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!


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.


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.

Demo Day: Working with Lizards


Oh the bathroom. This is by far the biggest and most important project for us. Because it’s the most vital to have finished when we move in. So this day was definitely exciting when we got to officially remove the toilet! You can see J scraping the goo that seals it to the floor to check that we can pull up the flooring and not take out plumbing with it on accident.

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Once that was done we pulled up the flooring. As we pulled that up we discovered the subfloor would have to be removed with it. This actually proved to be in our benefit because we made a discovery. The beams under the floor were rotting out. Meaning they could one day potentially cave and we’d have a huge problem on our hands. Finding it now while we’re doing construction was definitely a blessing in disguise.

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In these photos you can see where they had previously added a new board and supported the rotting ones with a second board. This process is calling sistering. To make thing better long term we planned to completely cut out the rotted sections and replace with new treated beams. Having the crawlspace exposed also came in handy later when we worked on removing all those old pipes too. But that is another post.

You might be wondering about the title of this post. Working with Lizards. What could that mean? Part of the process of removing the flooring and prepping those floor beams required removing more shiplap from the walls for better access. As we were doing that we had a few frights when lizards would zip out of their sleeping places in the walls. By a few I mean 7 throughout the day. We really don’t mind the lizards because we can use all help in eliminating the dinosaur cockroaches but when a camouflaged thing moves where you’re working your body reacts before your mind can understand what it’s seeing. They kept us awake that’s for sure.

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House Demo Day 2

We absolutely love getting help from friends. Using the excitement and momentum from the start of this big project we had a second demo day the next weekend. A lot more boards came down and were hauled off to the garage. Whoever originally built the house used so many nails in the boards that the garage is looking like a scene from Final Destination ( or so I would guess because I haven’t watched those movies). We’ve begun remedying that situation but more on that later.


The house demolition for this day also included busting the tile in the bathroom. Jeremy and Kristen were our fearless tile crushers. There is now a gaping hole revealing the shower pipe and the master bathroom. We didn’t think ahead about the fact we now have a less than private bathroom for people to use while they’re working. Oops.

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Another visible milestone was having half the kitchen counter removed! And so many cockroaches came out! ick ick ick. (The house will be RAIDed ASAP.) You may have noticed that it cut the room in half and created an odd path through the house. No more! But we do have to be aware of the hole just behind the backdoor where we can see down into the crawlspace. That’s also new.

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And this demo day had a special guest! Waffles the corgi came by to keep us smiling in the cold and offer lots of playtime (read wanted distraction). He was just too cute not to play with especially when he kept running off with bits of wallpaper. The house wasn’t going anywhere so of course we played. (Thank you Scott & Liz!)

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We seriously have the greatest friends for coming to help with this epic project. Hopefully the endless supply of pizza and our endless thanks is enough to keep them happy. And definitely future hangouts when the house is all finished. Looking forward to that for sure.


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It might help seeing how things have progressed by going back and seeing the Before Photos, and House Demo Day 1.


Building Rosewood- Before

We’ve already had many friends come help with the demolition of the house and in the first day it already felt like a different house. When everyone arrived we’d already started knocking holes in the walls so no one really saw the true Before look of Rosewood.

Thank goodness for cameras! We captured it all. There’s some big ideas planned for Rosewood so having before photos were a must.

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With these photos the house looks pretty fantastic. And it really wasn’t too bad. But the layout was odd with a weird pseudo hallway that cause three doors to become a tetris puzzle. Then you can see the weird laundry area and rotted floor. Under the white paint, lies some fascinating history to say the least.

Check back for Before photos of the garage and back yard. Then some updates of the last two demo days.