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While our design skills are legit (we have the quals to prove it) we’re no contractors. We have renovated multiple homes (all but this one in England) and learned plenty along the way. But we’ve always used pros for construction, plumbing etc. This time, we’re doing everything ourselves.

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And I mean everything…almost –from flooring to electrical, shoveling rock to painting the exterior. With the exception of two large tree removals and a water mains leak, it’s all us. At first, it was budget-driven, but now it’s a quest. Crazy as it may seem, we actually want to do everything. “Why?” you ask…

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WHY DIY?

Satisfaction –we want to look back and say “we did this”. And while it won’t be Mike Holmes perfect (or Hunter Wimmer perfect, for that matter) we always strive for perfection –not realistic, but you’ve gotta try, right? And (mostly) we get close. We’re proud of what we do.

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Exercise –we work from home (design also pays our mortgage) and DIY at weekends. So we don’t get out much. And we certainly don’t visit the gym. This is our exercise. And it’s hard work. We’re fitter than we’ve been in years, and it’s all thanks to our Eichler. So we’ll keep at it.

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Learning –while some of what we do is akin to prison work, much of it demands skill. We enjoy acquiring and developing those skills. DIY has become our hobby, bordering obsession, so we may as well get good at it. And what we don’t already know is easily found on YouTube.

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RENO ADDICTS

Restoring and renovating is all about problem-solving. That’s something we enjoy. And it’s addictive…or “addicting” as you guys say –some American expressions we still can’t bring ourselves to say.

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We don’t parade our work as the ‘gold standard’ but we’re good at finding design solutions. If you want more info on anything we’ve done, or think you have a better solution, let us know.

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LATEST RESTORATION POSTS

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before & after

We just added a new section to our website –can you guess what it’s called? We trawled old photos, and shot new ones, to represent the before & after of our Eichler …

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green room

Since we ‘finished’ our TV room, we’ve had a nagging doubt that it needed something more. With white ceiling, floor and cinder-block, it just felt too white, even for us …

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looking back: 2016

What a tough year. Many people (us included) can’t wait for 2016 to end, but before it does, we’re reflecting on some positives in FM land …

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music room

For three years, we’ve neglected our fourth bedroom. Home to cream walls and ceilings, wonky switches, and funky carpet. Time to rescue this ugly duckling …

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paneling rescue

We just finished restoring our fourth wall of (previously painted) wood paneling. People often ask about our process, so this was a good opportunity to share …

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guest bath saga

It’s been months (and months) since we finished our guest bath, but we’ve only just mustered the strength to tell you about it –partly ’cause it was so traumatic …

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eichlerversary three

Three years ago, we set foot in our Eichler for the first time. We bought on the strength of photos and video, including this one, shot by the listing agent …

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the tour

Saturday, June 18, 2016 –a day we’ll never forget. We’d been building-up to this date since last fall, when the Sacramento MCM Home Tour was confirmed …

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tour ready

If this was a question, the answer would be “no”. But we’re getting there. Confused? I’m talking about the Sacramento MCM Home Tour –and we’re on it …

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master bedroom

We just placed our master bedroom on the ‘done’ list. We still need to add some artwork, plus the odd piece of furniture, but we’re close enough to share …

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turning the corner

With no rain respite, we’re focusing on flooring. Having finished our all-purpose room and living room, we continued around the corner …

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living room

Point a camera in the right direction (as we try to) and our Eichler could almost pass for finished. In truth, we have a long way to go. But we are calling our living room ‘done’ …

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