April 2014

Monthly Archive

Fireplace!

Posted by on 28 Apr 2014 | Tagged as: house building, Uncategorized

The fireplace was probably installed last Friday, but I only saw it this afternoon when I arrived.

First dark…

fireplace April 2014

lit fireplace April 2014

Then lit. It not only casts a lovely, warm glow, but it also actually heats the space a little. Not that we need it, with the warm floors, but sometimes it is good to have the option.

Not bad, eh?

Once the fumes from manufacturing oils burn off it will be perfect!

Just leaving to do yardwork…

Posted by on 27 Apr 2014 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, house building, rain, Uncategorized, weather

and it started pouring down HAIL.

Big, loud, dropping like marbles from angry thunderclouds. The parking lot at the apartment in town is white with hard pellets and deep in water.

For the record, I think we have had rain for at least part of every day since the first week of April. The news channels are reporting that we have had record rainfall this last couple months — and if we had had normal rainfall over the winter (it was extraordinarily dry) it would be a very very wet season. Meantime, we are still setting records for rainfall right now, even as we anticipate a very much longer dry season than normal.

I think today’s outdoor work will wait until tomorrow afternoon.

Meantime… Packing, shopping (online), and working on professional obligations (school-based evaluations for my performance, and contacting people who have been references for me in the past to see if they will “re-up.”).

Tomorrow I can get into the house. I will start working on tiling. If I am careful, I can get things set up for doing the floor of the shower on Tuesday. And the walls on Wednesday and Thursday. I will let the plumber know he can come and finish up on Friday… I will just have to bite the bullet and get it done.

Hope the hail hasn’t damaged the fruit trees at home!

Banned from the house…

Posted by on 25 Apr 2014 | Tagged as: house building, Uncategorized

..because the floors are being polished. “Spit-shined” even! Peering in through the windows this evening they are GORGEOUS! But it’s a no-step zone for now.

So here are a couple pictures of the backsplash behind the range. Yes! That is a pot filler above the range. It should be just tall enough for my tamale pot, and so much more convenient for filling soup and jam pots as well. It has filtered water, so will taste good… and and and

from this angle the stainless appliances make sense -- all the baking/cooking materials are stainless!

from this angle the stainless appliances make sense — all the baking/cooking materials are stainless!

The second image is more blurry, but it is a better demonstration of how the center of the kitchen lines up.

Not well seen in these pictures is how the white fridge, white island, white dishwasher and old white sink brighten up the space.

Not well seen in these pictures is how the white fridge, white island, white dishwasher and old white sink brighten up the space.

I am under strict orders from Jeff, our amazing concrete artist, to not set foot in the house until Monday. At the EARLIEST.

At last…

Posted by on 17 Apr 2014 | Tagged as: house building, Uncategorized

Finally, the kitchen is really looking like a kitchen. It’s a lovely hint at what it will be in a couple weeks.

And yes, pictures!

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Today in my garden

Posted by on 17 Apr 2014 | Tagged as: children, Gardens and Life, good things, Green Living, house building, Uncategorized

I grow a lot of things.

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Front door

Posted by on 13 Apr 2014 | Tagged as: house building, Uncategorized

This is the color of the front door. The hardware isn’t what it will be; we will continue to have the contractor’s brassy knob for a while yet. And the “divided light” sections aren’t finished yet — the paint is trickier to apply than I like, and I need a calmer environment to get it right. I’ll do that in the summer when I have days and weeks that stretch out gloriously in front of me.

Meantime, this is the color. It makes me happy… and the door is now weatherproof.

13 April 2014 front door

Today in my garden

Posted by on 08 Apr 2014 | Tagged as: Gardens and Life, house building, Uncategorized

I didn’t get a picture of the work in progress, but I did get a picture of the workers. These are two of Grant’s friends, helping us get the yard ready for the growing season while I work in the house during the break.

The kids are doing massive amounts of work, today in between the raindrops...

The kids are doing massive amounts of work, today in between the raindrops…

Doing battle with the build-up of yard and construction debris. The old willow that was too close to the house is now cut up and moved to the slowly decomposing log pile in the back. The holly next to the house has been limbed up and the encroaching vine maples (and blackberries) removed. The ceanothus on the mound has had a large dead limb removed and the weeds underneath (and blackberries) removed. The veggie garden is starting to be weeded…

Inside, the walls in the bathroom are getting there, but as so often at the moment they look worse than when I started…

Here is a picture that shows the two colors of blue we are adding. They look stunning against the tile, but not so great with the red water-proofing membrane that now covers the cement board for the shower.

The color near the window on the left is "true" -- the color on the right is less true because it is reflecting the red from the as-yet untiled shower walls.

The color near the window on the left is “true” — the color on the right is less true because it is reflecting the red from the as-yet untiled shower walls.

Bright Ideas

Posted by on 05 Apr 2014 | Tagged as: house building, Uncategorized

The lights are attached.

Here is the pretty one for my office, from two angles:

This is very pretty in person, a little jewel in the tiny room that is my office.  It will allow for some pretty, diffused light to offset the fluorescent work lights over the desks.

This is very pretty in person, a little jewel in the tiny room that is my office. It will allow for some pretty, diffused light to offset the fluorescent work lights over the desks.

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