Category Archives: Big

Big projects

Welcome to the Jungle

Not only is my house crappy, but my yard is extra crappy with a side of crap. Supersized. This past weekend, I planted a lawn. Well, it remains to be seen if it will be an actual lawn, but I … Continue reading

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Torn Apart and Reassembled

I got the keys to my crappy house on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. On Saturday, I showed up with my pry bar and hammer, ready to kick some ass and do some demo. As I mentioned before, I was very … Continue reading

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I ♥ My Bathroom

Ironically, my bathroom was the first room in my house to stop being crappy. (Get it? Bathroom…? Crappy…? Oh, never mind.) It was fully renovated before I moved in and it didn’t cost me anything. I know! What??

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My Crappy Basement

Don’t go down the stairs! Just trust me…

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What’s in the wall??

Hundreds of WASPS!

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Wallectomy: The Surgical Removal of Load Bearing Walls

I moved into my crappy house in July of 2011. By January of 2012 I had made little progress on the east wing due to the fact that removing load bearing walls is neither easy nor free. Who knew? (Only … Continue reading

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It’s More Than a Closet. It’s a Sanctuary.

What do you do when you’re somehow amazingly able to find an affordable house with three bedrooms and you really only need two? Well, duh! You turn that superfluous room into a dream closet, of course! A dressing room. How … Continue reading

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Sometimes I Like to Pretend I’m an Electrician.

You know the feeling when you shuffle your feet on the carpet and then (accidentally!) touch the cat? (Sorry, Egor…) Touching a live wire is not like that. It’s more of a pulse than a shock. If you were thinking … Continue reading

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I Got a Major Award!

I’m so excited! A major award!!! I’m going to display it proudly in my bay window for all the world to see. What did I do to get this major award?

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May the Floors Be With You

Wow. That title is awful and doesn’t even make any sense. (Sorry, George Lucas.) This post is about my subfloor. Sounds boring right? But I hope you’ll stick with me and read it to the end because I deserve serious props … Continue reading

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Brick Love, Part I

I see posts on design blogs all the time, written by people complaining about their brick wall “eyesores”. They’re seeking advice on how to remove/cover/disguise their brick. Personally, I think they’re nuts and should just replace those brick walls with padded … Continue reading

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Brick Love, Part II

All in all, it’s just another brick in the wall. And another. And another. And… Yeah. Lots more of that. I wrote Brick Love, Part I so long ago that you probably don’t even care about Brick Love, Part II, but could … Continue reading

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