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Archive for August, 2010

Today my second sink arrived and my bathroom obsession ended. Several months ago I found myself obsessed with bathroom vanities. They are expensive and I disliked most of the ones I saw. I dreamed of doing something different and interesting. I wanted Talavera sinks, but didn’t want to buy them until I figured out where […]

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The next to last step in our kitchen design is the windows. Vincent had the brilliant idea of replacing them. But what to put there instead? At Restore in Santa Rosa, we find an amazing window with an amazing story. This window (along with a ton of others) came out of a fancy house in […]

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We’re proud of our edge, and I’m particularly pleased that it was my idea: I don’t know enough to have a lot of good ideas when it comes to carpentry, but once in a while I have one. The joists are ugly – built of pressure treated redwood – so they typically get covered by […]

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We got a central heating system this weekend! It’s not hooked up yet of course, but it’s there – an amazingly compact unit rated 95 percent efficient. With lots of single-paned windows, no insulation, and 11 and a half foot ceilings, the Schoolhouse is a challenge to heat. Once upon a time there was a […]

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This weekend we got a roof. This is a bigger deal than it sounds. Our purchase almost fell apart over insurance. A 120-year old building with maintenance issues, pest damage, no insulation, a bad roof, and a funky kerosene heater? No thank you. With the help of Kayte, a creative insurance agent referred to us […]

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