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 […]

Stuff We Made Out of the Old Deck Pt. 2

When we first moved in and built the fire pit up past one of the old logging trail roads on the property, we decided on a spot that happened to be directly in front of an only slightly sloped area set perfectly between two trees. It sits right where the hill takes a sharp turn […]

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 […]

Partial Room Reveal: The ‘Weird’ Room

The ‘weird’ room. In a former life, before the previous owner added an extension onto the house, it was likely a tiny bedroom. But after two additional bedrooms were added upstairs (bedroom 1 and 2 as we call them) it’s unclear what its use was although a playroom of some sort is my guess. I […]

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. […]

Room Reveal: Bedroom 1

Since the majority of the heavy-lifting has been and will be handled by Jake (minus bathroom demo — I’m on that!), I’m going to focus most of my posts on what I’m taking the lead on: designing each room! I was a bit worried about this aspect of the process considering we were coffee-table-less for […]

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 […]