Sunday, December 22, 2013

DIY Home Improvement

Our home online business has slowed down now that the holiday buying season is nearly complete, so we will hopefully be able to write more often.  We make the majority of our income online with our handcrafted jewelry line.  We don't make a lot, but we enjoy what we do (most of the time), and it is much less stressful than my previous state education job.  Additionally, it allows us to 1) work at home 2) keep our own schedule 3) have time to continue our quest to build a more self sufficient life.  At this point, we do count on the holiday season for some extra income.  Generally, it helps pay taxes for the year.

Our business, combined with continuing to work on the house, has kept us very busy.  I have been spending a lot of time in the bathroom.  Thankfully, not due to any unfortunate need to be frequenting it, but because we have been working on getting it in shape!  Yay!  I will be happy to not take showers while looking through the 6 mil plastic into the walls and finally having the ceiling insulated and enclosed!  No more worry of spiders crawling out of the ceiling down into the shower with me.

Rich has been working hard and aside from one breakage of a pvc fitting has done a great job.  It's now hard to imagine that it once had a rotten ceiling that had to be removed, holes in the floor, leaking pipes, and a disgusting toilet.  We still have a ways to go, but it's coming along.  Here are a few pictures:

Bathroom at the beginning - Deceptively "okay" looking
Torn apart and a new window!

Torn apart

Working on plumbing

Putting in a new ceiling fan

Lots of work

Getting there

Love having enclosed walls!

Almost there!

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