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Out With The Old: A Look Back at the Beautiful Disaster of 2011

Just so we’re clear from the start, the “beautiful” part of 2011 was definitely how the Memorial House turned out, and, well, I think “disaster”…

January 1, 2012 | 17 Comments | Read the Full Article

DIY Video: Building a Custom Door & Jamb (with a lot of people staring at you)

Back when I built the shelving for the closets in the Memorial House, I had this idea about building some custom doors for them that…

November 25, 2011 | 23 Comments | Read the Full Article

Trimming (Doors, Not Trees)

Since we’ve just barely stepped foot into Thanksgiving territory I feel like I shouldn’t have to clarify that there is no tree trimming (Christmas related,…

November 1, 2011 | 12 Comments | Read the Full Article

And On To The Next

My time frame for moving out of the Memorial House and on to the next project has always been roughly around the end of October,…

October 31, 2011 | 6 Comments | Read the Full Article

Kitchen Progress: Paint & Counters

Let me just say that not much could top the finish and luxury of the half-inch plywood that has been standing in place of counters…

October 16, 2011 | 5 Comments | Read the Full Article

Memorial House: The Final List (Part 1)

An interesting thing happened over the last week or two… the house all of the sudden resembles what I’ve been picturing in my head since…

October 12, 2011 | 5 Comments | Read the Full Article

Beams

Here’s a project on the Memorial House I haven’t spent any time working on, but still looks awesome. This is what the front of the…

October 5, 2011 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article

This Changes Things

Since both the computer and I are still fighting our respective viruses– neither of which seems to be improved by the excessive application of Lysol,…

September 30, 2011 | 68 Comments | Read the Full Article

Conversation I Had With State Farm

Me: I have a house insured with you, and I need to increase the insured value… we’ve done a little work on it. Insurance Agent:…

September 23, 2011 | 10 Comments | Read the Full Article

Now, With Less Stubbed Toes and Swearing!

It might have taken me the better part of three days to get it under control, but you can’t argue with the results. By the…

August 25, 2011 | 8 Comments | Read the Full Article

Planning For a DIYcation

Many of my fellow powertool junkies will agree, days off from the Actual Real Job aren’t meant for “vacation” so much as they are an…

August 17, 2011 | 6 Comments | Read the Full Article

Wavy Edged Wood Siding: You Had Me At Hello

People tend to have a visceral reaction to the siding on the Memorial house. They see it, they love it, they ask what it is,…

August 8, 2011 | 3 Comments | Read the Full Article

Soaked (Finally)

Check this off the list of Things-I’ve-been-mentioning-for-a year-and-can-finally-shut-up-about: This house now has one big bathtub. (Technically I’ve only really been pining after it since it…

A Half-Working Master Bath Is Better Than Nothing

Last weekend wasn’t all fun and playing with jigs, you know. There was serious work to be done to get the Master Bath ready for…

The I-don’t-like-calling-it-a-study-because-it-reminds-me-of-school Space

I have this love/hate relationship with school. I don’t love sitting in classrooms, but I don’t seem to be able to stop myself from going…