Master Bath

We’re just about ready to move into our master bath. It took a while to get the walk-in shower completed, but it was worth the wait. Read our full post on the master bath.

Granite Counters

Originally I had planned to pour concrete counter tops for the kitchen but we ended up putting in concrete floors and figured more concrete would have been too much. And fortunately we found some money in our budget so we decided to get granite. Read our full post about our granite counters.


We decided to hire a landscaping company to install some rock. The rest we’ll do. Read our full post about our landscaping.

Stairs Complete

We finally got our stairs complete. It was a struggle and after getting screwed by our stair contrator Matt Dodd, I think we ended up with a better stair case. I might be biased, but you be the judge. Take a look at our post for our staircase.

Driveway Poured

We finally got the driveway poured today.  It runs all the way out to the road which is over 100 feet (32m). It’s 16-feet wide (5M) and has a 20′ x 40′ parking and turn-around area. They also poured the sidewalk up to the front porch. It all turned out really nice. All told, there […]

Doors and Trim

We’re almost done with the trimmers. They started a couple days ago and have been fantastic. They are like artists with door and trim as their canvas. As some of you may know, I like woodworking, but I don’t have the patience or skills to do trim work. Read more about our doors and base […]

Exterior Stairs

After months of running up and down an alternately sandy and muddy slope, we have a staircase. This had been part of the plan, but we added some retaining walls too. Check out our post on adding the retaining walls and stairs.

Drywall Hung

It took a while to pass all our inspections to be able to hang the drywall, but we got everything squared away started hanging last Friday. After four days it was all hung and we got it inspected today without any problems. Read our full post on hanging the drywall.

Insulation Install

I have a couple friends that work in the insulation industry and I considered doing some of it myself. But once I got the bids I realized how stupid that idea was. Read the full post about our insulation.

Stone Wall

We wanted to dress up the front of our house so we decided to have some stone installed on the exterior of the stair well bump-out.  It just so happens our new neighbor to the west is a stone mason. He did a great job. Read our full post about installing the dry-stacked slate facade.

Recent Work

From the Blog

Posted by Mike on July 24th, 2014 at 10:01 pm

After a couple weeks of not doing much on the house, I’ve started working on the drawers for the kitchen cabinets. I built the base cabinets a while ago so we could get our granite installed, but I’ve been dragging my feet on finishing the rest of the cabinets up. But, Amy won’t let us […]

Posted by Mike on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:43 am

We are just about done with our master bathroom. We opted not to put a bathtub in the master since neither of us really take baths (we do shower however once a week whether we need it or not. And, we have bathtubs in both of our other bathrooms if we really want to take […]

Posted by Mike on July 7th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Well, we did it!  I just picked up our final CO (Certificate of Occupancy). So as far as the city of Arvada is concerned, we are DONE!  No more inspections (and hopefully no more fees)! Now that does NOT mean we are completely done with the house. We have a long list of things we […]

Posted by Mike on June 10th, 2014 at 10:14 am

Originally I had planned to pour concrete counter tops for the kitchen. I did it in a previous house and thought they looked awesome. But that was way back in initial planning when we were going to have hardwood floors. We ended up putting in concrete floors and we figured more concrete would have been […]

Posted by Mike on June 6th, 2014 at 9:38 am

Landscaping is expensive. I mentioned this in a previous post. We got a bid for about $20,000. That’s CRAZY!  Actually, I wish we could afford to hire someone for all it, but we can’t. Most of it I could do myself, but it would take a lot of heavy labor. So we decided we’d do […]

Posted by Mike on June 3rd, 2014 at 9:56 am

The basement bathroom has been up and running for a while now. I had a couple friends come out and visit the first week of June so I had to get it ready. That meant tiling the shower and getting the sink, toilet, and urinal installed. I worked a few long days and the plumbers […]

Posted by Mike on May 26th, 2014 at 1:04 am

Since we got screwed by our stairs contractor, we had to come up with our own stair treads. I ordered material from a mill in the mountains, but I chose to finish the material myself. It ended up taking three full days. I had to cut the material to length, plane it smooth and to […]

Posted by Mike on May 20th, 2014 at 12:46 am

If you read our post about our stairs a little ways back you saw the contractor we hired bailed at the last minute. He seemed like a nice guy, but he pretty much screwed us. We were a few days from moving in and getting our CO (Certificate of Occupancy) and all of a sudden […]

Posted by Mike on May 18th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

We’ve moved out of our apartment after 2 years o n May 2nd. But, we’re not in our house yet. We were able to get a temporary “stock and store” certificate of occupancy that allows us to move our things into the house, but we are not allowed to live in the house yet. There […]