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"A designer knows when he has reached perfection not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away."

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I debated whether or not I should share my progress with y’all today or just wait until Monday, because quite honestly, I didn’t get very far on the pretty stuff (i.e., installing the porch boards). But I did make some progress, and I was just way too anxious to wait until Monday to share. But before […]

I didn’t get as much done on the front porch floor as I had hoped I would yesterday because I completely forgot that I had scheduled my handyman friends to come and replace the rotting fascia and trim boards on the porch roof. Remember how it looked before? Well now all of those rotting boards […]

The weather over the last couple of days has been gorgeous, so I’ve taken advantage of it and made some pretty good headway on my front porch makeover. If you’ve missed the first couple of posts on this project (which you can see here and here), the nutshell version is that I’m building a wood […]

hallway after remodel - view into hallway bathroom with teal doors and gray vanityWell, February was a slow month around the house. Being sick for a week and then having to say goodbye to our sweet Boo really took it out of me, so after starting off the year with such an amazing and productive January, February was a real let down. But I still managed to get […]

Well, y’all, it’s been a terrible week. On Tuesday morning, Matt and I had to say goodbye to our beloved Boo Bear, the 16.5-year-old lab/border collie mix who has been an integral part of our family for the past 14.5 years and has shared every home that we’ve had since Matt and I bought our […]

222 Strand, London, WC2R 1BA. Client: City of London Summary of works: Cyclical exterior refurbishment programme including stone and brick cleaning plus internal refurbishments. In addition... Read more »

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An interim visit by the Considerate Constructors team has awarded us an above average score for our site at this £1.1m social housing refurbishment project... Read more »

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Well, hello there, friends! I’m back! 🙂 I had a head cold that kept me out of commission for most of last week, but I’m feeling better and ready to get back into the swing of things here at the house. I don’t really have any progress to share on any projects since I took […]

My brother returned yesterday afternoon so that we could finish up the risers for the front porch project. We got kind of a late start, but we were able to get all of the risers (at least the ones attached to the concrete porch) in place just before the sun went down. That very last […]

My brother and I only got halfway done with what I had hoped to accomplish yesterday, but we learned a lot along the way. The big picture goal here is that I’ll be covering my existing concrete front porch with wood so that I can stain it and it will look like a traditional wood […]

Happy Monday, y’all! I have no progress on any home-related project to share with you because…well…I haven’t done anything for several days. And I’m okay with that. 🙂 Last Friday was Matt’s birthday, and the one thing he wanted us to do was watch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. The entire thing in […]

We have now completed a residential refurbishment project for L&Q. These Victorian houses in Medora Road, Streatham Hill, SW2 have benefited from a complete internal... Read more »

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Every once in a while, I feel like I need to take a moment and give a little pep talk to some of you. Well, today is one of those days. 🙂 And this happens when I rack up a considerable number of comments that contain the work “scared” or a similar sentiment. For example, […]

hallway after remodel - view into hallway bathroom with teal doors and gray vanityI was beginning to think that I would never be able to say these words, and that I was stuck in some sort of hellish Groundhog Day scenario where I’d just be working on my hallway from now to eternity without ever actually moving forward, but finally…the hallway is finished. It doesn’t seem like there […]

Y’all, I’m going to vent a little today because the frustration I’m experiencing today is all part of remodeling an old house. If you’re not okay with a little venting, I suggest bypassing this post. 🙂 There really are many reasons I DIY, and I’m pretty sure I’ve even written a post or two about […]

I believe that last year was the first year I made a master house goals “to do” list at the beginning of January for the whole year, and then for the first seven or eight months, I did a “Last Month’s Progress/This Month’s Goals” post at the beginning of each new month. While I did […]

I have spent the last three days with one singular goal in mind — to finish my hallway cabinet. Do you even remember this cabinet that I started building last September? Did you remember that it wasn’t finished? I had certainly tried my hardest to forget about it, but since I have to walk through […]

I didn’t get any actual work done on my porch this weekend, but I did do a lot of dreaming and planning! I’m very anxious to get moving on that porch makeover, because I think it’s going to do so much towards adding curb appeal to this house. Until Friday, I hadn’t really given much […]

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67-81 Mortimer Street, London W1 Client: Langham Estate Management Contract Value: £190k Summary of works: Commercial refurbishment and full strip out of an office suite... Read more »

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26-28 Great Portland Street, London, W1 Client: Langham Estate Management Ltd. Contract Value: £49k Summary of works: Internal refurbishment and repairs to the common parts... Read more »

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Works have now started at the Elim Estate in for Leathermarket JMB. This £1.4m social housing refurbishment project in the heart of SE1 is for... Read more »

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682 Old Kent Road, London, SE15 1JF Client: London Borough of Southwark Contract Value: £40k Summary of works: Grade II structural repairs to the walls... Read more »

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We are now on site at Hogarth Court, an extensive sheltered housing complex with 33 properties based in Whitechapel. This £1.1m social housing refurbishment project... Read more »

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Well, it turns out that fixing the sagging roof issue on my front porch was way easier than I had thought it would be. This is how it looked just a few days ago. The sag wasn’t horrible, but it was definitely noticeable, and it bugged the heck out of me every time I looked […]

After reading every single comment that y’all left, and considering every bit of input that y’all gave me about my fireplace, I finally made a decision about what I wanted. It was clear that the dark gray wasn’t working… The #1 suggestion was to paint it a lighter gray with purple undertones. I considered it. […]

Y’all know I’m all about the quick and easy projects right now. And since my house was finally painted last week (you can click here to see the before and after if you missed it) and my front porch lights were installed, I thought it was time to get some color on my front door. […]

For a while now, something has been bothering me about the stenciled walls in my music room. I love the design, so don’t worry. I’m not about to paint over them and start over. But the design just seemed a bit…flat. So after trying several ideas to enhance the design, I found the answer…a chisel […]

I got my 24 yards of lilac fabric cut into panels yesterday so that I’d be ready to start on them as soon as I have everything else I need, so I decided to just drape two of the fabric lengths over the curtain rod to the left of the fireplace to see what they’ll […]

Now that my house is painted, I can’t stop daydreaming about, and planning for, my outdoor projects. I’m so excited to tackle some of these this year. The really big  and expensive projects, like getting a new driveway, will probably have to wait. But I can still do quite a number of much more budget-friendly […]

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