Exterior Work

Thanksgiving: Eat a ton of food, take a nap and then get up early to shop climb onto scaffolding 30-feet in the air. At least that’s how the Papineaus do it. Last year our Thanksgiving weekend project was building the porches; this year, we tackled exterior work on the opposite end of the house. We started by setting up scaffolding to pull down the rest of … Continue reading Exterior Work

Porch & Basement Work

Ah, spring (kind of). The weather has been pretty wacky the last few weeks in St. Louis, and the cold, wet days have led to us delaying and rearranging several projects, including our concrete and basement work. We were lucky to have a few days last week that were warm and dry, which helped us knock out a few things this past weekend. First we … Continue reading Porch & Basement Work

Beams, Bricks & Paw Prints

Holy hiatus. It was around this time last year that I posted about how summer is the busiest time of year for both of us at work. Okay, yes it’s technically fall now but since it was 90 degrees here recently, let’s just pretend for a bit longer, shall we? Blogging aside, work at Woodside has been steadily progressing over the last few weeks. We … Continue reading Beams, Bricks & Paw Prints

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