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- Porch / Foundation
- Living Room
- Guest Room
- Master Bedroom
- Deck and Patio
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Welcome

I created this site to document my progress as I remodel and share any insights I may have with the larger community of "Remodelers and Do-it-Yourselfers" out there. Also, I travel the globe for my job and this site allows my friends and family to keep up on my progress.

A Little Rant ~
I am SO tired of hearing people say, "TRUE Craftsman homes had natural woodwork and trim." Pfffhht! Making generalities about a subject or people will only get you into trouble. I have looked at all of the wood trim in my house and it is VERY obvious that it was all painted from the very beginning. All of the trim is fir—NOT oak—and everything has a primer that is green in color—similar in color to oxidized copper. Some of the colors the woodwork has been painted over the years are very interesting—but painted none the less and I am painting all of the woodwork in keeping with the original fabric of the house.



Latest Progress

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21 January 2013 — Last Cabinet Doors
Finally got the last two cabinet doors over the vent hood hung. For the main door I used the Aventos HK Stay Lift System which allows the door to be opened and stay in any position. With all of the doors in place, I've drawn up a cut sheet for everything I need to build the face frames for the upper cabinet and also the pantry wall. Then I can send everything off for paint! View more kitchen progress.

The Craftsman / Prairie Bungalow Style (1900 to 1929)


The popular bungalow style was adapted to both expensive and modest budgets—think Greene and Greene to Sears or Aladdin ready-cut mail-order homes. It was due to this adaptability that bungalows spread across the country filling entire subdivisions with charming, practical homes.

Known for their low roofs with generous overhangs, deep porches, and honest architectural elements, bungalows were intended to be built with natural, site-specific materials, and to blend into the environment.

A "Western" bungalow design—evoking America's vision of a pine wooded West—could mean a home with dark green shingles on the second floor and brown horizontal siding at the first floor, all trimmed in brown. The "natural look" was by no means law, however. Similarly styled houses could have pale yellow stucco and white trim—colors more suitable to the bright skies and white beaches of Florida or Southern California.

Bungalow is usually described as a form, not a style. It can have detailing that makes it a certain style—and experts agree that most bungalows are arts-and-crafts style, or a simplified craftsman style. A bungalow generally has most of these qualities:
  • Built between 1900 and 1929
  • One or one-and-a-half stories
  • Low-pitched, hipped roof
  • Overhanging eaves
  • Strong horizontal lines
  • Restrained ornamentation such as friezes around windows and doors, or as bands under the eaves
  • Generous porch with heavy columns, often with rock or stone supports
  • Siding often stucco, stone or brick
  • Double-hung or casement windows
  • Living room joined to the dining room with an arch or columns between
  • Living room doubles as the family room
  • Fireplace
  • Built-in cabinets or sideboard
  • Small kitchen


My Bungalow


My house is a red brick bungalow built in 1922. It is in the 'Liberty-Wells' area—directly west of the 'Sugar House' neighborhood—in Salt Lake City, Utah. City records also call this area the 'East Waterloo Addition.'

This area was originally all farmland and as such the soil is a rich, dark brown. In fact, the original farm house for the area is just one block to the north and is a three-story red brick home with a turret on the front facade.

This photo was taken after I finished the first big project—putting on a new roof. I had to strip off one layer of asphalt and two layers of cedar shingles before putting down new underlayment, a ridge vent, and new asphalt shingles.