Hi there! We’re Ash and Eileen, and we are sharing our DIY home improvement stories with you.
Years ago, we wanted to update our home. We wanted to make it comfortable, cozy, and beautiful, but without the means or experience to do so, we felt that we just couldn’t measure up.
Little by little, we started chipping away at projects that we could do – painting rooms, recaulking trim, installing new closet and pantry doors.
Happy with the results, our smaller projects became larger projects – it started with a simple built-in bookshelf and has grown to building an entire shed – from the ground up!
We’ve both always loved to dream and create, but we didn’t know that we could also build.
Our posts on Just Measuring Up tell the stories of our DIY endeavors along with step-by-step tutorials, tips and tricks, and plenty of pictures to inspire you to take on your dream projects too 🙂
How did we meet?
Funnily enough, one of the first things Ash said to me was, “I can build that.” It was back when he starting taking the same spinning class as me at the gym. He was the only male in the class, as he had been attending to drum up conversation with me. 🙂
As our friendship progressed, I remember telling him how I wished I could design my own elliptical/bike with customized features (I was really into working out back then).
I could not tell you what those features were, but at the time, I thought it was a great idea.
Without missing a beat, Ash confidently responded by telling me that he could build this crazy elliptical bike thingy.
I laughed because what could a computer programmer build besides a website?
Who knew that twelve years later, we would be married with two sweet kids (and a hairy little dog), and, Ash, my tech-savvy husband, would have taught himself how to build literally everything we’ve imagined – well, that is, except for my elliptical-bike.
The Best Part?
Ash has no carpentry experience and I have no design background, yet our passion for making our home more functional and aesthetic motivates us.
I create the vision and Ash makes it reality.
Ash is really amazing at making visuals come to life – whether through his computer engineering projects or his woodworking projects.
Our first project was a bookshelf for my dozens and dozens of books. I had been eyeing an awkward area between a door and closet, dreaming about a floor-to-ceiling shelf.
Ash built it without hesitation, exactly the way I had pictured. I jumped in and stained it. Giddy with the results, we continued to work on more DIY endeavors.
Our Growing Family
We soon became a family of three and were starting to outgrow our first home.
So, we worked quickly on more projects, knowing our home would soon be on the market.
We focused on DIYs that would increase our home’s value – porch railings, crown molding, French doors on the pantry, outdoor pathways, and room makeovers. (The house sold in less than a week!)
Continuing the Dream
Now in our second home we are continuing to dream, build, and create.
Our favorites are the shed that Ash built from the ground up, an old CD tower that we repurposed into a pantry shelf, and my new floor-to-ceiling, full wall bookshelf with a window seat.
Ash’s projects are amazing, and it’s incredible that he’s taught himself along the way. If you are wondering if you can become a DIYer, the answer is yes.
A Flair of Craftiness
Amidst all of our projects, I started to settle into motherhood.
I found myself spending more time planning parties, putting together gift ideas, making holiday crafts, and working on activities with my son.
It could be the teacher in me, but I really enjoyed these little projects that allowed me to be creative with my son – rather than painting furniture or assisting Ash during our little guy’s naptime.
Our friends and family really fussed over these crafty creations– so much, that Ash and I decided to share these stories too.
But don’t get me wrong, I still love a good furniture fix.
Now our blog is a true DIY haven – from home projects to crafty endeavors, and we love sharing all of it with you.
So, what do a computer programmer and a teacher have in common – besides a spinning class we used to take?
We love channeling our creativity, we love inspiring others, and we love finding ways to complete our projects while saving money. And, the bottom line is that you can too.
After all, we are all just trying to measure up.
Check out some of our favorite posts lately. We hope they inspire you with your projects 🙂
We’re making headlines!
- Life Hacker recently wrote an article on Ash’s folding workbench called “This DIY Floating Workbench Folds into Place When It’s Time to Work, Away When You’re Done.”
- Make Magazine also featured Ash’s folding workbench in a post titled “Building a Folding Shop Workbench.”
- Apartment Therapy wrote a piece on our pantry doors. We replaced our old pantry curtains with French doors. It was quite an upgrade and Apartment Therapy featured it in a piece called “Before & After: Adding Some Pretty to the Pantry.”
Looking for more DIY project websites? Check out these resources and sites.
Tinkercad – This is a great website for simple online 3D design. We use this to help out with many of our projects, such as the garage storage shelves and the backyard boardwalk.
Little Brags – This DIY blog features everything creative and decorative. From home decor to organization to holiday inspiration, this blog will definitely inspire you.
Free and Handy – This one has a mix of diy and carpentry projects. From solar panels to wall finishes to attic storage, they share some great projects.