Zen of Nail Pulling

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – Colin Powell – I think when we go through these houses you have to somewhat enjoy the mundane and unexciting things. Pulling nails is one of those … More Zen of Nail Pulling


Work in the basement has been ongoing since beginning our remodel. The space was damp and quite muddy and the first floor joists needed additional support. At some point in this house’s history a large hole had been made in the foundation and needed to be supported sufficiently. Overall though the stone foundation is in … More Basement

Moving Dirt

Once the floors we removed from the back section of the house we realized that there were some structural issues that needed to be addressed. We knew that the beam supporting the second story floor joists was not sufficient. The beam was way under sized and you could see a substantial sag and consequently the floor of the second … More Moving Dirt

Layers and Layers

After pulling away layer after layer on the walls, ceilings and floors, we finally discovered an original element of the house. The amount of layers of flooring in the dining/kitchen area was a little mind blowing. There were so many layers that the back kitchen door was about a foot above the original wood floor. We didn’t count, … More Layers and Layers

Demolition for Days

And so the demolition begins. We started in on this house thinking we would remove the wood paneling, replace the flooring, new electric, new plumbing; basic ups dates that a house built in 1860, and remodeled in the 70’s would require. Within about a week however, we realized that this was going to be a more … More Demolition for Days