Motorized, Cedar Driveway Gate

This was a really fun and challenging project that ended up taking WAY too long due to the fact that we decided to start demolition on the master bathroom before we finished this project.  (we’ll never learn!)  But, we did eventually finish this one (after the bathroom was completely finished).  🙂

When we moved into the Coddington house (Home 1.0), the yard was already fenced, but the driveway was open.  Which was kinda a problem with the dogs, as you can imagine.  So we decided to build a driveway gate to complete the fenced yard, and figured while we were at it, we might as well make the gate motorized. Continue reading

Master Bathroom Renovation

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Hands-down, this is the most ambitious project that Susan and I have ever taken on!  It’s the first project that we decided to tackle in our new house.  We moved here in October 2017 after realizing that we were more about the ‘Urban Life’ and less about the ‘Lake Life.’  Our lake house sold very quickly, and we were back in the city before we knew it!  The real estate market is red hot here in Charlotte, so it took us some time to find this house.  But once we did, we wasted no time diving right into projects.  🙂  This house was built in 1952, and has been partially updated, but there are PLENTY of projects and renovations left for us to leave our mark. Continue reading

Master Bedroom Remodel

Susan and I have this dream of buying a fixer-upper and rehabbing it one day.  I think this master bedroom remodel project was a good way to get our feet wet before for a much larger, whole-house project.  Before the remodel, our bedroom was tiered.  As you can see in the pictures below, we had the main tier where the bed was, and then a lower tier where we had my dresser and a dog bed (i.e., Restoration Hardware bean bag -yes, our dogs are spoiled).  It was awkward.  Walking up and down 4 steps just to access my dresser.  Not to mention the wasted space!

So, when we decided to replace the carpet with laminate flooring, we figured it would be the perfect time to raise that lower tier and make the entire room feel more like one room. Continue reading

Outdoor Sofa

We had some leftover “beams” from our DIY Restoration Hardware Bardenas table, and figured we’d put them to good use by making a matching sofa for the patio.  DIY furniture is the best, because you can customize everything.  For instance, we knew we wanted a sofa on our back patio, but we didn’t have much space.  And most of the outdoor sofas for sale are either very small (more like loveseats) or very large (more like sectionals).  We were able to build this sofa to the exact dimensions we needed.

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DIY Restoration Hardware Bardenas Table

A lot of our project inspiration comes from Restoration Hardware.  Let’s face it, RH’s furniture is jaw-dropping gorgeous, but a wee little bit pricey.  Ok… it’s way pricey.  Take this outdoor dining table, for instance.  Pretty, right?  Yep, we thought so, too.  But at $4,075 (for just the table!) it was a bit out of our budget.  So, being the DIY’ers that we are, we decided to make our own version of the Restoration Hardware Bardenas table.

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Ebb & Flow Through San Diego

This isn’t a travel blog… but, as a blog about our adventures, I feel compelled to write about our San Diego experience.  Have you ever experienced effortless flow on vacation?  Maybe this is more common for others.  For Susan and me, vacations are typically more mentally exhausting than rejuvenating.  We always return from vacations feeling like we need a vacation to recover from vacation.  It sounds weird, but something about the energy required to navigate a new place, to find the best restaurants, bars, attractions… all while avoiding the touristy spots is mentally draining to us.  Plus, there is the self-induced anguish of, “We’re on vacation – we’re supposed to be having LOTS of fun!  Are we having fun?  What aren’t we doing that could be more fun?”  Basically, our vacations never seem to flow.  So, imagine our surprise when our San Diego vacation provided 9 days of pure, effortless fun and enjoyment. Continue reading