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.

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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6 Ways I’m Planning on Adding MORE Value to my Current Home. #3 May Kill Me.

Authors: John

As promised, I’m back with another post on adding value to our home.  If you’re new to our site, here’s what we’ve covered so far in this short series.  Oh and definitely check out our new “Start Here” page.

1.  How I Doubled my First Home’s Value (Free Newsletter Subscribers Only)

2.  How I...

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Home Office Detail Design

Authors: John

In this post you’ll learn:

-What Detailed Design is all about

-How to use existing products to dimension your own projects

It’s been nearly two weeks since our last home office post, so it’s time for an update.  We just completed the detailed design work and we’re going to be getting started later this week with...

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4 Ways We Added Value to Our Home. #1 is a No-Brainer

Authors: John

Happy Snow Day to all of my East coast friends!  If you’re keeping count, this is something like the 11th winter storm we’ve had this season.  I’m honestly not complaining, though.  We’ve got a couple little kids that haven’t seen much snow since they’ve been born.  So this year has been fun, but yes...

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4 Ways We Added Value to Our Home

Authors: John

Happy Snow Day to all of my East coast friends!  If you’re keeping count, this is something like the 11th winter storm we’ve had this season.  I’m honestly not complaining, though.  We’ve got a couple little kids that haven’t seen much snow since they’ve been born.  So this year has been fun, but yes...

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