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.


Back to Where It All Started

Jennifer and I are ready to jump on our next renovation! This adorable town house is in the 27613 zip code…the same area of Raleigh where we met. AWWWW.

Queen Anne Front

This area of town is HOT! Great schools, great shopping, great community.

The 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home needs a lot of work, but we’re gonna make it shiny and new, top to bottom. Great fireplace, built-ins, and a beautiful, large deck with a private view of trees in the back. There’s even a large loft with skylights that could be a home office or fourth bedroom.

This foreclosure is very different from the last in that it’s not vacant. We’ve officially owned it for a week, but we can’t swing the sledgehammer yet. There are renters who have until May 31 to move out. In a situation like this, we must follow the law that protects renters.

Even though we cannot work in the home, we’ve been super busy picking out the new cabinets, floors, granite, tile, lighting, and more. Like I said, shiny and new.

Looking forward to June 1 — DEMO DAY!


A Big Shout-Out!

Our Five-Points cottage is now sold, and we’ve placed a bid on another foreclosing property located in North Raleigh. If no one out-bids us, we’ll have our next renovation at 5pm on Monday!

Looking back, we would not have been so successful without the help from several key experts. Here are two local specialists we highly recommend.

Our dear friend and certified building contractor Jeff Williams came to our rescue in assembling and hanging our barn-door sliders. Jeff’s forte is big projects, like full-house remodels, kitchens, baths, outdoor spaces. But, we needed brute strength and the expertise of properly securing and hanging these hefty, beautiful doors. He came to our rescue. So, if you’re in the Triangle and need an expert for your home remodel, call Jeff at 336-314-1010.

Second, you may have seen the beautiful cast-iron tub in our last renovation. When we took possession of the property, the tub looked awful, and the surrounding tile was an ugly beige. Don with A Perfect Surface refinished the tub and tile to perfection. (I even hired him to refinish my own claw-foot tub.) Don can be reached at 919-698-9142.

Whether your renovating your own home or someone else’s, know when to hire an expert for a job done right.



Doors Are a Pain in the Ass

In the Bernard renovation, we learned that taking care of the existing doors can be a HUGE time sucker.

For a 1950s home, the doors are magnificent. They are solid wood, which means they weigh a lot. Especially the front and back doors. We certainly would not replace them.

We found that the previous home owners painted over the existing hinges. That’s decades of layers of paint. After hours of chiseling  with a screwdriver and hammer, we found the screws and removed the hinges. The new hinges make such a difference to this clean, updated home.


In a recent post, you saw that we used a heat gun to remove lawyers of paint from the back door. Unfortunately, when the heat came near the glass, the glass cracked! So, we removed all the panes and wood frame to restore this beautiful door. We spent almost two days just on this door! But, it was worth it.

Have you considered the inside paint color of your doors? Most folks don’t think about painting the interior-side of their doors a fun color. We decided to go with a cool blue on the inside of both the front and back doors. With grey walls, wood features, and a pale blue ceiling, it’s perfect!



Never overlook the beauty and potential of your home’s doors.

Before and After: Bernard Street

We hosted an excellent open house on Sunday! Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Of course, no renovation would be complete without before and after pictures. Here you go!


Cabinets painted, all new appliances, new backsplash, new faucet, all new lighting.



Original hardwoods cleaned up, new feature wall with salvaged NC barn wood, every surface (top to bottom) painted, up-scale barrel lighting in all rooms.



Desk nook with task lighting.




Barn-door sliders replaced the old mirrored closet doors in both bedrooms.



Tired, dirty bathroom now sparkling clean with refreshed paint, mirror, lights, and some fixtures.

Refinished the original cast-iron tub, glazed tile for a fresh, clean look. Frosted the bottom window for privacy while taking a shower.




Cleaned and stained patio. Painted and stained foundation and stairs. All new landscaping featuring gardenias and camellias that love the morning sun.

Open House! Shut The Barn Door!

It’s been a month, and we’ve accomplished so much. Just yesterday, we hung our closet barn-door sliders. Here’s a sneak peak.

In two days, we’ll host our Open House. Come see the condo at 2338 Bernard St in Raleigh. This Sunday from 1-4pm. And, if you bring a buyer, we’ll pay you a cash referral bonus.


Here are a few more pics of our progress. We even roped our kids in to help.