It’s The Little Things

Many times the small jobs take the most time…and they deliver a heap of frustration. The 80/20 rule applies here. The small jobs (20%) seem to take the most time (80%).

IMG_4958For example, when we took possession of our current renovation, our first priority was to change the toilet seats and get things cleaned up. But, one toilet seat would not budge. The bolt was corroded in rust, and that sucker wasn’t moving.

After pulling the toilet into the front yard (classy), we were able to knock off that sucker. That’s a 25-year-old toilet. Oh, the stories it could tell.

Now, the town home has transformed. And, we’re not finished yet. So far, we’ve completed the following:

  • All-new floors from top to bottom.
  • New stainless-steel appliances.
  • New AC unit. (We weren’t expecting that expense, but that Apollo system had to go!)
  • 18 beautiful light fixtures.
  • Granite in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • All-new solid-wood cabinets with soft-close drawers.
  • Brushed-nickel fixtures everywhere.
  • Smooth ceilings in every room.
  • Every surfaced painted.

We’ll leave you with a few photos of the kitchen mid-renovation.

This week we’ll be working on a new tile backsplash in the kitchen featuring a grey grout that coordinates with the countertops, wall paint, and floors. Plus, we need to swap out all the beige switches and outlets for white ones along with finishing the painting. It’s already so beautiful!

If you know someone looking to buy for under $200k in the 27613 zip code, let us know. The home is walking distance to Lake Lynn, includes swim and tennis, and is convenient to Highway 70 and I-540. We’d be glad to give you a preview. Realtor friends, we definitely value your service, and we’ll certainly pay the 2.4% realtor fee.

This move-in ready home features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, a beautiful deck that overlooks the trees, plus a bonus loft with tons and tons of storage.

Stayed tuned. We’ll post before-and-after photos soon!

First-Week Fun

Jennifer and I covered a lot last week…even with my daughter and Jennifer’s nephew graduating from high school.

Demo is complete! We named our dumpster Bertha. We held a small service when she left us — she served us well. (BTW, we filled the dumpster in 8 hours!)


With the new floors being installed next week, it’s important to have the cabinets installed and the nasty ceiling and walls prepped. No more popcorn ceilings! And, we could do messy projects this week without worrying about damaging the floors. For example, instead of painting all the stair rails and spindles by hand, we could use spray paint. Yep, spray paint! But, using spray paint indoors can be dangerous. So, we use googles and respirators. Pretty!


The cabinets look fantastic! The townhouse looks brighter and better every single day.



Demo Day!

The renters are gone, and we’re finally in our townhouse. Time to sling the sledgehammer!!

Here are a couple “before” pictures.


Our goal today: Get all old cabinet, counter tops, and vanities into the dumpster.

Here’s an action shot.


At the end of the day, we fit every single item into that dumpster.


Check out the gutted kitchen! And, we were able to finish before the sun went down. Time to shower and go to bed.