In this special Q&A episode, we start off talking about the progress of our big backyard project and how we’re charting new territory with it. Julia reveals her neurosis when it comes to their third child’s birth date and they open up the mail bag to answer as many of your questions as possible!
• The first question, we chat about “kitchen renovating for noobs” and where to start, save and splurge. We’ve done 4 really different kitchen renovations in the past four years with a variety of budgets and have learned so much with each subsequent one.
1. The first kitchen we ever renovated was in our first home and we. were. noobs! We worked on over a couple years as budget permitted and finished in 2013, right before moving! We spent a grand total of $10,015. You can read about it here.
2. The second kitchen we tackled was the kitchen in our current home–the one you see most frequently. We finished it in 2015, in 7 weeks. It was a complete remodel, involving moving walls, adding gas lines and new cabinets. The grand total was $28,000. You can read more about the budget breakdown here.
3. In 2016, we flew to Pittsburgh and renovated a small, 100 year old kitchen in 6 days for $13,864. You can read about that budget breakdown here.
4. The most recent kitchen we renovated was our fastest and cheapest! We did it in just 3 days, in Baltimore earlier this year and the grand total came to $4555.35. Read more about that here.
• Here’s the link to the episode where we chat with Shea McGee about lighting. (And in case you missed my instal-story about it, here’s the link to my favorite color bulb, a perfect warm, white–3000K for the win!)
• We had a listener question come in about painting the whole house to compliment the almond plugs. Instead, we discuss swapping out the receptacles. Here’s the post on how to do that yourself (if you feel comfortable).
• When another listener asked about whether to save or splurge on curtains, I made a confession about our own living room curtains (we have these, from West Elm, hanging in our great room).
• Here’s that photo a listener sent in of their space that they’re struggling with. We made some suggestions about balance and talked about symmetry and asymmetry. What would you do?
• Finally, here’s the link to caulk backer–an important, often overlooked, little tool that might come in handy if you run into deep lines that need caulked.
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