Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Project Couple

If you don't know by now, we have moved!  Literally and figuratively.  Our blog has moved to:


We have also moved to our new home, the Kizer Mansion (located in South Bend, IN). So hop on over to our new on-line location and follow us on the huge adventure!



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Super Fast!

In case you haven't heard, Trent and I have a HUGE new project coming our way.  We will be able to release details in the very near future, but in the meantime we still have our current project to finish up (yes, yes, we've heard it before...we're crazy).The basement drywall has been completed and last week we primed the walls.  This past weekend, in other crazy news, neither one of us had anywhere we needed to be ALL weekend!  So, we got up on Saturday and Sunday morning and painted, trimmed out, painted a second coat and trimmed out a second coat.  The basement painting is done!  We have never been that fast before and we have decided fast is better.  Get it all done in 2 days.  Miserable 2 day....but 2 days.
And yes, Niles has some explaining to do.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Just the Right Size

After spotting a little critter hole in a house I recently sold, I told Trent that we needed one for Niles. He gave in agreed and created a spot for Niles (food, litter, etc).  We made it just small enough  for someone else to be able to patch it up and just big enough for most dogs.  (Truthfully, if the next owner doesn't have pets it would make a great kids' hideout....after a steam cleaning). We will fully finish it off...paint, carpet and even put a light inside.  It may be my favorite part of the basement currently!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

That's My Husband

The drywall was hung yesterday by a VERY large group of men. They showed up at 8am with 2 guys and quickly called in reinforcements (10 guys total). It's a huge drywall project and they wanted it done immediately (so the finishers could start today).
Best Moment: the drywallers walk downstairs and ask who did the framing.  I tell them my husband did it all and they proceed to tell me that it's the most meticulous work they have ever seen. Yep...that's my engineer husband.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Locks, locks and more locks

After a lot of framing (and by a lot, I mean 2,300 sq ft worth) and more electrical wires than my mind can comprehend, we are getting close to drywall.  While I dread drywall for the inevitable mess it creates, I love it because the end is in sight.  Not actually close, mind you, but it's in sight.
Our project has proven to be slightly more difficult with Niles (our new kitten). Since we are opening up the stairwell we had to remove walls up to the main level recently.  The lower level is a disaster and we didn't want little Niles to get hurt, so Trent created a door to block it off.
Niles was able to push through the door in seconds.  Trent then added two "locks."  Niles was easily able to turn the locks and open the door.
Trent then added a homemade childproof lock to the original lock.  So far, so good. Although Niles shoves his face into the cracks to let us know just how displeased he is (daily).
It's such a tough life.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall/Winter Project

We've officially started our fall/winter project: the basement.  The current plan is to finish about 90% of the 2,300 sq. ft....unless we change our minds.  There will be another poker room for my husband and his buddies (we're moving as fast as we can guys!) along with another bedroom, bathroom, family room and work out room.  I'm guessing that my Christmas wish list will include new furniture.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Deck that Didn't Collapse

We barely finished the new deck just in time to host a party (a large party...we're talking a couple hundred people). The night before the party I woke up from a horrible nightmare that the entire deck collapsed during our party. I told Trent about it and he just laughed. His thoughts: 1. The deck would not collapse since he built it correctly and 2. Even if it did, the thing is about 6 inches off the ground....no one will die.
Turns out, the deck did not collapse!  It held up just fine and we had a great party. Below are the before and after shots.
On to the next project...

Before: 
After:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Small Detour

Yes, we have still been slaving away on the project house.  However, we've had a couple of small detours (truthfully, some of them were not so small).  Long story short, we are back on track and have a lots of items checked off our to-do list.

1.  30 additional new sprinkler heads added to the "back 40" of our property.
2.  New retaining wall on the side of the house so Trent doesn't have to mow Mt. Everest.
3.  Old deck demolished and new deck started.
4.  All the 2x4's needed for framing our entire basement delivered and moved into place.

That's it!  That's what we have been up to the past 8 weeks.

This is the machine that allowed us to do the sprinkler addition without massive destruction.


This is the retaining wall we built.
This is what the old deck looked like (UGLY).
This is during the demo phase (pre-retaining wall).

And this is all the wood for starting the framing in our basement.






Monday, April 7, 2014

Completed Bathroom

 
Other than picking out towels and a few d├ęcor items, the master bathroom is done!  We are thrilled with how it turned out and just as soon as I have cleaned all the construction dust we will be equally thrilled to start using it.
Yes, the ceiling in the shower is wood (teak wood, to be exact).  I thought about making the title of this blog "Pinterest Made Me Do It"....because that is the truth.  We had no plans of making the shower ceiling wood.  Unfortunately, I stayed on Pinterest far too late one evening.
**Disregard the grainy look - that's the dust still not settled**
 
 

 




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I'm in Love

Between our enormous shower head (16" to be exact), the shower handle and our teakwood bench, I am in love.  While I haven't had a chance to try it out, I'm confident that it's perfect!