Homeownership

A Daunting Project: Fixing Evidence of Basement Water Damage

The Burrow was built in 1929, so it has a semi-creepy, slightly damp 1929 basement. Over the years, I can tell that various homeowners have done different things to prevent water from getting inside and they have done a pretty good job! They just didn’t get rid of the evidence of previous water… One major thing a homeowner did was pour slanted concrete slabs on the driveway-side of the house to keep water away from the foundation. EXCELLENT. There is also foam and caulk around windows, and other stuff like that. A major thing I…

The Great Brick Chimney Adventure

In every homeowner’s journey, there have been…questionable decisions. Mine involved brick and came about a year ago during a three-day long hiatus from school during a terrible snow storm. It just kept snowing and kept being so far below zero outside that school was not able to be in session… so I did something risky. Very risky. In the corner of my dining room, there was a bump out that I knew was a brick chimney. It ran from the attic to the basement. It was gorgeous light brick whenever I saw it exposed…

Open Spaces: Fenced in No More

When I purchased the Burrow, the previous homeowner had fenced off only the back portion of the back yard. It was very perplexing. As someone who has always had dogs and wanted one of my own, the thought of having to trek down the hill to the fence just to let the doggo out was not pleasant. I borrowed my dad’s post-holer, got out my own shovel, prepared to get really filthy, and got to work. Now, this project was spread out over a couple of weeks¬†because I did it all on my own. And then…