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Major preparations going on over here… We are getting ready to start the renovations on our second house! Woot woo! Mark got the permits we need from the city to start demolition. [wpvideo BGv2VKlo] The demo phase is our favorite phase…it’s also the dirtiest phase…and when we get rid of any pent-up frustrations we’ve been holding. 🙂 We’re doing this a bit differently this time around…we’re bringing more people into our circle! Because the more…

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The Results Are In!


Everybody who reads the blog either conspired with each other OR the design without the awning is just butt ugly. No one liked the rendering above…all of you agreed that the “after” picture of rooftop deck WITH the awning at the Grand House is the way to go. Mark and I agree, but we do have one concern. Doesn’t it kinda look like a Pizza Hut? You can see it, right? The brick below, the…

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Totally. Blown. Away.


You dedicated blog readers know that sometimes I can veer into “gushing” territory when I talk about my husband. I’m sure some of you hate it and roll your eyes…others might think it’s fake…but, I’m tellin’ ya right now, the gushing is LEGIT. For instance… Mark’s renderings for the new fixer upper, aka the Grand House, are spectacular! He’s able to not only build a 3-D model, but also add the special touches like the…

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MAJOR Measurements!


We needed a longer tape measure for our first project at the Grand House. The damn house is so grand, we can’t get all the outside measurements in one clean swoop! That’s why Mark and I are a team. He tells me what to do and I just listen and follow behind him…holding his notepad until he needs it. (Not sure if that’s the definition of teamwork or just a master/servant relationship!) We took several…

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Carbs for days…


When my in-laws called last Thursday and said they were going to come in for a quick visit, I said to Mark “OMG, what’s wrong?” Turns out nothing was wrong. 😉 Mark’s mom and dad had their original plans fall through and so they thought…”Let’s go see our son and make sure that Pittsburgh girl is being good to him!” All the Brennans came over for dessert Saturday night after a really good dinner at…

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We're a bit overwhelmed…


Maybe more than a bit. I think this new house project has put that “overwhelmed” feeling into a category 5. Whenever I start feeling this way, it usually means it’s THAT time of the month. But I think this time around it might be something a little deeper than Mother Nature’s monthly blessing to women. 😉 Don’t know about you, but whenever I look too far ahead into the future I start to panic. I…

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An introduction to our children


Now that Mark and I have 2 houses in Lawrenceville we need to name them. This is for our sanity and so all you blog readers can keep it straight! Our current (and almost complete) renovation will be called, The Row House. (I know, I know…SUPER imaginative) The new Victorian we’re going to restore will be called, The Grand House. Since we don’t have kids (much to the dismay of my mother and mother-in-law) we’ll…

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Champagne tastes best in plastic cups!


Move over…the fancy squad is coming through. When you buy a new house, your family comes over to toast your new adventure and to bring the most important housewarming gifts. Toilet paper and pizza. We just closed on an old Victorian house in Lawrenceville. It’s a beauty…a grand ol’ dame of house that needs a lot of love. It’s going to be different from our current renovation. It’s more of a RESTORATION…we’re going to bring…

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Who's ready for Round 2?!


We are. (Kind of.) Mark and I are THISCLOSE to getting our next fixer upper. After 19 months of hard labor on our current house that included tearing down walls, ripping up floors and inhaling enough dust to give us black lung…we want to do it again. Most people have told us, “You two are crazy.” Maybe we are. But isn’t life more fun that way?! **FOLLOW ILOVE2SWEAT! Just click the “+ Follow” button at…

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