Jesse’s Remodel, From Start to Finish

It’s about time I shared with you pictures from Jesse’s remodel. I hit my first book deadline, so life is manageable now! 🙂

Jesse originally intended to remodel only the main bathroom, but as he got started, it became apparent the master bath needed it too. My brothers have an incredible work ethic, and they learned it through my dad’s example. He’s encouraged them over the years to work hard and learn new skills. I hope to do a separate post on that aspect.

Jesse saw God’s faithfulness every step of the way. He hit obstacles and times where things weren’t working well, but the Lord’s grace was sufficient.

The remodel is finished, and renters moved in mid-August.

Enjoy the photos below. I tried to get them in a fairly accurate timeline.


The remodel happened over a 2 month period, with 1 month being while the girls were gone. They love to help, and that help was definitely missed!

Getting John’s advice.

This was before Jesse invested in AirPods.

Putting the shower in.

John was a great help with mudding.

Teaching Jesse how to mud.

There’s always clean up to do during a project.

Dad painting. He’s awesome at that. He did a ton on this house.

Jesse cutting tile.

Joseph helped Jesse a lot too.

Putting in an outdoor light.

The fence was a real work of art (in a bad way, lol), with boards having been put up in a patchwork type array. Anna finished removing them here.

The final few days before renters moved in were crazy. Lots of the family pitched in to help clean and do all the last-minute stuff.

Before (above!)

The final product! It’s hard to believe it’s the same room, but it is!

This is the master bath. I don’t have a good before.

“Seest thou a man diligent in his business?
he shall stand before kings;
he shall not stand before mean men.”
Proverbs 22:29

22 thoughts on “Jesse’s Remodel, From Start to Finish”

  1. Impressive.
    I would love to hear how Teri and Steve installed this love for working. Keep posting

    1. Susi, I think you have most of our books. Preparing Sons and Buying a House Debt Free talks a lot about our philosophy on that. Steve has been such a great dad to include his children in the work he does. It is much easier and quicker in the beginning to do it yourself, but the fruit of including and teaching your children is worth so much.

  2. It’s wonderful seeing family, even down to the little ones, helping on projects. Sadly you don’t see that a lot anymore. Your family is really an inspiration for others. I enjoy reading your blog. Oh, let Mrs. Maxwell know I really enjoyed her meal planning tips on Mom’s Corner this month. My son is grown so we’re empty nesters, but I still find her articles very interesting. Thanks!

    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Karen. I am approving posts these days so I got to read and respond to your comment. I love, love, love seeing my grandchildren enjoying helping others. When we have the work day at my mom’s each spring and they are there doing what they can, my heart overflows with joy. Theirs do as well. Recently Melanie got a great-grandchildren group together to pick up little sticks in my mom’s yard. They were diligent, and it was a job they could easily accomplish.

  3. WOW! Great job, Jesse and crew, it’s beautiful — especially that master bathroom! I love seeing how well the whole family works together on these type of projects.

    1. Of course, I am the mom, but it blesses my heart to see the family pitch in and help each other with those projects. It takes from what they would normally be doing, and often they work to rearrange their schedules to be available to help.

  4. Wow, it looks amazing!!! How exciting and rewarding it must feel to have it all finished! To see the fruit of your labors! 🙂

    1. Hi Jody, those photos with Nathan and Melanie’s girls helping melted my heart. They weren’t only there with Daddy, but they were working. There were tasks they could accomplish, and they did.

  5. Did he remodel the kitchen too? He definitely has a good eye for colors! I hope he found trustworthy tenants that will be good stewards of his property.

    1. He only had time to remodel the bathrooms before the new tenants were moving in, which was a plan in place before he bought the house. All is going well with the tenants.

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