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The Bunk Bath Design Board

Have you ever designed a room around one standout piece?  This wonderful up-cycled garage workbench turned into a vanity set the stage for our bunk bath.  It also helped us decide that we didn’t want to use a lot of new things in our loft. This…

What’s Next at The Elm Loft Project?

What’s up next for The Elm Loft Project?  Lights, camera, action!  We’ve been working really hard and rarely taking a break.  But now I feel like the really fun stuff is starting to happen!  Last night we laid out our kitchen, what do you…

The Framing Inspection

You know that feeling of anticipation when you think someone is going to check out your work with a magnifying glass?  It’s like when you’re painting and you miss a spot in a corner by the floor, you just know someone will notice.  Or…

Tear Down That Wall

Due to building codes, our existing stairwell half wall must be replaced with a full length firewall.  Building codes also require us to drywall the inside of the stairwell with 5/8″ fire rated drywall. On Sunday, we rolled up our sleeves and got to…

Gonna Tell You a Story ’bout a Clamp Named Jed

We’ve posted about having the right tools for the job at hand, but haven’t said much about clamps and vises.  Whether you need to make two pieces flush, bring down a crown before nailing, or just hold pieces together, a clamp or vise is…

2 Bathtubs Are Better Than One – Right?

When I saw this bathtub, I fell in love with it.  I basically designed our entire master bathroom around this tub.  Except for the fixtures.  I always knew I wanted a shiny chrome finish because that’s what I like. We’ve designed our bunk bathroom…

Having Fun At The Elm Loft Project

“Never underestimate the importance of having fun” – Randy Pausch.  We’ve been working like crazy since mid-July on our loft project.  Almost every single night and as much time as possible on the weekend.  But we decided when we started this project – we…

My Love for Maxine

I did home renovations for a while several years ago before we bought our building.  Painting, repairs, flooring, concrete counter-tops, etc.  I discovered that it really pays to have the right tool for the job.  It not only makes the job easier, it makes…

Master Bath Design Board

Master bathroom design

As soon as we finish our framing this week, we’ll move on to electrical, plumbing and HVAC.  Which means I need to have as much of our design finished as possible.  Here’s our master bedroom design board.  What do you think? We pretty much…

Henderson Hosiery Mill Display Case

One of the things I love about having an antiques and consignment shop is that we have some really unique pieces come through our doors.  This beautiful merchandise display piece is from the Henderson Hosiery Mill.  Don’t you just love the patina and the…