Outdoor BBQ bar – part 1

After the successful build of the gazebo, we decided that we need a BBQ in the back-yard. So I started planning where to put it. Finally, we decided that it will be on the opposite side of the gazebo. That way the smoke of the BBQ won’t go into the people sitting in the gazebo […]

rustic kitchen

Long awaited kitchen redo

Well, next in line was the rest of the hallway, but when an opportunity for the kitchen came in, we grabbed it. We were in desperate need of a new kitchen. The old one was a temporary, eight years in, sollution and it was already falling appart. Not to mention that it didn’t have any […]

energy consumptoin

How to reduce your electricity bill

Here are some tips to reduce your electricity bill and thus – your overall monthly expenses. We made all those steps while renovating, and I am stunned how much our electricity bill has dropped. We were able to reduce the total bill by nearly 80%! Change the lights Everyone thinks that changing the lights won’t […]

Jack Daniel’s chandelier

While doing the hallway, we decided that the lighting fixtures should be a little funky. The idea was to use empty Jack Daniel’s bottles. So, I decided to make two chandeliers on the first floor and industrial lamps along the walls of the staircase and the second floor. First, I cut the bottoms of the […]

scraching the bottle

How to cut glass bottles

Here, in Bulgaria, we have really beautiful beer bottles, and I wanted to do something with them. I started a research on how to cut glass bottles and here are my results. Spirits dipped rope You know – get a string, dip it into some kind of a spirit, preferably lighter’s gas, tie it tightly […]

old door mesh

20 min project – changing the flyscreen mesh

The living room’s flyscreen mesh needed changing because the dog chewed the old one. I went to our local home center and bought a new mesh – made out of aluminum. I was hoping that it will withstand the dog paws and jaws for at least the summer. Then, I removed the door and took […]

roomba, neato, hand vacume

House cleaning the lazy way

Ok, we are lazy, or as one colleague of mine once said we are over-occupied 😉 . Never the less, we need to clean the house and do chores. No one wants to do it so we came up with a solution-slash-compromise. We automated what could be automated. The setting We have 3 cleaning robots […]

bunny cut out

Weekend with the scroll saw – lessons learned

For some time now, I wanted to create something with a scroll saw, but I didn’t have one. I liked a hobbyist scroll saw. Danny bought it for me as a present and last weekend I got to use it. I found a little bunny stencil to cut, (Easter is approaching, after all). I bought […]

staircase design

Hallway and staircase redo – part 1

We had a big water stain on one of the walls on the staircase. The plaster pealed all the way to concrete and it was kind of an ugly sight. We found the reason for that – the master bathroom leakage in addition to moved tiles on the roof. We fixed both issues and finally […]

First big DIY project – backyard gazebo part 2

Last year we made the basic structure of the backyard gazebo. This year’s plan for it was to add the seating area, the table and the lights. We started with the seats. We decided that they must not touch the ground, as, first, the wood may rot, and second, people’s toes will be in serious […]