Home Remodeling

Foundation From Fibo Ceramsite Blocks

January 03, 2017
It was few weeks ago, while digging a trench around existing foundation I discovered missing foundation for one part of our rural house. Back then I quickly realized I will use Fibo ceramsite blocks to boost construction works.  The other day I poured in concrete footing, and today was the day to add...

Construction Materials Arrives (aerated concrete blocks and other goodies)

December 29, 2016
That day finally came - construction materials arrived.  We paused our construction works for about a month, because of a simple reason - lack of funds, or more precisely slow bank transfers, we did spent a lovely July harvesting mushrooms and even spent three days traveling around neighboring Lithuania to...

Pouring Concrete Footing

December 26, 2016
Right, today I found a fix to the issue we discovered earlier this summer - missing foundation for the some parts of our rural house. Some few days ago I bough a concrete mixer, gravel was already waiting to be mixed with concrete, now it was time to pour in footing for the missing part. All setup...

Bad Discovery - Missing foundation for house

December 23, 2016
Today I decided to keep digging trench around existing house fundament to prepare works for upcoming concreting works. Yesterday I bough a concrete mixer and mixed first test of concrete, load of gravel were already waiting and of course a sacks of cement were bought. It was just a matter of shovel and hand work...

Concrete Mixer FXA 130L

December 20, 2016
Another addition to my home remodeling tools collection has arrived (been bought at local DIY store) - concrete mixer FXA 130L - with help of what I'm planing to concrete fundament for our rural house.  Concrete mixer is a must have tool for any self home builder and I would say it should be featured...

Gravel and Crushed Stone For Foundation

August 31, 2016
This Summer I will need a lot of gravel and crushed stone for home remodeling tasks, mainly for foundation sealing works. Some time ago (while digging a pond),  I negotiated a few cubic meters of gravel from neighbor, who was sealing surface of the road meanwhile, it turned out that neighbors' gravel was not...

Digging a trench around existing foundation - Building a bathroom from scratch - part 4

August 29, 2016
Here comes another update on building a bathroom from scratch series in project home remodeling. The thing is - the house we got didn't pamper us a lot, and so for example I had to install new supporting beams, not to speak about changing a roof, prior to before ever dreaming about having a bathroom. OK, I had a...

Concreting Foundation For a Garden Pizza Oven - Part 2

August 28, 2016
This Summer I excelled in concreting works, the major concreting works involves concreting stone wall inside our rural country house and concreting house foundation (more on that in upcoming posts from home remodeling series) In spare time from major home reconstruction works this Summer we decided to build a cool...

Beam Strengthening on Stone Wall - Building Bathroom from Scratch - Part 3

August 26, 2016
The never ending story with my adventures on home remodeling and building a bathroom continues. In todays part 3 I will tell you a brief photo story how I strengthened a beam on the stone wall. See part 1 and learn more how I actually concreted this stone wall, while in part 2 see how we actually installed first...

Beam Replacement for Old house - Building Bathroom from Scratch - Part 2

August 15, 2016
Here comes another update on home remodeling works - building a bathroom from scratch. After I successfully concreted stone wall it was time to install new beams. For this side of house we did not had any beams installed (ok, they were, but they were rotted, as the roof was leaky, see how we changed a roof) A...

Gravel for road surface and rock garden

August 12, 2016
The other day I first met with one of our closet neighbors, he approached me and told me, that in couple of days he will cover road (we are sharing together) with a gravel. I already mentioned it in my previous post about pond works.  I asked what kind of gravel does he is using for road surface, and decided...

Building a Rock Garden

August 11, 2016
Today we made a rock garden from scratch, well almost. The thing is - idea to have a rock garden have always been in our minds, but we hadn't yet figured out how to solve the biggest question - rocks. We had already idea of place were rock garden will be situated (in front of house, were use to had been a dump -...

Building a foundation for a garden oven - Part 1

August 10, 2016
Idea to have a nice garden pizza oven were sit first already last year, together with the works we started shaping a form of our rural house, we recently inherited. Thus we had to wait for more than a year, before actually proceeding.  The other day, while the pond guys were finishing digging pond, I dug...

Pond Digging - Part 3 - The Result

August 09, 2016
This morning started with a surprise, I was still sleeping, when my partner awakened me and told - pond guys are digging. I was surprised, because I didn't heard a sound. Maybe I was too tired from yesterday's pond draining or as it turned latter - the modern excavators are quiet.  Anyway, I was not surprised...

How to drain a pond with a pump and hose - Digging Pond - Part 2

August 06, 2016
Today I had a chance to excel in pond works - I was left with no choice but to drain the pond. Luckily the pond guys brought an electric pump to make my life much easier.  If you are new to home remodeling series, make sure you check out an article on how it all started about a year ago. And of course check...