Not Catskills

We recently took a trip out west to some mountains that are slightly (~5x) taller than the Catskills to hang with our peoples that we have not seen since pre-pandemic times. Here are some snaps. Jakejake.news/

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 […]

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 […]

Replacing the Bathroom Window

The downstairs bathroom is one of the rooms that we knew from the outset was going to be a full teardown and rebuild. One feature that we were keen on changing was the tiny window. It appeared to be one of the original windows from when the house was built. It was a 20″ by […]

Downstairs Bathroom Demolition Part II

One thing that I have learned as Britt and I are going through this process, is that it’s hard to do good work and also have good content. When I get into a groove during a project, the last thing that I want to do is take off my gloves and try to get some […]

Stuff we made out of the old deck Pt. I

There are certain parts of the house that we knew upon first sight that we would need to replace. The floors that had carpet, for example, needed to go immediately. The deck that someone had haphazardly slapped onto the front of the house was not great, for sure. But we were thinking that it was […]