Woodside: The First Year

It’s been a year, both literally and figuratively. One year ago, we closed on Woodside. And oh, what a year it has been! We chopped down a suburban jungle & pulled off porches. We met some longtime inhabitants of Woodside (raccoons, a groundhog, about 30,000 bees and possibly some paranormal friends). We lifted the house in the air & watched woefully as it remained up … Continue reading Woodside: The First Year

Bees

We are no stranger to critters at Woodside. Raccoons, squirrels, birds & a groundhog have all lived here at one point or another (and those are just the animals we’ve seen – surely there are more hanging around). And then there are the bees. We didn’t really notice them much when we bought the property because everything was so overgrown. Once we cut down the … Continue reading Bees

Renovation Plan: Third Floor

Phew. It’s taken me a while to get around to writing this post. Kind of like it took the ladies of the Victorian era a while to move between the second & third floors of Woodside, which is why they needed that giant landing (hopefully you read the last blog post to get that “joke”). Truth be told, it’s been a little busy around our … Continue reading Renovation Plan: Third Floor

Renovation Plan: Second Floor

I should’ve known when I proclaimed my excitement for not having to scrape snow off my car in winter once we have a garage that it would snow that weekend … in March. Weird, right? Although I am pretty sure it has less to do with what I write on this blog & more to do with Missouri having some crazy weather. In addition to the garage, I’m also … Continue reading Renovation Plan: Second Floor

Renovation Plan: First Floor

Everyone doing okay after all that creepy basement talk in our last post? Don’t worry, this time we’re moving up to the first floor, which isn’t really too creepy but still has some challenges of its own (like the bees living between the first & second floors above the living room). Because we are receiving tax credits from the State of Missouri for our renovation, we … Continue reading Renovation Plan: First Floor

Renovation Plan: Basement

I am pretty sure I’m not alone when I say basements can be kinda creepy. Granted, I don’t have a lot of experience with them – I grew up in a house without a basement and our current house is a slab, but the apartment I lived in after college had a basement. The apartment was in a beautiful old brick building in south St. Louis … Continue reading Renovation Plan: Basement

Demo: Kitchen

In every home I visit, the kitchen always seems to be the gathering spot. No matter what is going on in other rooms, everyone clusters around the kitchen. In addition to there likely being a summer kitchen at Woodside, a later extension was added to the north side of the original home to serve as the indoor kitchen. When we bought the house, the kitchen … Continue reading Demo: Kitchen