Category Archives: Home Reno

Home Reno: Rough Stuff — Plumbing & Electrical

Do you want to build a custom home? Do you want to renovate your existing home? My husband Mike and I have done both.  Yes, our third-floor reno involved replacing all the existing insulation with new insulation, per our town’s code inspector. You can read … Continue reading

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Home Reno: Problems? Solutions!

Do you want to build a custom home? Do you want to renovate your existing home? My husband Mike and I have done both.  Repeat after me: “Township building inspectors help us get the best results for our $$. Inspectors help us create a … Continue reading

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Home Reno: Permits, Purchases & Cats

Do you want to build a custom home? Do you want to renovate your existing home? My husband Mike and I have done both.  While our contractor/master carpenter Jimmy was busy banging his head against the wall obtaining the necessary permits for our third-floor reno from the … Continue reading

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Home Reno: Getting Ready for the Third-Floor Build

Do you want to build a custom home? Do you want to renovate your existing home? My husband Mike and I have done both.  Consult with an architect: We were fortunate that our architect, Francis Klein, included the general layout of our third floor as part of … Continue reading

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Home Reno: The Last Big Thing — The 3rd Floor

Do you want to build a custom home? Do you want to renovate your existing home? My husband Mike and I have done both.  Cost was a major concern when my husband Mike and I built our custom home more than 16 years ago. … Continue reading

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Home Reno: Back Story on Our Custom-Built Home

Do you want to build a custom home? Do you want to renovate your existing home? My husband Mike and I have done both.  When we decided to build our custom home more than 16 years ago the internet wasn’t part of the equation: … Continue reading

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Home Reno: Installing New Hardwood Floors

Our Victorian-style home has undergone a number of alterations in the 16-plus years since we had it built. One of our latest projects — installing new hardwood floors in the family room — was one of the easiest. It helps that I have a … Continue reading

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