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    A little background

    When people see the enormity of our farmhouse remodel I can understand why they might question how my crew (consisting of one) can take on such a project without a “team”. The kind of team that swoops in to get the project done in a week like seen on HGTV. We have some contractors lined up, but for the most part, I am his team; really more support staff, not a heavy lifter. It’s not that people doubt him, their speculation is understandable considering the extreme nature of the project. For those who have been to our lake house and heard that story, they get it. The fact is that…

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    BOOM! The bucket boom truck is gone!

    I anticipate you have heard the question “if a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?”  The answer varies from person-to-person. So, if we have a bucket boom truck that is so buried in blackberry bushes that nobody knows it’s there, does it exist? There is no philosophical debate about that question.  The answer is YES.   After some cursory property clearing a bucket boom truck was revealed. We discussed what to do with the truck. Discuss was all we did about it because that truck was near the bottom of an exceedingly long to-do-list. Although we decided…

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    My husband has nice pecs

    Yes, its true, my husband has really nice pecs. Before you laugh or gasp, please let me correct my spelling, my husband has really nice PEX. PEX is cross-linked polyethylene. Paul removed all the old galvanized water pipes and PVC/CPVC that was added to the house years ago. He installed PEX piping, which is predominantly utilized for modern plumbing. The highlight of the new set-up is the plumbing manifold; a plumbing manifold is analogous to an electrical breaker panel. In this case, each plumbing fixture can be turned on or off at the manifold, which provides flexibility if future plumbing issues arise. This is the sort of thing that makes…

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    A picture is worth a thousand words

    A picture is worth a thousand words is an idiom referring to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed in a single picture. The author of Freakonomics reported that the original saying was actually “a picture is worth ten thousand words”. Either phrase might give a blogger pause. I would venture to assume that most bloggers agree a successful blog consists of both; engaging words and pictures. As newbie bloggers, we are appreciative of the kind and supportive responses we have received. Comments have been extremely positive with the dreaded addition of the word “but”… quoting: “I love it, BUT more pictures please”. So, here you go…pictures… We…

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    Framing up a new season and new bath

    Oh, how invigorating the bright light of the sun can be. The temperatures suggest I slip on my coat as I head out the door, yet I still feel an awakening in my disposition. My heart feels the excitement for what is to come as the sun shines brightly – the beautiful glimmer of the sun’s light through the trees gives hope for the spring that is not far off. It was just a few days ago that record snowfall brought a significant lull in our farmhouse restoration project, as it did to all areas of life. These pictures show the beginning stages of the transformation of this bedroom into…

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    Back at the farmhouse

    After a few days of inhibiting snow and a short trip to Idaho we are back at the farmhouse making progress. Our trip to Idaho included touring around the area looking at some quaint historic homes. It was a nice vacation to visit friends and family while revitalizing our excitement for our restoration project. Paul’s mind was distracted with thoughts of the plumbing he would be working on upon our return to the farmhouse. My thoughts, on the other hand, consisted of daydreams of the more final stages of the project…such as the finish on the dresser that we are re-purposing into the main bath vanity. The picture on the…

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    Teen Temperatures

    We are still inhibited regarding our progress because of the snow and teen temperatures.  The word teens, in terms of age, has often been associated with turbulent emotional years. A time when parents need to be highly alert and involved.  We are personally past the teens in terms of our boys and we weathered that season well. Our boys grew into exceptional young men and we are thankful as we look back on that season fondly.   That was a busy time and we are now at a new busy season of our lives as we embark on this Farmhouse Revival. Snow has fallen and we have been persevering through…

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    Snowy day delays

    This snowy day did delay progress. Our area was blanketed with 20″ of snow, which put us second to the 1916 blizzard that left 35″. The 20″ we received was, therefore, a record for this 1925 construction. Paul rallied and turned it into demo day. So some progress was made:    

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    Clean up and foundation

    C lean up and foundation repair complete. This was a turning point to continued progress so this was an exciting time for us. R&R Foundation efficiently emerged with their crew and gear to complete the foundation repair within a week. My meticulous husband was very impressed with the quality of their work.