On using plastic wrap to decide wall placement.

As I posted about in one of my first entries, the hardest decision in this project (besides the master bath and the windows) was what to do with the bathroom off the dining room?? Remember my agony?! We thought this wall, door and full bath had been added. Turns out once I took the paneling Read More

Putting it back together

Did I promise you framing in the last post?  I changed my mind.  I think I’ll go with a total open concept house. What do you think? I seriously considered it for about 3 minutes. But then thought better. And just so you know, I never said it out loud.  That makes the crazy less Read More

Does one really need walls?

I thought by not doing too much to modify the existing floor plan most of the walls would be left intact. A closet here, a closet there but then there were NO WALLS! We are starting (mostly) fresh. Remember again, that I thought I was going to tackle this myself? LOLOLOLOL! As someone who cares Read More

Creating Rubble: Filling a Dumpster

We are cruising right along and the framing is starting to take shape for the floor plan changes. But before I show you that, check out all the demo! I thought I was going to do this myself. Ha! Maybe if I had a crew and it was my full time job. These guys are Read More


After being told, “I’m going to send some guys over to do some assessing” imagine my surprise when I walked into this: No cabinets over the window! What the what?!? The future hall bath and bedroom closet torn to shreds. A little bit more than assessing…. It was barely noon! They hadn’t tackled the bathroom Read More

Tired of the Paneling? Me too.

The first thing I/we did was pull a few sheets of the paneling down. When I was interviewing contractors (more on that later) a few plaster repair guys came over to assess the situation. After checking a few random walls, it was determined they weren’t in terrible shape. Once I closed on the house, I Read More

House Tour: The Second Floor.

And now, the upstairs. This is the interior of the back bedroom closet/bathroom linen closet. Don’t you think I’ve found a gem :) Look at those layers. In the pic below, Momma Fro (while standing in the door jam of the back left bedroom) is saying something very animated to Ben.  Need a real estate Read More

Meet my Centennial Gent

Want a tour? Ignore the sign, you can come in. Welcome! Let’s start on the first floor. First impression: the brand new wall to wall carpet. Obviously that is what sold me on the house. It really helped to distract from the toilet that was falling through the dining room ceiling. Kidding! Turn with me Read More

A Project in the Projects

A Project in the Projects – that was a possible blog name that my brother jokingly recommended when I told him about the house I found and the rehab project I wanted to undertake. Funny, somewhat accurate, but not how I wanted to label my new home. I have been hunting houses since I moved Read More

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