We’ve been on a rollercoaster with those diamond paned doors that we hunted down for our duplex renovation. There was a pretty disappointing low followed by a surprising high, so we’re looping you into the whole thing this week. Also, how come some home improvement professionals seem to be playing hard-to-get sometimes? Unreturned phone calls, missed appointments, and straight-up ghosting seem to be all too common, so we asked a contractor why this happens and what people can do to get better service. Plus, we explore some weird new “smart” gadgets for your home, the trendy new place for paint, and John gets swindled by a sponsored post.
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- Above is the first diamond door we secured, thanks to Amy who brought it down from Pennsylvania while taking her daughter to a soccer tournament (you can hear the whole story and an interview with Amy in Episode #100).
- Below is a peek at the second diamond door, which I drove to North Carolina to pick up from Rebekah. Here you can see the big metal plates that were installed at each corner to hold the door together.
- But the happy ending is that this is the dutch door we got from Cathy in Northern Virginia (with the help of her mom, who was coming to Richmond for an appointment). Huzzah!
- And for reference, here’s a view of the backyard where the doors are going – including the first one that got hung last week! It’s the same as the door in the first picture, that’s just the backside of it (which was painted a dark green). But you know what we want to do with it, right?! MINT.
- We’re also adding a tin awning over it. Can’t wait to share the photos when they’re hung.
- And here’s where you can take their “Color Genius” quiz or browse the fun paint names. Some of our favorite ones are below:
- Here’s where you can read all 17 Ridiculous “Smart” Gadgets That Really Exist from Business Insider
- And here are the links to all of the products we mentioned:
- Quirky Egg Minder (now just $10! But the reviews aren’t so hot…)
- Hidrate Spark smart water bottle
- Onvi Prophix smart toothbrush
- HapiFork smart fork
- Oombrella smart umbrella
- …and I can’t find an active link for the Belty Good Vibes vibrating belt, but the Belty Power is a belt that also charges you phone.
- You can also read 10 ways we’ve use smart devices into our home to make life easier.
- If you missed some of the original discussions that invited these latest listener questions:
- In Episode #63 Sherry shared her best tips for negotiating with contractors.
- In Episode #68 we talked about how to find a good contractor or handyman (we still get this question a ton, but we dove into it in detail in that episode for anyone still asking us to cover that)
- And in Episode #104 we interviewed our contractor, Sean, to learn how to be better clients in order to get renovations done more smoothly and maybe even for less money.
- We also talked in Episode #103 about the challenges of getting our vintage pink stove repaired.
- Above is the MagnetMount phone holder I got suckered into buying. I definitely like it, but I’m kicking myself for falling for the whole ticking-clock thing. Also, speaking of hustle, the hundred dollar bills just casually laying on the dash in that product shot are killing me.
- Here’s a similar product from Amazon that’s HALF the price and comes with TWICE the number of mounts. It’s well reviewed too, so if I could go back in time, I’d grab this one.
- Speaking of classy photo styling… here’s the DropStop that Sherry was digging. The package comes with two of them and they blend super well with our black seats. Best $20 we’ve spent in a while!
If you’re looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all of our past episodes. You can also see all the books we’ve recommended on our Book Club page.
And lastly, a big thank you to Annie Selke for sponsoring this episode. Their 20% off Labor Day sale is running August 29 – September 5th across their entire website. Plus, you can visit annieselke.com/YHL to get a look at their new fall collection.
Thanks for listening, guys!
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