Re-Constructing Home-Part 23: Something To Stand On

Amid all the excitement about the new baby, Derek & Bethany’s renovation continues to move along. Probably not quite as quickly as they would like–after all, they’ve been in the thick of renovations for quite a while now. But now there is progress in the form of… FLOORING!

Re-Constructing Home-Part 21: Drywall!

If you aren’t in the middle of a renovation, a topic like drywall may seem (dare we say…) a bit boring. But if, like Derek & Bethany, you do find yourself wading through a months long renovation of what promises to one day be the home of your dreams… well, then you just may find yourself head-over-heels about drywall. Because drywall makes the bones of a house start to look like a home again.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 20: Black & White (Bethany’s Thoughts on Design)

Bethany’s thoughts on design: We are so close to drywall I can almost taste it. Well, not actually taste it (because that’s gross), but you get the idea. As visions of real walls dance in my head, I can’t help but get more excited about what I might put on those walls and what finishes and details I want.

Re-Constructing Home: Part 18: Creating a Reno Budget

One renovation factor strikes fear into the heart of almost every homeowner: the budget. The budget fear-factor stems from a) money being a relatively precious commodity to most of us and b) a complete lack of understanding of how the renovation budgeting process actually works. But budgeting doesn’t have to remain a mystery.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 17: We’ve Got Windows!

When you’re managing a renovation, small milestones become pretty big deals. Take for instance, the wrap that goes not on the exterior of the house (innovatively called: house wrap).

House wrap serves as a weather-protection barrier, keeping water from getting inside the house, while letting moisture escape to prevent mold & mildew. It isn’t very exciting to look at–unless you are renovating a house. Because the house wrap–well, it paves the way for windows and siding.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 16: Managing Kids AND A Reno

Renovations can be absolutely crazy-making. Feeling displaced from your own home, putting your belongings in storage, never quite knowing where anything is…even when you know that the payoff is an amazing, custom renovation, the process can be agonizing.

Now imagine enduring the reno process from a kid’s perspective. Having the perfect lighting fixtures matters not to them. But knowing where their Legos are, well that means everything.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 15: End of 2016: State of the Reno Update

As 2016 draws to a close, a quick State of the Reno update seemed in order. The renovations continue to move along at a steady clip. In fact, the house is beginning to look rather like a house again. Derek & Bethany know that early 2017 will be filled with hectic last minute details, as renovations draw to a close (hopefully by late February). But right now, they are celebrating simply having come this far.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 14: Surprise!

Some folks love surprises: surprise parties, surprise engagements, surprise Disney vacations. But during a renovation, surprises are typically unwelcome—although they seem to crop up exponentially. The trouble is that neither contractors nor owners have x-ray vision (although it would be a cool superpower); until demolition begins, there’s no guarantee about what’s lurking behind the walls or under the flooring. Unfortunately, reno surprises often drive up the cost of the renovation. And even if they don’t incur additional expense, surprise obstacles may mean having to create workarounds that sacrifice a bit of the design in order to accommodate necessary functionality, like central heat and air.