Kitchen Reno: Part III (Asbestos Abatement)

The Asbestos Guide: Testing, Removal, + Cost

Ugh. That pretty much sums up how I feel about asbestos.  It’s a seriously scary thing finding it in your home if you’re doing renovations (asbestos is not a health risk unless its fibers are disturbed, a.k.a made airborne).  It’s incredibly expensive to remove and it’ll definitely keep you up at night.  Basically, it’s the worst. (Don’t know what asbestos is? This article will tell you.)

Kitchen Reno: Part II (Demo Day)

How to Demo a Kitchen the Free and Easy Way

Full disclosure: Austin and I are novices when it comes to how to demo a kitchen, since in our last kitchen flip we stuck to finishes and appliances.  But I did want to share one trick from our recent Denver kitchen demo that saved us a lot of money, but also a lot of time and effort! We’re renovating a 1972 ranch ourselves and chronicling our adventures here.  If you

Kitchen Reno: Part I (The Design)

Kitchen Reno Part I: The Design

After Austin and I spruced up our kitchen in Virginia, something magical happened. You could say the DIY bug bit us, or we just got addicted to the always-surprising results that came from working with our own hands. Austin is pretty handy but I’ve had to learn my skills from scratch, and yet we both knew we wanted a fixer-upper when it came time to

Get Ready to Time Warp — Our New Home’s “Before” Tour!

Renovating a Ranch Before Tour

Austin and I spent a long time looking for the perfect home in Denver.  We knew about the move a year ahead of time, which meant we basically lived inside a Zillow commercial for 10 months. Instead of watching a movie or curling up with a book, each night we snuggled close — iPhones in hand — scrolling through house after house after…house.  We researched commute times