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The Major Renovation:  Good-bye to the old, dysfunctional kitchen

The Major Renovation: Good-bye to the old, dysfunctional kitchen

Demolition of the old, dysfunctional kitchen to the early stages of the new kitchen.
The Major Renovation:  Work in the Bedroom, Bathroom and Laundry Continues

The Major Renovation: Work in the Bedroom, Bathroom and Laundry Continues

Day by day progress in a major renovation of the bedroom, bathroom and laundry room continues.
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.
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.
A Basement Bathroom in 5 Days

A Basement Bathroom in 5 Days

Contractors build a basic basement bathroom in five days.
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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.
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From ideas to plans: Meeting with the architect

Our experience working with an architect to plan a 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.
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...
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.
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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.