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Fixing A Broken Pipe (Thanks Winter)

Fixing A Broken Pipe (Thanks Winter)

When we were Prepping for our First Winter Storm, I discovered what turned out to be heat tape on many of our pipes under the house.  I thought this slightly-more-expensive way to keep our pipes from freezing was great…  As of yesterday morning, our pipes were frozen 7 out of the 11 days prior, so...
Inspiring Charlottesville Farmhouses

Inspiring Charlottesville Farmhouses

I decided I’m going to start posting once a week about something that inspires me… and since today is Thursday, I guess it will be every Thursday! This week I’m writing from Kansas City and wishing I were back in Charlottesville with warmer weather.  I thought I’d see what all was going on around Charlottesville...
Bedside Tables

Bedside Tables

In our bedroom in Alexandria, we didn’t have any room for nightstands or bedside tables, but in our new house in Charlottesville the rooms are all very generously sized and we decided to get some! Here’s a pic of our bed in our new bedroom: very obviously lacking bedside tables.  We’ve kind of been using...
Roof: Before and After

Roof: Before and After

It’s a bit late but I thought I’d share pictures of our new roof with you! Just to recap: before we put on a new roof, we had a very old one that leaked with broken solar panels on one side.  I wrote a previous blog post as the roofers were working.  Here’s a picture...
Chopping Down Our Christmas Tree!

Chopping Down Our Christmas Tree!

Many people every year decide to cut down their own Christmas trees.  This year, Lynne and I were one of those families!!  Well, I can’t say it was quite the “traditional” way of cutting down your own tree in a forest or anything.  Actually, it was more like yard-work 🙂 We had this decently sized...
Surprise Christmas Decorating

Surprise Christmas Decorating

With Lynne out of town for two straight weeks for work, I thought about how nice it would be to surprise her with Christmas lights for our first holiday season in our new house!!  The front porch, I thought, would look best all lit up with holiday cheer, so I went about devising a plan:...
Prepping for our First Winter Storm

Prepping for our First Winter Storm

With news of a winter storm a few days ago, we decided we should make whatever preparations we could to get our old house to make it through.  The only thing we thought we could really get done with such little time was to insulate our water pipes; adding pipe insulation helps stop pipes from freezing and...
Roof Shenanigans

Roof Shenanigans

David and I went to his parents’ for Thanksgiving, and while we were gone, the roofers finally started on our roof!!  Back story:  when we first looked at our house on the market, the previous owners were totally upfront and honest about the condition of the roof… which was that it probably wouldn’t make it...
Half-Bath Update

Half-Bath Update

To backtrack a bit, here’s what the half-bathroom looked like before we painted the  walls and installed the new sink/ re-installed the toilet: After we FINALLY got all the wallpaper off, we decided to paint the walls Benjamin Moore’s Sag Harbour Gray (as we mentioned briefly here).  I fell in love with this color when...
The Cutest Dang Coffee Nook You Ever Did See

The Cutest Dang Coffee Nook You Ever Did See

Yeah, I said it: the coffee nook we built this weekend is really stinking cute! My wife is an absolute genius as far as I am concerned, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Here’s how it went down… BEFORE    AFTER   Am I right or am I right?! It all started when Lynne...
To Dispose Or Not To Dispose

To Dispose Or Not To Dispose

There’s a lot of debate over having a garbage disposal in a kitchen sink when you’re on a septic tank system.  When David and I were renting a farmhouse before we bought our fixer-upper, the kitchen had been newly remodeled and it did NOT have a garbage disposal.  (It had a septic tank as well.)...
Replacing the Bathroom Sink- Part 3

Replacing the Bathroom Sink- Part 3

With the new floor in and toilet replaced, we can FINALLY install the new sink! Because of how our pedestal sink is constructed, we had to anchor the basin into the wall, which meant we had to drill through tile into the wall / studs.  We went out and got some glass and tile drill...
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