Why don't they make them like they used to?

Long time, no video! Hello all. Over on instagram we do a little weekly talk called Manifesto Monday. The last few weeks we have gotten in to some really good topics so I wanted to start bringing them over to YouTube.

Today we're tackling the question "Why don't they make them like they used to?" Obviously the quality of mass manufactured products has changed dramatically over the last hundred years. And you've probably noticed that the quality of certain products has gone down. Why? Well...that's a big question. Let's see if we can answer it.


Hey you guys! One of the most asked questions I get is how do we make our renovation budget? With an old house renovation, budgeting is a HUGE deal. It doesn’t matter if you are a do it yourself rockstar or prefer to hire things out. Every home renovation still needs a home renovation budget. Today’s video talks you through a few of the ways that we diy budget our home renovation and it is one of the most crucial steps in renovation planning. Are you guys doing a renovation on a budget? Do you have any tips? Let me know below, and I hope our renovation budgeting tips are helpful.

American Architecture Styles | Folk Victorian

Today we are kicking off a new adventure into learning about American Architecture Styles. There is such a huge range of styles in American architecture but we’re starting with one near and dear to my heart: the Folk Victorian House. Victorian homes and Victorian houses were obviously known for being a little over the top - that’s the typical Victorian aesthetic. The Folk Victorian house is the same...but a little different. At the core, it is a simple folk house or a national house. But with a bit of extra Victorian trim. This is the style of our Victorian farmhouse and is a wonderful example of classic rural architecture.

Hope you guys enjoy and thanks for watching!

GETTING THINGS DONE - Three Steps to a Renovation Plan

Hey there! Time for another video!

Are you guys struggling with home renovation project management? Whether you are working on an old house renovation or a new house renovation, you need a home renovation plan. But renovation planning can be overwhelming. Where do you start when you are renovating a house? How do you deal with those renovation realities like, you know, actually having to live in your house during a home renovation?

Well, great news guys! Today’s video is my super simple three step process to help you with your home renovation planning. If you are tackling a home renovation on a budget, remodeling a house, or working on a renovation plan for old houses, these steps will get you back on track. When you are renovating a house, you need a renovation plan. Watch the video for this three step process to get your home renovation project back on track.


To do...and do...and do

It's great working in a crew, even if said crew is only two people strong. Our particular crew took the week off before Christmas to plow through our To Do list. After my recent discovery of antique wallpaper in the stair well, I was continuing to chair the Save the Plaster Initiative. I finally worked out a system to remove the hardboard involving scoring, peeling, spritzing, and scraping. Everything about it was labor intensive, filthy, and tedious.

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Deck the Halls

Rule #1 of owning a not-new house: you have no idea what you’re going to find.

Four months after moving in and I’m dying to gut something. We bought this house to renovate after all and I have not RENOVATED. The thrill of ripping out the world’s ugliest carpet has long since died away. It’s time to act!

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On the Absence of Chill

We closed on the house on a Monday but didn't spend our first night here until a Thursday. There were a few things to do before then. We spent the interim building a temporary dog pen, installing a dog door, and cleaning the house as best we could.

At least that was the original plan. The first night (Tuesday) Brandon was very good at knocking out his part of the list and plowed merrily along through the dog fence. I, on the other hand, meandered around the house half heartedly vacuuming rooms, taking down curtains CAKED with grime, and dusting the beautiful staircase. 

My main goal was to get the carpets in the house clean enough for us to sleep in on Thursday.

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