Kuppersmith Home Renovation Project 11: Wiring and Plumbing

With the heart pine floors stained and finished, my extensive renovation of the 1926 Kuppersmith Project house was one step closer to the finish line. But there was still a lot to be done, both inside and out, before the house could become the family-friendly home I envisioned.

Projects featured in this episode include:

Plumbing: Installed the plumbing fixtures, including sinks, faucets, and toilets.

Wiring: Installed the wall outlets, switches, smoke alarms, ceiling fans, and bathroom vent fans by NuTone.

Door Hardware: Installed the brushed nickel locksets from Schlage on the interior doors.

Landscaping: Began digging holes and planting trees and shrubs in the yard, following our landscape plan.

“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford installs kitchen faucet

Plumbing Fixtures

Our plumber began installing all the plumbing fixtures in the house, including our Moen Lindley faucet and Moen Lancelot sink in the kitchen of the house.

The Lindley faucet I selected includes a pull-out sprayer with both eco-performance and standard water flow settings as well as a separate soap dispenser.

To operate the garbage disposal in the sink, we installed a pneumatic air switch in the granite countertop, which is safer than an electrical switch.

Man installs a bathroom ventilation faa

Electrical Fixtures

Our electrician was hard at work installing all the electrical outlets, wall switches, smoke detectors, paddle fans, and light fixtures in the house.

Ultra silent Broan-NuTone vent fans were installed in the bathroom to remove any humid air from of the house.

When installing bathroom vent fans, it’s important to select the proper size vent fan, based on the square footage of your bathroom. Also, be sure to vent the fan outside, rather than in the attic, to prevent rot and mold.

Interior Painting Touch Up

Next, the CertaPro Painters rehung all the interior doors, which had been removed for painting, and did any touching up needed on the interior paint job.


“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford prepares to paint inside a house

Painting and Decorating Tip


To create a decorative touch on a wall in your home, paint the wall a contrasting color. When the paint is dry, apply strips of FrogTape painter’s tape to form a border. Paint the wall, and peel off the tape to expose a contrasting border.


“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford installs door hardware

Door Hardware

Once the interior doors had been hung, it was time to install the brushed nickel interior door locksets from Schlage which I had selected.

Installing locksets like these is a much simpler, do-it-yourself project for homeowners than it used to be, thanks to improvements in the ease of assembly and fast alignment of the parts. These locksets were simple to install in no time!


Landscaping, in packages, outside a home in Mobile, Alabama

Landscaping the Yard

Meanwhile outside, holes were being dug in the yard and hundreds of plants set in place, including river birch trees, hollies, azaleas, and camellias in accordance with our landscape plan. In addition, a row of Japanese yews was planted along the border of the lot to provide a privacy screen.

Plants were also carefully positioned to hide the air conditioning units and our Generac generator. When positioning plants around an outdoor appliance, be sure to allow enough room for the plant to grow and space for the appliance to work properly.

Cypress shutters were custom made on-site for the front of the house by joining three boards together using beveled cleats.

Tools used on the Kuppersmith project provided by Ryobi.


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