Appliance Overload

With our house progressing, we’re frantically trying to finalize things like appliances and finishing details because we know we’re not going to have time to do so once we’re in the middle of insulating, drywalling, and all that fun stuff. I’ve been scouring Craigslist looking for a good deal, but we haven’t really settled onRead more

A lot can happen in two hours.

I’m afraid you’re going to have to bear with me for the next few weeks (months) while I’m unable to think of anything but “house”. I hope to be back to regular gardening and cooking posts before too long. The main floor of our house went up on Friday, and we happily froze our buttsRead more

Long time no see!

I don’t know if there’s anyone coming around here after I’ve taken such a long and unexpected hiatus, but if you’re reading this, thanks for stopping by! No, I haven’t been busy working on our house, things are only just getting underway now. As I was saying to someone earlier today, the construction industry inRead more


We’ve been slowly collecting things for the house, which means I finally had an excuse to browse through a shop which I’ve eyed longingly for years. This place is jammed with reclaimed doors, windows, and other salvaged treasures. We didn’t find a salvaged door to fit our needs, but we have put an order inRead more

Ground Breaking and Thanks

First off, I’d like to thank everyone who left comments on my last post. Your remarks were much appreciated, and gave us a lot to think about. If you’re curious about which way we went, after a lot of hemming and hawing we decided to go with the fiber cement. It was a difficult decisionRead more

Your Opinion Please

We’re down to making the final material choices for our house, and we are having a really hard time deciding on the kind of siding we should use. We were originally set on fiber cement, but are now reconsidering cedar.The benefits of the fiber cement include fire, rot and insect resistance, 30% recycled content (flyRead more

The Doors

We started the long process of refinishing our reclaimed doors a month or so ago, and I thought I’d talk a little bit about what’s worked for us and what hasn’t. We started out giving the doors just a light sanding thinking that we’d rough the surface up a bit in preparation for priming andRead more

A Green Roof

No, I’m not referring to a house with plants growing on the roof like a Hobbit house (although I would love to have such a thing, I’m a hobbit at heart!).When we chose the company that we did to build our house, it was due in large part to the fact that their standard packageRead more

Habitat ReStore

When building a home on a budget and trying to reuse and recycle as many materials as possible, your friendly neighborhood Habitat ReStore definitely makes things a whole lot easier. Habitat for Humanity is a charity that builds homes for families who can’t afford to get into the real-estate market on their own. Good qualityRead more


Before I start my usual ramblings, I’d like to say thank you for all of the nice comments you guys left on my last post. I loved hearing about each of you, and am surprised by the similarities we all share, whether you live halfway around the world or within my own city. The internetRead more