Homeownership

The Burrow’s Basement Craft Zone

Craft rooms. Doesn’t every girl dream of having one? Well…. I did! I know my sister dreams of a dedicated craft zone, too. In the same section of The Burrow’s basement as the laundry room, there was a dead space along a wall with some amazing shiplap. The Burrow was built in 1929 in northern Indiana so, it is plaster and lath, but there is a single wall of pretty shiplap in the basement. This side of the wall  had already been painted white and the vertical studs were visible as well. I decided to…

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…