Adding Windows to a House

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One of the best things we can do as homeowners with older houses is to update the windows.  The newer vinyl windows with double insulated window panes are so much more energy efficient than the older wooden single pane glass windows were.  I was very lucky when I moved in this house that the windows had already been updated to vinyl windows along the way and weren’t too old.  They weren’t all … [Read more...]

Painting Interior Doors Black

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One of the things I decided on when I was renovating my house was to paint all my interior doors black.  Dark chocolate brown to be exact.  I had seen the trend of black doors out there for awhile now and I think it’s a great accent and feature in a house. Now, I do think that to do this successfully, it helps to have a lighter color palette in a house and it makes more sense with neutrals, with … [Read more...]

House Renovation: Before and After Photos

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This was a fun post to put together and recap!  I loved looking back. I mentioned recently that it's been 2 years since I moved into my new/old house.  It's been quite the 2 year journey, after getting settled in and past all the renovating we did in 6 months.  I moved in as soon as I could, but there were still plenty of projects left to do and still a few more I'm going to complete next … [Read more...]

Adding Planks to a Fireplace Mantel

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Another project I can cross off my list now is adding planks to the top of my fireplace, above the reclaimed mantel.  I don’t mind the rock, it was just TOO much rock, so I wanted to calm it down and add some light to that side of the room.  All that rock sucks the light right out of that space, even with windows on either side.  Besides, I can now decorate a prettier mantel having a creamy white … [Read more...]

Den Space Decorated!

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My downstairs den space has been the one that has taken me the longest to get together.  I had “stuff” piled in the corner for at least a year and then earlier this year my dad and I completed the built in Billy bookcases that I had wanted to install in there, making a cozy corner space instead of nothing.  This is a long and large room, with plenty of room for a couple of separate seating areas … [Read more...]

My Termite Protection Plan: Update & {Giveaway}

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about trying to decide what sort of termite protection plan I would go with. After being in this house for 2 years now, I knew I needed to address that and not wait for something bad to happen.  So, I began doing research and called 4 companies for bids on their plans.  It was an informative time of finding out the particulars of how all of this works.  It seems that years … [Read more...]

Building a Retaining Wall

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I so remember driving up to my house 2 and 1/2 years ago when we first looked at it.  The yard, with its sad and pitiful lack of landscape and the little front stoop that had no curb appeal at all was the first thing I took in.  It was a pathetic first impression, but I knew once I got the house that I could improve upon that curb appeal.  I could see it in my head.   I knew my house needed a … [Read more...]

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