219) R.I.P. Bosch Angle Grinder

by Gail on October 8, 2014

RIP bosch angle grinderJust as I was nearing completion of the stone facing on the greenhouse, my trusty Bosch Angle Grinder died. My masonry teacher, Serge, said I would go through 2 or 3 of these before the house was done.

It has seen me through the masonry on the whole house exterior

front door with Kitty

stone on garage

stone facing back

Plus the pizza patiopatio stonework

Plus 19/20ths of the greenhousenearly finished stonework

I have replaced her with a shiny yellow DeWalt. It doesn’t feel as good in my hands.

She will be missed. Rust in peace, little friend.


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218) Fold-down Bed

by Gail on August 5, 2014

murphy bed closedAs I mentioned in this post, we’re working up to twenty beds in This Green House. The studio has already been used as an add-on bedroom (see this post: Make Your Own Bed) but we wanted something more comfortable and permanent.

After Rob the carpenter was here doing our “Sprint to the Finish,” I sent him back to his workshop with a detailed set of plans and the Lee Valley hardware for a Murphy Bed.

A short time later, Rob came back with all the components, and assembled them here. He was able to use our 80-year-old fir slats (salvaged from an old industrial building currently in use as a film studio) for the mattress support. murphy bed slats

After assembly, we took it apart so that I could paint it white.bed ready for paint

D and Tess and I reassembled the carcass and bed. (Some profanity ensued – it was challenging, to say the least.)

I shopped my studio for some fabric to cover the backrest and the ceiling of the carcass, and thought this stiff tie-dyed cotton that Tess brought back from Burkina Faso would be perfect.bed ceiling

After a bunch of cutting, sewing, gluing, and tacking, I got this look:wall bed open

I stuck one of my quilts on the back wall, so you only see it when the bed is opened. I think it’s kind-of a nice little secret.

And, when it’s closed, the bed only sticks out from the wall 16 inches.studio with murphy bed

I hope to make a bench to attach to the front, and will add a photo if that happens!


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217) Rainwater Harvest Waterfall Feature

July 21, 2014

  Whenever we tour new visitors around our house and yard (quite a common occurrence here), there’s a lot of interest in our water feature. We have quite an elevation drop from the entry level to the back yard. So, to indulge ourselves myself with a luxury, we hired a rainwater harvesting contractor to build a […]

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216) Patio Plantings

June 24, 2014

Our patio has been functional for a few months now, and we have even had a few pizza parties. I haven’t yet reported on the plantings around it, so this post outlines my rationale for the landscape design. It’s a challenging slope – maybe 50 degrees. WWOOFers (WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and I have […]

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215) S.T.T.F. Final Day (11) Loft Beds

May 28, 2014

I have told you about the construction of curtain frames for our loft’s twin beds. Rob, our Sprint to the Finish (S.T.T.F.) carpenter built them, as well as doors for the storage underneath. Inspired to re-create the romance of train bed berths, I asked him to craft valances from the same tongue-and-groove pine that we […]

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214) S.T.T.F. Day 10 (Loft Baseboards)

May 4, 2014

Of all the deficiencies in a house-build, nothing marks “unfinished” like the absence of baseboards.  We just never got around to it. So, in our Sprint To The Finish, we asked Rob to complete the baseboards in the loft. I painted all the primed 1×4 with a colour that matched the wool carpet. Much easier […]

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213) S.T.T.F. Day 9 (Loft Train Beds)

April 30, 2014

When our architect asked us how many bedrooms in this house, I responded, “Two bedrooms and twenty beds.” Most of the twenty beds are in the loft, where I see hosting bunches of guests, including grandchildren eventually (if I should live so long!) In the loft, we built bed platforms for two twin beds. TV viewers […]

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212) S.T.T.F. Day 8 (Guest Room)

April 24, 2014

Our Sprint to the Finish campaign is steady and productive. To begin with today, you may remember this staircase I painted last year: What the pictures didn’t show was finished drawers. I had some trouble getting the painted drawer fronts attached to the installed drawers. They restricted the smooth opening by scraping on the treads, […]

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211) S.T.T.F. Day 7 (Wood box cover)

April 16, 2014

A quick report on our house finishing (“Sprint to the Finish”) today. The basement casement is finished. This window brings light into the basement hallway.Here’s a worm’s eye view from the floor: I even cleaned the windows. Who knows when we’ll ever climb up there to deal with spider webs and dust again? And, outside, […]

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210) S.T.T.F. Days 4-6 (Door closings and window trim)

April 11, 2014

I haven’t been doing a daily update on our Sprint to the Finish, because it’s turned into a Limp to the Finish. There’s not much progress, at least to the casual viewer.  The thing is, finishing tasks can be all blood and no glory. Take these persnickety old doors and their truly awkward hardware, for […]

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