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DIY House Addition: How To Properly Flash & Trim Windows

There’s nothing like having a few gaping holes in the perfectly good exterior walls of your house during rainy season to make you fully appreciate…

September 21, 2010 | 14 Comments | Read the Full Article

DIY House Addition: Month 4 Wrap Up

I’d like to be writing a really witty and/or eloquent opening sentence to this monthly wrap-up, but I’m having a hard time typing through the…

September 7, 2010 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article

DIY House Addition: Step 4 – Framing

Foundations are fun, I agree, and not just because 1.) you get to dig a bigass hole in the ground, and 2.) my family owns…

DIY House Addition: Month 3 Wrap Up

Apparently month 2 got lost somewhere in the framing, fascia, roofing, and sawdust. Time sure flies when you’re having fun working a couple of jobs…

July 30, 2010 | 1 Comment | Read the Full Article

DIY House Addition: Step 3 – Foundation

So the ink is barely dry on your building permit and you’re ready to break out the excavator and start digging? If you just read…

DIY House Addition: Month 1 Wrap Up

The reality is, we’ve been working on this addition mentally and financially for over a year, and those two items cannot be overemphasized.  In the…

DIY House Addition: Step 2 – Getting Building Permits*

Sixty hours of sitting through contractors class and this is what I learned: No, you cannot rent an excavator and just start digging a bigass…

DIY House Addition: Cool house features to consider before you build.

As I find myself being slowly buried in a pile of blueprints, how-to books, torn-out magazine pages, and contractor’s licensing forms, I can’t decide if…

January 13, 2010 | 19 Comments | Read the Full Article

DIY House Addition: Making Hard Decisions

The Story: In the last couple of weeks a few things happened in succession which made the two of us take a long hard look…

September 3, 2009 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article

DIY House Addition: Things you need to know first.

The Story: We say we’ve been seriously contemplating the addition for about a year, but it’s really been a month since we’ve begun to formulate…

August 10, 2009 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article

DIY Addition: Step 1 – House Plans

The alternate title to this post could be “How an Angel Architect Saved our Sanity”. So here’s my first bit of advice to anyone who…