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Archive for July, 2010

For building materials, we’ve relied on Home Depot and Lowe’s, as well as local sources like Friedmans (a Santa Rosa institution whose slogan is, “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it”) and The Lumber Baron, but my favorite place is Berry’s Sawmill in Duncan’s Mills. Berry’s is a local institution – turn off […]

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Lighting a house from scratch is an interesting process, in part because of the California building code, which requires that half the wattage in the kitchen be from fluorescent light. What we have learned is that this is a rule that everyone ignores. What you do is install fluorescent fixtures for the inspection and then […]

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Today at dusk the last screw went in along the last chalk line – save the edge and railing, the first deck is done! It looks gorgeous, actually, with the boards laid diagonally so they take your eye out over the creekbed and into the trees, but it did take longer than we expected. Our […]

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I think we’ve got it. We’ve got a rectangle, roughly 90 inches by 216 inches. Along the 90 inch wall, there’s a tall pantry and the refrigerator, with cabinets above. Along the 216 inch wall, there’s the stove, sink, and dishwasher, divided by low cabinets. There’s also an island with a prep sink and a […]

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Friday night, we loaded up the truck with our usual load: work clothes, tools we’d forgotten last time, a cooler, and towels and suits in case we found time for a swim. Also two Adirondack chairs I’d gotten off Craigslist. Full disclosure: I’d driven all the way to Fairfax to pick up these chairs, and […]

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