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Friday, March 24, 2017

Basement Studio Progress

Still working on basement. 
 I had the electrician run conduit down the concrete walls and put in plugs every 5 feet. Also had him put a few in around the perimeter of the ceiling, just in case...Never can have too many electrical plugs...

24' x 24'. Huge work space. Ceiling is in. So glad that is done. Our marriage survived yet another home improvement job done together...

Stained the large wood and metal beam and the beam above the window, door area. 

Got part of my cork board wall around the window area partially finished. Two unopened boxes of cork tiles from when the house was built were here in the basement when we moved in. I think it will make a nice place to pin ideas and inspirations. 
 We put up some wide fir boards around the perimeter of the ceiling so I could hang things. Sorted out a few boxes and placed a few items. Of course I will have to move things at least 3 or 4 times...

Bought three instant benches at Home Depot. About $75 each. Super easy. Open the cardboard box, unfold the legs, insert the lower shelf and you are done. We put all the benches on rollers so I could move them around. Varathaned  the tops and glued the Ace Hardware rulers to the edge. Might add some more tacks for decoration.
Tom got a couple of the vintage ceiling lamps mounted. Six of these, still in the original boxes from Montgomery Wards, 1958, were in a cupboard here in the basement. They waited a long time to be used. 


Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Very Wet Vulture and Working on Basement Studio Areas

Working downstairs today. One section destined to be my workroom.  Another separate room for Tom's work space.

 New, really large sliding door in. New window. That far corner by the window will most likely be where my sewing machine ends up. 

I started cleaning the ceiling today. A few more nails and boards to strip off. Then it will be white washed and left open. Concrete walls and floors will be left as they are.
 I am thinking part of this wall where the shop vac sits will be a workbench sort of area for my tools other than sewing, hammer, drill, etc...

The open door you see at the bottom of the stairs leads into Tom's workroom area.

 We are going to store the wood stove pellets under the stair way area. Most likely we will close this side up. The drawer thing that is there will be turned and used in Tom's area for tools etc...guy stuff...

Through the door into Tom's work rooms.

 New window. We will most like leave the old door, but give it some TLC. It is wonderful and oversized. Tom is almost finished stripping off the old yellow sheet rock to expose the concrete.
 The cinder block wall is the back side of the fireplace.
 The doorway with the light shining leads into our water storage/pump room. There is enough space Tom thinks he can set up another small work space in there.
 My robins egg blue laundry sink. The plumber said he could provide hot and cold water to an area on this side here so we can use it.

Back to other side of basement. Beam down center will have boards stripped off. During the fall I cleaned and sealed the caveman fireplace before the pellet stove went in. We still have not used it. Electricity needs to be tweeked a bit...

 Stripped off the boards above the sliding glass door and window today and discovered a 16' beam that runs across the top. Nice. We will leave it exposed. I have lettuce and spinach up in the plastic tub.

 The fireplace has grown on me. Montana bluestone. Almost has an Art Deco look to the design. There is an electrical plug over on the top right shelf. Hope I can keep it for a little lamp or something.

Wet vulture after a night of heavy rain. He came to dry himself in one of our trees. I watched him out the kitchen window. He sat in the sunshine for a while and then...

Geese Videos

Really short videos of the geese out our windows about a month ago. (Or, should say, when we had windows. They are coming)...
My husband took these. We could hear the geese from inside the house. There were many more than what you see here. That was how we were alerted they were there. Turn your sound up, I think you should be able to hear them on at least one of these.
You might also want to enlarge them to full screen. Look in bottom right corner of videos once you start them, in order to enlarge. 
After you watch a video, you might have to hit your Esc key in order to get back to blog. This is all new to me...
Let me know if there is a better way. These are on Youtube.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Plumbers are here and working! 

 Still working on windows, but progressing. 


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

More Windows

Few more pics showing living room window deconstruction. Take note of the tide waters in the inlet. It is going out. Love watching it change each day.

 Four new windows floor to ceiling will go in without the lower transom (wood piece across lower window area). 
Till new windows come it is boarded up. We will be missing that view for sure!