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Archive for November, 2010

A conversation with Sonoma Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) begins when I fax in a typed, signed building permit application to repair the roof on the shed. The application clearly states the scope: Repair roof on non-attached storage shed (Inspector <name> said we needed to pull a permit for this).  The contract cost is […]

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After a lot of research and exploration, I chose unfinished stain-grade cabinets from The Cabinet Authority (see Adventures in kitchen design # 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5). Here’s what I finally did with them. First, I explored the colors available in water based and oil based stain. Derek, who manages my local PastimeAce Hardware […]

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Before & after photographs fascinate me. Part of my fascination stems from the research I did for my book Venus Envy: A History of Plastic Surgery. The before and after photo is the defining narrative of this medical specialty and in fact of much of twentieth century America, and therefore endlessly interesting and revealing. Now, […]

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As I mentioned in my last post, we’ve got a mind-boggling list of things we need to accomplish to pass inspection. So what did I do first this weekend? Painted the insides of closets, and the doors. Now, we need everything from trim to cabinets, so this probably seems crazy, but sometimes you just have […]

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All alone

We’re on our own now. I’d love to say we did all this work on the Schoolhouse ourselves. In fact I would love to have DONE it all ourselves. But that would have involved quitting our jobs, which we can’t afford to do, not to mention learning several skilled trades. And we didn’t want to […]

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