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...


Wide variety of tasks

Wednesday, October 03

Have had several doors installed now.  Hardie concrete board siding has gone up, has been caulked and painted in those places that were damaged by the siding removal and new installation of those afore mentioned French doors. The window installation team has also done the siding.  This is as we b...


From Old Plank Siding to Cement Board

Thursday, June 07

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. Having recently replaced the old single pane windows with hurricane impact Andersen Stormwatch windows, we had damage to the sidin...


Clearing Hurdles in our Renovation

Thursday, June 07

In my post “Red Tag Means STOP work now!” I described how we had water intrusion in my renovation, and my handyman explored to see where the source was. Sheetrock came down, and the electrician reported us to the building department. We were given a notice to cease work, a “Red Tag,” until we ...


House may blow down but these impact windows will still be in place!

Tuesday, February 13

We placed an order for custom cherry windows and doors for our beachside renovation.  Due to its location near the water, by code we need either shutters or impact windows.  I spent some time making inquiry on BiggerPockets as to what others have installed and why.  I got a quote for a PVC produc...