Last week, we failed our first plumbing inspection. Horribly. This week, the inspector came back and kindly failed us again. Read on to watch my weekly video update, and find out why I have $300 worth of PVC fittings in the back of my car.… Continue Reading
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Weelllll poop. After spending the better part of a week completely revamping the bathroom plumbing, we failed our inspection (spectacularly). Read on to watch my weekly video journal and see why I have no love lost for Mr. Plumbing Inspector.
It finally feels like we're making some real progress on the Curbly House. After weeks of demolition (and basically just making the house worse than it already was), this was the first week where we actually started improving things. Read on to watch my weekly video journal and read about all of our framing adventures.… Continue Reading
If you’re following our series, you know we’re in the middle of fixing up a 100-year-old house and making it energy efficient. Somehow tearing out all the first-floor ceilings got lumped into the to-do list. Then the second floor ceilings. And a couple of walls. And the bathroom. You know … just … everything.
One day you’re just going about your business, gleefully demolishing everything you lay eyes on — a great stress reliever, by the way… Continue Reading
What's in a wall? If you've been following our Curbly House series, you know what was in our walls; squirrel nests, dead things, and lots of hundred-year-old newspaper. But what makes a wall more than just a bunch of lumber and drywall?
This week, I'm exploring ways to breathe life into our walls by adding hand-picked artwork. With the help of Art.com, we've got an amazing, expansive collection of artwork available. Read on to see how I'm… Continue Reading
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Whew. We took a bit of a breather on the Curbly House this week, stopping to evaluate how to reinforce several framing issues we discovered during demolition. Read on to watch my weekly video journal and read my latest update on our progress.
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We're in the middle of a huge remodeling project to create what promises to be our dream house. Last week, drywall started going up and I stopped having contractions, because for the first time in months, the house began looking like a house again. Read on to see how I'm gathering color inspiration for what promises to be a huge paint job.
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The Curbly House bathroom looked decent, by all accounts, and except for being a bit on the small side, functioned just fine. So I was actually prepared to leave it pretty much as-was, maybe with a few fixture replacements, some new tile, and paint. But what we found when we took out the first floor ceilings underneath the bathroom made that impossible. Read on to find out how we gutted the bathroom, and watch an awesome/scary video (depending on your point of view).
We've started out our Curbly House project with a series of energy improvements. Find out how a new HVAC, ductwork, and insulation are paying off.
A house is such a personal thing. It’s private, intimate. It’s family. And yet, in most cases, it belonged to someone else before you. And someone else before them. How does a house that belonged to another family for fifty years become your own? How do you know when that change has… Continue Reading
The first week of demolition on the Curbly House went so smoothly, you kind of had to expect things would get worse in week two. And worse they did get. Read on to watch my weekly video journal and learn how not to take apart a ceiling.… Continue Reading
We're moving sometime in the next month. I hate the vague sound of that sentence, but it's the truth. Our whole moving timeline is vague due to the fact that the Curbly House continues to be full of charming surprises that are pushing our move-in date back.
The realization that we'll be having a new baby and moving into a new house only a few weeks apart is enough to induce even the calmest lady. Unfortunately for me, I am a Virgo to the… Continue Reading
As you might have seen yesterday, our Curbly House project is starting to generate a lot of construction debris. We're ripping out all the ceilings throughout the house, so we're ending up with generous portions of ceiling tiles, plaster, lathe, and even a few deceased rodents.
But in the case of the Curbly House, getting that stuff hauled away isn't so simple; there's no garage at the house – and thus, no driveway – in which to set a… Continue Reading
This week we really got into it on the Curbly House. We turned a pretty normal looking old house into a mostly gutted mess in just a few days, and loved every minute of it (well ... except the rats). Read on to watch my week two video journal, and find out all the details.… Continue Reading
Life is a little crazy around our house(es) these days. Our days are spent preparing for a baby in just a few short week, remodeling our new house, packing up our old house, and wrangling a 3-year-old, leaving little time for anything else. In the brief moments of pause, I'm either napping or thinking about how to make the transitions that are coming in the next several weeks smooth for everyone in our family, especially Ayla. So, I've been… Continue Reading
I can't tell you how excited I was to finally start real work on the Curbly House. Even if the first week was just me spending a few hours a day over there getting protection down on the floors, walls, and windows, it felt great to actually be doing something.
Week 1 was about getting ready for week 2. We decided to tear out the first floor ceilings; they were covered in foam tile and the plaster under that was crumbling. Plus, taking… Continue Reading