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5/18/2015
Now that it’s May, I think (I hope!) we can officially say goodbye to the snow, and with that comes a great big hello to our next project—landscaping! I am super excited and also a bit stressed out about the landscaping for our cottage.  The property sits primarily on rock, but there are pockets of grassy areas where we can plant—but what should we plant? The driveway is currently a... More
5/6/2015
This week’s adventure in home renovation involves temperature regulation systems, aka, “when the HVAC goes in, you know you’re making progress!” The old furnace was located in the middle of the house amidst a row of walk-in closets. We decided the best place for the new HVAC system would be upstairs in the attic to create some extra room downstairs.  The new HVAC replaces the old... More
4/16/2015
After holding my breath all winter, wondering quietly to myself if the rooms would take shape the way I’d envisioned once we actually got back inside, I’m pleased to report that the tiles, floor, and walls in the upstairs bathroom are coming together quite nicely. I am truly beside myself with excitement! I never thought I could be so excited to see a bathroom taking shape, but that is exactly... More
4/7/2015
Now that the winter is finally yielding to spring, and we are able to get back inside the house to continue work, it’s become painfully obvious that this accomplishment brings a host of challenges with it as well. There are details upon more details to contend with—specifically the details of interior decorating. As exciting as it may be to envision the house complete, the road to completion is a... More
3/27/2015
Up until now I’ve mostly discussed the big projects of home renovation—things like doors, appliances, and light fixtures—but I’d be remiss if I didn’t warn you that there are also a million little things that creep up when you least expect it— the details, ladies and gentlemen, the details. These seemingly harmless components are many and they are easy to overlook if you aren’t paying attention... More
3/13/2015
As we prepare to move in to our beach cottage this summer (yes, it’s finally happening!), we’ve begun to focus our attention on the interior of the house—and this week, specifically on the interior doors. Have you ever stopped to think about just how many doors there are in your house? Well, I have now, and in this case, there are quite a few!  During the course of the renovation, all... More
3/5/2015
With the outside of the house nearing completion, I often find myself reflecting on the long journey we’ve been on to reach this point. It’s hard to believe that it’s been two full years since we began the process of lifting and shingling the house—two YEARS!  That said, we still have about three more weeks to wait until spring is in full effect before we can finish up the exterior,... More
2/23/2015
Choosing the front door of a house is one of the most important decisions you can make in home design. So naturally we looked far and wide for the perfect door. And because shopping is so much easier these days with everything online—we really looked at every possible option. Should we use wood or glass? Should the trim match the garage doors? Do we need a screen? These are just a few of the... More
2/10/2015
As I explained last week, the exterior of the house is almost complete, but we are engaged in a serious waiting game as the winter weather has pulled the plug on almost all productivity.  This has provided me with time for reflection on how far we’ve come as well as the idea of expectation versus reality. What I mean by that is—there have been a lot of surprises! Architectural plans... More
1/22/2015
This week we have good news and we have bad news. The good news is that the exterior of the house is almost finished—so close that a sense of completion is nearly palpable. The bad news is that we have to abandon any additional work on the exterior until spring because of inclement weather and wind chill. That means the shingling, detail painting, and completion of the porch floor and stairs will... More