Renovations

How We Think Through and Execute our Many Home Projects

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2017 | 1 comment

I often get questions about how we do so many house projects, how we meet our deadlines, and how we do it all without going crazy or filing for divorce!

We might be crazy (in a good way) to do everything we do, but we really do enjoy the whole process! Today, I’m sharing the steps we take when thinking through and executing our many home projects. 

Why We DON’T Budget for House Projects

posted by Andrea | 07/21/2017 | 27 comments

Over the last 6.5 years, Dave and I have spent a considerable amount of money fixing up, renovating, remodeling, and decorating our home… and since I share the renovations on my blog, I’m regularly asked how we budget and plan for all our home projects.

I’m guessing many of you would be shocked to know that Dave and I actually DON’T budget for house projects… that’s what I’m talking about today!

A Tour of Nora’s New Bedroom

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2017 | 26 comments

Yay — I’m so excited to finally share the full tour of Nora’s brand new bedroom!!

This room was a labor of love. It was such a huge project that started with a complete gut job — new electrical, new insulation, new drywall, new doors and windows, new… EVERYTHING!

Home Renovations and Newborns

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2017 | 17 comments

After 6.5 years of continual house projects, pregnancies, and newborns, Dave and I will both say that all our house projects and all our babies have required more work, time, patience, and energy than we originally envisioned… but both the house projects AND the babies have most definitely been worth it all!

In fact, as I thought more about it, I realized that home renovations and newborns surprisingly have many similarities!

A Nice Change of Pace

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2017 | 10 comments

Although I love schedules, I thrive off regular routines, and I really enjoy finishing up a big project, there is just something to be said for tossing the to-do list every once in awhile! Don’t you think?

Today I’m sharing how our long Memorial Day weekend turned into just the right “change of pace” we needed to take a break from construction and focus on other things.

How We Keep Our Construction Mess to a Minimum

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2017 | 14 comments

I’m often asked how we contain our construction messes and prevent them from traveling into every other space in our house (especially since we have always lived in our house during our renovations).

And since we’re currently in the middle of a VERY messy house project, I thought this would be a perfect time to share how we keep our construction mess to a minimum!

Why We Didn’t Build A True “Master Bath”

posted by Andrea | 02/20/2017 | 24 comments

Over the past 6 years of sharing various home renovations, I have been asked SO many questions about Dave and my bathroom, and (more specifically) why we didn’t re-work our plans to create a true en suite with the master bath directly off our master bedroom.

Today, I’m sharing the main reasons we chose to keep our bathroom separate from our bedroom.

The Kid’s Bathroom {Before and After}

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2015 | 33 comments

Exactly 2 months ago, I shared our progress on the kids’ bathroom upstairs… and although we finished this mini renovation well before James arrived, I’m finally getting around to sharing the before and after pictures now.

I don’t want to blow the surprise, but I will say that it’s much less “neon” now 🙂

Celebrating… House and Yard Progress!

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2015 | 29 comments

No, we’re not completely finished with everything on our “summer to-do list” but we have been making REALLY good progress over the past 10-12 weeks!

Although I can’t share all the official “after” photos just yet (because we’re not quite finished) I CAN share a whole bunch of “progress” photos so we can celebrate how far we’ve come in only a few weeks!

Big News from the Dekkers: We Have a…. Bathtub!

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2015 | 27 comments

No, no baby yet… but at this point, a new bathtub is almost as big of an announcement for us!

After 4.5 years of living in our 3-bathroom house, we finally have a “real bathtub” for our kiddos to splash around in… and yes, they totally love it!

It’s Project Season… Here’s what we’ve been up to!

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2015 | 16 comments

The last 2 weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of hustle and bustle around the Dekker house as we have officially kicked off our 2015 “project season”.

It’s a bit earlier than we normally start working on projects, but with a new baby due around the end of June / early July, we felt the need to start early. Today, I’m sharing our plans (and some of our progress)!

Our Farmhouse Tour

posted by Andrea | 10/3/2014 | 66 comments

Over the years, SO many of you have asked for a full tour of our farmhouse — so since we’re well over half way through renovating our house and yard, I thought now would be a good time to give you a tour!

Welcome to our farmhouse… established: 1890.

Our New Mudroom: The Full Tour!

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2014 | 28 comments

The mudroom is officially finished and we couldn’t be happier! We have plenty of storage for all our seasonal gear and lots of room to grow.

Come take the full tour!

Our Deck: The Official Before + After Pictures!

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2014 | 29 comments

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you probably saw that we FINALLY put the finishing touches on our new deck this past weekend… and today, I’m sharing ALL the before and after photos!

It’s a pretty amazing transformation, and I still can’t get over how much more use we’re getting out of our back yard because of it!

Our Deck Project: Out With The Old, In With the Trex!

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2014 | 13 comments

We started working on our new Trex deck last week Friday… and as of today, we’re ALMOST finished!

I can’t show you the official before and after pictures yet as we’re not finished, but I will share some of the “progress” photos as well as a little more information about our old deck demo + the new deck installation.

Our New Trex Deck Project

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2014 | 22 comments

Last week, I shared some of the progress (and the plans) for our mudroom project. We still have several things to cross of our “mudroom to-do list”, but we’re already gearing up for our 2nd project of the summer… a new deck!

Or maybe I should say, “replacing our old, tiny, unusable deck with a brand new, much larger deck”. I’m sharing those plans today!

We’re Ready for Some Mud… Literally

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2014 | 21 comments

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared bits and pieces of the progress we’re making in our new mudroom — but today, I’m sharing a lot more details, photos, plans, etc. Aren’t you excited? 🙂

Right now, we’re waiting for the drywall guy to come and “mud” the seams — then it’s ready for us to paint, trim, and lay new floors!

My Top 10 Favorite Farmhouse Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/13/2014 | 8 comments

As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite farmhouse posts — all about our home renovations, landscape design, and my sheer love for all things farmhouse!