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.

Meet Koostik

Authors: John

This week we have some exciting news.  On Tuesday, we’re hosting a Giveaway sponsored by Koostik.  If you’re not familiar with Koostik, they make beautiful all-wood docking stations for iPhones, iPads and iPad Mini’s.  They’ll be giving away one of their Walnut Original models valued at $95 to one of our...

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First Reader Survey

Authors: John

Today we’re unveiling our first reader survey.  Please take a minute or two and answer some really simple questions.  Your feedback is hugely important to us and can help us improve our content.  If there’s stuff you like and want to see more of, let us know.  If some of our posts bore you to tears, tell us that too.

THANKS!...

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Summer Rewind

Authors: John

It was a good summer.  I only got sun burned once.  Or twice.  Got to the beach a few times.  Good stuff.  As far as home improvement projects go, this summer wasn’t too bad either.  Let’s take a look back and see what we got done and what we postponed.

We started off the summer with a post on our Spring and Summer Goals whe...

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Garage Improvement Wrap-Up

Authors: John

It’s finally starting to get a little chilly around here.  I’m not calling it Fall yet though.  I’ll wait until the official start of Fall before I give up on summer.  I have one week left.  I’m going to enjoy it.  In the meantime, we finally finished up our garage improvement series that we started way back in...

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Tips for Cleaner Trash Cans

Authors: John

This post stinks.  Well, our trash cans do anyway.  Before we wrap up our garage improvement series, I felt I needed to go where no home blogger has gone before and talk about the trash.  There are two types of people out there: those that keep their trash cans in the house and those that keep them in the garage.  We’re the lat...

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Garage Floor Epoxy

Authors: John

With our summer winding down and the fall quickly approaching, it’s finally time to do something about our garage floor.  A few months after we moved into our current home three years ago, I applied a grey, 2-part epoxy paint to the garage floor.  We had mixed results.  In some areas, the epoxy seemed to go down smoothly and in o...

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2 Easy Home Fixes Using Vaseline

Authors: John

In our home, there’s always something that needs fixing.  If it’s a big enough problem, I usually get right on it since there are some problems that are just not worth avoiding, like a leaking sink for example.  Then there are those problems that are not in-your-face noticeable, but over time drive you mad.  In t...

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Workbench Charging Station

Authors: John

We hope all of our American friends had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day!  Our weekend was filled with family visits and some much needed down time.  Today we’re going to show you how we finished up our new garage outlet and how we added a workbench charging station.

Let’s start with the garage outlet.

Last week we had our...

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Install an Electrical Outlet in the Garage

Authors: John

When we built our home back in 2010, we had the option of adding as many additional electrical outlets as we wanted among some other bells and whistles.  Code requires a minimum number per so many feet, but any more than that bare requirement came out of our pocket.  In retrospect we probably should’ve added a few more.  We did s...

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Our New DIY Projects Page

Authors: John

When we recently redesigned our blog theme, one of our goals was to have an index of all our DIY projects.  Ideally, when readers and new visitors land on our site, they shouldn’t have to look very hard to find our project posts.  To that end, we installed the Catablog Plugin after reading Taryn’s post about her project...

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