The Blog

Cost of Wood versus Metal Stud Framing

Cost of Wood versus Metal Stud Framing

Comparing the cost of framing with steel studs versus wood.
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guest room

The DIY Shuffle

A look back at our first year in this house as we shuffled from one home improvement project to another.
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dining room

Changes and Fresh Starts

The emotions and math behind our decision to sell our money pit and downsize. Plus a tour of our new house.
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home depot

The sweet siren song of DIY

The addition project may be delayed but there is no way I am going to sit on my hands for another year without making some sawdust of my own.
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Hope fades fast for financing the renovation in 2015

Hope fades fast for financing the renovation in 2015

Between the first ball-park estimate for the addition and bad news about our septic system, it looks like the addition has to wait until next year.
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Review of SnapRay Guidelights:  The Nightlight reinvented

Review of SnapRay Guidelights: The Nightlight reinvented

A review of the SnapRays Guidelight by SnapPower, a cover plate with built in night light.
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Locating our septic drain field:  more questions than answers

Locating our septic drain field: more questions than answers

Our septic filter bed may need to be moved if we rebuild the addition. So do we relocate the leach field or the entire system?
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New plans, new problems: Egress confusion and septic skepticism

New plans, new problems: Egress confusion and septic skepticism

Record search failed to locate our septic drain field. And Ontario Building Code and National Building Code seem to disagree on egress windows.
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Our garage plan: attached or detached?

Our garage plan: attached or detached?

Sometimes an architect knows what you want more than you do. I want a detached garage, but after discussions with the architect, I have reconsidered.
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Addition and Garage:  The beginning

Addition and Garage: The beginning

Working with an architect for our addition from initial consultation to the first set of drawings,
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basement clutter

Our life in storage

It's time to clean up the mess in the basement and organize our storage unit. We have too much stuff.
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A strange source for design inspiration

A strange source for design inspiration

My wife and I started talking about some design ideas for the family room addition. You'll never believe what sparked the conversation.
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