Monday, November 22, 2010

A Tribute to Bill Duvall

"I did this because I knew my dad would have done the same thing for me. He did actually, several times he came and helped me work on our house projects. I know that this is what he would have done for me, so I wanted to do it for you" - Bill Duvall

Dad moved into the kitchen of our cozy 700 sq. foot 1 bed/1 bath on June 1 and moved out November 9 (with a couple week long breaks, and one month off in between). He finished on Veterans Day, which is a very special day to him and to our family, and also significant, he finished during the first week of snow in Denver!

He taught us both a lot about casting a vision, planning and building a (little) dream home of our own. More specifically he taught us about framing a house, measuring, measuring again, raising a roof, plumbing, electrical work, installing bathroom fixtures, tiling, insulation, siding, building a deck, and so much more. Even more than teaching about construction, he taught us life lessons about examining our own generosity, kindness, selflessness, attitude and acts of service through modeling it daily to us.

We are so thankful for all he has done for our little home, and for us as newlyweds living our wedded bliss dream in Colorado. We are immeasurably blessed by his selfless generosity and forever grateful for him in our lives. WE LOVE YOU DAD!

FINISHED! Outside/Front Entry






After: (the steps are where the front door was)

Steps from new addition down into old house


Before - bedroom with window in front of house

After - window on that wall is gone (replaced by new addition) 

Before - Our clothes closet 

After - extra storage closet

Before - my Goodwill find 

After - faux Pottery Barn! (wanted: white chairs)

We also replaced all of our old door handles with new, brushed nickel handles! Finishing touches!


Before: Front yard 

After: 400 sq ft of additional living space, including...


Closet pocket door

Bedroom door to front entry way, front door in the distance


Bathroom double vanity with kneehole for sitting stool, pocket door on the right to the bedroom

Linen closet, shower (next spring: seamless shower door)

Jacuzzi tub with white subway tile and wainscoting, gray 13" floor tile


The Final Weekend

Mom came out for the final work weekend. We put in 18 hour days, and she kept us up until 2 am one night! Mom deep cleaned, and I think it's safe to say that my home may never be this clean again. We'll try to keep it nice through the holidays though!

Getting ready to put up the mirror. Look at that teamwork - 37 years of practice.

Chris and Dad installing the new toilet.

Chris and our friend Jeff finished the siding on the back of the (old) house so it matches the new addition.

This is the final punch list and the sign off sheet for the inspections. We're happy to say that we successfully received our Certificate of Occupancy on Tuesday, November 9th!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Mom and Mollie sent us this video of Alayna yesterday - looks like a lot of fun!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Bedroom walls and window trim painted!

Subway tile around the bathtub before (above) and after (below) Chris' grouting tonight

Dad grouting the shower tile (and his shirt) and our friend Dave cut all the floor tile to help out