A different kind of construction

This weekend, we took a break from working on the house to work on a different kind of house…a gingerbread house! Each year we participate in a gingerbread house decorating contest to benefit a charity that we support. This year, our house’s theme was “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” We didn’t win any prizes this year, but I think our house turned out really well!


Halloween odds and ends

We spent Halloween weekend working around the weather. The result was a weekend full of several little projects. First, we did some shopping. Well, not actual shopping because we didn’t buy anything, but we visited a kitchen and bathroom showroom to start to get ideas. Ultimately, the plan is to completely remodel the kitchen, add a powder room, and remodel both bathrooms upstairs, so the showroom provided some great ideas about cabinetry, sinks, countertops, and even toilets. Kitchen and bathroom remodel is a bit down the road still, but it’s never too early to ironing out the plans and figuring out what you want. The next big project on our list is installing french doors in the dining room, so we also visited a home improvement center to look at different styles of french doors. We’ve settled on what type of doors we want – two swinging doors, wood, a 3-by-5 divided lights pattern, inswing hinges that allow the doors to lay as flat as possible when open, and a multi-point lock system on both doors. Now we just need to choose a manufacturer that offers all (or most) of that.

The showroom inspired us to map out the kitchen design we want and start considering where we want to place certain appliances. So we taped off the floor to get a sense of where walls and cabinets will end and where free space will begin, and we now have a rough idea of where we want the appliances.

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