Welcome to one of my favorite things. I've spent the better part of 20 years working on my home, and I'd like to share with you what I have learned. I hope you enjoy it, and maybe learn a thing or two.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


You know there is something really satisfying about taking a hammer to a wall. It's not fun every minute, but I have to tell you on the whole, I LIKE it. Now if you are planning to take hammer to wall, let me give you some advice:
1. Remember that there are things like wires and pipes behind walls. You could find yourself in quite a costly mess if you are not careful when you break into a wall. If you were planning on moving that wall you will also have to move what is in that wall. Take that into consideration before you start whacking away at sheetrock.
2. Some walls are "load bearing" walls. This means that they are carrying the weight of the roof and you can't just knock them down because your roof might just cave in.
3.Just be thorough in your preparation. With a little imagination you can do some amazing things, but be sure that you have accounted for everything first. 
So after we have filled one 30yd dumpster, here are some pictures.

All the crap inside must go outside first. I'm sure the neighbors have been excited to look at it. It's all in a dumpster now. I think in the long run they will forgive me for the mess.
As you can see, it's coming along.
Happy Fixing!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

We have a winner! After a considerable amount of time and some tweaking here and there, we will be transforming the  house from this:
To this:

And here it is with the yard detail.
Now the REAL fun begins.

Happy Fixing!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Flip House

Here are the before pictures to the house we are going to flip. As you can see, this house is in need of some serious TLC.

This is the current layout of the house, and here are two of the options we are tossing around.

...And this is what we have to work with.

I think the previous owners liked green.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fix-up house #1

Ok, so I finally finished Fix-up house #1. I always think I can finish things faster than I actually can. Of course I didn't expect to have to scrape dog poop off of the baseboards or clean dried puddles of dog urine off of the floors either. I thought I could finish in two or three weeks, but it ended up taking me about six. Here are the before and after pictures.


And just a final thought...They have a device called a stud finder so you don't have to do this to your walls.


I hope you enjoyed the pictures.
Happy Fixing!