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Archive for July, 2013

The plasterer finished on Monday and it looks great. Now that the plaster is dry, it’s time for primer and paint. We also have the A/C guy lined up for next week but it has been unseasonably cold here, especially this weekend. The high on Saturday was 61. I made soup and baked bread and don’t remember if I have have done that in July. I’m sure we’ll still get some hot weather so I’m not complaining for now.

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Catch-up post

Here’s a short catch-up post to show you that we haven’t been completely lazy and unproductive. This year has actually been eventful and this summer is super busy. During the winter months, we worked on the upstairs. We framed out the knee walls anD hung dry wall to the rafters behind the kneewall for fire blocking:

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We also ordered Warmboard for the radiant floor and installed most of it. Then Spring came and it was time to head out into the garden and also shift gears to finishing the hallway so we can install the mini split air conditioner. We decided to take down the ceiling in the hallway because it was in rough shape and really loose, not really adhering to the lath anymore. Originally, we had planned to do the plasterwork ourselves but I didn’t have faith in my plastering skills and frankly just didn’t want to do it. We got a quote from a local guy and it was reasonable so we went ahead and hired it out. We still had a lot of prep work on the hallway, like sistering some more floor joists in an effort to level out a bit more to get our doors shut, scraping and washing the walls and prepping for the A/C unit. We also cut in an opening to make a linen closet and shrink the bedroom closet. The plasterer started today and thinks he will finish up on Monday.

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The plaster should dry for 7 days before we prime and paint so we should be able to get the A/C hooked up within 1.5 -2 weeks. If we have another hot spell like we did this last week, i will be really happy about that. The excessive heat and I just don’t do well together and it makes me horribly unproductive and cranky. I am excited to pick out a paint color for the hallway and paint. It seems like in all our house remodeling we are always so far away from getting something to the final finish stage. The hallway, which has definitely been the ugliest room ever since we moved in will be the prettiest room when it is all done.

We have had one of the wettest beginning of the year on record this year. Which is ironic considering last year we were in a full on drought. We got so much rain that once again out backyard flooded. This time the damage wasn’t as bad as I have more soil in the raised beds but the water was close to the top edge of the beds, so about 6.5 inches. We pumped it out this time just with our neighbors small sump pump but it worked. Now it is crispy again and I am having to water the raised beds.

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