RS: basement: before & during

From the first realtor’s tour two Decembers ago to this month’s freezer upheaval, the basement has been our arch nemesis. I’m sure there’s some kind of motivational talk / Bible study material here — you may be cute and quaint with lots of potential, but if your soul (basement) is flooded and rusted and rotten, you’re still as much of […]

RS: things are getting weird.

Well, things are starting to get weird around here. Last night I dreamed that my husband killed someone . . . for their Lowe’s gift card. If there are stages of DIY lunacy, this is definitely one of them. Specifically, in my DIY-overdose-induced nightmare, my almost pacifist (in real life) husband plotted an elaborate assault […]

RS: plagues and missing the point

Well. The HVAC folks determined that we needed to replace our gas line and alter our bathroom plumbing. HAD WE BEEN INFORMED ten weeks ago when the project began, this would have been simpler. But now we wait. (Do we do anything else?) Gas people showed up, said there’s no problemo, turned on our gas, […]

RS: is it because i’m a woman?

I’m the one with the spec sheets. I’m the one who thought of this project in the first place. I’m the one who lost sleep wondering, “Pine or cedar?” and, “How will I know if it’s been responsibly harvested?” I’m the one stockpiling paint chips and stain samples. I memorized the item number! He hasn’t […]

RS: before & during: bathroom

This one, I’m sorry to say, is a bit less glamorous than the dining room. Part of this is because it’s a bathroom. Unless you have unreal amounts of moolah at your disposal for their renovation, they don’t always turn out especially glamorous. This one, though. It required extra special levels of bravery (and youth) (and […]

RS: before & during: dining room

We did something reckless in order to create this dining room. We turned our three bedroom house into a two bedroom house. With the help of my house-flipping aunt, we estimated that our target buyers, when we resell, will be younger folks like us. We guess that, if their family gets too big for two bedrooms, […]

RS: why we haven’t moved in & a new series

Frequently, we’re asked, “How much work have you done on the house?” Well . . . uhh . . . how much time do you have? Usually we opt for some variation of “Well, the renovation’s been more extensive than we planned, so we had to strip it down to the studs and replace everything except some walls.” “The […]

RS: in which hvac sparks a personal crisis

This heating system, if it’s our only solution, single-handedly blows our budget. For a brief, glimmering moment, we were businesspeople. We were wise; we were large and in charge; we had more than just enough. We’ve been pruning our budget, spending more time than money, stalking Craigslist’s free section (I can’t lie…it’s my home page). We just bought […]