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Closets…the progression

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013


…and the drywall transition to the vigas and glulam is really looking amazing.



Friday, August 9th, 2013

I’m finally back home…for good now. And I jumped back into construction full steam this week. (I have the sore shoulders and bruised shins to prove it.)

Today we designed and began to build my closet. That was exciting. Closets are one of the things that I’ve missed most in the past couple years.


Other than that, we’re mostly working on drywall now. Lots and lots of sanding, hence the sore shoulders.

In other news, the hedgerow and outdoor tomatoes have both outgrown their mini-hoop covering and have been set free. With all the rain we’ve gotten, everything is green and thriving, and the wildlife should have plenty to eat without getting into my garden. Still, we’re keeping an eye on everything!

In case you were wondering…

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

How do you finish dry wall that butts up to an adobe wall?

(That’s an Internet search we’d don!)

We found this J-corner bead to work well.



Painting the town

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

We had a fun day today tmaking a trip to Silver City and our friend Mattie at Material Good to buy paint! We are using YOLO paint, a zero-VOC, eco-friendly line and have chosen some bold colors for accent walls. I’m excited to see how it works out.

Yesterday, we began texturizing the walls after finally finishing all the taping and sanding. We had evaluated several options for this, including paint additives and a spray on/knock down product. I love the look of skip troweling though, but was not confident about trying it until Brad convinced me to try it in the ever-experimental workshop and storage rooms.

Skip troweling is a little artistic for me, but we had learned how to do it at our clay workshop (which Mattie reminded us today was almost a year ago!). I liked doing it but wasn’t sure how it would look. Because the mud is a different color than the drywall, it’s almost impossible to tell what it will look like while you’re doing it.

So this afternoon, after we got home from Silver City, we went right over to the property to put on a coat of primer and see how it looks. We finished in the dark, and so I’m not quite sure, but I think it looks good. We’ll know for sure tomorrow.

On other fronts, I have a big project for work that I’ve been waiting for for months and has finally come in. It is work I am excited about doing, but it is a very fast deadline and a lot of work. And in June, I have a lot of work-related travel as well.

Still, we are committed to moving in to the house in May. We really only have a few relatively minor “must do” things left (hook up the gas, tile the shower…paint would be nice) so it is looking good.

With all of this going on though, my writing time on the blog the next 6 weeks or so is going to have to be more limited. I will continue to post major news and pictures (which take very little time for me), but you faithful readers will have a little break from the long ramblings. :)

Drywall is all up

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

…and we’re on to taping. This is a lot of work but it’s looking great.



Brad has done most of the cutting.

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And I’ve done most of the screwing down.

And Dad has been hugely helpful….not only with the drywall but also staining (and moving around) all the wood decking.

Dry walling is not for wimps

Friday, April 16th, 2010

We are now in an all-out race to get the house to a place where it’s livable. We have almost all the dry wall up and should finish this weekend. (Taping still to come.)

Man is dry walling hard work. I am so tired that I can barely type. We are working long days, and the work is very physical. It reminds me of doing the roof — exhausting and lots of it, but also very satisfying.

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In other news, we got our wood decking for the ceiling and started staining it. There have been a few hiccups with this, but it’s moving along and should look great.

Also, we have another visitor this week, my dad. It’s great to have him here. I feel a little bad about not having much time to show him the sights here, but it’s just how life is right now. And we are very grateful to have his help with things.