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our bad renovations:

Move in Condition
Master Bedroom
The Den
Half Bath (Downstairs)
Pointed Arch Destruction
Garage / Workshop
Hallway Facelift
New Windows
Load Bearing Beam
Kitchen Renovation Part 1
Kitchen Renovation Part 2
Dining Room
Basement
Pool
Dining Room Table
Formal Living Room
Nursery


Here's our latest work:

New Windows Latest Update: 11/16/2014


Shutters are up, and the ladder is down. This project is over. Just in time for the rain about to roll in this evening.
Formal Living Room Latest Update: 02/28/2014


Theres a few pieces of moulding I may want to adjust if not completely remove and re-nail. But some alignment issues are simply because of imperfections in the wall. Ill do what I can to dial it in, but I'm fairly happy with the outcome so far.
Nursery Latest Update: 02/15/2014


Lauren bought a bunch of closet bins and started stocking and organizing the closet.
Hallway Facelift Latest Update: 11/26/2013


The furniture goes back in, and the tilework is complete. After another day or so, we can wipe any remaining haze off the tiles.
Dining Room Table Latest Update: 07/31/2013


Here is a closeup of the antiquing we did on the table legs and frame.
Dining Room Latest Update: 07/09/2013


Here's the finished floor. Nice to have the mouldings back on, even if they do need to be filled and painted. Overall, I'm happy with the way the floors turned out, and I really didnt think the floors had much life left in them when we first uncovered them. But honestly, it wasn't much cheaper or less work than simply replacing the floors with new pre-finished wood. I'll have to weigh my options when it comes to refinishing upstairs.
Pool Latest Update: 06/25/2013


With another sand delivery, we were able to grade and reseat some more pavers along the pool. We also poured the concrete collar around the lip of the stairs, and we test fit the coping pavers around the stairs dry before more rain threatened.
Kitchen Renovation Part 2 Latest Update: 06/03/2013


New tiles go down. Sadly these wont be as strong as the originals, since the underlayment is no longer well adhered. Hopefully we wont have to replace too many of these in the future.
Half Bath (Downstairs) Latest Update: 05/01/2013


After countless hours of wrestling with procelain, banging brass flanges into submission, and two destroyed wax rings, I finally noticed that the bottom of the toilet gad globs of thinset underneath it, keeping the toilet from sitting flush no matter how hard I cranked down. A few minutes with a hammer and chisel, and yet another run to the hardware store for a new wax seal, and we were finally able to reinstall the bathroom.
Basement Latest Update: 04/08/2013


This was our first foray into masonry, and I think it came out pretty good. The bottom of the window is up an inch or so compared to the old ones, which will hopefully help keep the water out of the basement during heavy rains. Ill have to touch up the top corners, and I may even parge along the top to protect the 2x4 top piece from the elements.
The Den Latest Update: 01/01/2013


We sealed up the doors with high temp fireplace silicone. The doors work great, and it all but completely eliminated any smoke spilling into the room.
Kitchen Renovation Part 1 Latest Update: 12/16/2012


A couple more skim coats got the ceiling faired out pretty well. Its not perfect, but Its about the best I can do without pulling down sheetrock again. The taped corner seams were a little rough, but we cleaned them up with a sanding sponge. Theyll be covered with wallpaper and crown moulding anyway, so I wont worry too much about them.
Load Bearing Beam Latest Update: 11/25/2012


I put the long hurrican ties every other floor joist, while the others will get the smaller hurricane ties. We added a ton of lag bolts throughout the beam. Nearly a hundred were used so far. Looking from a shallow angle, if tis beam deflects 1/8 inch in the middle, its a lot. Its very strong and easily holds the weight of the structure above.
Garage / Workshop Latest Update: 10/08/2012


The fun stuff includes a compound mitre saw, table saw, radial arm saw, 30 gallon compressor, 110 amp flux/MIG welder and dozens of smaller corded and cordless power tools.
Pointed Arch Destruction Latest Update: 10/07/2012


We put up some sheetrock to cover the bare studs and got to work sanding. Unfortunately we could only find 1/2"
Master Bedroom Latest Update: 09/11/2012


My dresser rarely has all six drawers closed or lacks a heaping pile of clutter perched on top.
Move in Condition Latest Update: 08/29/2012