The Iowa Home Show Circuit

The Iowa Home Show Circuit

Hi everyone! The heavy snowfall last week kept us from working on the house. But that left time to enjoy the Iowa home show circuit. We started out attending the Des Moines Home Show last weekend and the Waterloo Home Show yesterday. Let’s start with the Des Moines Home & Garden Show: We started the day with anticipation. Right now things are a blank slate, so the possibilities are endless (of course, within budget). It’s been 10 years since we…

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The Second Floor Has Got To Go!

The Second Floor Has Got To Go!

As the snow piles up in Iowa, the ability to get work done on the house each weekend gets hard. That’s why we thought it would be a great time to talk about what our plans are once we start construction. As you know, we’re dealing with a house that is much bigger than our needs. So our goal is to make this big house…a little less big. We didn’t make this purchase blindly. Thankfully, before any offer was made…

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Unwiring a House

Unwiring a House

Pulling. Wire. Pulling. Wire. Next up on the list of oh-so-dreaded tasks was pulling wire. Remember the previous tasks: Cleaning out all the junk on the first floor Vacuuming the first floor Basement clean-up Basement vacuuming As we’ve worked on those 4 projects, we’ve also been trying to tame the machine shed and the mess that is outside. It seems like these tasks take us right up to exhaustion just as we finish the task. But forge ahead we must!…

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Coming Out of Hibernation

Coming Out of Hibernation

Here at A Walk in the Weeds, we’ve been in hibernation mode lately. The fall brought great progress on our house remodel, but as the season turned to winter and the holidays arrived, time spent working on the house was nonexistent. I mean, bake cookies in my warm house or pull wire in sub-zero temps. Uumm, the cookies won. Now that a January thaw has brought some life back into us, it’s time to come out of hibernation. Just a…

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Leaving a House Full of Memories

Leaving a House Full of Memories

When I think of all the plans and dreams we have for the Eldora house, it makes me so excited. As we go through the winter, we’ll be doing some interior projects. I’ll also be sharing the plans we have for the house with you. Our current home is one full of memories. We plan to put it up for sale this spring. Once we close on our current home, we’ll move into a rental and the real construction will…

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A Great Day of Tree Cutting!

A Great Day of Tree Cutting!

Last weekend was Thanksgiving and we have a lot to be thankful for. I wanted to take time to remind myself that there are things about this project to be thankful for: the raccoon poop did not harbor a life-threatening parasite no one has been injured during this remodel (let’s just say that our last remodel project involved my father-in-law, a hole in the floor, and a week in a hospital bed) we got the first floor cleaned up much…

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Raccoon Drippings and Vent Bulges

Raccoon Drippings and Vent Bulges

The weather has started to cool down and the days are getting shorter. I thought it would be a good time to talk a little about the basement and the grossness that awaits us down there. First off, the basement has zero windows. Yes, you read that right, ZERO. No egress windows, no small windows…3,000 square feet in the basement and no windows! It’s pretty creepy when you look down the steps and there is no light AT ALL. Luckily,…

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The Never-Ending Vacuuming Marathon

The Never-Ending Vacuuming Marathon

Today we moved our efforts back inside to the first floor. Now that we’ve gotten most of the first floor cleared, it was time to make it look good. It was time to vacuum! There are so many little crevices. Every tiny nook and cranny has dust in it! But unlike when I clean at home, this will stay clean for longer than 10 minutes! (at least until we start the remodel process) Let the vacuuming begin! I started on…

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What’s in the File Cabinet?

What’s in the File Cabinet?

We’re back at work in the machine shed. We know that this project is not a sprint…it’s more like a marathon. One weekend we work in the machine shed, the next weekend might be inside work or even outside work. It helps to break up the overwhelmingness (I know, that’s not a word!) of working on one section of this project for too long. Coming back to work on the machine shed felt better this time around. We were definitely…

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Two Crane Trucks & A Camper

Two Crane Trucks & A Camper

Not only do we have so much clean-up to do on the house, we also have some unusual lawn ornaments that were left on the property. Just before we got possession of the property, rumor has it that the previous owner drove one to two dozen campers off the property. So the resulting leftovers must have been what he was unable to get started. There was one Dodge camper left. This poor camper has definitely seen better days. Not only…

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