Category: House Renovation

Renovation: Framing in and Roofing the Addition

How did we renovate our home while still living there?

Let me start out by saying this… Renovating our home while living in it was rough. Seriously you guys, it was torture. Trying to confine my kids to our back three bedrooms was pretty intense. The kids were troopers and stayed happy through almost all of it, but there was a point close to the end when Ava started asking when we would get our house back. Sad.

So talking logistics now, I’ve had some people ask how we navigated through the whole thing and I wanted to share with you some of our great ideas and some of our not so great ideas. We last left you with pictures of our concrete pour, up next: framing, roofing, and insulating… Read More

Let’s Pour Some Concrete (Reno Day #7)

Side Yard Prepped for Concrete

You guys! We are pouring the concrete tomorrow!!! This renovation is really happening, and we are so excited. We’ve had a crew working here the past week getting everything ready for the pour and the last thing we needed was in inspection, which we passed today. Hey-O! Read More

Bathroom Hardware and Fixture Buying Guide

Bathroom Fixture Buying Guide

If you would have told me before starting this renovation that it would take me well over 20 hours to research, price compare, and purchase my bathroom fixtures I would have called you a big fat liar! Holy cow, you guys… It was exhausting! Read More

Good News

We wanted to share some good news and shout a Hallelujah to God, because I just got back from our petition hearing with the city planning commission. They approved our variance request, which means our rejected renovation plans are now good to go! Thanks to those of you that have been praying! We should finish Read More

In The Mean Time… a Bathroom Renovation!

Master Bath Pre Renvoation

We officially submitted a variance request to the city last week in hopes that they will approve our permit for the addition. Now we have to wait for them to review it and we hope to hear back from them by the end of July. In the mean time, we were itching to start work, so, we decided to remodel our master bathroom. YAY! Read More

When Plans Get Rejected


If you watch HGTV or DIY Network, you know remodels and surprises always go hand-in-hand.

But, we thought that wasn’t real life!

So, we have good news… And we have bad news. Read More

How To Start A Home Renovation (There’s An App For That)

Interior Design app for iPad Screenshot

Creating a dining room out of thin air, adding on a new bedroom, and tearing walls out of a kitchen sound like exciting adventures. They even look like feasible projects on the remodel TV shows we’re so fond of.

But what’s it really like to plan a renovation? Our planning process has been exciting, exhausting, invigorating, confusing, and most of all crazy. But it’s all worth it. Read More