Gardens, windows, cabinets and purge.

Hey guys. Checking in with a little update. The past week or so has been sooo rainy that we’re debating building a boat and turning the backyard into a rice field. It retains water….too well.

Anyway we’ve been busy just truckin’ along on improvements. We built some raised garden beds with the old shiplap, finished the fronts, drawers and handles for the kitchen, started on drawers for Zoey’s desk, have window sills started, and went through another round of purging. #minimalists Our goal is to only own just exactly what’s necessary and not much more. Tools are one of the Mr.’s necessary items. 😉

Here’s a few photos from some of the updates and just around the house.





Our neighbor friend Bucky.








Rosewood Progress

Hello! It’s been a while. We’ve had our noses to the grindstone working on the house mixed with a lot of traveling. But finally an update! Here’s what we’ve done.

Built and installed the bedroom closet drawers. It’s nice having clothes in a closet instead of on a bookshelf.

We started adding trim and framing in the doors. But as far as actual doors, those will be one of the last things we do.

There were these ugly, rusted, very crooked clothesline posts in the backyard that were simply an eyesore. Our best friend Rick hooked us up with a jack hammer to started busting those out. It turned into quite the endeavor because whoever installed those things really, really liked cement. As in they cut a solid ft. down into the concrete to get the posts out and there was still another 2ft to go. We left those bits there.

The fence is fixed!! After talking with the neighbor and them agreeing to split the cost, we figured it would be cheaper to rebuild it ourselves. So we did! John worked tirelessly removing and then resetting the posts in concrete and installing the fence, along with help from the neighbors. And Rick! Have I mentioned how much we owe to Rick for all his help. Serious best friend right there.

More tile. 🙂 It will be done eventually. For now, at my height if I don’t look up it looks finished to me. So I’m good. lol.

After building the closets as practice, John built the skeletons for the kitchen cabinets! They’ve been assembled and installed in the kitchen. Now to build the drawers, finishing installing the drop-in sink, and install the countertop. You guys, I’m so excited to be able to cook again.

Well that’s the latest update on the house. Enjoy this short vid of the work.

Bamboo Flooring & Love at First Flush

Flooring! John and I went to Floor & Decor and picked up most of their stock of Bamboo Flooring. This is going in throughout the entire house. Even the bathroom! As we install the flooring we’re putting a layer of tar paper underneath as our water barrier layer.
• The bathroom is mostly done and running. Sink and toilet are installed and Hooray! no leaks from the plumbing we installed in the walls. The shower is tiled half-way up the wall with our wonderful marble and glass tile so that it’s useable. And again Hooray! no plumbing leaks. There was a brief moment of panic when we were getting it ready but it was just a quirk of the water heater we installed. More on that later. And there’s a mirror installed a bit differently than you’ve probably seen before (another post on this later too.)
• John’s washer and dryer were moved in with only the washer hooked up. We’re waiting to get the dryer prepped because it involves cutting a hole through the floor. Which will be better to do with the flooring installed to cut in one go instead of trying to line everything up. We just disconnected them again though because it’s time to floor the clothes area!

Painting & Flooring Update

Hey guys! Long time no see… Since we last updated there’s been a lot of progress. More than I realized you guys were missing out on. So here we go again with a bullet list update some photos and videos!

Here’s Video 2 with some of the below updates included. Check back soon for Video 3 with the rest of the June/July updates. Be sure to click on the little gadget wheel on the lower right and watch it at 720p. It might take a minute to load but it’s so worth the wait to watch it without grain.

• The walls got a nice skim coat to make everything even.
• The walls and ceilings got a solid primer coat followed by fresh white paint. We went with HGTV Home color series by Sherwin-Williams from Lowe’s and used Snowbound. In the past 2 months since we painted we’ve spotted a few areas we missed so we still have some touch up painting to do. But that’s what happens when you only have minimal natural light to work by.
• The floor insulation has been installed thanks to a pack of friends spending the day with us making ‘snow’. If you’ve ever cut the styrofoam packaging from a box then you know what I’m talking about.
• As the floor insulation was going in we were also following along and placing new plywood subfloor on top.

In case you missed it, here’s the last video update.

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Color Theme

After two apartments that I only half decorated I’m stoked to style our house completely from scratch. When it comes to decorating a home for two it’s important that we’re on the same page and agreed on the style we’re working towards. Luckily, John knows how much I love doing this as a designer so he’s handed over the control of the colors. To keep our decor purchases on track I gathered our home inspiration and created a moodboard as well as color palette to use when we’re out buying things for the house. Or online. We buy LOTS of things online. Thank you Amazon Prime!

Here’s the moodboard that we’re using to inspire our choices. There’s a few more images we’re using also with a little more structure/geometry. Leaning towards a modern minimalist style with hints of respect to the 1920s origin of the house. Textured whites with an overall neutral tone with subtle color, lots of natural wood elements and geometric accents here and there. Basically, I’m hoping to style it a little Kinfolk-y.

Rosewood-MoodboardThe Primary colors are what we’ll use for the majority of the large pieces. Mostly white of course but with hints of the others. Then the secondary colors will influence very very small aspects of items.


We have drywall!

Building Rosewood May Update

Hey guys! Guess what?! We have drywall. To show you all what’s been happening we’ve been collecting video bits of the house process and are here to present the first video post of the house. Please forgive the awkward selfie video recording my reaction to seeing the house with drywall for the first time. Included is video from some of the updates I covered in the last post in case you missed that one.


Giant Massive Update

The Mr. has been working incredibly hard on the house everyday and then we’re so lucky to have help on the weekends, that there is just too much to update. So we’re going short and sweet bullet point style with a TON of photos in the gallery for you to peruse through. We’re officially in the building stage (YAY no more demo!) and we want to get you all caught up to the current state of the house. So here goes…

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• We got all new siding, window and doors (that lock properly!).
• The massive piles of debris and stock pile of wood taking over the garage are gone. Thank you craigslisters!
• We’ve got grass growing finally and quite beautifully in the front.
• We secured the ceiling and removed all the old walls.
• Just about finished removing and vacuuming ALL of the dust, trash and misc debris in the attic.
• Have the roof/ceiling all supported and any weak roof beamed have been sistered.
• Plumbing is finished. So the shower, washer, sinks and toilet are all ready to be put in when the time comes.
• The subfloor is basically prepped to have flooring put in. We’ll be insulating the floor, topping with plywood then the final flooring.
• We’ve put in 90% of the insulation.
• There’s drywall in the bathroom ready to be waterproofed and mudded (that’s properly not the proper construction term).
• 90% of the wires have been set up under the house and are ready to be hooked up to their boxes.
• We moved the breaker box! It’s no longer floating in the middle of the house.

So this weekend we’re going to be jam packing our time and energy into the house to make all the final fixes needed before the whole interior gets drywal installed. Drywall folks! We’re at the drywall stage! I’m totally not excited about this. 😉

Removing the Old Pipes

Hey guys! Long time no see… We’ve been super busy at the house and quite frankly forgotten to update this space. But oh boy! There are some updates to see.

For one, we’ve removed most if not all of the old pipes in the house. If you are here looking for advice on how to fix your house I highly recommend that you hire a licensed plumber to help with this process. The Mr. has a good friend that’s helping us not only make sure we’re following proper codes on where the pipes are installed and that everything drains well, but also has the right tools.

There is one in particular that was very handy in breaking the giant iron pipe for the bathroom. I can’t remember the name of it but if you look in the photos it’s a chain with a lock that cranks down to crack the pipe so you can then bust it with a heavy hammer. More modern houses may have PVC piping which eliminates the need for this tool. Below is a photo of the exposed plumbing that we had to dig out, cut out and/or prep to be reconnected to the new pipes.

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While these guys were doing that important stuff I was in the kitchen smashing the counter to pieces and getting scared by the creepy crawlings in the wall. It may or may not have involved me screaming exceedingly louder each time. Haha. The guys probably thought I was just going a little crazy.

The carnage in the yard. And folks, please listen when I say don’t do this by yourself or without a professional. These are heavy and are not to be underestimated.

My mess.

The tankless toilet pre-install.

This was a very, very big day as far as progress is concerned. We cleaned out the old and got another day to add things, instead of just demo.

I’ll be back with another post because there was something else in the kitchen and a lesson to be learned there. 😉


Reasons to Install a Tankless Water Heater


Big news! We’ve reached the point of almost being finished with demolishing and beginning to add NEW things. Yay! We’re on a timeline and will be living there very soon so this is definitely a good sign. First item on the list is getting running water going in the house. It would be tough to live there and not have a bathroom.

I’m going to pass this post on to John in explaining why we’re using a tankless water heater.


Hey, John here. I’m just going to jump right in with my reasons for going tankless.

Tankless water heaters are awesome. The big reason for us is that they’re much smaller than traditional heaters. We needed a new water heater but have a small house, so we didn’t want to waste any of it with a huge tank of water. Also, the attic is too low to use practically for any other purpose than utilities. This is where is size of the tankless water heater stood out. The tankless system can easily fit in the attic and it’s light enough to maneuver and install.

There are other benefits too – endless supply of hot water, and a potentially more efficient system. But these were secondary for us.
The down side to a tankless system is the cost. Even though we looked for sales and used coupons, our system was probably $200-300 more than a traditional system. There are also reports that the heat can be sporadic, but it seems the newer models have overcome this issue.
The last note is to be cognizant of ground water temperature and water usage. Despite the claims presented on the front of the box, as ground water temperature decreases, the amount of hot water available will drastically decrease.
The temperature rise is the difference between the ground water temperature and the hottest water available. Since we live in Texas, this is not as much of a problem. We may not be able to wash the clothes and shower at the same time in the winter, but apart from that we’ll have full functionality.
So there you have it. Those are our reasons for using a tankless water heater.