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Category: The Grand House

Ummmm…where have you been?!


I am asking myself this question and answering it…we have been busy! Blogging has taken a back seat to REAL LIFE these last few months, but I have sooo many exciting things to share on the house front so let’s JUMP RIGHT IN. Mark has all the interior walls, doorways and closets built. Most of the ceilings are done as well including the HVAC systems and all the plumbing. YAY! The kitchen, and all the…

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Our City Backyard


We love living in the city.  We love the noise and the traffic and the walkability of our cool little neighborhood. Henry is a total city kid…he runs up and down the sidewalks like he owns them, waves to all the bus drivers and loves the banana bread at our local coffee shop. Backyard space is hard to come by in Lawrenceville. At our #RealLifeReno, Mark really wanted to make our small yard a nature…

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How Did He Do That?!


One of our favorite things about our #RealLifeReno is that we’re honoring the history of this grand old house! When we were looking to buy it, one of the first things we noticed was a beautiful curved wall right at the entrance of the house that leads into the first living room. That curve makes us think that this house was a funeral home or doctor’s office at one time. Perhaps the curved wall separated…

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I've seen this STUD before!


When we first started renovating homes, there was just one STUD in my life… Now, there are two STUDS…one is potty trained, one is not! 😉 During our first home renovation, I remember feeling SO EXCITED by stud walls. (I never thought I would type that sentence.) But stud walls mean the demolition is done and the house is starting to take shape. This pic is from our first reno…it shows the upstairs hallway with…

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Indoor Plumbing for the WIN!


You know you’re turning into a crazy home renovation person when the most exciting day all week is INSPECTION DAY! Mark worked his butt off with our plumber and put in all the new pipes and water lines. After a quick test of the pipes, where you fill them with water and look for leaks, Mark had to make a few adjustments and then we were ready for the plumbing to get inspected. Mark and…

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Henry's a DeWalt Kid!


Not even 2 yet and Henry is ready to join a construction crew! Look at his concentration! Kids are smart and imitate everything you do which is why Henry is already pretty good at sweeping and shoveling and building. Mark put in the new window for our downstairs powder room at the house we’re renovating. There will be a full bath on the second and third floors and this half bath is on the first….

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Mark the Builder and Henry the Helper!


Henry might look like his Momma but he’s got Daddy’s builder DNA! These two amigos are in their element at our #RealLifeReno and I have pictures to prove it. Henry is always helping Daddy water the trees and plants in our backyard. Mark is also installing a new gate. We went with the black gate to match our windows and French doors. Mark dug the holes… A few hours later and…VIOLA! We’re getting close to…

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Grateful for YOU


We are still moving along with our home renovation…new French doors just put in FOR THE WIN!! But I was thinking the other day about how there is SO MUCH MORE going on in my life than just the renovation and how I’m longing to SHARE IT! The stuff that’s going on is more of the spiritual realm stuff. Books I’m reading and podcasts I’m listening to that are helping me TAP IN TO WHO…

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Real Life Roundup!


Life has been good and BUSY! Our Real Life Reno is moving right along.  The entire house has been framed in…meaning you can finally see where the rooms, hallways and staircases will be. The black French doors that go from the kitchen to our backyard were installed and WE LOVE THEM! Mark planted several trees that will bloom to give us some shade and privacy in the back. The next step is to level the…

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Henry-Approved Progress!


Our 15-month-old seems very pleased with the house renovation so far! Henry and Daddy usually consult about the progress during their weekend morning coffee runs. Then Momma and Henry stop by in the afternoon to make sure everything is going smoothly! 🙂 The inside framing is complete. We have the walls, temporary staircases and rooms framed in on every floor. It’s exciting because we can finally start to see what the house is going to…

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