Welcome to Yarbhaus, a blog about real-life renovations, an overenthusiastic old home lover tempered by a budget-conscious realist, landlording and more. Together, Zach and Cici own three houses – two rentals and their primary home (which also includes a rented basement apartment). You’ll see other characters pop up regular: the Roomie (he lives in the main house with us) and T (he rents the downstairs apartment).

Cici Haus

Hi! I’m Cici. Primary writer of this here blog and the aforementioned home restoration enthusiast. I grew up with renovations and have owned two (now three!) homes, but I’m not an expert. We’ll take you along as we learn, and try to make you feel confident in tackling the many, many tasks you find yourself doing when you own a home.

Zach Yarb

Did it just click? Our blog title? I’m Zach. [Zach has yet to fill in the rest of this.]

Mildred House

This blog will mostly focus on our primary house, Mildred House, since she needs the most love. And also because it’s where we live… Mildred House, named after the single owner Ms. Mildred, is a 1963 brick ranch on a full partially-finished basement with an apartment.  She has three bedrooms and two baths (technically a master, though the master bath is teensy – pretty sure it was once a closet). She also has a formal living room, formal dining room, kitchen, family room and an addition we call the sunroom. We have lots of plans in the works though that will change pretty much the entire footprint of the house.

Beatrice Bungalow

Beatrice (Cici’s house, which will be a crashpad) is a 1922 brick English cottage-style bungalow. She has three bedrooms and two baths, including a master suite, a formal dining room, living room and kitchen. I did a lot of cosmetic work, some big-ticket but not so sexy projects (new roof, new windows, refinished hardwoods), renovations to improve storage/flow and decorated her just to where I wanted her, then moved.

The Bird House

The Bird House (Zach’s house, rented by friends) was built in 2005. He has three bedrooms and two and a half baths, open-concept style kitchen/dining/living space. He also has a laundry room and pantry which I’m very jealous of. He’s a beautiful two-story craftsman in an up-and-coming area. He also has a hot tub. Wait, why didn’t we move in there?!