Re-Constructing Home-Part 33: Front Porch Do-Over

When we started this renovation (long, long ago), the porch had had round columns and very red brick. Painting the brick was an option. But I wanted low maintenance and still wanted some exposed brick present on the house.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 32: 50 Shades of White

The time has come…to choose paint colors. Now, I’ve known for a while that I wanted white paint downstairs. But the question became which white? Because let me tell you, there are a multitude of whites to choose from.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 30: Driftwood & Pickled Oak

Progress at the house continues, with multiple crews bustling in and out this past week. In the mix of productive chaos was our flooring crew. Which could only mean one thing: the time had come to decide on a stain color.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 28: Bethany’s Master Bath Inspiration

Our master bath layout became really important to me. I wanted an area where I could get ready without being in Derek’s way. The bathroom space needed to function well for us. Derek’s move into real estate means that we have similar schedules now—so bathroom space is at premium in the mornings.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 27: Kitchen Inspiration

One of the things Derek and I most look forward to about completing this renovation is being able to entertain again. We love having friends and family over. Being together in an inviting, cozy (but spacious!) kitchen, where we can cook and enjoy good company resonates with who we are as a family. So, having a kitchen that would function well for entertaining and for everyday cooking became a priority.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 26: Mistakes Happen

It was bound to happen at some point: a plethora of decisions, combined with my status as a newbie remodeler, left me vulnerable to making at least one bad decision during this epic renovation.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 25: It’s All Hinging On This

*phone rings*

Contractor: I need you to pick out hinges.

Me: Hinges? Ok, sure. No problem.

I go to my spreadsheet, where I attempt to keep track of my ever-changing design plans. Nope, haven’t given a thought to hinges. But it seems simple enough.

Re-Constructing Home-Part 24: Bethany Hearts Kitchen Cabinets

Ah, the long awaited meeting with the cabinet guy. It’s exciting, but it involves more questions than you could possibly conjure up: how large do you want the walkway to be? Where do you want the drawers? How deep do you want your cabinets? And on, and on…

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!