March 31, 2004

Much Better

I am beginning to see that having S here to do all this work on the house is pretty worthwhile. The number one priority on the list was reinsulating the attic space. There was originally only about three inches of insulation up there. They took it all out and blew in new insulation all around the eaves and the perimeter of the attic space. Then they laid insulation batting on the middle section of flooring. If I ever want to frame out the attic to use as a storage room, it's all ready to go! We had an energy audit done on the house as part of the SHOW program (State Home and Oil Weatehrization). The audit checklist included such energy saving measures as putting in insulation, adding weatherstripping to doors and caulk to windows, installing a digital thermostat, etc. As a result, we are able to get a 25% rebate on all supplies we used, up to $500.

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March 25, 2004

Projects Galore

So, B's brother is here to help us with house projects! Yay! Last night they started bagging up all the old insulation in preparation for blowing in the new insulation. The dining room wallpaper has also been taken off. There is a little fuzz left on the walls, but that should come off in a snap with some hot soapy water and a scraper. The other priorities to focus on are the backdraft from the oil furnace that comes through the basement fireplace, a broken window pane, installing a new digital thermostat, and building new fences. There are lots of other little things too, but those are the most important.

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March 11, 2004

Ta Da

I got my carpet yesterday after work and it looks fantastic. I love how it feels under my bare feet too. Finally, I have my own bedroom retreat. Next up: living room, dining room, and hallway.
My bed
Dresser corner
Corner windows
Newly organized closet

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March 08, 2004

Sneak Peek

Here's my newly remodeled bedroom! The new roman blinds are from Target. The walls are courtesy of Laura Ashley and are a color called Sterling, or what I like to call grey. The rectangular accents are not as red in person as they appear in the photos. They are more of a raspberry color, but it's starting to grow on me. My bed will go against the wall under the large rectangle.
Before #1
Before #2
Big red
Little red
Light fixture

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March 05, 2004

In the Closet

The other night I moved all my clothes into my closet. They had all been hanging in the laundry room in the basement, and subsequently, picking up a slight oil furnace smell. Ick. Not everything fits in the closet, so I need to weed out clothes I never wear, as well as not hang up t-shirts, etc. I also need to move in all my shoes and sweaters. Last night I hung some jute roman blinds that I got at Target. They match the cream-colored trim quite well and look pretty good. The only other things I really need to do are paint the red rectangular wall accents and wash the floor in preparation for the 9x12 frisee shag rug that I bought the other day. I get to pick it up next Wednesday. I decided to forego the refinishing of the floors because I was only going to do my room and the hallway. All the floors should be done if I'm going to do it at all. Once I get the rug, I can set up my bed and move in the dresser. And I can relax!

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March 01, 2004

The End is in Sight

I spent the weekend finishing up the windows, doors and remaining trim. I had started in on the baseboard trim first, but stopped since I don't know yet what I am going to do with the floors. Originally I thought I would refinish the wood floor, but now I am actually thinking about carpet. That would take care of the potential dust problem. It's because of the dust that I hesitate to do the refinishing myself. If it was cheap enough I wold hire someone to do it. However, the carpet sounds like an easier solution. I'm still not sure yet!

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