We turned the tables and asked dozens of contractors – including our own! – what THEY wish we, their clients, did differently. We learned their biggest client pet peeves (we’re certainly guilty of some!) and got great advice for how we can all help renovations go smoother, progress faster, and even cost less. We also share how we hacked our dining table to make it a harder working space, and the big purchase we recently splurged on for the beach house.
You can download this episode from Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, and Spotify – or listen to it below! Then use this page to check out any links, notes, or photos we referenced. Note: If you’re reading in a feed reader, you may have to click through to the post to see the player.
- Above is a photo of the “spa” that we’ve ordered for the beach house backyard. Since we’re not allowed to install a plunge pool (or anything in-ground) this was the classiest looking hot tub we could find (it’s called Jacuzzi J-LX).
- And after recording the episode we actually were able to make a new game plan with Sean The Contractor, and we may be able to get it delivered as soon as the end of this week! Keep your fingers crossed for us…
- Here’s generally what we’re planning for the backyard. This is a rough schematic that Sherry created in an app called HomeOutside) and if you’re wondering why something is where it is, it’s mostly due to setback rules. For instance, we can’t put the shed any closer to the neighbor’s property on the left due to setback restrictions – but we can utilize the setback space to add a path to access the shed from that side (which buys us maximum patio space to the right of it).
What Your Contractor Wishes You Knew
- Sean’s a real person! We heard you guys when you all requested that we have him on the podcast, and as promised here’s an accompanying visual:
- Below is the famous (infamous?) GIF/Boomerang that we shared a while back as Sean demonstrated how rotten the back side of the duplex was before he reconstructed it.
- Also as promised, here’s where you can download the list of Things Contractors Wish Homeowners Knew that Alma Homes in Minnesota provided us, which covers a lot of the points we heard from many of the contractors who called in and emailed us.
- Above is the dining bench situation we described in the episode. Now that we swapped out four high-backed chairs for two long low-profile benches, it creates much better visual flow across the table (since this dining area essentially sits in the passage between the kitchen and living room). We also love that it makes the seating much more flexible and have already noticed people sitting on the bench closer to the living room while facing the living room (it really does extend the hangout space in a great way because you can sit on each bench facing either direction).
- And as promised, below is our bench, along with some others that Sherry’s loving lately! 1 (ours)/ 2 /3 / 4 / 5 / 6
- Last but not least, here’s the book I was digging: I’ll Be Gone In The Dark. I forgot to mention in the episode that it’s actually very similar to the Southern Nightmare podcast we suggested back in Episode #100.
- We also mentioned that one of the co-author’s sisters is a family friend who has actually been featured on the blog. This was waaaay back in the early days when our photos were small and dark (thanks point-and-shoot camera!) but you can still check out her House Crashing (it was a two-parter!) here and here. It even includes the process she used to get that cool cherry blossom mural in her foyer – it was a DIY!
If you’re looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all of our past episodes.
And lastly, a big thank you to Annie Selke’s BED101 for sponsoring this episode. They’re doing ANOTHER giveaway that’s exclusive to YHL Podcast listeners (someone listening is gonna win – and it could be you!). The winner gets a complete “Load It On” set of luxury bedding, so go enter at AnnieSelke.com/Giveaway!
Thanks for listening, guys!
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from Home Improvements Articles and News https://www.younghouselove.com/podcast-104/
“In reality art is always for everyone and for no one.” – Eugenio Montale
Project Diary Entry #7: The bathroom makeover continues! We’re sealing an old original ‘decorative’ brick chimney today!
The bathroom at the property I’m working on was completely covered in paneling or what my husband refers to painted cardboard. For real. What is that stuff?! Even the claw foot tub and pedestal sink was boxed in with the same material! Why?!
Follow the before and after makeover journey —> #helloredreno
Yikes! (And no worries, we did repair the roof. It was top priority and the very first project.)
We tore it all away!
Included was this bump out beside a built in cabinet (another feature I love!)…
which revealed an original brick chimney…
Rustic! Texture! A buried treasure! And just like making one of the gorgeous wood plank walls a feature of the bathroom by leaving it exposed…
I couldn’t bear to cover up all that old brick. It’s completely decorative and not functional. The old gas register is staying as well.
But it did have a dirty dull finish.
What I did:
- We gave it a good scrubbing with a wire brush to remove all of the filth and crumbles.
- And after talking with the professionals at Rust-Oleum, used the RockSolid Natural Look Concrete Sealer (low gloss clear).
- I simply brushed it on, making sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies. I gave it one thorough coat and plan to do another. It’ll have dried several days by the time I get around to the second coat.
- This product sealed it all in and provided a beautiful low gloss finish (nothing TOO shiny, not a high gloss or lacquered finish) that brought out the various vibrant colors and gave it a clean surface. It reminds me of a satin finish.
So, this 114 square foot bathroom has a lot going on but I am in LOVE with all of the original charm.
That floor though! ::drool:: ::heart eyes::
More on that here—> Shaw SanFrancisco Hexagon Tile Flooring.
What are your thoughts?
Do you embrace and work with the original old character or prefer removing or covering it for a clean slate?
from Home Improvements Articles and News https://diyshowoff.com/2018/07/22/sealing-brick/
That DIY Party
If you’re a long time DIYShowOff reader, you know what today is! Time to show off your creativity and make new friends who share your love of DIY. You can follow ALL of the That DIY Party links to catch up. Just kidding! We’re at party #284 so that could take a few years! However it is fun to take a look back and a great source of inspiration! So if you’re up for a DIY binge, that’s the best place to get started! haha!
DIYShowOff weekly recap:
I can’t believe we’re nearing August already! I’m soaking up every single moment of my favorite time of year. These long days are my absolute favorite. There’s progress on the #helloredreno series and I’ll be sharing more of that this week! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
What’s been going on with you? Did you finish up a DIY project? Share by linking up below and browse the other links for inspiration.
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from Home Improvements Articles and News https://diyshowoff.com/2018/07/22/show-off-your-diy/
“A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.” – Joshua Reynolds