Friday, December 28, 2012

House Blog to Life Blog..

Happy Holidays!!

Hope all you builders out there are managing well through the Winter Weather!!

I've been wanting to post a few projects up on the blog for awhile and add

our Wedding, Dogs, and more DIY's to a page. Enjoy!


Our Wedding

Next!! Awesome DIY Art Projects that will leave you amazed at the skill you didn't know you had!

DIY Pallet Art!
SO ... ya have a Pallet layin around do ya... pry those boards off cause you are gonna make some art.

One of my Christmas Presents to Megan this year was one of my favorite sayings..
"Every Love Story is Beautiful, but Ours is my Favorite"
Can't you see this on your wall! This is in our Bedroom,
I can even make this for you custom.. With your own saying.. Around $125 + Shipping.


DIY Wood Pictures..

I'll place a the "How To" in my DIY section and link here =>
Want something you can hang on a wall.. or place on a table.. or window sill..Check this out..

Use a Gel Medium to attach Picture..

After sitting over night.. Lightly scrub off paper with water.. then Mod Podge finished product.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! Apple Pie Recipe

We wanted to Wish Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! If this is your First Thanksgiving in your House or you look to next year, be thankful for everything that you have. We have loved dreaming this year about a new house and a new life together and look forward to many more days in this beautiful house.

As a fan of Apple Pie, I wanted to share my recipe for the best Apple Pie you may ever try. ENJOY!

DallVechia Apple Pie recipe.


1 pastry crust for a deep-dish pie 9-inch (homemade or store-bought)
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
6 cups thinly sliced peeled apples (You may need more if your family sits by the bowl and sneaks the sliced applies when you are not looking) I like to use Golden Delicious and Fuji apples.
1 recipe crumb topping (see below)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup caramel topping

Ingredients for Crumb Topping:

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup butter

Directions for Crumb Topping:

1. Stir together brown sugar,flour, rolled oats.

2. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until topping is like course crumbs. Set aside.


1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt.

2. Add apple slices and gently toss until coated.

3. Transfer apple mixture to the pie shell (I remove the store-bought pie shell from the aluminum pie plate and transfer it to a 9-inch pie plate of my own, but you do not have to.)

4. Sprinkle crumb topping over apple mixture. 

5. Place pie on a cookie sheet so the drippings don't drop into your oven.

6. Cover edges of pie with aluminum foil.

7. Bake in a preheated 375 oven for 25 minutes. Then remove foil and put back in for another 25 to 30 minutes without foil.

8. Remove from oven. Sprinkle pie with chopped pecans then drizzle with caramel on top.

9. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy warm or at room temperature.

There you go!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

DIY: Laundry Room Drying Rack

DIY: Laundry Room Drying Rack

I really wanted to save the money and build a laundry rack for Megan.
I knew I could do it with a picture, so I did. Here's my DIY Ballard style Drying Rack.
Here is a Similar one from Centsationalgirl Laundry Rack that inspired me.

The Laundry Room isn't exactly gigantic, so that more space I could utilize the better!

You are going to need some tools and materials. (Here's What I used)

  1. Three 1/2 x 2” poplar boards ($5.90) or white board 8 Feet long ($2.67)
  2. Three 3/8” dowel rods (48” long) ($1.20 each)
  3. Sheetrock screw system ($2.41)
  4. White chain with small screw eyes (.68 cents)
  5. Primer and paint of your choice
  6. White Paneling with design of your choice. ($9.78)
  7. Framing Nails and Panel Board nails

- Drill with Bits ( 3/8th's needed for Dowels)
- Rubber Mallet
- Sander with 120 thru 220 Grit Paper
- Jigsaw or other cutting contraption (Ryobi Orbital Saw is $28.00 at Home Depot)
- Tape measure or ruler
- Hammer and Framing Nails
- Wood Filler (Elmer's is great)

Here is the Finished Product!

Tools you will need--

Building the Individual Racks

Rough Frame to double check Cuts and make any necessary changes

Pre-Finish - Awaiting more paint, panel to be secured, white chain and for me 
to finish painting the Laundry Room

On the Wall

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fall.. In Love with your house.

Figured I'd post a long overdue progress update on this rainy Pittsburgh Sunday.

I Love Fall... Growing up in the Hudson Valley, Apples and Leaves Changing seem to be ingrained in my DNA. So as I look out my back door, I'm at peace with the woods that meet our property.


I haven't taken pictures of the outside since the closing, so here they are..

There happened to be some cut Brick ... laying around..
I used it to line the pathway and it came out better than expected.

The Front with some rock outlining the landscaping.
With all this building there are many rocks everywhere..

The small wall of flat rock I built to enclose the mulch

Love the Fireplace.. soo warm on a cold day.
Window Treatments up as well..
Mirror above the Fireplace was a Project..

This is Verona Brick

Mirror was originally Black, 1 hour of sanding and stain later..

Mirror gets the approval of the Interior Designer (Megan)

Love the Natural Light, These are White Levelor Blinds (open)
Pottery Barn Chandelier

A look into the Country Kitchen .. PierOne High Chairs

My Aussie Murphy showing you the comfortable 
Living room Pottery Barn Rug 

Upstairs Foyer
Bedroom Below is the Left Door 
No Artwork yet ..
Queen-Sized Bed about 3 feet on each side
We love the Ferncliff Bedrooms, nice and spacious, one reason why we decided
on  the Ferncliff and instead of the Florence 
Bed Side table I found broken in trash and refinished


Hope your Autumn is going well whether you are building or after. ~J

Monday, September 17, 2012

More Painting.. (Don't try this at home..) you really might kill yourself..

Seriously.. me and my Brother-in-law are trained lunatics.. be careful when painting 25 feet up...


Now that we have an understanding.. enjoy some pics of my continued painting journey.

The Ferncliff Model does pose some interesting painting challenges.

This is really HIGH UP!

My Brotha edging high up on the ladder.. no pressure.

Almost done with that side..

There are steps here.. how did we get a ladder here you ask?

Check this out.. 

Finally, Megan and I are done with all painting downstairs.. thanks to help from the family, especially Megan's Dad for Supervising the two idiots in the picture above!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The fun begins after you build.. One mans trash is another mans treasure

Ok.. before I begin.. Megan and I LOVE LOVE LOVE our house. RH did a great job and although we all have issues from time to time, the quality remains good and our expectations have been met.

For anyone going through the building process, I don't miss the stress and week by week unknowns that occur. Good Luck to those still building their dream and waiting.. endlessly waiting till that awesome, amazing, exciting day when it's all yours.

The Fun Begins AFTER you Build..

Home Ownership is everything I thought it would be, however like we say in my field..

"It's what ya don't know that will get you."

 I hope any information on this blog and other blogs is informative to the perspective RH buyer/builder.

SO.. Do you remember this picture from my last post.. I had huge runoff and water flowing into my yard from an undeveloped lot. and uneven soil placement.

White Water Rafting anyone??!?!

This had me concerned, as I had issues with drainage from Day ONE and I really love my Yard
I have a Huge Yard, I paid a premium for it..and I have dogs that love to run. I need a functional Yard
I don't need a swamp.

Like any issue, I spoke with the PM at the 30 day and we discussed options. Being adamant and polite
is always a great combination. I now have a fixed (hopefully) Yard

Mini Trench spanning my yard

Two Drains to be installed

 Installed.. you can see the Black bags to the right to help keep the water over there

More Dirt to level the basin I had plus new seed. 

The lesson is this: If I didn't ask for this, it wouldn't have gotten done. If something bothers you, it's better to speak your mind and communicate that to be complacent. 

Dumpster Diving - well with all these dumpsters around the neighborhood, I can't help but see what's inside..
 I'm not sure how frowned upon this is so I'll phrase it this way..
Items I noticed in the dumpster..
-30 foot aluminum ladder from dumpster (nothing wrong with it, I checked)
- various pieces of unused 2x4 
- unused bags of cement
- caulking
- various sizes of plywood
- I made this Planter for basil, parsley, rosemary etc
I since finished painting it, I'll place picture here tonight

Happy Diving..

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pain...T .. Projects and Honey Do lists..

Thought I'd post an update! Being a new homeowner is hard.. these past 8 weeks have been filled with a lot of fun but long hours and hard work!! 30 day inspection complete.. Lawn issues..

Important Items to work on..
-Interior decoration
-getting married, so everything that entails

I wanted to post the colors Megan picked for the great room. She really has an amazing eye!

This wall is called Seascape (Valspar) and is a great accent wall with the Fireplace.
It is surrounded on all sides by Roasted Garlic (Valspar)

This color is Pink Suede (Valspar) 
It really brings out the Golden Mascarello

 Before and After

The Dining Room is Roasted Garlic (light green)

Upstairs Master.. (Valspar SeaSpray)
 with new bed tables

Megan didn't like the old bed tables.. so I had to "fix" them


Bathroom is Riesling (Valspar)

 Side note with lawn..

It rained a lot!! Swimming Anyone??