What this is about

This blog is a visual record of the transformation of a little house in Evansville, Indiana. It is the story of how one diyer could possess a fair amount of skills, yet lack a similar amount of common sense. It’s a cautionary tale to those who say ‘I can do this’, without a singular plan to get to the finish line.  It is a work in progress.

I must say the house has been kind to me, it has given up its linoleum floors, vinyl windows and ceiling fans graciously. I hope that it’s spirit continues to be generous.

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41 thoughts on “What this is about

  1. Hi Curt! Thanks so much for following my blog! Your home is amazing and your skills are enviable. I’ve really enjoyed looking through your posts and marveling at the detail and great care you take in restoring. You are an incredible wood worker. Although our homes are very different, our experiences are so similar which will make it a pleasure to follow and learn from you!
    We moved to our current home from a 1924 historic cottage. So watching you is oh so familiar. We’re now in a different animal and are feeling our way through. I hope you enjoy it… I know I will. Thanks so much!
    Stacey

  2. Hi Stacey – I thank You! You have an incredible blog and I really like your style. Is it OK if I add you to the blogroll? This is a funny little house and the tale that goes with it. I must be obsessed with doing it once – twice – three times. You’ll see what a lunatic I am as this story unfolds. This bathroom was finished a year ago, but the house has another year or so to go before we move in. My wife thought I was crazy – but this house proves to her that I really am a nut case.

    • Certainly! That is so nice of you. I’ll do the same. We crazy house renovators need to stick together. I’m amazed how much more rewarding a project is when you have friends to share it with. We really went crazy for the first 2 years (of course I wasn’t blogging then.. too busy… but I wish I had. It was intense and now things are slow but we do get things done here and there. I doubt anyone who loves their home ever really gets DONE. It’s too much fun.
      I love a nut case… looking forward to the craziness. 🙂

      • Thanks – you’re added to the Looney bin. My wife knows I’m crazy – she really doesn’t participate in this foolishness. Since we don’t live here she can pretty much ignore me and my madness. But she’ll come around when the kitchen is finished.

    • Thanks so much! We’re following your blog as well. We love to take the 2 hour drive to Louisville just for fun. We renovators and old thing lovers have to stick together – others just don’t understand. Welcome aboard!

      • You know, we haven’t!
        I love old things to add to our house. My gallery has a lot of antique showcases and stained glass. My office has a 20′ stained glass ceiling, so you can tell where I’m coming from.
        Something also on our list in Louisville is Joe Lay too? Do you have a favorite? Any leads are greatly appreciated.

      • Joe Ley’s is fabulous but a little over priced in my opinion. The Goss Avenue Antique Mall is in our neighborhood and is huge. Perfect place to browse on a rainy afternoon.

        E-Bay has ruined the market — hard to find deals these days.

      • Hi!
        Thanks – I was thinking Lay’s might be a little pricey. Thanks for the tip of Gross Avenue. The hunt is the most fun. The prize is just to remind you of all the trouble you went to to find the thing.

  3. Absolutely FABULOUS house!!!! Love what you’re doing with it! Haven’t gotten to read too far in, but your bathroom looks gorgeous. Will be back to spend more time browsing your posts when things settle down a bit here. Got my own craziness going on in my 114 year old home. 🙂 And by the way, I like the way you think! 🙂

    • Thank you! You are so KIND. I have really enjoyed reading your blog and see there was some tree surgery going on at your homestead too. As you have 4 years and going I have 3 years renovating this house – and haven’t moved in yet. Perhaps another year. Thanks again for following and your great blog too.

  4. i am amazed! you are not living in the house? i guess all the changes are easier when there is not a load of stuff around. for me, i don’t quite know what changes to make until i live in the space. it is not that way for you?

    • Hi!
      Love, love, love your blog. Well, as for not living in the place – it’s because every room is under construction – every room. No hot water. Last week I ripped out the 1st floor ac unit. Right before temps got into the 100’s. Yep, not so good on the timing thing. I spend a great deal of time there – making mock-ups and doing the visualizing thing. I love the mental challenge of having the virtual home in my head – then getting out my tools and creating it. There have been many changes made mid-stream as new design opportunities present themselves. Just as you are an artist in your own right – this house is my canvas.

  5. jeez, i just found your answer here after weeks and weeks. still getting up to speed with this format. i went to your gallery site and signed up for your e newsletter, but have not received one. do you create one just once a quarter or so?

    thank you for being so nice and reading my ramblings. i think blogging is serving as a good replacement for not teaching anymore. i don’t want my brain to turn to concrete!

    creativity is strange. i have to have my body in the space before i can create. no visualization/manifestation at all. just reaction to boundaries.

    • Not a problem, and thanks so much for visiting our gallery site. I haven’t written a newsletter for a while. This house is consuming many hours each day. Bad for business, good for the soul. The last newsletter is available on the site – or the blog. It’s enjoyable to read your blog and one can always learn a thing or two. Thanks for the effort.

    • Really have enjoyed your stunning photography and elegant words. It’s a nice break from dirt and sawdust. Thanks for your efforts.

      • Thanks, Curt. I’ve gotten a good deal of inspiration from your renovation work. I’ve been working on my home (built in 1920) for a little over five years now, and there’s still a lot more work to do. (Right now i’m working on box beam ceilings for the dining room and living room.) Your skills are definitely much better than mine, but i’m learning, and that’s what it’s all about. I really appreciate what you are sharing here…good tips, ideas, and inspiration! I will be so glad to finally get rid of dirt and sawdust myself!

      • It’s good there are people here to commiserate with. Perhaps that’s a little too strong a term. Actually, as you well know, renovation is a joy and curse rolled into one. It is a special breed that like this kind of stuff – it’s more than the physical skills – it’s like your beautiful writing. It takes imagination, problem solving and vision – and most of all endurance. Would it be less expensive and way quicker to build from new? Absolutely. But it is the intangibles that make this exercise rewarding. I hope to get to see those box beam ceilings. I’ve been thinking about that myself. It would be nice to see your efforts, but I’m afraid it’ll take more than 1 graphic and 50 words – but if anyone could meet that challenge, it would be you. Keep up the great work. Is it OK to add you to my inspiration list?

  6. Hi Curt, thanks for checking out our blog. Sorry to hear about your accident, we will try to avoid the same with our 50 year old bones! Your reno looks very cool! We will continue to post on our log cabin adventure… an adventure it will be!

    Best, David and Stephanie of PlanetDwell

    • Thanks you guys. I have been enjoying your blogs. Very well done and I just love your style – especially the ‘strip it to the studs’ mind set. Keep up the great work!

    • Ha, ha…well a guy has to have a hobby – and that’s what my renovation is all about. The secret to keeping the marriage together is having a partner that really doesn’t care about the whole process. No interest = no fights. So in some ways I’m very lucky. Good luck over there.

  7. Yes, well I have that. The problem is that the person that doesn’t care is at home with the construction crew every day and the person that does is at work. Hence, the conflicts….. You are lucky that you have the right combination!

  8. Hi Curt! I love your home! You have done so much to it! I like how you explain step by step what your doing and learning in your blog! I will learn so much from you! I wish I would have thought about blogging when we started 3 years ago. I’m putting my blog together from another state now that I have the energy and because I miss and love our basket case of a house. Thanks so much for following me! It is so cool to have the blogging/nutty home remodeler community to lean on! All the best in remodeling and your gallery!

  9. I would love to find Deb Boyer, one who painted one of your pictures (Boat). I used to know her and she has done a drawing for us a long time ago. Please let me know.

    • Hi Nancy! I wish I could help you finding her. The watercolor is one I have had for 30 years or so. I have also tried to search for her to update my art records, but without success. Sorry I couldn’t be more help. Let me know if you find any information on her.

    • Hi Lynn! Well, I sure hope I get this place done this year. As far as my attitude, I really don’t have a choice – my wife says this place needs a kitchen – seems kind of frivolous to me, but she’s the boss.

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