Kitchen!

We tore the entire kitchen out. It was easy compared to the bathroom reno. Watch the cabinets disintegrate here: Kitchen Demo Final.mp4 from Jacob Breinholt on Vimeo. Compared to the big bathroom, the kitchen felt like a breeze. However, it was not a small price tag job. Custom cabinets are expensive, as are new appliances. […]

Big Bathroom Update

Now that we have gutted the entire upstairs bathroom, it feels appropriate to post a little update on the downstairs bathroom, the big bathroom.  It’s 100% in use now, and it’s glorious! The shower is big as hell, and we’ve even gone as far as adding a little bit of color here and there. We […]

Pre-tile Work on the Downstairs Shower

Getting the shower box to the point that it was actually ready for tile was quite a process. After installing all of the plumbing, we had to create the cement pad for the floor, hang cement board, and waterproof the whole thing. Here is a timelapse video of that process with some corny narration- downstairs […]

Plumbing the Downstairs Shower

As a part of the downstairs bathroom renovation we rerouted most of the plumbing. The shower is located where a very large bathtub originally sat. None of the old plumbing was up to code, and had to be seriously overhauled. Here is a narrated timelapse video of the process for plumbing the shower drain and […]

Recap of the Year 2020 in Jake’s iPhone Photos

This year was a lot different for pretty much every human on the planet, including me. As a result, the difference in this year’s photo recap, vs those from past years is pretty stark, starting around March. In keeping with tradition, I dumped all of the photos from my phone that were taken this year […]

Bathroom Reveal (Partial!)

As you may have noticed by now, we are working on the bathroom (heck, all of the house), in various stages because working full-time and remodeling full-time is not quite possible. The first half of the bathroom looks like a half, but remodel-wise is closer to 75%. Anyway, it means we are on the home […]

Bathroom Update 1: Tiling (Partial)

We’ve made a lot of progress on the bathroom, namely tiling the floor and getting the toilet and vanity installed. It was a…process. That said, Jake compiled a few well narrated informative videos for all you aspiring novice tilers out there; I think it looks great, and we are now gearing up for the bigger […]

Downstairs Bathroom Update

We started tearing down this bathroom in late July. But got sidetracked by the deck (also, we both got very busy with our jobs). The drywall portion of the bathroom took a lot longer than we anticipated. It was mostly my fault for buying regular joint compound instead of the 90 minute stuff. I just […]

Spotlight replacement/Ik*a hack

The main living room in the house came with some spotlights that were falling apart. The paint was literally peeling from the fixtures. One of them had come disconnected from the base plate. Most of the potential replacements that we liked were around $100 per fixture (some of them way more). It seemed silly to […]

The Deck

When we first saw the house, we knew the the front deck needed to eventually be replaced. It was haphazardly slapped together. None of it was compliant with current code. In fact, virtually every aspect of it was in violation. Aside from that, it wasn’t much of an eye pleaser. Despite all of that, replacing […]