No Turning Back Now

After tons of planning and hard work we have finally made it to the end of the first phase in our big scheme, and from here there’s no turning back. Jon quit his job at the end of March to finish up our house projects and my last day of work was yesterday. Today we…

Kitchen Redux (Again)

Little did I know, the first time we remodeled our kitchen was not going to be the last. Before our wedding in 2010, we bought new appliances, moved some doorways, and upgraded our counter top and flooring, so I thought our kitchen had successfully been updated (with the exception of that lime green paint).  …

No Stairway…Denied!

We left our staircase out of the basement remodeling project last year while we tried to figure out exactly how to approach the repair. All the steps were different heights and the carpet was pretty nasty. So, Jon took part of his week long vacation to rip them out and build a new staircase. Noticing…

Debt Free

I paid off my student loan today! Jon paid his off earlier this summer and we are now officially debt free. All it took was selling my motorcycle…and Jon’s motorcycle before that, and countless other things that at the time seemed difficult to part with but I’ve since forgotten about. If everything goes according to…

Finished Finished Basement

Our new basement is finally complete. It took about five months but we substantially increased our square footage and added a third bedroom and second bathroom. We also added more functional storage, including the absolutely essential wine rack. The next photo is meant more to show the floor than to give you a peek at…

Basement Remodel

We just returned from a vacation to San Francisco and our latest renovation is now under way. The view from our sunset sail to Alcatraz. Jon took an additional week off from work to start on our basement remodel. Though our basement was finished when Jon bought the house, we needed to add an egress…

Give thanks for a functional bathroom

We finished our bathroom remodel at about the same time as our Thanksgiving dinner was ready. It was a little bit stressful cooking a huge meal while construction was going on and company was due over within the hour. The only before photos I could find are these: Then these are the next shots, right…

Boat Yoga?

As part of our 2011 plan to pursue some short-term goals, I signed up for and just started yoga teacher training. From what I can gather about the requirements of training, I will be at the yoga studio whenever I’m not at work or asleep.So, that thing I said about starting an Etsy shop to…

Budgeting Buzzkill

In November of last year we created a budget and have been keeping track of our expenses since then. I must say that I’m doing a great job keeping track of how much we spend, and not such a great job actually sticking to the budget. Each month so far we’ve come up with some reason to go way…

Getting a jump on Spring

A couple of weeks ago we finally found the motivation to build the cold frame we’d been thinking about since October. It took about 10 minutes to build and probably cost about $5. We used the PVC pipe we had left over from hoola hoop making for the wedding, clear plastic sheeting, and pipe clamps. Last week I planted it…