May 3, 2010

What do these things have in common?

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A set of lovely painted scrolls from Balinese painter, Ida Bagus Rai?


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April 24, 2010

Basement (Still) in Progress

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Our basement is still chugging along. In fact, we've made some great progress since our last update.

Here are a few photos of where we're at...


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March 1, 2010

Florian Kräutli » Magnetic Curtain

House in Progress Diary, Category: Daily Diary

Having lived with paper curtains for the last six years while the house has been under renovation, I think I should just embrace the crinkled look and get some of these.

At least I could get cool points for it.

January 19, 2010

Um, gee, 20th Century Fox, thanks?

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Um, gee, 20th Century Fox, thanks?

Grace's new obsession is Alvin and the Chipmunks (sigh).  I have to admit to a certain fondness for the Chipmunks when I was her age and begged my parents to play that crazy Christmas song over and over and over again.  Now that I am a parent, I feel their pain.

The only thing that has made watching this movie more than once even slightly bearable is a powerful, sexy presence in the film.  Every time this presence comes on screen, I perk up and squirm to the edge of my seat, my eyes fixed on the screen.

I'm talking about Dave's bungalow neighborhood.

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January 13, 2010


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After six years, we feel like we've reached the tipping point.  As of this winter, every single room in our house has had SOMETHING done to it.  They may not be finished, but we have messed with every room in one way or another.  Including....

...the basement.

The basement was really a last frontier of sorts, the repository for everything we didn't want to deal with or wanted to keep away from Grace.  We used to make it the last stop on house tours so we could say, "And HERE is what the house looked like BEFORE we did anything."  It was effective in eliciting gasps of amazement from visitors who congratulated us on our bravery/masochism/stupidity for taking on such a crazy project.

No more, my friends, no more.


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January 4, 2010

(Very!) Fine Remodeling

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Regular readers of the blog already know that I am a big, BIG fan of Fine Homebuilding. (And that I have fantasies of baking them muffins and showing up at their headquarters as a ploy to get them to autograph my Sawzall in silvery ink. Yeah, I'm crushing bad.)

Why are they so awesome? Practical and easy-to-read technical information on a well-designed website. A healthy respect for homeowners who like to use quality materials and who are interested in value over trendiness. Writers who got their hands dirty as craftspeople BEFORE they became writers. One of the best moderated and helpful forums (Breaktime) on the 'net to turn to for help and advice. Yeah, Fine Homebuilding is the gold standard in my opinion.

They've reorganized their Remodeling content into one clean and sleek section, which is happy news for those of us who are more about remodeling than building from the ground up.


They've also incorporated excellent guides for:

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January 2, 2010

Dessert as a Metaphor for Life

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Just like last year's holiday gingerbread project, our little cookie house has become a metaphor for what is happening in our real house.

Right now, the top floor and front of the first floor are toasty warm and lovely.  But the back two rooms on the first floor?  Since we are still smack dab in the middle of the porch and basement project?

Dessert as a Metaphor for Life

Big gaps in the walls.  Freezing.  Enter at your own risk.

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