From Bare Framing to Walls: Insulation and Sheetrock

Friday, January 11

Continuing with our beachside Florida renovation…We had already taken down the walls on a quest to find where water was intruding and causing damage. We got a "red tag” for doing demolition without a permit, while looking for the source of water intrusion. Whoops! The situation was made right ...


Flooring: Porcelain Tiles & Refinishing Wood

Saturday, December 29

This bright Christmas Palm lends some seasonal color outside our Florida renovation.Our family has been tackling some mighty floor projects.  As the proverb says: many hands make light work.  My husband and I were thankful to have our three children assist with improving the floors of our beachsi...


Plumbing and Electric in Laundry room

Sunday, December 23

In my last post, we'd had the local building inspector come out.  He met the guys from Bob’s Electric. The electricians explained to him what they did to rewire the kitchen, and Cliff gave us the OK for a completed pre-wall inspection and closed out the permit. We can now put up walls in the ki...


Hurricane Impact Window & Door Installation

Wednesday, December 12

We’ve been working on a renovation on an older wooden frame house, located in Florida. The age and dampness of the locale caused rot, mold and a termite playground.Installation of doors and windows, new sidingQuick steps: plans, obtain permit, new header + doors, inspection, close permitWe want t...


Kitchen: From Framing to Pre-Wall Inspection

Thursday, December 06

We’ve been working on a renovation on an older wooden frame house, located in Florida. The age and dampness of the locale caused rot, mold and a termite playground.In the first photo, I want to point out the small window that we expanded. In the dark space under the window, we had rot from wat...


What Did We Do After Termites Ate Our Wall?

Wednesday, October 03

As our window and door installer went about preparing to install a door and a window on this wall in our Florida renovation, he reported back to me, “I don’t like how that window hung.  It didn’t feel right.”  As he explored under the tarpaper, much to our surprise, there wasn’t much wall left. I...