We’ve Been Sunlighten-ed!

We’ve Been Sunlighten-ed!

Through this house remodel, Chris and I have had a few things on our “wish list”. We haven’t shared any of them…until now. I’ve got to say, the timing on this particular wish list item could not have been any better. So what is this so-called “wish list” item you ask? An Infrared Sauna! Say What?!? Yes, a Sunlighten Infrared Sauna! An infrared sauna was totally my idea. I deal with an autoimmune thyroid disease and have been reading about…

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And The Walls Come Tumbling Down

And The Walls Come Tumbling Down

As we had left off of the last post, we had taken a long shot approach and found a local farmer that was willing to take down the machine shed.  After more than a year of cleaning out and cleaning out and cleaning out…we actually get to do some demo work! We cannot begin to explain how excited we were to see something done other than shoveling raccoon infested trash into a dump trailer. After a bit of logistics, the…

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Frustration Turns to Excitement

Frustration Turns to Excitement

Last week we shared how we painstakingly took down one of the shelves in the back on the machine shed. If you haven’t read about it, check out this post. One of the top goals of this year is getting down the machine shed before winter. In order to do that, we felt that we needed to have it totally clear of all the stuff inside. Time was running out. We still had a lot of work to do. Once…

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The Shelves Are Coming Down!

The Shelves Are Coming Down!

If you love a blog post with lots of pictures, you’re going to love this post! After our move, getting the machine shed cleaned out, so it could be taken down, was our top priority. We were getting so close to getting it totally cleaned out. We decided that the shelves in the back of the shed that go floor to ceiling were up next for deconstruction. Luckily Chris doesn’t have a problem with heights! Each shelf was constructed with…

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Meet Big Blue

Meet Big Blue

Meet Blue..Big Blue. Big Blue is the newest addition to our remodel project. It is a full-size, 8′ by 40′ shipping container. Blue has most likely made thousands of trips across the ocean. And now it sits contently in our backyard. So how did this happen? We knew we needed a secure place to put all our remodel/construction stuff after the machine shed gets taken down. And of course, when construction begins on the house, everything will need to be…

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We’re Back to Work!

We’re Back to Work!

Welcome Back! Wow, it’s been a long time. With so much going on in our lives, we took a hiatus from the clean out/remodel project and – sorry – the blog. It was a busy summer. We just wanted to fill you in on what’s been happening around here and to let you know that we are BACK TO WORK! When we last met, we took you on a stroll down memory lane to remember events from the past year….

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The Difference a Year Makes

The Difference a Year Makes

Hi guys! This week I’ve made it my mission to organize my photos. Yes, I am crazy! They’re everywhere! We have photos on our regular camera, photos on my phone, photos on Chris’ phone, photos everywhere! Each year I have every good intention to make  (drumroll, please) “A Family Yearbook”. Well, gosh darn it, this year is the year! (Do I say that every year?) Anyways, as I flipped through and cleaned out the photos on my phone, I realized…

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Shut the Front Door!

Shut the Front Door!

Knock, Knock. Who’s There? We told you about our plans to take off the second floor in this post. Today we’d like to share with you more about our plans to change where the front door was originally intended to be. As you look from the road up to the house, you can see that the builder had placed the front door to face the road. There really is no logical way for guests to arrive at the front door…

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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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