On Hiring and Working with Contractors

When we moved into this century-old house more than 4(!) years ago, we had a lot to learn – and quick. Never having lived in a home more than a few decades old, naturally, we’d never seen lathe before. We were amazed when old toys and trinkets fell out of the walls we demoed. We tested every newly […]

The Case for Not Doing It All: Hiring Out the Deck’s Paint Job

Earlier this summer, we tore down a massive, scary and unsafe 3-story deck on the back of our home. It was replaced with an extra wide set of pressure-treated wood stairs, which has been everything we hoped it would be – a warm welcome to the backyard, inside to outside flow and, maybe our favorite […]