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Windows, Tubs, & Doors

Hello, friends!  This week I feel like I have been wrestling with my ever-growing to-do list, and even though I planned on posting this Monday, here it is on Thursday!  Like most people I’m sure, I have a love/hate relationship with my to-do list.  Without it, I’d be lost; but with it, I can get so overwhelmed!  Sigh…

[Y.O.G.A. @ 2pm.  Breathe.]

First off, how ’bout that new blog header, eh?!  My wonderful friend Aubrey whipped that up for me this last week (literally, she’s so talented I think she just wiggled her nose and it was done), and I adore it!  I’d love to hear your feedback on the design, too, so please leave your comments and let me know what you think!  Also, if you need your own graphic design services, let me know and I will get you in touch with this dear friend of mine.

Now, on to a house update!  With the nice(-ish) weather that we had last weekend, Mr. Fixer started putting in more windows at the back of the house.  These windows were a little more time-consuming because they weren’t just replacement windows — we (cough, cough, I mean, he) actually had to pull off the siding and cut new openings.  Saturday he was on his own while I hung out with sneaky surprise visitors (thanks again, Mom and Mike!), but on Sunday we had some great help thanks to our friends Jamie and Caleb.  What troopers, too — Jamie was coming off night shift as a nurse at the hospital and hadn’t even napped before she came over to dig in!

Meanwhile, I feel like I have been all over town looking for one piece shower-tub units that do not cost an arm and a leg.  One piece units are not commonly found at your run-of-the-mill hardware store (like Home Depot or Lowe’s) because those types of stores mostly cater to remodels, not new construction.  In a remodel, for instance, it is almost impossible to get the one piece units inside your home.  For us, though, since we have exterior wall openings that are moving (and a one-level home), we have a good opportunity to drag them through the house. In the end, the search will have been worth the trouble — no ugly caulking lines and mold/mildew build-up at the seams.

Behind the scenes, Mr. Fixer and I have also been discussing doors.  Yes, friends, doors. Fascinating stuff, really (ha!).  Seriously, though, do not pass over this design detail and make hasty decisions, because an annoying door can be, that’s right — annoying!  Consider the way it swings, what it will be running into, whether a pocket door/barn door/bi-fold door/double door/etc. might be a better option, and so forth.  Cost, of course, comes into play, too.  Who knew doors could be so expensive?!  Our initial quote from Home Depot was over $4000! We’ve since found less expensive (and better) vendors, but it has been a process.

Well, that’s about it for now!  I have to get a move on with the rest of my to-do list, so I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday! 🙂


Mrs. Fab

New bedroom window

Mr. Fixer enjoying a smoothie break.

Pile of siding

Guess who got to clean up this pile?! 😉


Future kitchen & bathroom

Walls are opening up! Our future kitchen and bathroom space.

Jamie on bucket

Post night-shift worker bee. You rock, Jamie!




You too, Caleb! 😉




Eeek, blood! Caleb’s battle wound.



Mr. Fixer framing new window

Mr. Fixer is framing our new tiny bathroom window.



Lumber difference

The age difference in this lumber is amazing! The piece on the left is from the original 1950s house, and the piece on the right was just purchased.



I worked on removing old insulation from the addition done in the 80s. We will update this with warmer, up-to-code insulation.


A yucky surprise that I found in one of the walls!



Corroded pipe

More corroded pipe. Seriously!

Jamie and Caleb

They made amazing progress and were such a huge help! Many, many, thanks!





Odds & Ends with Friends

Hello, friends!  Happy Wednesday!  I am still playing catch-up with my photos, so these are from two weekends ago.  This last weekend was Mr. Fixer’s birthday, plus it poured outside, so we didn’t do a lot at the house.  Birthday breakfastBut we sure did have a nice day celebrating Mr. Fixer and eating lots of yummy food!

Have I mentioned how wonderful our friends are?  Truly, I cannot keep saying it enough — we have the best of friends!  Whether they are helping us at the house or doing something entirely different, we simply have incredible friendships that I am so grateful for.  Okay, I’ll stop gushing… 🙂

Enjoy this quick update!  I hope everyone is having a great week and getting an opportunity to enjoy the sun that’s been peaking out the last couple of days.  I hear that it is supposed to be 60 degrees on Monday! (Can anyone say beach trip?!)


Mrs. Fab

Attic view of new beams

This is an attic view of the two big beams we put in.


Nick & Limin removing electrical

This fantastic duo is helping to remove old knob and tube wiring.


Samantha removing window

This lovely lady can do anything, whether it is helping to remove electrical or knocking out old windows!

Guillaume removing window

Guillaume should be a pro window guy by now! 🙂


Nick & Limin removing nails

Our deck has to be removed so we can replace a bad sewer line. Great…

Deck screws

Helpful hint: leave your screws in until you are finished so you know where you’ve been!


Mr. Fixer holding rotten pipe

And this would explain why EVERY fixture in the house has a leak.

Guillaume & Nick holding header

Loading up!


New Windows!

Wow — I cannot believe it is the Friday before Christmas already!  Where did the week go?! Well, if you are anything like me, you spent the week running all over the city getting gifts, crafting, wrapping, standing in line at the post office…  Goodness, I am ready for a N.A.P.

BUT, before all that Christmas madness, Mr. Fixer and I had the wonderful weather opportunity to install our new windows!  Even with the building wrap exposed and the trim/siding torn off, the house has gone through an amazing curb appeal transformation.  This especially feels good because we are no longer just tearing down the old, we are actually putting in some new!  With such a huge undertaking like this fixer, let me tell ya, this feels goooooood.

Our wonderful friends Samantha and Guillaume were incredibly helpful for this project — thank you, thank you!  Even during the downtime where Mr. Fixer was the only one capable of doing anything, they helped with yard work and clean up.  AND, that’s not even the best part — Samantha made homemade pizza for us later that night!  Boy, how did we ever get so spoiled?! 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful pre-Christmas week!  Enjoy your time with family and friends, count your blessings, and try to take at least a few minutes to remember the true spirit of this great holiday.  Now about that nap…


Mrs. Fab

before windows




windows out

Getting started



Mr. Fixer and Samantha

I think Samantha might be saying something like, “I’m so cold!” 🙂







Guillaume is getting out some much needed post-finals aggression.



Samantha helping Guillaume

Bracing the window



Samantha and Guillaume doing yardwork

They do yardwork too!



Trimming the rhododendron bush

Goodness, that’s quite the rhododendron!


Post yardwork

What a difference all that yardwork makes!



Reframing large window

We decided to raise up this window in lieu of ordering a custom, tempered glass replacement.

after windows

Mr. Fixer came back throughout the week to finish up the other windows. Looking good!

Homemade pizza

Yummy homemade pizza. Thanks, Samantha!




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