Japan Day 7

What’s more exciting than getting up close with monkeys in Japan? Packs and packs of wild deer! Planned agenda: Nara Park Todaiji Temple Kasuga-taisha Osaka Castle Dotonbori Nara Park was a 30 minute train ride from Kyoto. A short walk from the station and we arrived to a beautiful expansive park. Covered In Deer Lots …

Japan Day 6

Kyoto held some of our most exciting and adventure-built agendas, we were so excited for this day trip! But, mostly me. Planned Agenda (the agenda below was originally planned for our third day in Kyoto) Nijo castle Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Okochi-sanso Monkey Park Though the agenda looks short, this was an action-packed …

The Bar is Open

When we picked our floor plan, I spotted dead space in the plans between the living room and kitchen, just to the side of the fridge. I realized we could cut the divider wall in half and gain additional cabinetry and it would be the perfect space for a bar for Jon. He was….skeptical. But …

Japan Day 5

Today, we leave Tokyo! Planned: Head to Kyoto Arrive in Kyoto Fushimi-Inari Shrine Knife shop for engraved knives Fushimi Sake district Maryuma park at night   With the JR Pass, we’re able to take the shinkansen (network of high speed rail lines – aka bullet trains) between cities – traveling at up to 200 mph. …

Japan Day 3

Officially on the mend, we were ready to tackle a full day’s agenda when we woke up on day 3. Scheduled: Tokyo Metro Gov Office Meiji Shrine Harajuku Lunch at Sushi Nova Explore Shibuya Shibuya Center Gai Hachiko Statue Shibuya Crossing Silkream Capcom bar   Reality: We kicked off the morning by journeying to the …

The Start Of Smart

Before the house was built, Jon knew he wanted to make it a smart home. Which, to me, was basically just a thermostat I could control with my phone. But he had bigger plans. With Amazon Echo/Dot, Google Home, and a plethora of internet-connected devices on the market, he dreamt of TVs, fireplace, lights, garage doors …

A Quick And Easy

When you think luxury & bath – what comes to mind? Soaking tub? Marble tile surrounds? Rainfall shower? If you’re looking to add some luxury to your bathroom but think you lack the DIY skills, I’m here to tell you – you can do this. That rainfall shower head can be yours, and in less than …

Home Tour!

We made it folks! When it looked like our close date was moving from November 18th to December 5th(!), we luckily(?) closed the day before Thanksgiving! Which actually worked out great because we had tons of time over the long weekend to unpack and settle in. Before we start the tour, I wanted to give …

And Now We Build

Neighborhood  ✓ Lot  ✓ House Plan  ✓ Upgrades  ✓ What’s left? Time to break ground! This is the point where I’ll fast forward a bunch because not much happens between picking the upgrades and moving in. Except for, you know, the whole building-the-house thing. In all seriousness though, there was not much else expected from …

What We Picked And What We Cut

One of the most common questions that comes up when people ask about the new-build process is around the cost, specifically, upgrades. We really had no idea going into it but we knew I would want to do a few projects on our own and with that we had set an upgrade budget that felt pretty healthy to accommodate our …