Moving our HVAC Vent + Dremel Saw Giveaway

August 20th, 2014

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share the brief tale of how we moved our HVAC vent in the guest room with the help of the Dremel US40 Ultra Saw and offer one up for you to win today!  We don’t advocate doing major changes to your home’s HVAC system without professional help, but in this situation we found moving the vent a few feet wasn’t too difficult and a project we could tackle on our own.

I didn’t want the vent directly under the fan, I wanted it three feet closer to the closet wall and away from the fixture for aesthetic reasons so we moved it ourselves.

moving hvac vent

Our project required opening up the ceiling (after we removed the popcorn) to shorten the conduit. We also shut off the power to this room because we were working around the electrical wire to the ceiling fixture.

cut open sheetrock

Once the ceiling was open Matt cut the conduit with the Dremel Ultra Saw and its metal blade attachment.  

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Finished Floors!

August 18th, 2014

This afternoon I’m finally back at my desk in California, it feels great to be home and catch up with friends and family. I took a ton of pictures over the weekend before we left Vegas so I wanted to kick off this week’s progress report on the renovation with the beautiful floors that are finally finished at the Nevada house. It took a few days longer than expected but our installer and his assistant did an amazing job and purposefully took their time with each and every plank, we are so so thrilled with these new floors.

You never quite know how it will all look when complete when you make a choice to cover a single floor in a home with one material, but we’re really pleased with this Daltile™ Forest Park Sugar Maple porcelain tile, we love the look of this product and colorway against the smooth white painted walls.

daltile living room floors

The downstairs in this home has an open floor plan so using the same porcelain plank wood tiles throughout gives the house great flow and ties all the rooms together. (At the time these photo were taken were still working on swapping out the old yellowed electrical outlets, hence the weirdness with the switches.) But anyway, back to the floors, like I mentioned in the demo and installation post, they are 9 x 36" planks installed in a random pattern to replicate the look of real wood.

The house is situated on a small court and all the neighbors have wandered over to introduce themselves and take a peek at the transformation and all said "Wow, wood" at first glance and we replied "No, it’s tile!" and then everyone bends down to touch and feel because it’s hard to believe when you first look at it in a space.

datile floors entry hall copy

Get up close to it and yes you can tell that there is grout in between the 1/8" seams but from a few feet away it is a beautiful wood lookalike. Very cool to the touch too which is important in the desert! The new higher baseboards also modernize this 1989 home and make it feel more contemporary. 

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Weekend Reading

August 17th, 2014

We’re headed back to California today since the kids are starting school again, so we spent the past two days wrapping up the remodel project in Nevada for the summer. We accomplished so much in the past month, I’ll share a few more of the changes we made in the upcoming week!

Yesterday I went thrifting at a few favorite stops for second hand goods I’ve discovered and scored some really great pieces. I’ve discovered these stops with tips from readers, online research and several trips, for locals see my list at the bottom of the post. 

tory burch manhattan office

Also some favorite links from the week …

Tory Burch’s Manhattan office.

Sunset magazine’s Idea House in Manhattan Beach, California.

Love this striped glass tile bathroom wall!

Simple and so smart! DIY headphone clips.

Things a woman should "never" have in her home.

Restaurant mistakes to avoid.

It’s okay to quit.

The 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal in pictures.

50 famous fashion quotes.

RIP dearest Robin and lovely Lauren

Also my latest article for My Colortopia: how to paint a ceiling.

Great places to pick up second hand furniture and home accents in Las Vegas: Opportunity Village on S. Decatur; Savers at W. Lake Mead; Goodwill/ReStore on W. Sahara; Goodwill at South Rainbow; Colleen’s Consignment (several locations); Charleston Antique Mall on S. Decatur, Catholic Charities on S. Rainbow.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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