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 […]

Downstairs Bathroom Demolition Part I

Okay, so this bathroom was meant to be our ‘first’ project. In true 2020 fashion, nothing has really gone according to plan. Instead of getting straight into the heavy lifting, we did a lot of the easy stuff first, since we didn’t officially own the place until we had already lived here for several weeks. […]

The ‘Owl’s Nest’

The house sits in (or near) the footprint of a gargantuan former hotel that was aptly titled “The Grand Hotel.” The hotel opened in 1881 and closed in 1964*. The story is actually pretty fascinating (to me anyway), and the Middletown Historical Society has published a whitepaper-style¬†outline of its history over here. The reason for […]

Making the Place Livable

The morning that we “moved in” to the house, we unpacked the car and took Lola for a walk. I turned on the kitchen faucet and let it run in order to try to purge the system of antifreeze. No one had lived in the house since the prior summer, and as such it had […]

Just for a Week or So

We were supposed to be closing on this place on March 20th. Our attorney informed us ahead of time that there was a hiccup with title. It turned out that the seller had owned this house as well as the adjacent one, which he had sold a little over a year prior. By mistake, the […]