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End of Year Update

Hello friends!  I know, I know, it’s been a few months since I’ve updated you on the house progress.  I wish I could cut this post short and say, “surprise — it’s finished!”; but alas, that is not the case.  It is definitely getting closer though!  Each stage that we have been in seems to ddddrrrrraaaaggggg slowly by and I think we will never be able to move on, but then the day comes when we finally wrap up another phase and get to proceed onward.  Perhaps that is why blog posts have gotten fewer as the time has gone on — there is just only so much updating to do!  Anyways, enough rambling on about the passage of time… I am sure everyone has their own personal experiences of projects taking longer than you expect and can relate in some degree to what we are going through.

So, in the last post I wrote at the end of September, we were just beginning the drywall phase. Well, I am happy to announce that drywall is officially done!  Mr. Fixer hung all the drywall himself (with the help of some great family and friends), and then as we set off on our San Diego babymoon in mid-November, the drywall guys taped and textured and finished it all off! How amazing it was to come home to WALLS!!!

It felt like it would be smooth sailing after that was done and that we’d get to move in right away, but we still have some big projects to check off the list before that happens (like installing ductwork for heat, which Mr. Fixer is working towards right now… another one of those time-consuming tasks).  Nevertheless, we’ve made progress on other things in between, including painting, installing electrical outlets and switches, and tiling the bathroom and kitchen floors. And of course, celebrating the birth of a new nephew, traveling, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in the midst of it all!

Enjoy the pics that recap the last few months, and Happy 2016!  Here’s to a new year filled with more projects (they never really end), a new baby, and lots of other unexpected adventures! 🙂


Mrs. Fab


Meeting baby Harvey

We kicked off the beginning of many weekends away from the house by meeting our new (and first!) nephew Harvey!


Mr. Fixer hanging drywall

In between weekend travels, Mr. Fixer steadily chipped away at installing the drywall.


Nick and Chris helping with drywall

Our friends Nick and Chris were very helpful in assisting Mr. Fixer hang the top pieces — those sheets are darn heavy!


Me, Kris, and the girls

In the beginning of November, we took off for a long weekend trip to Montana to visit my dear friend Kristen and her sweet twin girls. We had so much fun playing in the snow and getting a taste of what it would be like to have a little girl running around the house someday! 🙂


Secret helpers

While we were away in MT, we had some secret helpers cleaning up the house for us and helping us get ready for the drywallers to begin their finish work. What an amazing gift that was!!




Taped drywall

This is the beginning of the drywall finish work. We got to see a glimpse of it before we headed out to…


San Diego

…sunny San Diego for a week-long babymoon. It was soooo hard to come back to the cold and the rain!



Mr. Fixer in paint suit

As you can see in the background, though, we returned from our vacation to finished walls! Mr. Fixer suited up the next week to begin painting!



Just in time to host Thanksgiving dinner in our living room with flamingo lights and space heaters! Definitely a holiday to remember!



Mom painting

Family stuck around for a long weekend to help with projects around the house, such as paint touch ups…


Mike painting the nursery

….painting the nursery…


Tile layout


Brett working on outlets

…and electrical work.


Brett using tile saw

In fact, my brother and sister-in-law were having so much fun that they stayed an extra week to finish up all the tile! Thanks guys!!

Brett installing tile

Almost done with the kitchen!

Hanging out with Harvey

And me? Well, I got to hang out with this cutie the whole time! 🙂



Hello and happy Thursday, friends!  I am looking forward to this week coming to an end because my mom and step-dad are coming down again to hang out and help at the house. These visits have become so fun, and they truly enjoy helping us build our new home!  I have a feeling though that it is kind of like babysitting — they are probably glad when they get to pack up and return to their own cozy (and finished) home by weekend’s end!  😉

Mr. Fixer and I, on the other hand, are in this for the long haul.  The past few weeks at church we’ve been discussing the same passage in Acts (chapter 2, verses 42-47) about community, fellowship, and devotion; and the word devotion is definitely something I would associate with Mr. Fixer.  He has got to be one of the most devoted people I have been blessed to know.  Not only has he shown incredible devotion to our marriage, but he is also so devoted to his work at the house (not to mention his full-time day job!).  I was there the other day cleaning up for him and snapping some photos, and I am truly amazed at what he has accomplished in the little time he has been able to actually be there working.  And the most humbling part of it all — he is doing it all for me!  Okay, so he is having fun and loves doing this type of stuff in general, but goodness knows that guys can tolerate living in filth and mess much better than us gals!  He wants me to have a beautiful and comfortable home, and he is doing everything he can to provide that.

Sure, sometimes I get discouraged that he’s not home right after work, or that we aren’t going on fancy getaways or eating out at fancy restaurants.  In our society and culture, we are conditioned to believe that these are the signs of devotion.  I have to remind myself that devotion goes much deeper than that, though.  It is the day-in and day-out commitment to someone or something other than yourself, not a random gift or gesture here and there.  Now, that is not to say that I do not still want those things (I am like every woman longing for romance, after all), but they would certainly mean a lot less if the man behind them was not the kind of devoted man that I know Mr. Fixer to be.

With that thought, then, I encourage you to take a moment and say thank you to the ones in your life that are devoted to you.  Maybe it is a spouse like Mr. Fixer, but perhaps also it is a parent helping a child through school, or a daughter checking in on her mother.  Whatever the relationship, don’t ignore the everyday signs of love and devotion while you are pining away for fireworks and filet mignon.


Mrs. Fab

Update: Mr. Fixer has been busy working on framing lately.  I know these pictures may seem like a puzzle to some, so read the captions for a frame of reference (ha!).

Living room looking towards addition

Standing in the living room, looking towards the addition. The wall in the front is a new kitchen wall. To the right of that will be the new eating bar.

Half bathroom doorway

Standing in the living room, looking towards the bedrooms and bathroom. The framing to the left will be a closet and the doorway to the right is for the half bathroom. Beyond that is the “master” bedroom.

Kitchen looking towards bathroom

Another view towards the bedrooms, this time from the kitchen. There will eventually be two new walls here — one dividing the kitchen from the bathrooms, and another dividing the half bath from the master bath.

Garage entrance looking in

Standing near the garage entrance, looking into the kitchen and living room.

ADU bedroom doorway

Moving to the back of the house, this will be the ADU bedroom. This is looking out towards the ADU living area.

ADU closet doorway

Standing in the ADU bedroom, looking towards the new closet doorway. Beyond that will be the new laundry room/pantry.

ADU bathroom doorway

Again, standing in the ADU bedroom, looking towards the doorway to the adjoining bathroom.

ADU bathroom and closet doorways

A broader picture of the two previous doorways.

Doorway to laundry opposite

Standing in the ADU bathroom, looking towards the laundry room/pantry doorway. There will be a wall separating these spaces. Beyond the doorway will be a new entrance to the deck, and you can see a sliver of the kitchen through the doorway to the left.

Doorway to laundry

An opposite view — standing in the back entry looking towards the laundry room/pantry doorway. Again, there will be another wall here separating the laundry from the ADU bathroom.

Doorway to ADU opposite

Standing near the ADU entrance, looking towards the main house.


Doorway to ADU

An opposite view — standing in the main house near the kitchen, looking towards the doorway to the ADU/future master bedroom.


Demo with Friends

Not only has the rainy season begun, but so has the dreaded cold season.  I woke up this morning with my throat screaming at me and just daring for me to swallow.  Ouch!  But hopefully it is nothing a little TLC and a hot toddy (er, I mean, tea) won’t fix!  😉


These ladies rocked!

As expected, we had another great weekend with lots of progress.  And we had quite the crew to help us!  God has definitely gifted us with an amazing group of friends that don’t mind getting their hands dirty on our behalf; and for that, we are forever thankful!


Deanie and Samantha helped Mrs. Fab remove some U.G.L.Y. curtains.


Samantha’s other half, Guillaume, got a work out digging into some drywall.


Guess which goofy guy from last weekend this lovely lady belongs to? 😉


Tiffany was a pro at removing pesky nails from oak trim we hope to sell or donate.


Ty’s got some big guns! Come back any time, Ty! 🙂


That’s right, Mr. Fixer helped too!


These ladies were a great cleanup crew and awesome de-nailers!  Mike, who is hiding behind them, was a little camera shy! 😉

Our main project was getting the walls prepped for new windows, new electrical, and insulation. The ladies spent lots of time removing trim and de-nailing, and the guys got busy with the sledge hammer!  We got loads done and really enjoyed spending time with everyone.  What could be better?


Limin was excited to take the first swing at this wall!


And it’s a home run by her hubby, Nick!


Taking a break.


Our 1950’s house was never insulated, and it has old knob & tube wiring. The windows are all single-paned originals… brr!


Future master.


The wall on the left (where you can see the shower/tub peeking out) will have a new entrance for a master bath.


This little nook will become a new closet, and the existing closet will join with the other bedroom’s closet

As you can see, dust was flying all day!  Our windows arrive on Thursday, so that will be the next big project–and as I hinted at previously, I will soon be writing up a little tutorial on how to correctly pick out and order new windows.  Also stay tuned for some minor design revisions that I’ve been working on this last week!

Be well, wash your hands, and stay healthy! 🙂

Mrs. Fab




Cabinets, Walls, and Rat Poop (oh my!)

The rain has finally arrived, friends!  Time for jackets, boots, umbrellas, and dirty doggie feet. And pumpkin, of course!  As a matter of fact, pumpkin is all I can think about right now.  The drizzle outside and chill in the air just makes me want to bake, bake, bake.  Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin.

Our fixer project has definitely been making some major progress in the past week.  Not that I’ve had anything to do with it!  One of my dearest friends flew in from Montana on Thursday for a visit, so we ate, shopped, and ate some more until Sunday morning when she finally had to head back home.

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach

In the meantime, though, Mr. Fixer was busy pulling up carpet, removing cabinetry, and smashing down walls.  Luckily, we were able to recruit some fantastic helpers to help him tear things down while I played, so a lot was accomplished!

After the chimney came down last weekend, removing the carpet was next on the to-do list.  Mr. Fixer shampooed it first, then carefully pulled it up (after letting it dry, of course!) so we can reuse it in the new back bedroom.  We intend to rent this back portion of the house (see design here), so reusing this carpet is not only a sustainable option, but we also won’t care if the renter trashes it eventually.

A before shot.  Notice the dark stains and obvious traffic patterns.

A before shot. Notice the dark stains and obvious traffic patterns.

Post shampoo.  Nice job, Mr. Fixer!

Post shampoo. Nice job, Mr. Fixer!

Nice linoleum, eh?  Too bad they ruined the lovely wood floors beneath it when it was glued down! :-(

Nice linoleum, eh? Too bad they ruined the lovely wood floors beneath it when it was glued down over the top! 🙁

After the carpet came out, Mr. Fixer started removing all the base and wall cabinetry from the kitchen, laundry room, and back bathroom.  My mom and I started this process last weekend in between hauling loads of chimney brick by removing all the drawers and doors.  Again, we are going to try to reuse this cabinetry if possible, so we tried to use great care in the removal process.  We also inconspicuously labeled all the drawers and doors so we would know which cabinets they fit back into when reassembled.  A big shout out and thank you to our muscle man Ryan, who helped Mr. Fixer keep everything in one piece!

Power tools aren't only for boys!  Thanks, Mom!

Power tools aren’t only for boys. Thanks, Mom!

No doors

Labeling the drawers and doors helps you fill those empty slots again in the future.

Neatly stacked so they can be reused in the future (Mrs. Fab is secretly hoping for new ones, though :-))

Neatly stacked so they can be reused down the road (Mrs. Fab is secretly hoping for new ones, though… wink, wink).


Post removal.  G.R.O.S.S.

Bet you were wondering when the rat poop would show up, huh?

Bet you were wondering when the rat poop would show up, huh?



Note to self: do not nail your cabinetry into a plumbing pipe. Luckily, it only leaked 25 years later when the cabinet came down!


Laundry room



Once the cabinets were removed and stowed away, the real fun began!  Again, Mr. Fixer had some great help by our exuberant friend, Luke.  Luke was not only super excited to knock things down manly-man style, but he is also in the process of buying his own first home, so he was looking forward to getting some hands-on experience for his own future projects.


A before shot. Remember that the kitchen is on the other side of this wall.

Frame-worthy pic.

Luke, you’re so frame-worthy!


Tip: be conscious of any electrical wires and plumbing in the wall before you get too demo-happy.


Bye-bye ugly kitchen!


Post clean-up. Remember my tip on bearing walls? The large header over the archway indicates that this wall is carrying a structural load (i.e. the roof). Because this wall is eventually being removed, we will have to keep a beam in its place.

Well, friends–to be continued, as always!  Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to measure and order replacement windows; but in the meantime, enjoy this cozy day!  I am going to go make some muffins.  Pumpkin, of course.


Mrs. Fab