From Hovel to Home
I'm Britten from Montana. My husband and I are in the middle of our 3rd to-the-studs remodel. Our current project is a 1953 ranch we purchased as a repo. We are slowly transforming it from hovel to home.
Make Over Cabinets on the Cheap
- Published on Thursday, 21 March 2013
Authors: BrittenWe don't have a huge budget for the laundry room. There are bigger and better projects demanding our money. To save money I made over old cabinets and was able to get a room full of custom cabinetry for under $100. It's pretty rare for my local store to have any sort of cabinetry so I was surprised to find this ugly sink base c...
Built-In Cabinet Wall
- Published on Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Authors: BrittenYesterday I posted pictures of the new counter and sink in the laundry room Today have an update about the opposite wall. We want to cover the controls for the radiant heat but there is a lot of usable space at the bottom of the wall that I don't want to waste. We started by framing out the opening. The wall is currently a li...
- Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Authors: BrittenThis week we built something that Luke really didn't want to build: the laundry room counters. I know it's just a laundry room but I really wanted butcher block counters. I love they way they look with white cabinets and this room is going to have plenty of white cabinetry going on. But butcher block was out of our price range. ...
Laundry Room Floor
- Published on Sunday, 10 March 2013
Authors: BrittenThe laundry room floor has some problems. The concrete was poured in small sections and each section was hand-finished. In the laundry room this resulted in a hump down the middle of the floor and a deep bow between the hump and the outside wall. The deepest part of the bow was 9/16". I leveled the floor with mortar mi...
- Published on Thursday, 07 March 2013
Authors: BrittenI had an unexpected turn of events on Tuesday. I planned to go home and work on leveling the laundry room floor. Instead I spend a few hours designing my kitchen cabinets. Six months ago I decided on these maple cabinets and planned the layout I wanted to use. But on Tuesday I found out my cabinet company had a birch ca...
- Published on Monday, 04 March 2013
Authors: Britten48 hours ago my laundry room was ugly but functional. Saturday morning we got up early and hung all the drywall in three hours. Luke spent the afternoon snowboarding while I taped the corners. Things went well so I was able to get a second coat on that night and another coat before church on Sunday. All the heat from the h...
Next Up: Laundry Room
- Published on Monday, 25 February 2013
Authors: BrittenWhen we first bought the house the laundry was located upstairs in the kitchen/dining room: We decided to convert the cellar into livable space and chose the back corner for the laundry room location. After gutting the basement and framing new walls we had a space for a laundry room, notice all the drain lines hanging...
- Published on Sunday, 24 February 2013
Authors: BrittenThis is Luke's office. It does not technically count as a fourth bedroom because it lacks a closet. In addition to painting the ceiling blue and the walls red the previous owners also splashed soda(?) all over the ceiling. It then baked on for almost a year before we bought the house. My mom and grandmother spent hours sc...
The Master Bedroom Finally Done (Almost)
- Published on Sunday, 24 February 2013
Authors: BrittenAfter eighteen months and countless comments from guests it's time I do something with the master bedroom. When we first moved in it was a Spiderman themed mess with black and blue walls and red trim. The closest I came to making it "homey" was to take the web-slinger stickers off the wall. Last fall we finished t...
In The Pen
- Published on Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Authors: BrittenI've been working alone for the last four months while Luke worked on his thesis. But last weekend he had some free time to help on the house. Even though we did not work on the same projects it was great to having him around. His main project this weekend was dealing with the dog pen. Atlas and Rikka share a 160 sq ft pen on th...