Letting Your Home Work for You: Homestead Tax Exemption

You work hard on making your house a home. You landscape, plant flowers, and lay down mulch. You dedicate part of your precious Saturday to mowing the lawn. You spend hours (maybe even days) choosing between paint colors with names like Tin Lizzie and Illusive Green. You do these things because, just like family, home matters. But…

Re-Constructing Home: Part 44– Bethany’s Vision (and Creation) of A Big Girl Bed for Evelyn

When I was pregnant, I experienced an overwhelming need to nest—which proved to be a challenge since we weren’t even living in our own home yet. I diverted that nesting energy into making Evelyn a big girl bed for the new house. I thought that brand new and exciting things–new house, new room, new bed–might make the arrival of her baby sister a bit easier. Besides, the baby was going to need the crib that Evelyn currently occupied–so, both love and practicality drove this project.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 42: Welcome to the World, Willa!

As this incredible renovation journey winds down, the Wood household just got a lot livelier. One 7 pound 8 ounce baby livelier, to be exact. Derek & Bethany’s beautiful baby girl, Willa, made her way into this world on August 20th at 6:09 p.m.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 40: Master Bathroom Overhaul

The importance of a functional master bathroom can’t be overstated. It’s the place where you prep for the day ahead. Often it’s the last place you see at night before hopping into bed. The master bath sets the tone for the way your days play out… and who doesn’t want days that are streamlined, organized, and lacking in chaos?

Re-Constructing Home–Part 39: The Evolution of a Kitchen

As the renovation of Bethany & Derek’s 1915 Craftsman draws to a close, it seems only fitting to go back and review the amazing transformation their house has undergone. This week, we’ll take a look at the evolution of the kitchen.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 38: Timber!

Sometimes 2 feet makes a huge difference. On Saturday, parts of Decatur experienced microbursts. A microburst is a small downdraft that moves in a way opposite to a tornado. Microbursts most often occur in strong thunderstorms. The microburst that impacted Decatur occurred around 4:30 Saturday afternoon.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 37: Belly vs. Build: The Bumpdate

It’s Baby vs. Build in a race to the finish! Bethany gives an update:

Welp, we are 6 weeks away – from our due date that is. As the arrival of baby #2 approaches, the pressure of completing our house increases, and we face the reality that we could have this baby before we move into our home.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 36: It’s All About Proportion

Remember when I was obsessing over hinges? The obsession began because I needed to make a litany of decisions before I could even get to the hinges. Fast-forward a few weeks: the same thing happened again—but this time, the obsession was bathroom lighting.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 34: Bethany’s Cabinet Guide

When we began the cabinet design process, I quickly learned how many details I needed to nail down with our cabinetmaker before signing off on CAD drawings. And these weren’t details that they’d necessarily asked me to consider ahead of time. To fill in the gaps in my own knowledge of cabinet design, I did some online research. But I couldn’t find one single guide that covered all the little details that needed to be considered. So, because knowledge is power, I’ve explained a few of those elusive details here: