Archive for 2006
Well, now that we have drywall, it is time to paint! Louise has been doing most of the work, since my â€œchristmas vacationâ€ actually involved working on stuff at apple. She has been doing a super-good job.
Here is the picasa album:
and some snapshots:
louise..painting the fireplace area red!
our bedroom…i came home and it was blue!
Well! We’ve had a lot of progress on the house. I broke down and decided to pay someone to do some of the work, and a few weeks ago we had drywall installed and textured. The house looks great! We wanted a subtle texture, and Earl (the contractor who we are working with, who, interestingly enough, helped my dad build his house in the early 80′s), recommended â€œNew Worldâ€ texture. This is a relatively new style, as seen below, in our bedroom:
And close up:
The drywall guys did the house FAST. They hung all the drywall in one day. They taped in one day. They textured in one day. They sanded in one day, and were done!
The living room, and the stairs:
We got all the tiles up! here are some of the last of em:
I’ve been having working on finishing our new doors.
We bought three Simpson brand doors from San Lorenzo Lumber, in Santa Cruz. Two are large french doors that will be the main entrance, and the other is a single french door that will be for the side of the house (along the same wall).
They come unfinished and are fir.
Here you can see the doors; I pulled them out of the frame to finish them.
Here is a picture of our new main front door; gorgeous double french doors!
Louise found a great Cherry stain that I put on the doors. It looks really good, except for one spot where i missed whiping it on the other side of the door, and it looks a little drippy (oh well).
I decided to put Spar Urethane on the doors. Apparently, it is good for outdoor doors. However, I hate it. Putting it on has left little dust things and/or bubbles (I’m not sure which). They look like tons of tiny bumps on it. If you look carefully in the above picture, you can see them, but a better way is with Apertures loop tool:
Ahh, aperture‘s loop tool. It is Ã¼ber cool. The gang at apple definitely creates some really wonderful software, and aperture is in doubt a wonderful piece of work. It is the main â€œpro appâ€ i use for testing my AppKit work.
So, I’ve tried many things; putting on the stuff without whiping the brunsh (so it doesn’t get air in it). Putting it on with tapping the brush. Putting it on in a dust free room. Putting it on too thick (that made nice fat drips that i’ve had to sand off). Nothing really worked. finally, i read on the internet, that a good final coat is to use some of the spray Spar Urethane that you can buy in cans. That worked! I also heard from someone else that you should think it, and that’s the trick to getting a good finish. It just seems really strange, since it says to not thin it on the can!
So, I sanded off the doors, sprayed a final coat of that on, and it turned out pretty good!
In the above picture you can clearly see the finished product. We are really happy with the way they turned out.
Then, last week, Earl got the doors put in:
This is a bad picture, taken at night, but they look great! Louise picked out the nice black handles. I need to finish putting them together.
Here you can see the new windows that Earl put in. We are really excited to have these in. They make the house look much more open and spacious. They also let a lot more natural light in! I need to finish up the details, like putting the electrical back in.
We also recently took the ugly wallpaper off the ceiling. This is a picture of louise doing some of the work.
And, as you can see, I did some of the work too!
Louise really liked my ripped up pants.
We took turns wearing the ugly yellow sunglasses. I had gotten those for free and the first (and only) sharks game i went to w/Jason (or was it JR? I’m now getting my friends confused!)
Till next time, gang! corby-d.
I posted a series of more photos on picasa.
My friend is selling is car, check it out:
Contact me or Tom in the ad for more info. It is a great car, and Tom REALLY takes care of his stuff, so it is in super excellent shape.
Project Hutchinson has moved forward. I now have a driveway! Check out all the pictures.
Here you can see the driveway, along with the wall that Louise and I built.
here’s another picture of the wall. Behind it, you can see the mini-wall that Louise built all by herself! To tell you the truth, she did most of the building of the main wall too. I did a lot of the digging and manual setup labor.
Finally, here is a picture of the retaining wall, which is waiting for county permits before I get it poured:
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That reminds me, California Muni Weekend 2007 will be in Santa Cruz this year! Jason, Louise and I are co-hosting, and Nathan Hoover will be organizing some Cooker Muni rides.
Muni == Mountain Unicycle.