Monthly Archives: September 2009

Floored

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After installing the windows, and patching and painting most of the walls and cieling, I was ready to put down the new floor. I’d considered milled hardwood and laminate. The milled hardwood was going to run me about $5 to $6 a square foot not counting the varnish or oil finish. Laminate on the other hand was much cheaper: in a range from around $2 to $5 per square foot. After looking at numerous patterns and manufacturers, I couldn’t get around my prejudice towards the fake woodgrain in the laminate flooring. This was entirely in my head, because at […]

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Windows 2.0

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I liked the original windows in this house. They were at least 60 years old, possibly closer to a century, and most of them still looked and functioned like new. These were probably very economical windows at the time, too. But, they had to go. The single-pane glass was incredibly inefficient. Previous owners had put aluminum awning over all of the windows in an effort to stay cool in the summer. And, when I bought the house in the winter, the owners were using clear-plastic storm windows to try to keep their gas bills down. I saved all of […]

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Probably spent close to 24 hours crawling around in the hot, dusty confines of my attic. The second story had no wiring to speak of, so I had to drop electric line and install boxes for every switch and light in each room. I also had to install a ventilation fan in the bathroom. After all that was done, I wanted to top the old blown insulation off with a thick layer of fluffy, yellow fiberglass. The attic entrance. Beginning to roll the new fiberglass insulation. The blown stuff seemed pretty deadly, so I wore a respirator the whole […]

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Bath-Roomy

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One of the features of the old house that stood out when I bought it was the size of the upstairs bathroom. Usually in a house this age and square footage, you can expect the bathroom to be pretty small, but this one was downright roomy. In fact, it’s the exact floor size of the kitchen, which is directly below it. I did not want to spend a lot of dough on the bath. Everything worked fine — that is, until the sink drain line sprung a leak and trashed the kitchen ceiling. I had planned on using the […]

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