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Updated on January 22, 2017
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We Will Never Forget 2013

On June 1st of 2013 my husband and I began our biggest DIY venture yet......the remodeling of our 640 square foot cottage.

I suppose I was a bit naïve about the timing, but I didn't realize when we began that we would be living at my inlaws for three months. Yep, it took a very long, hot summer (actually three months) before we had progressed enough to move back into our cottage.

When that day came the beginning of September we decided to take some much needed time off this DIY project. This extensive job was draining on the mind, body and our finances so this break was very welcome.

Time has flown by. Two days after moving back in, we had family visiting from the mainland. Two weeks after that, more family came. Surfing season came early this year and since this is my husband's lifelong passion, it looks now like it will be early Spring before we finish up the detail work on our cottage.

Here are a few highlights during the renovation. (I plan to publish another page once the job is complete.)

All photos on this page are my own: Pam Irie

Where To Put Stuff???

We Begin.....

Two weeks prior to moving out of our cottage, I had to go through all of our belongings to determine what was important to keep and what we would be replacing.

A lot of necessary purging was completed. Many, many items were donated to our favorite charities and some furniture pieces were sold via Craigslist. Everything else was wrapped, boxed up, labeled and either put under tarps outside on our covered lanai or taken to be stored ceiling high in the spare bedroom of my in law's home. We used a lot of packaging tape before the packing was completed.

There it remained for the 3 month duration. Whatever wasn't in our overnight bags we didn't see until we moved back in.


Preparing for the Big "Temporary" Move

I don't exactly know why, but moving can be very tasking no matter how well you've planned. Over the years of this lengthy marriage we've moved several times and learned a few things. One of the best products we discovered were furniture mover sliders. Those things truly can alleviate a lot of stress by making you better prepared.

Super Sliders Round Movers for Furniture on Carpeted Surfaces – Reusable – 16 Pack – 3½-inch Diameter
Super Sliders Round Movers for Furniture on Carpeted Surfaces – Reusable – 16 Pack – 3½-inch Diameter

These furniture sliders are invaluable when it comes to moving. They absolutely prevented arguments between my husband and I. Moving furniture can be a real pain; these make the job much easier!

 

Remodeling Checklist

  1. Demolition - Remove Existing Ceiling, Gut the Kitchen and Bathroom, Remove all Remaining Staples from Ceiling Framework
  2. Haul Away Rubbish
  3. Take Accurate Measurements and Order New Building Materials
  4. Install 1/2" Plywood as new subfloor over original hardwood flooring (original hardwood too worn to refinish)
  5. Frame Walls, Windows and Doorways, Frame Out New Bathtub
  6. Install New Single Hung Windows
  7. Rough in plumbing work in bathroom and kitchen area
  8. Install bathtub and shower surround
  9. Secure new interior 2x4 framing to existing exterior walls from the outside in
  10. Add hurricane straps on wall studs to secure roof inside (Hawaii building code)
  11. Install heat deflecting shields in attic rafters
  12. Rough-in electric work
  13. Final inspection for electrical, etc before closing up interior walls
  14. Apply insulation between wall studs
  15. Drywall guys come in and hang, Mudd and texture ceilings and walls
  16. Cut opening for vent for new exhaust fan over the stove
  17. Prime paint all interior walls and ceilings. Top coat ceilings and walls with finish coat.
  18. Install new hardwood flooring throughout home.
  19. Install new ceramic floor in bathroom, attach pedestal sink and install toilet
  20. Begin interior finish carpentry by installing baseboards, framing windows and doors
  21. Build frame work for kitchen cabinets using new Kregg Joint System. It's awesome!
  22. Apply kitchen countertop, hang new exhaust fan in kitchen, install recessed lighting, ceiling fans and light fixtures, and electrical covers.
  23. Move back in. Take a much needed break!

Demo and Framing

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Me and a sledgehammer. The sledgehammer is your friend during the demolition phase.Some walls are down.Breaking through a closet.Kitchen deconstruction. What a mess!Every nail and staple in the ceiling framework must be removed before the new drywall goes up.Storing materials and a few furniture pieces into one area until the very last minute.Framing work and the new windows are installed.Framing is complete. Notice in the foreground that white blob is our refrigerator which we had moved into the living room area during renovations.Heat deflecting shields in place in ceiling rafters. They really make a difference in regulating the temperature inside our cottage.My husband installing the tub and tub surround.
Me and a sledgehammer. The sledgehammer is your friend during the demolition phase.
Me and a sledgehammer. The sledgehammer is your friend during the demolition phase.
Some walls are down.
Some walls are down.
Breaking through a closet.
Breaking through a closet.
Kitchen deconstruction. What a mess!
Kitchen deconstruction. What a mess!
Every nail and staple in the ceiling framework must be removed before the new drywall goes up.
Every nail and staple in the ceiling framework must be removed before the new drywall goes up.
Storing materials and a few furniture pieces into one area until the very last minute.
Storing materials and a few furniture pieces into one area until the very last minute.
Framing work and the new windows are installed.
Framing work and the new windows are installed.
Framing is complete. Notice in the foreground that white blob is our refrigerator which we had moved into the living room area during renovations.
Framing is complete. Notice in the foreground that white blob is our refrigerator which we had moved into the living room area during renovations.
Heat deflecting shields in place in ceiling rafters. They really make a difference in regulating the temperature inside our cottage.
Heat deflecting shields in place in ceiling rafters. They really make a difference in regulating the temperature inside our cottage.
My husband installing the tub and tub surround.
My husband installing the tub and tub surround.

Should YOU Do It Yourself?

Start small and work your way up in DIY.

Pick up new tools as you progress in skill.

Quick Birthday Break

After two months of work we were ready for the drywall guys to come in and do their magic. This is one job my husband and I opted out of. Drywall is one job we both absolutely hate plus the professionals are fast and they do great work! Neither of us have the patience for the taping and drywall mudding and sanding work, not to mention how heavy those drywall sheets are.

So, while the drywall guys were doing their thing, I flew to Oregon to celebrate my 58th birthday with our daughter and left my husband home to deal with the crew.

It was a relaxing trip. When I came back to the islands, it was time for clean up. We still had the flooring to install but this basically marked the beginning of what we call the "pretty work".


The Renovation Continues.....

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Drywall finished - Kitchen.Drywall finished - Living RoomDrywall finished - BathroomDrywall finished - First BedroomHubby is installing the new hardwood flooring.All the ceilings were painted flat white. I chose barley for the walls of the living room and adjoining kitchen.Bathroom floor tile work completed.Interior trim work begins. We found out I was much better at cutting and installing the trim than my husband. (I have more patience). :)New T111 plank siding is going on the outside of the cottage. Notice wrappings around the new window frames BEFORE siding goes up.Measure twice, cut once. :)
Drywall finished - Kitchen.
Drywall finished - Kitchen.
Drywall finished - Living Room
Drywall finished - Living Room
Drywall finished - Bathroom
Drywall finished - Bathroom
Drywall finished - First Bedroom
Drywall finished - First Bedroom
Hubby is installing the new hardwood flooring.
Hubby is installing the new hardwood flooring.
All the ceilings were painted flat white. I chose barley for the walls of the living room and adjoining kitchen.
All the ceilings were painted flat white. I chose barley for the walls of the living room and adjoining kitchen.
Bathroom floor tile work completed.
Bathroom floor tile work completed.
Interior trim work begins. We found out I was much better at cutting and installing the trim than my husband. (I have more patience). :)
Interior trim work begins. We found out I was much better at cutting and installing the trim than my husband. (I have more patience). :)
New T111 plank siding is going on the outside of the cottage. Notice wrappings around the new window frames BEFORE siding goes up.
New T111 plank siding is going on the outside of the cottage. Notice wrappings around the new window frames BEFORE siding goes up.
Measure twice, cut once. :)
Measure twice, cut once. :)

Two Days Left to Work

We had only two days to get our kitchen up and running and we did it! We built the base frames of our cabinets (with the exception of the clearance-bought corner cabinet) in a very short time using our new Kreg jig. It makes the strongest and fastest joinery in woodworking.

The doors aren't on the cabinets and there is a space waiting to be filled with a dishwasher, but the water is running and the appliances are in place.


Kreg SK03 Pocket-Hole Screw Kit in 5 Sizes
Kreg SK03 Pocket-Hole Screw Kit in 5 Sizes

We were glad we ordered this kit to go along with the jig system. There are enough screws in here for several DIY projects.

 

More Cooks In The Kitchen!

You can see there is still paper taped to the windows, but the new exhaust fan is installed, the pots and pans are hung up. We now have a working kitchen for the foodie members of our visiting family.


Time to Play!

It's time to play. The finishing details have been put on hold temporarily. For all intents and purposes, the main job is done.

The pretty stuff will just have to wait a bit. Stay tuned for an updated page!


Have you done any remodeling or renovations on your home?

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      Justin Linden 2 years ago from Ontario

      Absolutely Loved it.

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      adina123 3 years ago

      wowww

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      Nothing this extensive. Wow! It's looking good, though. Congrats on LOTD!

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Wow! This is very impressive. You almost built a home. Congratulations.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @jennabeezer: That's the way we usually did things too, especially when we had the kids at home. Now it's just me and the hubs (and the dog) at home, it's a little easier just to jump right in. lol

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @KFRaizor: LOL. Your comment tickled me! Thank you! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      What am amazing job. I wouldn't know where to start!

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      jennabeezer 3 years ago

      When my husband and I first toured the home we live in, we said to each other, "We have to live here! But we'll change everything, of course." Next month marks nine years that we've lived there, and we're STILL working through our renovation a bit at a time...Nice job here with yours. I enjoyed the photos.

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      KFRaizor 3 years ago

      My favorite renovation tool is the Yellow Pages! I commend your ability to do it yourself. I don't have enough talent to drive a nail in straight.

      Congrats, too, on your Lens of the Day award.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @PNWtravels: Building a brand new home......that will be an adventure. Congratulations! I would love to read a lens and see how that is done and I'm sure I'm not the only one. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @valueapartments: Thank you! :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @PriyabrataSingh: Thank you! :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I'm not very handy but this is a terrific lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @anonymous: Thanks so much!

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      We've done some remodeling projects, but never ones so extensive that we had to move out while they were being done. We recently embarked on the journey of planning and building a new home, so we'll soon see how well that works - I hope we do as welll as you did. Great lens - congrats on LOTD!

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      Value Apartments 3 years ago from London

      Stopping by to say, Congratulations on getting LOTD!

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      Congratulations on getting Lens Of The Day !

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @tedwritesstuff24: Wow! THAT is a job! You should definitely do a lens on this!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @sierradawn lm: Glad our cottage is only two bedrooms. lol

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @eilval: Thanks so much!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @ASMMohiuddin: Thank you!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @TerriCarr: LOL That stuff stayed there 3 months. I was so sick of looking at that pile every day though.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @tbrianpeel: Thanks! We really need to get back to work though and get this finished. When surf season is over this year, it'll get done! :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @David Stone1: Thank you Dave! :) We're not so brave, just not rich enough to hire the work out. lol

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      calconcrete 3 years ago

      Congratulations on a project well planned and almost done. Looking forward to seeing the completion. Liked your tool references.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @calconcrete: Some of those tools just make the job that much easier. :) Can't wait to get this completed!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Faye Rutledge: I think a brand new home is something I'll never have, but that's okay. It's just so expensive over here. I'll have to be happy with my cottage.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Tom Maybrier: Thanks much, Tom! We love the greenery too. We refuse to enlarge our cottage because we enjoy the outdoors here so much and want to keep as much of the yard as possible. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Dressage Husband: Every DIY job you do seems to make you better and better, doesn't it? Rush deadlines are fun WHEN it's over! lol

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Nancy Hardin: Thank you so much, Nancy! It means a lot to mean to hear you say that!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @ecogranny: Grace, what a compliment!!! Thanks so much for your words! I totally can just picture you doing that. The things we women do, huh? :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Merrci: Thank you! Yep, we always have to figure in at least an extra 10% on materials, money, time. Something ALWAYS comes up. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @delia-delia: Thanks! I would like to say NEVER AGAIN too, but I'd be lying if I said that. I'm sure there are more renovations to come. I just don't want it to be too soon and NOT this big. lol

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Flora Crew: Thanks for both! I LOVE Habitat for Humanity. It's an awesome cause and you can learn a lot working with those guys!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks a lot, Susan! I was happy this lens made it for sure.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @dahlia369: Thank you. It WAS nice moving back in. Everything seemed all brand new. Probably because it was. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Susan Zutautas: Thank you!!!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @gottaloveit2: LOL haha Thanks Lori! I think he's pretty cute too! lol

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @bossypants: Thanks bunches, Ann! It just feels so much homier now. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much, Diana! :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @anonymous: A kitchen remodel can be a pain. Not having a sink to work out of or a stove for cooking. Bet your kitchen looks nice now!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Diaper Bag Blog: Sounds like you've been busy too. You should do a lens on your home!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @OhMe: Thanks so much! It was very exciting to see that LOTD. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @rattie lm: Good luck on your renovations! You'll probably get it just the way you want it and then its time to sell. We did that too many times in the past. lol

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @esmonaco: Thank you! My husband has a full time job in addition to this so we were juggling everything for months.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @LoriBeninger: Thank you! I was so excited to see that! :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Susan Zutautas: Susan, I replied above for some reason. lol

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @shadowfast7: Sure was, but worth it for sure!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @MarcellaCarlton: It sounds charming! Glad to see you appear all recovered now. YAY!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Ruthi: Ruthi, I cannot wait to be finished. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @lizzie-robinson: Thanks so much!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Scarlettohairy: I'm kinda tired looking at these pics and remembering. lol

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Mommie-Moola: Every DIY project finished deserves a pat on the back!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @PaigSr: Hope you saved some of that awesome hard to find barnwood! :)

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      TedWritesStuff 3 years ago

      In the middle of doing it right now...am replastering all the brick walls ;-) oh the joys!

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      What an enormous job you tackled! And you made it all look so easy! Congrats on your great lens!

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      Eileen 3 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Fascinating lens . Congrats on LOTD !

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      ASMMohiuddin 3 years ago

      Congrats for a great lense

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      That first photo of stuff hidden under tarp reminds me of my place right now. Ugh!!

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      tbrianpeel 3 years ago

      Incredible account of your experience! Things are looking great and that is very well-deserved play time!!!

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Very minor, and I think you are a very brave family to take this on. Great presentation on the project, a pleasant read.

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      Buzzing back to say, Congratulations on LotD!

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      We haven't remodeled, but we did build our house, which is also taxing on a marriage. :) We did a lot of the work ourselves and contracted some of...like the drywalling. It was worth it in the end, we love our house.

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      Tom Maybrier 3 years ago

      Wow, I love your landscaping! What a view through your new windows!

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Yes we have removed kitchen cabinets and laid laminate flooring over old pine floor boards which had gaps so large that we got plenty of ventilation! Well done on the LOTD and purple star.

      The only time I had to move out and redo was an apartment I had bought to let out. The guy I hired to do the job moved in and never completed anything. When I returned from overseas I had to tear everything out and redo it all. I had just 2 weeks before my first tenants were due to move in, but I managed it, still not sure how!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Congratulations on LOTD! If any lens ever richly deserved it, this is the one. You described perfectly, not only the work on the renovation, but also the trials and tribulations such a job places on the family and the marriage. Terrific work, well done!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Not yet. Congratulations on your well deserved Purple Star, veryirie!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh yes. When I was eight months pregnant, we gutted our kitchen. You can imagine what it was like washing dishes in the bathtub with that belly. : )

      Congratulations on your richly deserved LOTD. You've told the story of your renovations in pictures and in words so well, that I hung on every word--when I had planned to spend those minutes an entirely different way. Looking forward to the update.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Years ago. Your's looks great! It always takes so much more time, energy and money than expected! Hope you are loving the results! Congrats on LotD! Enjoyed all the photos too.

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I give you guys credit! I will never go through remolding or renovations again...nope never again!

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      Flora Crew 3 years ago from Evanston, Illinois

      No, but I am a member of a student chapter of Habitat for Humanity and helped with a house painting last summer. Great lens. Your cottage looks like a fun place! Also congrats on your length marriage!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Back to congratulate you on your Lens of the Day! I'm thrilled for you - I really did enjoy this lens!

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      dahlia369 3 years ago

      Renovations can be stressful in every way but it sure is nice to move into a renovated living space. Congrats on LOTD!! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Coming back to say Congrats on your lens for being chosen as LOTD!

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      Congrats on LoTD! So happy to see your face on the article! And, your pictures are amazing. More pics of that husband though please - he's totally rocking that tan.

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      bossypants 3 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Congratulations on LoTD! Well deserved! I sure enjoyed reading this lens and seeing all your hard work pay off in such a nice new look to your cottage!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      So very, very pleased to see you in that LotD place of honor on the home page. Doing a DIY happy dance for you. Just had to stop back by to celebrate.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      had to rip out the kitchen because the floor was sinking... so we had it done while the bub's in kl and my husband had to oversee everything.

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Yes...twice in a period of 2 years :) I'm so glad we have our new home finished and no "big" remakes are needed. Fabulous lens... Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congrats on a well deserved LotD. Your remodeling looks great.

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      rattie lm 3 years ago

      We have. We have made many mistakes, but we have learned from them. We are just about to undertake some more renovations prior to selling our home and moving to somewhere nice and warm.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Seems you made a good choice to take your time and with some well deserved breaks in between. When I do a DIY I tend to want to hurry things along, not always a good idea. It looks like you guys did a fantastic job, and the most important thing is, that your happy and satisfied when all is finished. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      LoriBeninger 3 years ago

      My husband and I have remodeled, but never DYI. You are a brave woman. Congratulation on the LotD honor. Great lens.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @MJ Martin: Thank you! I can't wait to get everything done so I can publish a lens about the final outcome. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @wiseriverman: Thanks for your comment. Makes me feel great to think we may have inspired others. But, seriously, do your research before you start and ALWAYS practice safety first. There are many, many home improvement jobs that the average person can complete. YouTube has a lot of helpful videos. I also love the DIY Network and HGTV and Lowes and Home Depot websites. Give it a go. If you're dealing with electrical or plumbing or any work requiring permits, follow the building codes and laws in your area. Good Luck! (Do a lens on your "homework". I imagine your home has a lot of character which is so charming!)

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      wiseriverman 3 years ago

      This is so inspirational. I have an 80 year old house that's slowly coming apart but I've never really thought about making any repairs myself. After reading this I'm going to give it some serious thought. I can't wait to see how your project (home) turns out. Good job!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

      Wow, what a huge project, the right tools for sure make a difference. Looking forward to more about the final project. Small jobs we have done, never this extensive, great work!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Thanks Susan! And yes, we hired the drywall work! Leave THAT to the professionals. lol My husband is an electrician and he does plumbing and carpentry and is really skilled at those, but drywall.....yikes! The pros are fast and skillful and just plain BETTER at it. ha Your home sounds awesome! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Many, many reno's :) My husband has always been in the building business and we own a family drywall business so that tends to help a bit. We live in an old Victorian home that is over 130 years old so there always seems to be something to do. We just recently re did our living/dining room. I think our next big renovation will be the entrance-way and Al wants to remove the stairs and banister and replace them. From the pictures it looks like you guys did a great job!

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      Sure Temp 3 years ago

      looks like a lot of work! ^_^

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      Not to this extent, but I'm pretty good at helping out. The cottage I'm in was built in 1989 and we are the first family in it. It could probably use a new water heater but it has a new roof, some siding, and a new paint job that was finished while I was convalescing from a stroke I had in 2011. Love this lens!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Titia: Wow Titia! THAT is so impressive! Congratulations!!! :)

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      Titia Geertman 3 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      We've been renovating our old farmhouse for over 30 years and it's still not finished and our 44 years marriage still holds LOL

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      In my younger years I've done home remodeling but I am not sure I'd tackle a job like you just did! Fantastic that now you get to do all the pretty stuff to show off your newly renovated home!

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      lizzie-robinson 3 years ago

      You have done so much work! Well Done!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oh man, Pam. I am tired just looking at all of the work you guys did! I have done a renovation and this all brought back memories. So much work!

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      Mommie-Moola 3 years ago

      My projects have pretty much been small scale. Happy New Year :)

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      The biggest thing around here would be the barn being taken down before it fell over.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @sybil watson: LOL Well, we DID have our share of arguing going on. haha He has a full time shift-working job too so there were many times when he was running on not enough sleep which didn't help. But.....we made it! :)