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In the beginning



So we bought a house back in November of 2009. It happened to be on a lake in New Jersey, it’s a mother/daughter house. My parents live downstairs.

Since then we’ve begun to do some projects around the house. I thought I’d take a look back to show where we started some 17 months ago in September 2009 during our home inspection.

Upstairs Kitchen

The eat-in kitchen is quite a large space it. I liked that it’s open to Living room and has a great view of the deck.

Upstairs Living room

The living room before felt a bit cramped that giant TV and couch are blocking half of the room.

Upstairs deck

I still can’t believe I get to look at that view everyday. This was one of the deciding factors to buy this house. You can change everything about a house but you can’t change location.

Upstairs Bathroom

This bathroom had some weird gray graffiti wallpaper going on

Downstairs Kitchen

When we bought the house it had a second full kitchen downstairs. Which is especially nice for our mother/daughter living arrangement.

Downstairs main living area

One of the main reasons we bought this house was the way it was set-up. It has 2 distinct floors with 2 kitchen’s which makes it perfect for our mother/daughter living arrangement. This layout meant we could move right in without any major modifications.  Also the house was in good condition overall, we didn’t need to gut the entire interior for us to be able to move in.

The only bad part about the house was the upstairs white carpets were in pretty dingy condition. But lucky for us during the home inspection we noticed glorious original hardwood floors in great condition under those dingy white carpets.

But after weighing all the options we still picked this house because of  Location, Location, Location and we couldn’t be happier!

Great deck escape, outdoor sectional plans



There’s a certain time every year that I start to get a bit fidgety. It comes the same time every year after the bustle of the holidays have sufficiently left my memory and the novelty of snow and ice has worn thin.

It’s usually about this time I start to plan some projects and count the weeks till the first sign of Spring in the Northeast. This year I want to start on our deck. It’s the spot we spend the most time during the Spring and Summer . It was probably THE deciding factor on the purchase of this house. I love sitting there in the morning to look out on our view below.

The previous owners were kind enough to leave us some furniture on our deck, but it’s not quite what I envision for ultimate sit, relax, drink a cup of coffee,  read a magazine type lounging space. In my mind I’ve always envisioned something along the lines of the Chesapeake Sectional below from Pottery Barn.

But at around $2,000 for the sectional I can’t bring myself to spend that kind of money.  That’s where Ana White comes in. She’s inspired me with her easy to use Simple Modern Outdoor Sectional Plans.  I plan to tweak the plans a bit to some up with a look similar to the Chesapeake Sectional from Pottery Barn by adding back slats.

I’ve done some initial searching around on how to make outdoor cushions once the sectional is complete. While the weather’s still crappy and I can sit inside and make them.  I have to say I was surprised on the price of outdoor foam  It looks to be around $140 for a 4″ x 49″ x 50″ piece of outdoor foam. But I think it’ll pay in the long run when I’m not schlepping the cushions in every night to keep them from getting wet. I still need to do some looking/measuring/figuring before I decide on a final course of action and price out my alternatives.

I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

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