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!

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.