Sergiu (almost) finished with our attic pantry space today! Significantly fewer trips up and down to the basement are in our immediate future!1 Aly's Motivation For almost a year now, we have been using a cabinet in the basement as our household pantry. It's been great to have a dedicated and fairly secure spot in … Continue reading Using Space Efficiently
When you're sad and frustrated that no substantial progress is being made on your enormous house renovation project, focus instead on the appearance of progress. After all, appearances are what's important. I've been re-watching Better Off Ted, and this quote seemed appropriate. The last item on our renovation to-do list is replacing the siding, so … Continue reading PAINT!
While most of the house will be restored using the original lath/plaster design, certain spots it makes more sense to use drywall. A little over a month ago (Sept 2020) Bridgette & I took on a very small drywall project while Elliot & Sergiu were out doing other stuff1. And we did a moderately bad … Continue reading Hanging Drywall
I really enjoyed how the scorching drought of June killed off all the grass, but the garden could have used some rain (and a less intense heatwave) Quick summary update on our first year of gardening in Wassaic: 1. BrassicasI planted three different vegetables in the brassica family, two of which I actually enjoy eating. … Continue reading Gardening Update – September
This is especially true during storm season.1 I'm trying to keep myself honest and post a little more frequently, so even though we have made virtually no progress on the house in the past several months I'm still going to waste a few minutes of everyone's quarantine time and publish a post. The excuse I'm … Continue reading When it rains it pours
So what has everyone been up to for the last four months? Anything new or interesting going on in the world? Part of the reason for my lack of activity on the blog was that I couldn't use my right arm for the last two months (slows down my typing speed!). Other than that little … Continue reading Quarantine Projects
I bought a house. It needs a bit of work* We waived official inspections, replaced the roof, and have begun the multi-year renovation project to bring this beautiful abode back to habitability. Starting in July, we'll live in the attic and slowly restore each of the (so many) rooms back to former glory - with … Continue reading About
Built in 1870 for the Superintendent of the New York Milk Company (later known as the Borden Milk Company), the house is a dream come true. Sure, it's lacking walls, has no running water or electricity, and urgently needed a new roof when we purchased it in January, 2019. But look at it! It is … Continue reading The House