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2021-03-03: Powder Room now gutted. Now to figure out the tangle town that is the current plumbing and replace …

2021-03-03: Well, this subfloor on top of tile on top of subfloor on top of ??? Is a hot friggin mess.

2021-03-02: Today I learned how to cut a pipe and sweat and sided on a shutoff valve from my friend Jason.

2021-02-24: Making progress…

2021-02-24: Starting a new sub-project at Hague House: Beginning demo of the powder room (small half bath off of …

2021-02-23: Today’s fun project: Matching radiator service pipes in the kitchen to the copper fireplace in the …

2021-02-23: Getting hammered.

2021-02-22: First coat of primer on the walls. Also notice paint is now completely stripped from the radiator …

2021-02-22: Cleaning off the paint on the radiator feed pipes in the kitchen. We will actually be repainting …

2021-02-16: Painting trim and listening to Mardi Gras music. Happy Fat Tuesday y’all. Laissez les bons temps …

2021-02-12: Yes. Weeks later and we are finally done cleaning up the trim and have begun to prime it. No longer …

2021-01-27: To Bauer Brothers today in search of trim to replace a mismatched piece in the kitchen. Did not find …

2021-01-25: I’ve not posted much in the past week or so because the work we’re focusing on right now is slow and …

2021-01-08: Property, Price, and Purpose We suffered a big loss this past fall. Our longtime friend and realtor Kevin O’Brien passed …

2021-01-05: My friend and drywall virtuoso John getting the mudding done. I love watching him do this work …

2020-12-31: Drywall progress…

2020-12-23: More shots of the drywall in progress…

2020-12-22: The drywall installation in the kitchen started today. Should be taped, mudded, and ready for prime …

2020-12-19: Scraping paint off of the trim. From left to right: After, before, and during.

2020-12-18: The work this week wasn’t sexy but it was satisfying. Installed all the electrical in the kitchen. …

2020-12-02: Subfloor done. Flat and level. Ready for the flooring.

2020-12-01: The laying of the subfloor has begun.

2020-12-01: Sometimes, off the shelf is not an option for what you need to do. Sometimes, you have to make it …

2020-11-21: Pandemic Projects - Saving Money on Water with the Flume My wife writes about installing a Flume …

2020-11-20: Today I’m thankful for fresh plumbing that makes a lot more sense.

2020-11-19: Boots and tools ready for a day of action.

2020-10-26: Today we pulled up the kitchen floor. Here it is in progress.

2020-10-25: Figuring out if some of the flooring we have in our stash will work for the kitchen at Hague. (The …

2020-10-16: Mapping out where the new switch’s and outlets are going to go in the kitchen by marking out where …

2020-10-15: Kitchen wall demo today. Here’s a before and after of one portion.

2020-10-12: Kitchen floor is raised and as close to level as I’m going to get it for now. Leaving the temporary …

2020-10-08: Today’s effort: Sistering the support beam and installing in prep for raising the kitchen floor. …

2020-10-07: Today, dug hole 1 (of 2), mixed concrete, and poured a footing for a new post to go below the …

2020-10-06: Four different places to get only half of what I need to raise the kitchen floor. Enough to get …

2020-10-06: Finally got through all 6 layers of flooring to get to the original floor. Still needs a lot of …

2020-09-30: The Radiators.

2020-09-30: Draining the radiator system today so we can remove a couple of them in the kitchen off The Hague …

2020-09-30: Getting to the bottom of the kitchen floor at Hague. I think we’ve figured out what’s what for the …

2020-09-09: Today’s lesson: A tiny problem, unseen and undetected until too late, can cause major damage. …

2020-09-06: Often times, it’s not the big projects that provide the most consistent regular satisfaction. It’s …

2020-08-13: Always. Be. Knowling

2020-08-10: Always Be Knowling

2020-08-09: More detail of the framed wallpaper. Oh, did I mention I’m painting the imperfections gold (Kintsugi …

2020-08-09: Framing around the original wallpaper in the 2nd floor hallway at Ashland.

2020-08-03: The hardest part of installing base trim in this particular house? There are curves.

2020-08-02: Still Life: Nail gun and shoe molding.

2020-08-01: For those who’ve been following along with our flooring project in the Ashland House, my wifedid a …

2020-08-01: Base shoe ready for painting.

2020-08-01: Floors installed and finished. Next up: Paint and install shoe molding. Then, sand and paint the …

2020-07-31: Wet final coat is wet.

2020-07-29: Ashland reclaimed flooring: First coat.

2020-07-27: Sanding the reclaimed flooring at Ashland.

2020-07-21: Floor installed. Next up: Sanding and finishing in natural. Expecting lots of character to shine …

2020-07-17: Reclaimed flooring installation is moving along at the Ashland house. The plan is, once it’s …

2020-06-24: New (reclaimed) flooring to go into the second floor at the Ashland house. This is only half of it. …

2020-05-16: Also, finding things like this underneath which gives us some idea as to when the subfloor was put …

2020-05-16: Today’s whoa to wow: Removing tile and subfloor from 2nd floor hallway at our main house (Ashland).

2020-04-28: I use this for just about every project I do. I call it my secret weapon.

2020-04-12: Today: Painting the stairwell and hallway.

2020-04-11: Today’s stay at home activity: Ceiling paint in the stairwell and hallway.

2020-03-28: Pantry cleaned out and reorganized at Ashland House.

2020-03-23: Final design of The Hague House kitchen.

2020-03-21: Paint testing in the hallway at Ashland.

2020-03-15: Today’s social distancing activity: Removed the last bit of wallpaper from the stairwell/hallway at …

2020-03-10: Demo in the kitchen at Hague House continues. Cabinets and Countertops removed today clearing the …

2020-01-29: We are not flippers... As we’ve been telling people about our plans for The Hague House, a common response has been, …

2020-01-29: Found the hard wood. Turns out, there is a layer of tile on top of that. So, for those keeping …

2020-01-29: After some cleanup, this will be the new dining room light.

2020-01-29: Free courses on anger management. DM me for details. :-). #HagueHouse

2020-01-19: It is entirely possible we bought The Hague House just for the fireplace.

2020-01-17: Well, how did we get here? You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife You may ask yourself, “Well, …

2020-01-15: Right now, the #HagueHouse is what I like to call the planning and investigation stage. Trying to …

2020-01-15: What did you do over the Christmas holidays? We bought a house. We’re calling this one …