first day demo

This was our house the day M moved in: This is our house on the first day of demo: The day the roof came off completely: Before we put the beam in and planked the ceiling: Good, old trailer living days:


Every year our family takes a trip to Yosemite. It’s been a tradition of M’s family for decades – generations even. It’s one the girls and I absolutely look forward to. Last year our house plans were still in plan check and we had no idea when construction was going to start – or if Read More →

siding ben moore chelsea gray10

M and I didn’t wait very long to start painting the outside of the house. We sprayed and back-rolled the eaves/facias/walls. The walls we painted Ben Moore Chelsea Gray in low luster and the eaves Snowfall White. A couple of neighbors stopped by and said they thought we had lost our minds when they saw Read More →

Captain Brownlee during a ceremony to pay homage to the British soldiers who died in the war, in Stanley

You know the saying, “You get what you pay for”? Well. Yeah. Our color coat was free (not the labor, but the product). This technically saved us several thousand dollars because it is synthetic stucco. It’s more like rubber than anything else and when you live in an area known to produce this: Having stucco Read More →


Well, that about says it all. I may just post pictures and let them tell the story. Remember this? Calm, blissful, serene. I was pretty excited about the prospects for this room. I already imagined all the fun neon accents I was going to put everywhere. You know who didn’t see my vision? Red. I Read More →


This past week M has been hanging fans and connecting all the electrical receptacles (light switches/outlets). I put in the trim pieces for the can lights, hung a few sconces and a cute chandelier over our front door. M strongly dislikes the chandelier, he hasn’t flat out said he doesn’t like it, but I can Read More →


Since the drywall finished we have been moving really fast at finishing everything up. The last two weeks we got the house scratched and browned and all that is left is to put the last coat: color. Then M and I will put the siding and trim on the front, paint and be *eeek* done! Read More →


This was probably one of the easiest DIY crafts I have¬†ever done. M can attest to that – since he’s had to deal with me sewing ruffles for two months straight when I was making the girls duvets. This craft took me MAYBE an hour cumulatively if you don’t count drying time/shopping time. I can’t Read More →


Remember when I said M and I both grew up with dad’s in the construction trade? Well, M’s dad is a General Contractor and he surprised us with all the drywall loaded into our house one day. That was a great day because I did not want to help M load 250 sheets of drywall Read More →


The most important part of installing insulation is prepping yourself. Wear goggles, a mask, gloves, hair cover (I wore something like a shower cap, sexy I know – I’m not into selfie’s so you’ll just have to take my word on this), long sleeves (that tuck under gloves), long pants (that tuck into husbands socks), Read More →