shouldn’t tempt fate.  Cold winter days at Haycock The biggest issue we are facing right now is keeping the house warm over the winter in its unfinished state. Although everything has been done that can be... More
1/28/2016
Last post we presented a cautionary tale about contractors and this week we’ve got a seemingly logical extension to that. Over the holidays, with all the craziness of the season upon us, John and I made the decision to change contractors. Many factors went into this decision, but honestly it came down to the most fundamental of questions: have we been treated fairly? When the response to that is... More
1/8/2016
Renovation is a tricky business with many moving parts and people to match. As in any endeavor, the team you surround yourself with is as important as the materials you use, the choices you make, and the plans you create. In our own renovation project, we are nearly finished with the upstairs master bedroom, which has shingles in front and hangs over the porch. One of the hidden costs I... More
12/1/2015
Having grown up in the 1970s, my history with wallpaper is long and storied. I lived in a house full of it—almost every room. Truthfully, I’ve hated wallpaper ever since.  The impression it left on me during my most impressionable years was not a fond one. It felt busy and chaotic, not the simple serenity I coveted.  Let’s fast forward several years to when I moved into my current... More
11/10/2015
Given the choice, I’ll always choose form over function. When it came time to choose a kitchen sink, I polled the hive mind of Facebook to get some help finding the best kitchen sink for our beach cottage. Everybody liked the farmhouse sink I presented best, but I just couldn’t shake the Kohler Gilford utility sink. It was love at first sight—like with that nerdy, spectacled science lab partner... More
10/27/2015
After what seems like never-ending delays, we are finally all the way in on our kitchen renovation.  The cabinets are actually already installed and they look fantastic! Unfortunately, there is a bit of a problem with their functionality: the corner cabinet drawers can only be opened when the oven door is open. This obviously won’t fly, so it’s on to troubleshooting, which is one of... More
10/27/2015
    After what seems like never-ending delays, we are finally all the way in on our kitchen renovation.  The cabinets are actually already installed and they look fantastic! Unfortunately, there is a bit of a problem with their functionality: the corner cabinet drawers can only be opened when the oven door is open. This obviously won’t fly, so it’s on to troubleshooting,... More
10/6/2015
In every life a little rain must fall, and thus is the age-old need for gutters. Gutters may not be the most glamorous aspect of a home, but I am told they are a necessary evil, so here we are. Of course, because they are so commonplace and essential to the foundation of a home, we (I use the we word kindly) completely forgot to budget for them in our initial assessment. Sound familiar? In... More
9/10/2015
One of the most important ingredients in a successful renovation project is the creation and implementation of a budget book. The budget book will function as a bible, the road map to success. Any renovation project is filled with paperwork, so it’s essential to find a good system to manage it all, and a budget book gets the job done. In my current project I have nearly 100 AWOs (approved... More