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The DIY Shuffle

Looking back on 2016... So we bought ourselves another house-- one that was not butchered by a previous owner.  It may not be perfect but ...
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Changes and Fresh Starts

If you listen to the podcast or subscribe to my mailing list, you will know that my family and I have recently made a big ...
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The sweet siren song of DIY

A couple weeks ago, I went to Home Depot to pick up a small fluorescent tube for one of the under-cabinet lights in the kitchen ...
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Hope fades fast for financing the renovation in 2015

The dream is slipping away.   I'm talking about the dream of doing the addition this year.  It's probably not going to happen until next ...
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Review of SnapRay Guidelights: The Nightlight reinvented

Full disclosure:  This is a review of the SnapRays Guidelight.  I purchased this product myself and I am not being compensated in any way for ...
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Locating our septic drain field: more questions than answers

Always expect the worst and you'll never be disappointed. We had someone-- let's call him a consultant-- come out last week to determine the location ...
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New plans, new problems: Egress confusion and septic skepticism

Egress windows and septic drain field may not seem to have much in common, but for us, they go hand-in-hand, after we've received the latest ...
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Our garage plan: attached or detached?

I had a clear vision of what I wanted our addition and garage to look like.  But it looks like I will have to make ...
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plans

Addition and Garage: The beginning

The process has officially begun for our long awaited addition re-build.  We are working with the same architect involved in the major renovation of 2009, ...
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basement clutter

Our life in storage

It's time to start sifting through the mess... We will soon have a number of contractors coming through our house to give estimates for what ...
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modern fireplace and tv

A strange source for design inspiration

A couple of weeks ago, I was enjoying a lazy afternoon on the sofa in our family room-- the family room that shall be demolished ...
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Liebster Award nomination

Two weeks ago, my friend John over at AZ DIY Guy nominated me for a Liebster Award.  The award is given by bloggers to bloggers to promote ...
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