HOME RENOVATION – Drywall, Insulation & Sneak Peak of Plumbing fixtures (EPISODE 6)

HOME RENOVATION – Drywall, Insulation & Sneak Peak of Plumbing fixtures (EPISODE 6)

What a difference a week makes! Three inspections were signed off on by the City of Tacoma (Framing, Insulation and Electrical). Gas lines were stubbed out to the (soon to be) new furnace, fireplace and stove. Immediately after we began hanging drywall, in anticipation for the kitchen installation in less than a week! Our plumbing fixtures are in (I’m in love!) and the juggling of painters, floor professionals, HVAC techs and general contractors continues to get slightly more cumbersome as most all of the work is now intertwined.

THIS space; The kitchen is what has kept us all on our toes. Without the deadline to install the new cabinets I’m certain our progress wouldn’t be as quick as it has.
Living room feels a bit small with these two enormous tubs sitting in the middle, looking forward to their removal and install of more modern selection.


It’s so cliche to say this, but I’m going to anyways; the timely completion and quality workmanship, would have been impossible without the teamwork and coordination between each contractor.

The Painters and Drywall Professionals both need the home masked off to do their job. The drywall guys did the masking to texture the walls, but left the plastic and blue tape up, so the painters could use for painting the walls immediately after. Saving the painters significant time in prep work.

Delays Turned to Convenience!

We didn’t drywall the bathrooms yet because the placement of the wall-mount faucet and nozzles wasn’t for certain (they can’t be even an eighth of an inch off or drywall repair would be needed). This ACTUALLY ended up being a HUGE benefit, as we could access the electrical/plumbing for the kitchen before the kitchen install is complete.

Bathroom upstairs. Interior walls do not need to be insulated (and they usually aren’t) but I chose to have it done for sound proofing.

Why not replace both Kitchens?

I’ve been asked by a few people “why didn’t you rip out the kitchen downstairs while you are doing the renovation? It only makes sense to do it now.” I couldn’t agree more! BUT the reality is, I LOVE the original features of the home and kitchen. It pained me to take out the original kitchen on the main floor. The workmanship and quality of the cabinets (some contractors speculate that they were custom built to the home and constructed in the home!) is something that’s hard to find now, and feels like a small piece of history that I was demolition! The reason any home improvement or renovation (when you plan on staying in the home) is for your personal enjoyment. And I know I will enjoy the downstairs, original kitchen even more than I would a new one. ❤️ 🏡

A unique 2nd Kitchen, originally constructed with the house in 1951. I expect to get another 65+ years out of enjoyment out of it! 😉

CALL/TEXT Realtor Jenny Wetzel for more information (253) 381-9788

HOME RENOVATION – Hello Great Room!

HOME RENOVATION – Hello Great Room!

If you can’t tell from the video – I am tired! Overwhelmed with the feeling of  satisfaction and gratitude, after all that has been accomplished the last week and a half. Constant communication between contractors and vendors, rearrangement of schedules, trusting relationships and good ol’ hard work is the only reason we are on track to begin insulating and hanging drywall.

In this video, Justin; inspector with the City of Tacoma, walks through the home with me to inspect the newly installed beam and framing.  Unfortunately the framing was not signed off on (for reasons you’ll see in the video) but the beam was! 

City of Tacoma Inspector; Justin, completes the Beam Inspection

Here is a list of accomplishments since the last video update (two weeks ago) in the order they were complete: 

  1. Complete Electrical rough-in and INSPECTION – ✔️ 
    • Not without some serious hurdles! Two failed inspections and 1 week after our target date, we are signed off and moving forward.
  2. Beam Installation and INSPECTION – ✔️ 
    • We had a 4 day delay with the beam installation only because the specific size of the LVL beam that was required for install, was not in stock. Adjusting the work flow for both insulation and electricians (for example insulating the exterior walls before doing the attic) allowed us to continue work and not have significant delays. 
  3. Interview and Hire DRYWALL Professional – ✔️ 
    • After the electrical rough in was complete, I interviewed 3 professionals. Hiring the contractor who asked the most amount of questions and knew exactly what the kitchen undercount wiring was (not all did) 

NEXT WEEK, here is what is coming: 

  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Framing inspection  
  • Heating installation (and everything that comes with it!
  • Beginning to hang drywall 

And so much more! Contact Jenny Wetzel directly or feel free to comment with questions or Home Renovation experiences you have had. 🏡 



Beautiful Ranch style home, positioned on just shy of 1/2 an acre, backs up to Spanaway Creek – feed from Tule Lake. Stones throw away from McChord Air Force Base and freeway access. Impressive fully fenced backyard w/ RV parking, patio and Evergreen privacy, granting you the feeling of relaxation & allusion of being far from all the hubbub. Inside master suite sits privately on the north side of home. 5 piece bath & walk-in closet. Vaulted ceilings, dining and natural light.

    • 3 bedrooms
    • 2 bathrooms
    • 1,854 square feet
    • 20,566 square foot lot
    • Built in 1987
    • 2- car attached garage + RV & boat parking
    • Listed for $325,000 – SOLD FOR $340,000 ($15,000 over list price!)


13516 15th Ave S – Front of House

13516 15th Ave S – Front Entrance

13516 15th Ave S – Living Room

13516 15th Ave S – Formal Dining Room

13516 15th Ave S – Kitchen

13516 15th Ave S – Eat In Kitchen

13516 15th Ave S – Master Bedroom

13516 15th Ave S – 5 Piece Bathroom

13516 15th Ave S – Second Bedroom

13516 15th Ave S – Third Bedroom

13516 15th Ave S – Full Size Bathroom

13516 15th Ave S – RV Parking

13516 15th Ave S – Backyard and Shed

13516 15th Ave S – Backyard

GET OUTDOORS – Live that sweet outdoor life here – cause there’s so much to get out and do! Spanaway Lake close by and is open year round and offers good harvest opportunity for stocked rainbow trout. Spanaway Lake has some of the best fishing for rock bass in the area. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass and yellow perch can be good in the spring and summer months, while fishing for black crappie usually picks ups in September to November. This 135-acre park along beautiful Spanaway Lake is extremely popular with many year-round activities. Visitors to the park can explore a multitude of aquatic recreation opportunities, including two swimming beaches (no lifeguards), a boat launch, a fishing pier, handicapped accessible bathrooms, a new picnic area by the south swimming beach, newly renovated boat ramp, ADA playground equipment with a seating plaza for parents and a new three mile trail system by Little Spanaway Lake, as well as restoring the shoreline.

GOLFLake Spanaway Golf Course borders the lake. From the red tees at just over 5600 yards to the tips at 7014, it is a classic course that appeals to the novice player but also challenges the best players in the region. From the old growth Douglas firs that line every fairway to the well placed bunkers and large greens, Lake Spanaway is truly a wonderful golf experience. For winter play, Lake Spanaway has a reputation as one of the driest most playable public courses in the area. Over 700 tons of sand was applied to the fairways, tees and greens in 2007 so the golf course holds up very well during the winter months.

HIKING – Enjoy a tranquil forest setting at Bresemann Forest Trailis a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tacoma, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

NEIGHBORHOOD PARK – Gonyea Playfield is a stone’s throw away. This cozy neighborhood play field has multi-purpose baseball, softball and soccer fields with play equipment, basketball courts, a hard surface play area and restrooms.

BURGERS – If you enjoy the nostalgia of old school, walk up burger joints then Lucky’s Drive in is for you! They’ve got more than burgers though, try a chili dog with some tater tots to scoop up that extra chili amd wash it all down with one of their delicious shakes.

COMMUTE – If your work at McCord AFB, this location will be an easier commute than most. I-5 and 512 are both close for commuting.

CALL/TEXT Realtor – Jenny Wetzel (253)381-9788 for more info OR if you are looking to sell your home in the greater Tacoma.

SOLD! Grandiose 3 Bedroom Craftsman in South Tacoma, WA

SOLD! Grandiose 3 Bedroom Craftsman in South Tacoma, WA

Perched high on the hill, this Grandiose Craftsman has turn of the century charm, modernized systems, fully fenced yard AND space to build garage. On the main floor – Kitchen w/ eating space, walk-in pantry, laundry room, open living/dining and bountiful amounts of natural light! Two updated full baths (one on each floor) & peek-a-boo view of Mt Rainier upstairs. Fresh paint (inside & out) carpet, newer windows and roof. 3 minutes to freeway on-ramp & blocks from Wapato Park. 

    • 3 bedrooms
    • 2 updated full bathrooms
    • 1,495 square feet
    • 9,400 square foot lot
    • Off street parking – Space to build a garage
    • Fully fenced yard
    • Offered for $280,000
  • https://www.windermere.com/listing/WA/Tacoma/5801-S-K-St-98408/82054379

South Tacoma Craftmsn – Front Entry – Presented & SOLD by Realtor Jenny Wetzel

South Tacoma Craftsman Home – LIVING ROOM – Presented & SOLD by Realtor Jenny Wetzel

South Tacoma Craftsman Home – KITCHEN – Presented & SOLD by Realtor Jenny Wetzel


South Tacoma Craftsman Home – 1/3 BEDROOMS – Presented & SOLD by Realtor Jenny Wetzel

South Tacoma Craftsman – BATHROOM – Presented and SOLD by Realtor Jenny Wetzel

South Tacoma Craftsman Home – 2nd BEDROOM – Presented & SOLD by Realtor Jenny Wetzel


South Tacoma Craftsman Home -BATHROOM – Presented & SOLD by Realtor Jenny Wetzel


Less than a mile away, you’ll find Wapato Park – an urban park featuring a woodland area, a lake, walking trail, plus a historic pergola full of beautiful flowers and shrubbery. Wapato has a number of trails that you can walk – exploring the park, including one circling the lake that is approximately .9 miles in length. It’s most popular feature is the off leash dog park! The off leash dog area has a smaller area for pups under 25 pounds, a space for larger dogs and an upper dog area where all are welcome. The park also provides waste bag stations and garbage bins to keep the park clean. 

Just two minutes from the Safeway, Pharmacy and Fuel Station on South 56th Street

Your one stop shop is just minute away at the Tacoma Place center. Everything from a drive through Starbucks, nail salon, Regis Salon, Mattress Depot, and plenty of places to eat. Famous Dave’s, Red Lobster, Applebee’s, Popeye’s, Olive Garden and Little Tokyo Teriyaki, Shari’sl, Dairy Queen, and the best pho at Pho Ever Tacoma– open from 10 AM – 4 AM 6 days a week.

Minute from home is Stewart Heights Pool – 160 foot Water Slide, Lazy River, Zero-depth entry, Bubble Pool, Water Play Structure, Water Basketball, Tumble Buckets. It’s a local community place to lounge about, sip some cooling, homemade lemonade, and dip your toes in their refreshing pool. Your pups also, can have a place to cool off and relax – Corgi swimming. Not many know this, but at the end of every summer, before they clean out the pools, they have a Pooch Pool Party! It’s a fun place to take your furry best friend to cool off and also enjoy watching the other pups get their swim on.

There’s one place that you absolutely must check out if you’re thinking about sprucing up the backyard – Earthwise Architectural Salvage a retail warehouse that’s full of both vintage and new doors, windows, lighting, hardware and lumber. They also offer a diverse assortment of architectural antiques including stained glass, wrought iron, pillars, posts, and columns and so much more. It’s the kind of place that helps all those Pinterest boards you have come to life.


Presented & SOLD by Realtor – Jenny Wetzel. CALL/TEXT for more information on selling your home (253) 381-9788

SOLD – 3 offers in 4 days! HILLTOP Craftsman Home

SOLD – 3 offers in 4 days! HILLTOP Craftsman Home

Testing the true comforts of a home when selling this time of year, in December. This large renovated Craftsman is infectious with holiday warmth and subdued excitement year round. Fully renovated in 2016, the period specific features; pine floors, brick and wainescot were inspiration throughout the remodel and kept for everlasting enjoyment. One bedroom located on the main floor and three more upstairs. Plus a 5th or bonus room in the basement. TWO large detached garages allowing for a total of 3 covered parking spots. View of Mount Rainier! There really isn’t much this home or neighborhood doesn’t have. More information on the Hilltop neighborhood here.

    • 4 bedrooms + Bonus Room
    • 2 bathrooms
    • 2,416 square feet  
    • 6,000 square foot lot
    • 2 detached garages; total of 3 covered parking spaces 
    • Built in 1918, 
    • Offered for $350,000

The renovation that took place in 2016 was extensive. Plumbing, electrical, HVAC, insulation, some windows and both bathrooms and kitchen were fully remodeled. The intent; to install timeless, quality features that would last another 50 years (as the previous finishings did!). Living simply; focusing on the relationships and interactions that we each need, was top of mind when remodeling. More quality and less distraction – the owners felt they accomplished this quit well.

Homes in Hilltop; Tacoma, WA – Large Living & Dining room.

The living room and dining room are the epicenter of the home (as they are many). Immediately your captivated by original Pine Floors, Waynes Cot and Crown Molding. All original and intentional preserved during the renovation, so as to not to strip this historic beauty of her charm and originality.

Remodeled kitchen – Hilltop Tacoma

The simple beauty continues into the spacious kitchen. The original cooking unit (yes – the chimney!) was refinished and preserved. Red brick exposed on all three floors. My favorite thing about this kitchen is the cozy and bright nook. Perfect for any occasion.

Dining room – HILLTOP; Tacoma, WA

Bonus – You can see Mount Rainier from the couch. 🙂

Three bedrooms upstairs and the 4th on the main floor. Each with their own “master size” closet.

Master on the Main Floor – HILLTOP; Tacoma, WA

1918 Craftsman Closet size – HILLTOP; Tacoma, WA

We finish the interior tour in the basement. 900 square feet of unfinished space, already fully insulated and ready for your final touches.

Smoking Room – HILLTOP; Tacoma, WA

Unfinished Basement – HILLTOP; Tacoma, WA

Happy Holidays! And House Shopping!

Craftsman Home – HILLTOP; Tacoma, WA

Call/text Realtor – Jenny Wetzel for more information on buying/selling in the Greater Tacoma Area. 253-381-9788