• Phase 7: DIY Pool & Spa

    DIY pool update

    Because of the rain we’ve worked on the pool for maybe three days total of real physical labor. The rest of the work has been behind the scenes planning lights, getting bids, pricing materials and equipment. In the process I think we’ve been able to hone in on what we do and don’t like but are still very open to suggestions from people who have been through this before. Mike made a time lapse video of the digging we’ve done so far and there is a little surprise in there: Mike decided he wanted to do the digging so enjoy the video I like to call, “The little bobcat that…

  • Crafts and DIY Tutorials,  Phase 6: Drywall and Finish Work

    Billy Hack – Wall of Billy

    Because everyone has done one. Ikea has a few timeless products that get hacked over and over and I hope they never phase them out. One of which was Tarva – those are gone but another is the Billy. It seems that every diy site has a Billy hack somewhere and ours isn’t anything special – except that it’s ours. I had been planning a wall of Billy since the design of our master bedroom. Sure, I could have built my own bookshelves from scratch – and I’ve done that when the dimensions didn’t fit something Ikea had that I could hack. But I chose Billy for this because the…