2014 in Review – THANK YOU!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 49,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 18 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Master Bath: Sneak Peak

With Christmas fast approaching, construction at the Century Home has come to a pause for now.  Our crews plan to get back at it next week.  With rough plumbing and electrical finally complete, our drywallers will be kicking off the New Year with spot repairs throughout.  Soon as they’re done, our tile guy will begin rebuilding the master bathroom.

While my wife and I certainly love to pick colors and tile, we are not interior designers.  Far from it.  Fortunately for us, with online resources like Houzz and a brand new Tile Shop nearby, we don’t need to be!

The great thing about The Tile Shop is that each store has TONS of kitchen and bath vingettes located throughout the store, so you can easily envision what the tile might look like in your home.

We opted to recreate the Eleanor Bath, with a few alternations of our own. Can’t wait to show what they are, but for now…here is a sneak peak of the tile we’ll be using in our master bath.


Demo Here; Demo There; Demo Everywhere!

Why do we yawn a creation and thrill a destruction? 

I have no idea, but destruction is my favorite part of a renovation! The process of wiping the slate clean and starting fresh is extrelely rewarding.  That, and hitting walls with a sledgehammer is a great way to relieve stress!

Demo is largely complete at the Century House and we’ve begun to put it back together, but I’m a little behind on the blog so let me catch you guys up!

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Demo’d butler stairwell in the kitchen and closed off access. Increased size of the kitchen dramatically!

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Cabinets gone. Drywall gone. New electrical being installed. Oh, and 10 foot ceilings!

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New can lighting being installed in the living room. We removed numerous sconces throughout the room in favor of overhead lighting.

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This used to be a four seasons room which was enclosed at a later date, but some of the exterior aspects remained. We removed / closed off some of the windows and framed over a door which was an awkward second entry to the first floor bath.

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Master bathroom. Drywall removed in preparation for new plumbing. Window over tub closed so we can have a full wall of tile!

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Kid’s bathroom. Drywall removed in preparation for new plumbing. Window over tub closed so we can have a full wall of tile! The cast iron tub is almost 350 pounds!

Until next time!


Dance Floor. Lets Work!

My wife and I own/operate a few properties that we rent to the students of our Alma Mater, John Carroll University.  We’ve heard plenty of landlord horror stories, particularly those related to college students, but (*knock on wood*) all of our tenants have been tremendous thus far.

Anyways, we’re planning a kitchen remodel at one of the properties over their Christmas break.  I started a text message thread with the kids to make them aware so they could get their stuff out of the kitchen.  As expected, they were thankful the work was being done.  After all, they’re getting new cabinets and granite. Why wouldn’t they be happy?

Then came 1:12AM on a drinking night.  Apparently, they forgot their landlord was on the thread:

jcu texts