It wasn’t even negotiable.  I knew the windows in the #staggreno had to be black. Pretty much the entire design for the house stemmed from that decision.  In a previous post, I shared the drama rama with getting black windows and gave you the different Read More

How to Paint Windows Black (video)

May 20, 2015

May 18, 2015

Originally, the #staggreno was almost entirely brick, with just a couple spots of really terrible painted wood siding. We always planned to keep the brick, and add some new siding materials with hardy board and board and batten.  I’ve already Read More

How to Paint Brick

The #staggreno had a lot of wallpaper… That’s from the old entryway and it sported some kind of pillared structure slash floral motif.  Definitely had to go.  Luckily, we ripped that entire area out during demo.  We also tore down all of the walls Read More

How to Remove Wallpaper

May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015

Hey guys, sometimes photos just don’t do all of the action and progress at the #staggreno justice, so today I’m taking you on a little virtual tour of the house and all of the changes we’ve made.  It’s looking more and more like the house I have envisioned Read More

House Update (video tour)

With the dramatic structural changes we had planned for the house, we knew some new paint colors would be in order for both the additional materials we were adding in and also for the old, dingy, off-white brick. Choosing exterior paint colors is kind Read More

Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

May 4, 2015

Apr 27, 2015

The #staggreno was built in 1970 but somewhere along the line, there were some changes to the home’s structure.  The owners added a pitched roof (that’s right, it was flat originally).  The neighborhood is on the bench (higher part of the Salt Lake Read More

Structural Changes to the Exterior

Our house is old.  Yep, 1970-original-almost-everything old.  But, it had a lot of re-usable stuff.  Stuff we didn’t want/need but still, stuff that somebody would want/need. Rather than just trash everything in the house after the children of the Read More

What We Did with All the Old Stuff in the House

Apr 24, 2015

Apr 22, 2015

I get asked all the time about working with contractors. How to find a good one, how to know you’re getting a fair price, referrals, you name it.  We have worked with some wonderful contractors and some not so wonderful ones, but my advice for working Read More

Tips for Working with Contractors (video)

Hello friends!  The house is really moving along now.  It’s so exciting to see progress!  But before we could tackle anything, we had to put in the additions. As you may remember, the original kitchen was pretty bad. It was small, closed off, Read More

Kitchen Addition Time-lapse and Details (video)

Apr 15, 2015

Dec 4, 2014

Now that I’ve given you the first look at our latest project and new home, I’m getting into the nitty gritty details.  First, how we found the house and let me tell you, I believe the house found us instead. For several months we had our eyes on a Read More

Our New Old Home: The Details

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She’s Jen. He’s Jon. We’re believers in the power of home, fearless DIYers, and eternal optimists who know with a can-do spirit, elbow grease and some guidance, you can create a home you love. We love a good project—or 20. Stick around and we’ll have you pulling out the paint brushes and fluffing throw pillows in no time.

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