Basement Remodel: Framing and Drywall

Contractors frame and drywall unfinished basement space, dividing the space to include a laundry room, play room, office, family room, and reading nook.

Just wanted to pop in and catch you up on the basement remodel. This past week and a half, the contractors have been working on the framing and drywall. We had a gap between drywall and framing over the weekend. So, we had an electrician (family friend) come out and rewire the basement to add recessed lighting and more outlets throughout.

I totally forgot to take pictures during the electrical part of the renovation. Not that I would have been able to tell you much about the process anyway! Good news is, I’ve asked him to come back and do a how-to post with me. We’ll show you how to add overhead lighting to a room that already has a switch-operated outlet. If that is something you’re interested in definitely check back or subscribe for updates!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe - Cedar Tree Lane |

If you’re looking for a simple family pleasing quick-bread, this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is it! Make a loaf (or two) on the weekend, store in an air-tight container, and enjoy all week long!

We love this recipe! So much so that we eat it for breakfast, as a snack, and even for desert.

If you want to make a toddler-friendly version of this banana bread, just switch out the chocolate chips for fresh blueberries (or omit them all together).

Shall we?

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Monday Must-Haves: Farmhouse Decor Under $25

Farmhouse Decor Under $25 - Monday Must-Haves - Cedar Tree Lane

Is there anyone out there who isn’t in love with Joanna Gaines’ farmhouse style?

I’ll talk a little bit more about our design aesthetic in our upcoming renovation inspiration post but essentially, we like to mix cream, white, gray, black, wood and greenery. The goal is to create a rustic and warm space that’s still bright and light. In other words, the ever popular “farmhouse” decor fits our style perfectly.

Now, we’re not full out farmhouse. We’re still figuring out how to merge our styles. We also have old pieces that we want to transition out when the budget allows.

In the meantime, we’re getting the look by accessorizing with farmhouse decor that doesn’t break the bank.

For this weeks Monday Must-Haves, I’m sharing a few finds that are all under $25. At that price, you can collect a few over time and slowly transition into farmhouse style on a budget.

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Laundry Room Makeover: Demo

What is that saying about best laid plans? So, last week I talked about our plan to remodel our basement laundry room. Well! We are sticking to the plan to remodel the laundry room BUT we’re also gutting the entire basement and remodeling all 625 sqft.

The original plan was to hire a plumber to modify the plumbing for a laundry sink and move the water heater to sit on the other side of the furnace. That went almost painlessly, until we discovered that water was coming up the new sink drain whenever I did the dishes/run the dishwasher. So we had to have the plumber come back out to snake the drains. While annoying, still pretty standard plumbing job.

After the plumbing was done we had contractors come out to give us a quotes. Again, the original plan was to move the door frame and close in the furnace and water heater. But, while we had the contractors out we asked them to give us an estimate for some of the other things we wanted to do in the basement. We wanted to get an idea of what we could expect cost/work wise.

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Laundry Room Makeover: The Plan

Before we talk about the laundry room, I have to let you in on a secret. Our house has a basement!

Ok, so that’s not a huge shocker. But you may have noticed that I did not mention it in the first post about our renovations. Thing is, we went almost a year in our house and only went down to the basement a handful of times (you could literally count them on one hand).

Although it is finished, it’s still a pretty creepy basement and anytime I do go down there, I’m looking over my shoulder and scrambling to find whatever I’m looking for so I can get out as quickly as possible.

So, why have we ignored an entire level of our house and wasted space for the last year?

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5 Tips for the First-Time Home Buyer

Cedar Tree Lane | 5 Tips for the First-Time Home Buyer with FREE House Hunting House Evaluation Worksheet |

When we started searching for a house last year, we had no idea where to begin. Luckily for us, I love to research and organize. Being the checklist fanatic that I am, I quickly got to work creating must-have lists and spreadsheets to keep track of what we wanted and what we’d seen. But, it wasn’t until after we’d found and closed on our house that we really figured out what we needed to know and what we should have been looking for. It’s easy to get caught up in the search and when you’re 10 houses in, things become a blur. To spare you the trouble and bring a little pretty organization to your hunt, we’re sharing our top five tips AND a free printable!

Hope they help!

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Our Colonial Fixer-Upper

Cedar Tree Lane | Our First House: A look back at our first year as homeowners. |

We bought our house just a little over a year ago and have been working on it non-stop ever since. We both loved the house from the moment we walked through the front door, but the listing photos were a little deceiving. What looked like a dated-but-move-in-ready-house in the pictures, turned out to be more of a fixer-upper IRL.

I actually thought about starting this blog during those first few weeks after we bought our house but things were so hectic. I just never found the time to get the ball rolling.

As first-time homeowners, we learned so many lessons that I would have loved to share in real time. Not to mention, your suggestions and advice would probably have saved us time and money! Luckily, we took a ton of progress pictures so getting you caught up will be just as fun, and hopefully we’ll get to help someone else in the process.

Speaking of which, we put together our top 5 house hunting tips for any of you first-time buyers out there that are still looking. There’s also a handy printable you can use to keep track of all the houses you tour. You can check out that post here!

Now! A trip down (Cedar Tree) memory lane…

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