Barn Door Installation

Modern Sliding Barn Door Install | Lake House Renovation

"This modern sliding door will make every one a fan of barn doors."

Barn doors have been around for quite some time now, but I hear a lot of people say they aren't fans. Well, I found a door that would be hard for anyone not to love. Im bringing a modern feel to the old school barn door and bringing it back in style!

Materials Used

The Before

The existing door to the bathroom didn't have a door and I first thought about putting a regular door there, but then eventually I decided to add a barn door. The TV wall is a long wall with lots of room, so I thought the barn door would help give the room some flair.

Having a regular door there also just wouldn't fit with the functionality of how the room works, there's a door on either sides of the opening and a regular door would get in the way.

Barn Door Install

Once I decided that I was going to go with the barn door, I decided that I was going to case out the door with sheetrock, instead of trim for a cleaner look.

Prepping the Doorway

The first thing I did to prep the doorway was remove the existing trim around the door. I used my handy dandy trim puller to pull the trim off the door.

Once, I removed the trim, I cut three strips using sheetrock down to size to fit inside the door frame and secured it to the wall with drywall screws.

Casing out doorway with Sheetrock

After securing the sheetrock in place, I added the metal beads to the corners and secured them down again with drywall screws. I was able to easily cut the metal beads with metal cutters. You want to make sure you screw the screws in deep enough so they can't be seen once you apply the mud.

Casing out door frame

Now with the metal beads in place, it was time to mud over it. Now when mudding, less is better. You don't want to put it on too thick because it will crack. I did three thin layers of joint compound to complete the door frame. I would do one layer let it dry for a day, do another and so on and so on.

Casing out a door

After the third layer was applied, I was able to paint the area and it was ready for the barn door!

Customizing the Door

Now, I know most of you are here for the barn door details, so I won't keep you waiting any longer. I purchased my door from Rustica Hardware and chose the French Quarter Barn Door.

Rustica Hardware - French Quarter Barn Door

These doors come customized exactly for your space, which is pretty awesome. I was able to make all of the selections I needed to make my door exactly how I wanted. Just beware that certain selections cost more. For example, I paid more to get frosted glass and for the gold track, but Rustica's website shows you exactly how much each item is, so you can play around and see what best fits your budget.

These are the selections I made for this particular door.

Rustica French Quarter Barn Door

The barn door was delivered around 3 weeks from me purchasing it, which was super impressive in today's time for a custom door, it came well packaged and I fell in love when I saw it in person. 

Rustica Metal Barn Door

Installing the Barn Door

To install the barn door, I first had to install a header piece. The holes on the barn door didn't line up with the studs, so I used a header piece and screwed two screws into each stud to make sure the header would hold the weight of the barn door.

Installing Barn Door Hardware

Once the header was hung, I installed the barn door track. The barn door came with all of the hardware you'll need to install.

The one thing you'll need is a level, because it will be very important to get the bar completely level so the barn door slides properly when its hung. I also hung my door a 1/2" from the ground to give it enough spacing to not hit the ground when sliding.

We also hung a door stop at the end of the track to keep the barn door from sliding off.

Installing a Barn Door

Once the track was installed it was time to hang the barn door; the best part. Overall, I was extremely happy with the look and feel of the barn door, it is a show stopper for sure.

Barn Door InstallationI'm also glad I decided to opt for the gold track, I really love the contrast of the gold with the black; it looks amazing on the brown wall and the frosted glass gave me the privacy I needed for the bathroom.

Installing Barn Door Hardware

But I can't leave you guys hanging without a before and after. The space looks totally different and I can't wait to finish up. Next up, baseboards.

Installing Barn Door HArdware

As always, thanks for reading guys! Ashley

June 18, 2022 — Ashley Basnight
Epoxy Floor Installation

Transforming Garage Floors with Epoxy | Lake House Home Renovation

 "Who knew garage floor epoxy could look so good."

My love for epoxy floors begin back at my old home when I had my epoxy guy do my garage floors. Getting my floors done here at the Lake House was a must because I have loved my epoxy floors ever since I had them installed.

Luckily, I was blessed to have the awesome Mr. Epoxy of MTCustomConcrete come out and install my epoxy floors.

The Installation

Prep Floor

The first step was removing the existing surface off of the floor. Anything underneath the epoxy would cause the epoxy to fail if it ever failed, so I wanted to start from a clean slate.

Grinding the surface took most of the time of the whole install, they spent most of the day doing this.

Grinding off garage floor for epoxy

Power Wash the Floor

Once the floor was all grinder off, Mr. Epoxy took his pressure washer and cleaned off the surface really good. This was a pretty quick step, but he did have to let it all dry before proceeding to the next step.

Pour Floor Epoxy

Once the floor was dry, he started pouring the epoxy. He probably spent around 45 minutes pouring and laying out the epoxy. Once it was laid, he let the epoxy dry overnight.

Pouring Epoxy

Seal the Floor

 After the epoxy dried overnight, they came back the next day to seal the floor. This was a pretty quick 30-minute process and I was able to walk on my floors by the end of the next day.

Pouring Epoxy

Overall, I am super happy with my epoxy floors and I would highly recommend them to anyone working in their shop/garage.

Thanks for reading guys! XOXO Ashley


June 18, 2022 — Ashley Basnight
Installing Carpet - Home Renovation

Installing Carpet | Lake House Home Renovation

 "There's nothing like the sweet smell of fresh carpet."

The first time I walked into the Lake House, I immediately knew the first thing I wanted to change was the carpet and it couldn't come fast enough. 

So today I'm sharing all of the details on my process of getting carpet. Let's get into it.

The Before 

The existing carpet was pretty beat up; a 20+ years old carpet that definitely looked and smelled like it. For now, I just decided to replace the carpet downstairs, and worry about the upstairs later. 

Carpet Installation - Home RenovationThe two rooms I replaced were the master bedroom and the guest bedroom. I wasn't able to actually sleep in my bedroom until the carpet was installed so I was so ready for this carpet install.

Step 1: Choosing the Right Carpet for Me

Now choosing carpet may seem like a daunting task because there are so many colors and types to chose from. Me personally, I wanted the softest carpet I could find, so I set out to find the softest carpet and the thickest pad, because it's all about the pad!

To help me choose, I actually went into my local Home Depot and felt all of the carpets that they had and eventually landed on Lifeproof with Pet Proof Technology Gazelle II in the color Shale and the Prime Comfort 1/2" carpet pad.

Liefproof Petproof Carpet Gazette 2 Shale

Again, my goal was to find the softest carpet and this was the softest I felt. I decided on a darker color because I felt like it would give more of a luxurious feel.

Step 2: Get the Room Measured

Once the room was measured by Home Depot's Measuring Serviceman, they sent me a quote for what the install would be. Luckily, they had a sale going so I was able to get 10% off and get it a little cheaper (good thing I asked)!

Carpet Installation - Home Renovation

Once I let them know I wanted to proceed, they ordered the carpet and let me know it would be anywhere from three to four weeks out. Although, I was slightly sad to have to wait so long, I was able to use the time to get my room prepped before the carpet came.

Step 3: Carpet Install

After about three weeks, I got a call to schedule the carpet install for the next week and I was all scheduled and ready to go.

Once the guys got here for the install, it went fairly quick. They were able to install everything in less than two hours.

The good thing about using Home Depot is having the installation free with the purchase and free haul away. So they took my old carpet with them; Thank God!

Carpet Installation - Home Renovation

They first removed my old carpet and pad and then installed the new carpet and I can't be happier with my carpet choice.

Carpet Installation - Home Renovation

This small milestone was a huge game changer. If you've ever lived in a live in renovation, you know exactly what I mean.

Carpet Installation - Home Renovation

Thanks for reading guys, XOXO Ashley.

June 18, 2022 — Ashley Basnight
Yardzen Review | The Easiest Way to Transform your Yard

Yardzen Review | The Easiest Way to Transform your Yard

"I tried Yardzen, an online landscape design platform."

As most of you know, I recently just moved into an amazing Lake House, and one of the most exciting projects to think about has been the exterior of the house. However, I quickly learned that exterior design is not my thing, and don't get me on landscaping. Let's just say, it's a good thing I called in the professionals on this one.

Lake House RenovationI first learned about Yardzen about a year ago, when I saw another blogger working with them and have been waiting for the opportunity to work with them, now I've gotten my chance and I'm sharing all of the details.

Yardzen Design Packages

Yardzen has a range of design packages including but not limited too; landscape design, plant design and exterior design. My main focus was the exterior design, so I decided to go with the Curb Appeal Package for the front yard!

Yardzen Design Package

Starting the Design

To start off with the design, Yardzen requested that I go through a nine step project planning phase. During this phase, I was able to upload photos and information for my home as well as share my wants/needs, must - haves and more.

Yardzen Review

I really appreciate that Yardzen was thorough during this step because knowing your personal visions and wants really plays a big factor into creating a design you love. So I went in confident that Yardzen would deliver an awesome product.

Yardzen Review

One thing I really loved was the wish list. Sometimes when designing, it's hard to think of everything, so it was nice to see selections listed to choose from, so you don't feel like there is something you're missing.

Once I was able to enter in all of my information, we were headed to the next step in the process.

House Model and Conceptual Design

Next up, was the House Model, where I was able to review a simple 3D model of my property.

Once I reviewed my house model, the Conceptual Design process started, which is the first round of designs where you're able to see your designer’s initial vision and provide feedback.

House Model

Reviewing the Concept and Final Design

Now on to the fun part; the design. This was a two step process where they first shared the designers conceptual design and then once feedback was given, they sent over the final design.

Once they sent the first design, I was really happy right off the back with what my designer came up with, but I had a few small teaks I wanted to make.

Yardzen Design

I must say, I was really impressed with Yardzen's system to give feedback. I was able to click directly on the items that I loved and wanted to change and write feedback on what I wanted to change. This option was available for all pictures and I really liked that I was able to pinpoint what it was I wanted differently. Yardzen gets an A+ for that.

I wanted a lighter version for my final design, but now that I've seen both designs,  Yardzen has made it so hard to choose, because they both look so wonderful. Ultimately, I think Ive decided to do a little mix of both!

I'll be sharing both the Conceptual and Final Design together, so you guys get to take up the awesomeness that is Yardzen Design.

The Design


Yardzen design lake house renovation

Yardzen Design


Lake House view

Lake House View



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Lake House Reno

Lake House Reno

Lake House Reno

My Thoughts Overall

Overall, I really enjoyed working with Yardzen. Their process was very impressive and well streamlined, which was super impressive as a former engineer. But the design overall was really well done in my opinion.

For me personally, I think the design I eventually go with will be a mix of the two ending designs, so I didn't necessarily get the final design in one rendering, but I now feel like I can move forward in the process with a much better vision for what I'm doing.

Seeing is believing and Yardzen really made it easy for me to decide on a design that I think will bring the lake house to the next level.

How to Get the Best Bang for your Buck

Ive had a few people voice their concerns and hesitation about trying Yardzen because they were scared they wouldn't get a design they'd like. If that's you, here are a few tips to ensure you get a product you love!

Be Realistic about Your Costs

With Yardzen , anything is possible. There are so many additions you can have and changes you can make. But make sure you are staying true to your budget. If you give a big budget, Yardzen will design your home with the budget given. You don't want to give a unrealistic figure and then can't do anything with it. Make sure you take the time to figure out what's comfortable for you and have Yardzen design to your exact needs.

Be Specific as Possible

This is the time where too much information is a good thing. With design, there are so many elements that can be created, so knowing specifics will really help your designer hone in on a design you will love. If there are specific things you don't like, please share, things you love, share, colors, plants, you like and don't like, share. Are you getting the list here? Over explaining can only help you in this process.

As explained above, my final design will probably be a mix of two of the final designs, had I been a little more specific, I probably could have gotten them to get everything I wanted on one rendering, but I'm still really satisfied with my end product!

June 17, 2022 — Ashley Basnight
Home Renovation Expenses

Lake House Renovation Expenses

"Estimating the cost of a renovation can seem daunting, but today I'm sharing my Home Renovation Costs to help."

Are you thinking of tackling a home renovation but unsure of what things may cost? Well, I'm here to help! I am sharing a breakdown of all of the expenses for my renovation, in hopes that you can get a little inside look into what a renovation may cost.

Now full disclosure, I do have expensive taste, so some of these numbers may seem a little inflated, but I still think you can get a good feel for what prices are looking like!

Now, luckily because I am an influencer, I often have things gifted to me , but no worries, I will be sharing the full cost of everything and whatever was gifted, I will mark with (gifted) or (discounted) for full transparency.

Now enough talk, let's get to the money!

House Total $35,173
Shop/Office Total $46,500

Total Home Reno Cost


General Home Renovation Costs

10' Dumpster x 2 ($425 per dumpster)  $850
20' Dumpster x 2 ($525 per dumpster) $1,050
Downstairs Carpet (Two Bedrooms) $3,339
Toilet Seats $65
Leviton GFCI USB Outlets x 20 (gifted) $700
Leviton Motion Sensor x 5 (gifted) $250
Leviton Decora Smart Switch x 10 (gifted) $450 
Engineered Hardwood-1350 sq.ft (discounted) $10,882
TOTAL: $17,586

The Shop/ Office

Epoxy Garage Floors $3,874 
HVAC $11,850
Electrical (for HVAC) $650
Shop Framing (Lumber) $10,300
Shop Framing (Labor) $6,500
Paint (Miscellaneous)  $256
Electrical Work (2nd Story) $3,400
Vinyl Flooring - 1500 sq. ft (gifted) $9670
TOTAL: $46,500

House Garage

 Epoxy Floor (2.59 per sq.ft) $1,250
TOTAL: $1,250

Master Bedroom

Skim Coating Materiels  $175
Interior Door $250
Vents $255
Sliding Barn Door $1,746
Curtains/Rods $295
Paint $351
Ceiling Fan $820

Cabinet Lumber

Mirror Wall Lumber/Supplies $562
Mirrors $425
TOTAL: $6,413

Guest Bathroom

Interior Doors  $520
Vanity Lumber $888
Bathroom Drain $160
Bathroom Showered Kit $528
Bathroom Lights $1,219
Toilet $1,385
Floor and Shower Tile (gifted) $820

RedGard & Concrete

TOTAL: $7,490


Lighting  $2,184
TOTAL: $2,184

Laundry Room

Interior Door $250
TOTAL: $250


June 16, 2022 — Ashley Basnight