Residential Upgrades Part 2

With the fireplace being taken over, literally, with the new TV, Kelly had a great idea of filling the fireplace with decorative brick pavers, retaining wall bricks and candles. I think it turned out pretty awesome! We gave it a test run

Friday 11/20 (my birthday) when we had some friends over for snacks and drinks. Everyone seemed to really like it. It just adds another homey touch to our work-in-progress home.






Another project that we’re in the middle of is having our hall bathroom completely re-done. We’ve contracted out my good friend Winston to do most of the dirty work, but I try to be an extra set of hands whenever I can. Here’s a few pictures and blurbs about where we’re at including a few bumps along the way.

Here you can see we’ve gutted the bathroom of the mirror, vanity, toilet, and over half of the hardwood flooring. If you look close you can see the drain pipe sticking out of the wall on the left-hand side. This will have to be moved (thanks to Winston’s plumbing skills) to where the copper hot and cold water pipes are.





This shot shows the location of where the drain for the toilet used to be. You can also see some mold here on the right hand side which prompted us to replace the baseboard. Then we noticed that the previous owners painted over the wallpaper which prompted us to replace all the sheet rock as well.




Here you can see the sheet rock has been pulled out and the drain pipe for the sink has been moved to the same wall as the copper pipes for hot and cold water.





Winston’s got all the sheet rock up now and has begun to mud over the seams. You can see how much better it looks now that the new sheet rock is up and all the pipes for the sink are on the same wall.





This shot show’s that the toilet has been moved from the front right-hand corner to the back-right hand corner. We wanted this done in order to open up the front half of the bathroom to make it feel bigger. Winston and I cut and laid tile last week and he was able to grout the tile this week. We’re shooting for 100% completion now within the next 48 hours!




More pictures to come, especially the before and after shots!


Residential Upgrades Part 1

Many of you know that Kelly was very fortunate in qualifying as a first time home buyer when she purchased our home a little over three months ago. We have dedicated most of those funds to home improvement projects that not only would increase the curb appeal to the house but also cut down on a few of our bills because of their energy and resource saving qualities. We’re a little sad because it’s not a lot of fun to say “Hey! Come see our awesome new windows!” or “Look at how much water we save with our new toilets!”

So we decided that we would splurge, just a little, on something that not only we could enjoy but something that friends and family could enjoy with us as well. The pictures below say a lot but I’ll add a little commentary to them as well.

Above Fireplace - Before

Before shot of the fireplace..

Another shot after Winston had measured to find the center of the fireplace and cut two holes which served two purposes. (1) These holes would be used to run the power and video / audio cables behind the chimney wall and (2) they would be used to mark the studs in the wall to hang the TV mount on…


We had a lot of prep work in between cutting these holes and hanging the TV, but almost 7 hours later…


What we love about the set up is that there are no visible wires from the TV or the surround sound b/c they’re all hidden in the wall of the fireplace. We’ve got a bit more work and organizing to do but so far, so GREAT!

Ohio… part 2

So our weekend just got better. I have a slight obsession with my favorite ice cream place. It’s called honey hut and you can only get it in Cleveland. So when I am there, I have to get it as many times as possible. I convinced my g-ma that it was a great morning snack at 11:00. Here is the smaller cone that I got.


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We had to go to one of our favorite spots in Medina… Dan’s Dogs! I can’t tell you how many times the Kasych family has been there on a Friday night before football games!


A few pictures at the square are also a important stop



Off to our second reception at MCC. We had an awesome church family in Medina (that I miss) that helped make everything perfect!



Our quick picture before 100 people walked in and Matt only knew about 10 of them! 🙂


Some of the most amazing friends ever!

Thank you all for being there for us during this time! We love you all so much!

Trip to Ohio… part 1

We headed up to Ohio for our second reception this past weekend. I have been telling Matt about Ohio weather for a few months, that it’s grey and gloomy! I was all ready and prepared…. then something magical happen, it was sunny and 50 the whole time! What is up with that!

We got there Thursday night in Akron/Canton. Friday morning the ladies went to start the cooking and the men went to the Christmas story house (by the way I hate that movie)


The house




all the men with the leg lamp.. yes you can buy them



More to come later….