Electrical, Mechanical, & Structural – check!

Hello friends!  The day has finally come — time for an update!  About a week or two ago, Mr. Fixer finished up the mountainous project of replacing all the old electrical wiring in our house. We replaced old wires, got a new electrical panel, laid out a new lighting plan, added outlets, and so on.  It.felt.like.it.would.never.end.  But alas, it did, and we passed our inspection with flying colors.  Let me tell you, Mr. Fixer is impressive!  Throughout this whole process, I’ve been continually blown away by what my smartypants 🙂 husband can do or figure out how to do. He really is the epitome of DIY!

In the midst of this project, we finally moved on-site into our little travel trailer, affectionately called “the pod.”  Goodness knows the stories we will be able to tell our children someday… It’s about 17 feet long and maybe 8 feet wide, but it does have a full-size queen bed (with a Tempur-Pedic mattress!), a bathroom, a little 2 burner stove, a convection microwave that I still don’t know how to use, and a tiny refrigerator.  Plus a dining room table that folds into a second bed!  So someday when we aren’t actually living in the pod, it will be a great little trailer to take camping!

It was a little difficult taking pictures of wiring (there’s only so much to see!), so I’ve thrown in some random pics of things we worked on while Mr. Fixer was busy doing his thing.  Enjoy!  Stay tuned… insulation and drywall is next on our to-do list!


Mrs. Fab

New panel

New panel


Mr. Fixer is very organized 🙂


Feeding wire into the new box

Recessed lights

We installed several new recessed lights throughout the house. I learned a lot about designing lighting plans for remodels during this project! Main lesson… be flexible! 😉

Vaulted ceiling

A side project that we had our good friend Pat help us with was firring out the vaulted ceiling in the addition. We weren’t a huge fan of the wood paneling and it didn’t mesh well with any other area of the house, so we decided to drop the ceiling slightly and we will just sheetrock over it. A bonus, though, is that we get to tuck some insulation up there, so the space will be a lot warmer than before!

Mom ripping out the bush

Another side project — ripping out lots of ugly bushes in the front yard! Luckily I had my mom’s big muscles to help! 😉


Our neighbor let us borrow his creeper van to haul all the yard debris away!

Mike driving the van

Mike had a blast driving the old van! We thought for sure we’d get pulled over at some point…

The pod

And last, but not least, THE POD!

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