Sage Advice from Two Beginners

Hi Guys!

In just under 21 months, from August 2013 – May 2015, Nick and I were engaged, married, changed careers, and bought a house. To say it was a whirlwind, would be an understatement. To say we’ve slowed down and taken it easy since, would be a lie.

With all the success and missteps we’ve packed into the last 5 years of our life, we thought it would be fun to document and share our everyday experiences and struggles. We’re excited to share our home renovation projects, our favorite home cooking recipes, and our lives with you. One of our favorite adventures together has been our starter home remodel. We have both had a lifelong passion for construction and real estate – having grown up in construction and having spent countless date nights driving around neighborhoods admiring the architecture and landscaping of local homes. (Mind you, this was before Instagram brought the joy of creeping to our smart phones.)

We have always known we had a passion for home renovation and could do anything we put our minds too, and in May 2015 we made the leap and we bought our first fixer-upper.

Our families were less than enthused. Nick’s parents advised us to reconsider and my dad literally walked in and walked out the first day he saw the place. (He did eventually come back.) Everyone who entered our new home had concerns about our decision. Nevertheless, we were confident in our vision and our ability, and we were right to trust ourselves. The stories of that first day are one’s we laugh about with our family and friends.

You can imagine the surprise when hours after we closed on our home our parents walked into this.

From May 2015 to July 2015 we took on one of our biggest adventure to date and completely gutted our living room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, front and backyards, re-configuring the entire layout of our new home. We set out with a small budget and big dreams and we hit our target move in date of 4th of July weekend 2015.

Here are a few before and after photos of the exterior of our home. As time goes on, we look forward to sharing more on each of our projects, as well as the tips, the tricks, and the pitfalls Nick and I have learned along the way.

If you have any questions or inquires, feel free to reach out: and follow us on Instagram @homecookinggoodlooking.


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