Our Home from Scratch

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We are Lisa and John and we run a home DIY blog. In addition to our projects, we also share our adventures in cooking, baking and whatever else comes along.

Free Router Table Plans

Authors: John

Well it’s been a couple months, but I’ve finally finished my latest set of free woodworking plans.  This time it’s my simple router table.

I first built this simple router table when I was adding raised panel wainscoting to our dining room.  It’s not perfect, but it’s a lot better than those $100 tables...

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7 Steps to Save Money Next Time You Hire a Contractor

Authors: John

Everybody loves saving money, right?  I don’t think I’ve ever met someone that didn’t.  If you are a reader of this blog, then you know that the best way to save money on any home project is to do it yourself.  Now we all know that isn’t always possible.  Sometimes we just have to bite the bullet and hire a con...

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Your Home from Scratch #1: Pottery Barn Inspired Media Console

Authors: John

While things have been going really well in our home office improvement project, I’ve been slacking on the blog lately.  Mudding the walls three nights a week will do that to you.  Since I’m too busy (and sore) to write a new post, I thought this would be a great opportunity to roll out a new series I’ve been p...

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Tips for Hanging Drywall

Authors: John

In the past week or so, we started hanging drywall in our home office.  It’s not a terribly quick process and it’s been consuming a few hours a night.  Consequently, our post frequency has been low lately.  Whenever we’re knee deep in home improvement projects, that sort of thing is going to happen.  Today, I want to...

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Our New Tool Recommendations Page

Authors: John

One major addition to our blog that I’ve absolutely been itching to do is add a proper Tools page.  About a month or so ago, I added in our new menu bar with some new pages and I put in a placeholder page.  Well, this week I finally got an opportunity to publish the completed Tools page.   You can check out the new content my...

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Tips for Passing an Electrical Inspection

Authors: John

Just this morning, my local township electrical inspector stopped by and reviewed the electrical work I had performed for our home office improvement project.  He gave us a passing grade, which means I officially have approval to cover the framing with drywall and finish the room.  He pointed out a couple changes I need to make before...

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Wiring for the Office Lights

Authors: John

In this post, you’ll learn 

- How to use chalk lines to mark for center

- How a compass and a drywall saw are used for ceiling light holes

Late last week, I got a call from our local township that our electrical permit was approved.  Right after I picked it up, I got started.   When I last left off, the coffered ceiling was all...

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6 Things to Consider Before you Buy a Home

Authors: John

One thing I’d like to do more often on our blog is general home improvement discussions.  They can be a little less exciting than some project posts, but they can end up providing WAY more value to casual readers and our newsletter subscribers alike.

In today’s post, I want to share with you some of my advice as it pertains...

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Coffered Ceiling Framing

Authors: John

In this post you will learn

-A unique approach to framing out a coffered ceiling

Over the last few evenings, I’ve managed to squeeze in some office work.  Not the typical office work one would expect, but the kind where I’m screwing 2×6′s to my ceiling.  THAT sort of office work.   As of today, the coffered ce...

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My Amazing Experience with Angie’s List

Authors: John

In this post you’ll learn:

-About my Amazing Experience with Angie’s List

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time getting to work on our home office remodel.  I’ve got about 90% of the coffered ceiling framed out and I’ve applied for an electrical permit for the additional ceiling lights we’ll be...

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