Rack em’ Up

Throughout my life I’ve spent a LOT of time playing pool. To me, pool has always been a great male bonding activity. It all started at my Uncle Roy’s house (Roy Bafaro) in Lincoln, Rhode Island. He had a table in the basement and the men would always spend hours down there at get-togethers shootings…

AirStone Wall

The area around the wood stove has been a mess since last spring when we had the wood stove installed. I had to remove the mantle because it didn’t give the wood stove enough clearance to pass inspection. So it kind of just sat there for several months while I decided on what I wanted…

Doors, doors, doors…

Its been a while since I’ve added a new post to the blog. But, I have been busy and am ready to start catching up. This post is about two door projects I recently worked on. The first project was painting the barn doors that are in between the kitchen and living room. I built…

Heating System Project

One of the biggest drawbacks of the house when we bought it was that it only had electric baseboard heat. We’re not sure if maybe the previous owner only spent summers here or whether he just didn’t mind the cost of electricity. But when we got out first month’s electric bill last January it was…

The Kid’s Bathroom

The kid’s bathroom project rose on the priority list when a split pipe caused us to have to open a wall behind the shower. Then some mice found their way in and made a mess. So I got the mandate from Deb to get the bathroom cleaned up and remodeled before the kids come home…

Walkway Project

The front of the house has been a bit neglected this summer. We’ve been spending so much time on the water that we just haven’t kept up the yard as good as we should have. So this week I decided to do something that will make a difference. The walkway has been driving me nuts…

I love Kable Lite by Tech Lighting

The lighting in the kitchen posed a difficult problem. The ceiling is just a 1 inch foam board covered with sheetrock. Above it is the sub floor for the second floor. So it would be really difficult to run wiring to overheat lighting fixtures. Our designer, Erica Edwards owner of ELLE Design Studios in Chester…

The Kitchen Project

The biggest project in our phase one renovation is the kitchen. Both from a time perspective and a cost perspective. We’ve just recently gotten to a point where I feel like we’re close to done. Not yet, but close. In the Floor Project post I showed the kitchen space empty. It started getting filled up…

The Views

I need to take a break from the renovations to throw in a post about the property. Every day, no matter what the weather, the views are amazing. Moving here has definitely answered one of my big dreams, which was to have a beautiful plan to come home to where I can relax and enjoy…

The Stairs Project

Our basement is pretty nice. It is pretty much a full-height basement. Its dry and there is plenty of room for storage and utilities. We even have an 80-bottle or so “wine cellar” made out of terra cotta blocks. (Not that we have wine around long enough to store it 🙂 ) The only thing…

The Windows and Doors Project

Part of our plan for the changes to the kitchen and front entrance involved moving some doors and windows. At the same time, our planned changes were designed to also improve the look of the exterior of the house. We really didn’t like the look of the front of the house when we bought it….

Floors Project

One of the features of this house we loved the most was the wood flooring. However, it was pretty beat up over time. Especially in the living room where standing water from the fireplace had sat for a while. So we had a professional come in to sand and finish the floors. The results were…