The FIRST Finished Room | Ep. 10 | Building Modern on a Budget

Friday, January 22, 2021 -

how to install modern custom house flooring tile carpet

*This blog post is sponsored by The Home Depot and contains affiliate links.

Holy cow guys! Where have we been??? Don't worry, we've been busy. Thank you so much to all of your who have reached out through Instagram or YouTube to check-in! We're okay. Just tired. 

I know there's been Radio-silence for a couple months, but you may remember we had set the goal to be moved in before Christmas. During November and December, I was finishing up some project videos (coming soon!) and Bryce was still working full time in his day job. That meant finishing up the house happened after hours and on weekends. Sleep got moved down pretty low on the priority list. 

It's been rough, but I have good news! We made our goal! *cue the angles singing 

ULTIMATE Adjustable Sawhorses

Sunday, October 4, 2020 -


How to convert a simple sawhorse into the ULTIMATE adjustable height interchangeable workstation using FREE building plans

*This post is sponsored by and The Home Depot #thdprospective, and contains affiliate links. 

Don't worry! We are still crazy busy working on our Building Modern on a Budget house building series (in fact, we're getting close to finishing up the house!), but I came up with a really cool idea for the ultimate adjustable sawhorses and had to take a day to build a pair. 

At first my only goal was to allow the top of the sawhorse to raise and lower, but after brainstorming for a little while, I realized there were SO MANY other bells and whistles I could easily add. Basically, I took an off-the-shelf Burro sawhorse from Home Depot and created a simple wood tray that receives a sacrificial board or unique drop-in insert. It's a really quick and easy project that almost anyone can tackle, even a beginner! I teamed up with my buddies from Kreg Tool and to share the free building plans. 

Building Modern on a Budget Ep.9 | Concrete Floors + Fireplace & Interior Doors

Saturday, October 3, 2020 -


DIY sealed concrete slab floors and a two-story concrete fireplace as well as installing interior doors the easy way in our modern house

*This blog post is sponsored by Concreate and The Door Stud and contains affiliate links. 

We are finally working on the inside of the house! After living through the hottest summer in Phoenix history, the shade is a welcomed break. We have electrical service (more or less) but for safety reasons, only a few outlets are energized and definitely no A/C yet. It's okay. I'm so thrilled with the beautiful elements we are installing, I can deal with the sweat.

As I've mentioned before, we're going with a super modern design with this house. Since both Bryce and I love the look of natural colored concrete, we decided to use it throughout. Today, I'm talking about our DIY sealed concrete floors and our two-story concrete panel fireplace. I'm also sharing the deets on our interior doors (although not concrete but still good). 

Building Modern on a Budget Ep.8 | Glass Garage & Front Door + Painting

Monday, September 28, 2020 -
How we painted our house inside and out and how we installed upscale glass front entry and garage doors while staying on budget

*This post is sponsored by Pinky's Iron Doors and contains affiliate links. 

When we drew up the budget for our custom house and detached workshop, I knew there were a couple areas where I was going to splurge. I was willing to scale back on light fixtures, cabinets, and even forego flooring all together (*spoiler: we sealed our concrete slab instead), but there were 3 big things I wasn't willing to compromise on: stairs (more on those later), garage doors, and a front entry door. We made sure to allow a pretty generous allowance for those line items.

In my opinion, the minimal style of contemporary architecture puts extra weight on the few ornamental elements it does feature. Basically, if your house has gorgeous moulding and dramatic rooflines on the exterior, a generic garage door is less noticeable. But, if your house is a smooth, white box, details as small as the front door knob will make a huge impact on it's overall look. 

Building Modern on a Budget Ep. 7 | Insulation, Drywall & Stucco

Friday, September 25, 2020 -


The good bad and ugly of spray-in foam insulation drywall and stucco installation in our DIY modern home build video series

Well, I knew it was coming eventually. We've had our first problematic sub-contractor experience on our custom house build. If you've been following along, you know that we were lucky enough to secure Bryce's Dad as our General Contractor. He's incredibly knowledgeable and has been invaluable through out the construction process. However, he is absolutely swamped with work right now, so he has allowed Bryce and I to handle most of the day-to-day business. Bryce actually used to be a Foreman for his family's construction company for about 8 years, so it's definitely something he's familiar with. 

We have found most of our sub-contractors ourselves and it's gone smoothly, until now. But don't worry, we were able to create a happy ending! 

Building Modern on a Budget Ep. 6 | Mini-Split A/C & Heat for the Shop


Installing 18K Mr Cool DIY Mini-Split AC/Heat systems in the dream shop we built ourselves and sharing all the costs

*This video is sponsored by Mr. Cool and contains affiliate links.

I know, I know! I've been terrible about updating you guys on the house progress. The good news is, if you follow me on Instagram or YouTube, I've been much better at posting updates over there. I've decided I need to finally catch up with our progress and give you some more information about our custom house build. 

Not only are we building a cool, modern house, we have also built a 1,200 sqft detached workshop for my husband and I to share. We live in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, so you can probably guess it gets pretty dang hot here. In fact, this summer has been brutal here (record breaking actually). The temperature inside the shop typically exceeds 105 degrees + from late-May to mid-September. In order to be able to work year-round, we really need some sort of air conditioning. 

How We Got Heavy Duty Shop Walls | The Home Depot Rentals

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 -

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot Rentals.

I feel like the house we're building is trying to kill me. Well, maybe it's not the house. Maybe it's building a house during an Arizona summer. Also, it's just our luck that we would happen to be building a house and detached workshop ourselves during the hottest summer on record since 1895. 
Powered by Blogger.