Downstairs Bath

Finishing the Bathroom

Don’t get too excited. I meant, finishing the drywall in the bathroom. We revisited work on the bathroom when we applied the joint compound to the drywall. Of course, the kids thought this was truly interesting considering it was called “mud” but was white and o.k. to put on the walls (unlike the stuff they bring in…

Master Bedroom

A Call For Reinforcements

This past weekend was a lot of fun, because friends joined us in gutting the master bedroom above the kitchen. Five people made light work of a heavy project. I used to think gutting was fun. I thought, Yeah! We get to go in there with hammers and just have fun ripping and tearing everything…

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Building A Wall Around My Yard

When you go from living on a few acres of flat ground to a few lots on a hillside, you really miss flat ground! That’s why we decided to undertake a little excavation project on days it was too pretty to be inside. This was no easy task without renting equipment. Even harder though was…

Kitchen Pass-thru light and water lines

My Kitchen Saga

Possibly the longest running saga (not just on my blog, but ever written anywhere!) is my kitchen project. A kitchen is possibly the most time consuming and most expensive undertaking when it comes to renovating a house. This is especially the case for us, because so many other projects have for one reason or another taken precedence over countertops and…

Tapped Norway Maple

Tap for Sap

It’s that time of year again that I really look forward to, because its a clue that spring is around the corner…tapping our Maples for syrup! At the old place before we moved we had one, gigantic Sugar Maple. Now we have four itty bitty Norway Maples. So I’m very curious to see how that affects…

McGill kids in Bread Dough

Man Cannot Live On Bread Alone, or can he?

The little McGill men could. They love bread any way you fix it…bread rolls, biscuits, croissants, scones, whatever! So they were extremely happy when my husband ran the electric for the stove in the kitchen. Now we can bake all the bread we want! I have had electric in the kitchen for weeks now, but…

Laundry Hook-ups

Drumroll please…

Introducing my totally unfinished but quite usable laundry room! Who knew laundry could be so exciting? Look wise, this room is hardly worth posting over, but I just had to share the news! We’ve ran water and electric upstairs and installed our washer and dryer! We still have lots of remodeling work to do (walls,…

Kitchen

The Results Are In ~ Tour the Kitchen!

A few posts ago we sort of tried a little experiment to see if we could up my reader statistics (just for fun…It’s not like my livelihood depends on it or anything!) Well, the results are in and lead me to one of two conclusions: Either everyone truly believed Elvis Presley was in my kitchen…

Wall with Pass-thru dry walled over for now to keep in heat

Virtual Tour: Dining Room

My daughter’s reaction when she saw the dining room after we completely hung the drywall was, “Wow! Now it looks like a real room!” I have to totally agree with Lula here. We had steadily been completing project after project in this room (e.g. running wall outlets on a new breaker, running electric for lights on a new…

Left to right: Ken, Dad, Chaz

Starting The Year Out Right

Aren’t New Year’s resolutions the greatest?! We really enjoy sitting down at the beginning of every new year to evaluate our lives. We contemplate changes we need to make to live happier lives and accomplishments that we would like to achieve. Resolutions bring everything into focus. Naturally, the house graced my list this year. This time last year we had…

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Elvis In My Kitchen

I am happy to report that my kitchen now has electric! So where does that bring us up to in the kitchen? Well, it has been gutted, a new sub-floor put down, and GFCI outlets ran around the room mostly at countertop level. Woo hoo! We moved in the appliances and are really getting a…

New! Virtual Tours

Thanks to an upgrade to the blog site, I can now post videos! Videos are so much more able to capture the looks of things and really put them into perspective, so we are very excited about are new capabilities. So here is our first virtual tour of the bathroom. I only wish that there…