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/ Framing and Structure
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Framing with metal studs

Comparing of advantages and disadvantages of framing with metal studs vs wood, especially in a basement, plus tips for working with metal framing.
/ HVAC
The cost of delaying the heating system upgrade

The cost of delaying the heating system upgrade

We delayed upgrading our heating system because we couldn't afford it. The delay ended up costing us more money in the long run.
/ Finances, Lifestyle
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Holy crap are we in debt….

I've done the math and it ain't pretty. I've been pretty much in denial about just how much debt we have accumulated over the last couple of years.
/ Finances, Lifestyle
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Our strategy for climbing out of debt

How we are dealing with our debt. Understanding how we got into debt and developing a strategy for getting out of debt.
Mortality sucks

Mortality sucks

My father passed away last week. His death was sudden and unexpected. He died at home, in the house that he and my mother bought back in the 60′s...
/ Real Estate
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You can never go home again: The estate flip

After my father passed away, I was left with his house, which was my childhood home. Before putting it on the market, I made a few improvements.
/ The Major Renovation
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The Major Renovation Begins

The Major Renovation of our house begins: this first post deals with determining our priorities and deciding to hire an architect.
/ The Major Renovation
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From ideas to plans: Meeting with the architect

Our experience working with an architect to plan a major renovation.
/ The Major Renovation
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From plans to estimates: walk-thrus with the contractor and preparation for the renovation

Walk-throughs with the architect and contractor in preparation for the major renovation and putting a dollar amount to the plans.
/ Bathroom, The Major Renovation
A Basement Bathroom in 5 Days

A Basement Bathroom in 5 Days

Contractors build a basic basement bathroom in five days.
/ The Major Renovation
The Major Renovation: Bedroom, Bathroom and Laundry

The Major Renovation: Bedroom, Bathroom and Laundry

The first two weeks of our major renovation focused on the hidden things that nobody will see: structure, electrical, HVAC, plumbing.
/ The Major Renovation
The Major Renovation: An unnecessarily expensive day

The Major Renovation: An unnecessarily expensive day

Unforeseen expenses can derail a renovation budget, it's the smaller expenses that add up. Why we spent more than we should have for a delivery.
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