About Us

Here we are – Curt & Francia  the first night in the reno house. Before long the three, six, 8 year (so far) renovation will commence. Art lovers (the Picasso work shirt should give it away) and art gallery / business owners. It’s my love of art that inspired me to renovate this house to be the showcase of some of our favorite pieces. I love a building challenge and this one will be just that.

Francia on the other hand is quite ambivalent  – but her lack of interest is only matched by her patience. Thanks, honey.

Come join us.

42 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. We have no DIY skills, so worked alongside a great team of professional contractors. Still, it was quite the experience. Can only imagine all the stories you could tell… will be back to read some more!

    • Thanks for stopping by. Any renovation is quite the experience, whether you use the tools or direct the team- it’s sometimes harder to make sure it’s done the way you want than to do it yourself, so I tip my hardhat to you. Things look great!

  2. Curt – thanks for visiting our Art Farm blog. I will check out your site for tips, insights, and tales of the misadventures. nothing better than working on my own home! i am sure you share that thought. david mahany

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. While mine isn’t one dedicated to home remodeling like yours, I have done a few projects around the house. My father and I have gutted and re-trimmed the dining room as well as filled a 9ft high by 20ft long niche with built-in bookcases and cabinets. It can be stressful at times but if also can be fun.

    • You’re so right about the good and bad of renovation – but it is a great feeling when you’re done. Looking forward to seeing that kitchen tile job.

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love how you write so technically about your renovation procedures. If Barnabas were in charge of the blog and/or had the time to write it would look a little bit like yours. I hope you are enjoying the journey!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by – and the well wishes! Your restoration sounds wonderful. I just love stone on houses – in fact I fell off a ladder prepping the rain screen that goes behind the limestone I’m adding to the house. Thanks for following along.

    • No, thank you! It’s a fun, fun, fun world when you’re a renovator. I hope you don’t learn how to fall off a ladder from me. Three more weeks and I’m out of this wheelchair! All the best and safe remodeling.

  5. My wife, Pat, and I purchased a 1926 Sears Kit Home three years ago. We retired into it in June 2012. Since then we have remodeled the living room, formal dining room and two bathrooms (took 3 1/2 tons of concrete out of the upstairs bathroom). It has been a real task. But…a fun task. Appreciate your blogs and work very much, as well as your gallery.

    • Yes – reading your blog I can tell you would be one of those that finds joy and meaning in labor. I think most people look at renovations as a necessary evil. My wife thinks I’m crazy to DIY when I could pay someone to do it for me. She doesn’t get it. I would love to see posts concerning your renovations – but I have enjoyed your thoughts on pottery. I am a big fan of pottery and have it surrounding me daily. I have a great deal of art – as I should being an art dealer. But my favorite joys come from holding a piece of pottery and thinking of the artist who created it – few works of art are as intimate.

      • I will set up a blog page to share some of the things we have done to fix up the old house. I fell in love with pottery the first time I touched clay. It’s literally a “feeling” thing. Over the course of the years pottery has kept me grounded, and enabled me to get through some tough times. Pardon the seeming “puns” but how else can you speak of pottery. I look forward to getting to know you better over the course of time.

      • Thanks George – I would love to see what you have done to the old girl. I am enjoying your posts – I suppose that’s why I became an art dealer – so that I could surround myself with objects created by hand. Thanks for stopping in.

  6. Thanks for cruising by our blog on the renovation in our office. I love your blog title with “mis” in brackets! Too funny. I think it is only those who see the fun side of doing these jobs who actually enjoy doing them! Our little group is well practiced as we moved from an old house into a new building, but we still manage to “reno” it! Best of luck with your blog!

    • Thank you – It you were very thoughtful in your continued support of your cause. It’s people like you who make the world a little bit better.

  7. Thanks for the like! In case you’re interested, balkengelage.wordpress.com has a sister, beamsandhayforks.wordpress.com, which is basically the same blog, but in English.

    I really like your blog and will be popping by from time to time to see how you’re getting along.

    • Thanks so much! I had to just look at the pictures. I looked up beamsandhayforks.wordpress.com and stated following you there. Love renovations – the older the better. I’ll be watching.

  8. Thanks for checking out my blog and liking some of my pictures. I also love art in all its forms and so some remodeling of my properties too. Looks like we have a lot in common 🙂 I think its neat you’re posting about all your remodeling 🙂

    • Thanks so much Jill – I really enjoy your photography – simply breathtaking. My father was a photographer all of his life – and was a photographer during WWII. The logo of our gallery has a silhouette of my father holding his camera – so I know a good photograph when I see it 🙂 Stay safe out there.

  9. Bam. You’ve been given a Leibster award from me! I’m passing this torch and responsibility over to you Curt. You’re mentioned on my blog but I still don’t know how to do fancy things like link it.

    • Hi Elly! Thanks so much for the nomination – I’m flattered 🙂 Unfortunately I don’t qualify for this because of too many followers – but it’s the thought that counts. I’ll be watching old Abe’s progress.

  10. Hi Curt! I finally got around to visiting your blog! In scanning through, I see a lot of information that will be quite valuable in the renovation of the Masser House. We’re mainly trying to get the house ready for winter (hopefully no water breaks this year or water leaking in from melting snow!) and tidying up just a wee bit. Thanks so much for your visits! We really enjoy your comments–Billl and Donna emailed me tonight telling me how they both laughed out loud over the beard comment. 🙂 Are you still recuperating from your ladder accident? We hope you’re on the mend and back to the renovating soon. ~Heidi aka SecondCupOfCoffee 🙂

    • Hi Heidi – thanks so much for the kind words. I have had more time lately to catch up on my blog reading since I’m still on the mend. I do enjoy a good renovation adventure – so I have been happily following along with the Masser House saga. Looks like a wonderful project by some delightful people – that’s better than watching cable in my book. I wish you all the best – I’ll be watching.

  11. Thanks so much for connecting. I just went to your home page and saw the pic of your bleeding leg….I laughed because I’ve had so many similar abrasions from DIY land…great to meet you 🙂 Keep on DIY’ing…it’s awesome…can’t wait to read your posts.

    • Thanks so much Danielle – that’s one cute blog you have there! I do have one tip for you though – when your new Bosch drill gives up the ghost- get an impact drill and your wrists will thank you. Also use star drive screws and they won’t fall off the bit as often. Keep the bandages close – thanks for stopping in.

  12. Renovation issues, restoration headaches and personal injuries.
    All things I can fully relate to.
    With a sprinkling of art! great stuff-
    Do you want to join the “will we ever finish this b****y project ?” club that I am thinking of starting?


    • Hi Gill – thanks for stopping in. I’ll join any club that has members that can feel the pain of renovations. Physical, mental and/or financial disasters are just around the corner with these old homes. So count me in!

  13. Hi Curt,

    Thanks for the follow (pinfoldlane.wordpress.com).

    You’re the first follower who I feel is actually interested (apart from family and friend’s of course!).

    I like the time and detail you’ve put into your work. I guess that’s the beauty of working on something you love and take pride in.

    I see you’re a yellow tool fan! I’ve just bought my first yellow one. I’m a firm Hitachi fan but couldn’t get a reasonably priced orbital sander from them. However the build quality’s great on the DeWalt and it’s done a wonderful job on the join in the new worktops I’ve just fitted with my dad (post to come in the next couple of weeks I’m sure!).

    Keep up the great work, it’s looking wonderful. Best wishes from the UK,

    • Thanks Pete! Yep, I pretty much love working on renovations. I try to do as much by myself as possible. I just started doing my own copper plumbing because I didn’t like the work of the pros in my area. Dewalt tools are pretty good, but I have about every brand. My framing nailers are Hitachi. I’ve had super good luck with Makita impact drivers. Your place is looking great and I’ll be watching.

    • You have a very nice blog and I enjoyed reading about the Lateral Kitchen Design. Since I’m still in the design phase of my gutted (read gone) kitchen I love to see innovative ideas.

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