Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DIY's Sweat Equity TV Show Features Our Carefree Home Renovation

It's been a long time coming, but after shooting an episode of Sweat Equity in April of 2011 it is finally airing tonight on the DIY network!  Our episode "Retro Redo" is scheduled to air at 10pm (9pm central) Wednesday, November 14th.  The episode covers the following projects we did shortly after purchasing the Care Free Home out of foreclosure:


  • Exterior "refresh" (paint, stain and landscaping)
  • Living Room Hardwood Floor Refinish
  • New hallway floors
  • Kitchen "refresh" (cabinet refinish, new counter-tops, appliances and sink)
  • Guest bathroom "refresh" (tile re-glaze)
A summary of the episode along with additional air dates is available on the DIY Network website.  Additional air-dates are scheduled this season if you aren't able to catch the episode tonight!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Our Outdoor Living Room Part 2 - Finishing our Mid-Century Modern Inspired Deck

With our summer months in Minnesota being so short, we do our best to take full advantage of them when they're here.  So, when we bought our mid-century modern Alcoa Care-Free Home, one of the first large projects we wanted to tackle was building a beautiful outdoor space that we could use for entertaining friends and family.  When we purchased the home, it had an ideal location for an outdoor space, complete with a wall of sliding patio doors, but they didn't go anywhere!

Mid century modern home
The living room and patio doors before the deck was constructed

Thursday, October 25, 2012

MID-CENTURIA : Art, Design and Decor from the Mid-Century and beyond: Alcoa Care-Free Homes

Thanks to Mid-Centuria for featuring a few shots of our renovation progress!  If you're interested in more of the history behind the Alcoa Care-Free Home as well as some additional images of other Care-Free Homes around the U.S., check out this blog post!

MID-CENTURIA : Art, Design and Decor from the Mid-Century and beyond: Alcoa Care-Free Homes: In January of 1957 the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) announced the formation of a "Residential Building Products Sales Division" ...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Creating Our Outdoor Living Room - The Deck Part One

First and foremost...our apologies that its been a year since our last post!  A wedding, honeymoon and a series of other life changes have kept us busy!  The good news is that work on Our Care Free Home has continued over the winter so a bunch of new posts are in the works!

One of the first projects we discussed after purchasing the Care Free Home was building a deck off of the main living and dining area.  The home was built with a full glass west-facing elevation complete with two sets of 12' sliding patio doors, but none of the former owners ever got around to creating an outdoor space in this ideal location.  

The west elevation of the home when purchased