RENOVATIONS – Refinish Old Wood Floor

Renovations 1 Refinish Old Wood Floor

RENOVATIONS – Refinish Old Wood Floor

HISTORY – Refinish Old Wood Floor

Hardwood is the most popular flooring option in the United States. While most early colonial houses had softwood floors, it wasn’t until the 1900’s that hardwood flooring became readily available (ref. The History of Wood Flooring). Chances are if you plan on buying a house older than 1970 it will have hardwood floors and this renovations blog is about how to refinish an old wood floor and make it beautiful again.  Continue reading

Maine Escape DAY 2.0 – Unload & Demo

Maine Escape DAY 2.0

DAY 2.0 – Unload & Demo

PREVIOUSLY – Maine Escape

We arrived yesterday and settled in. The owners (Ray & Nancy) aren’t in residence yet, so we’ll be staying at Maine Escape while we manage the build out. This is going to be a Live / Work setup where we’ll be living and working onsite the whole duration of the project. This is going to save a lot of time and energy that will be reinvested into getting this Continue reading

Maine Escape DAY 0.9 – Crunch Time

Maine Escape DAY 0.9 - Time Crunch

DAY 0.9 – Crunch Time

PREVIOUSLY – Maine Escape

It’s crunch time! There is one month left before we head to the Maine Escape and manage the bulk of the renovation project. It’s been 4 months so far in blog-time since we signed on to this project and began the design and management of this fantastic tiny Continue reading

Maine Escape DAY 0.6 – Breakdown

Maine Escape DAY 0.6 Shop List

DAY 0.6 – Breakdown

PREVIOUSLY – Maine Escape

The Maine Escape blueprints 1st draft is done and out for review. I expect them to come back with some red lines on them indicating changes that need to be considered. In the meantime, I’m going to start looking at local resources and putting together a task list while Liz lines up contractors.  Continue reading

Maine Escape DAY 0.0 – Background and Project Layout

Maine Escape - Day 0.0

DAY 0.0 – Background and Project Layout

BACKGROUND – Maine Escape

My wife (Liz) and I make our living bringing ideas to life. We’re a designer and builder team specializing in project based construction management. The Maine Escape project is a retirement house for my Father (Ray) and Stepmom (Nancy). Like us they’ve decided to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life and take on a slower, more natural lifestyle. They found a renovated hunting cabin for sale in a semi-rural section of Maine and wanted to see if they could turn it into a comfortable year-round home for themselves. Upgrading the house and plot for comfortable year-round living and accessibility is the goal of this project. Continue reading