Projects

Installing the Jotul Sebago Free Standing Gas Fireplace

Installing the Jotul Sebago Free Standing Gas Fireplace

This post is step-by-step how we put in a Jotul Free Standing Direct Vent Fireplace with horizontal through-the-wall termination. That means the pipe goes out the back of the stove through the wall. On the other side of the wall it has a snorkel termination. […]

Installing Our Whole House Generator

Installing Our Whole House Generator

We had some really bad storms and lost our power for over a week. We had a generator and ran an extension cord into the house to the fridge, freezer, coffee maker, microwave, wifi and an electric blanket. So, we didn’t really suffer. But when […]

Blue and White Cross Stitch Curtains from a Table Cloth

Blue and White Cross Stitch Curtains from a Table Cloth

I found this great tablecloth on eBay. It is white with wonderful cross stitch in cobalt blue. The pattern looks kinda Scandinavian. The size seemed just right to make curtains for the guest room. You can likely see how I cut it. One end made […]

Safely Displaying, Storing and Organizing Guitars

Safely Displaying, Storing and Organizing Guitars

I am trying to find a way to get all of Cliff’s guitars, amplifiers and the rest out of a big pile leaning against walls and at least a little more organized. There are a lot of posts and pages on the subject, but most […]

Fireplace Hood, Canopy or Heat Deflector

Fireplace Hood, Canopy or Heat Deflector

I’ve been looking at photos of the fireplaces in historic houses. I was trying to decide what will look best, or at least not stupid when I try to use an antique fireplace mantel with a new efficient gas heating stove. The idea is by […]

Nine Kinds of Native Azalea

Nine Kinds of Native Azalea

We decided on mountain laurel, rhododendron and azalea for all around the new house. My husband went to school with Richard Mucci. His wife raises native azalea. Cliff told me to take a look at the website: www.mountainmist-nursery.com and pick something out. About Native Azaleas […]

Adding a Sprayer to our Delta Kitchen Faucet

Adding a Sprayer to our Delta Kitchen Faucet

We added a sprayer to the kitchen faucet that came standard with our Schumacher Home. Schumacher offers a lot of options, but we decided to stick with the kitchen faucet that was included. Included Linden kitchen faucet (chrome) Single handle kitchen faucet. Spout swivels 120 […]

Swing Arm Lamps – DIY In the Wall Pin-up Kits

Swing Arm Lamps – DIY In the Wall Pin-up Kits

We finally got the swing arm lamps next to the bed. Here’s how Cliff installed them. We had to wait to put up the swing arm lamps, because we had to know exactly where the bed was going to be. We had to select and […]

Changing the Shower Trim Tub Handle to Control Volume and Temperature Separately

Changing the Shower Trim Tub Handle to Control Volume and Temperature Separately

We’ve been really happy with nearly everything about our new house. But I hated the shower control. You couldn’t control the temperature and the amount of water separately. When I am taking a hot bath, I want to be able to let just a little […]

Our Walk-in Closet

Our Walk-in Closet

We adjusted the house plan to give us a huge walk-in closet. I’ve had bedrooms smaller. The builder included this ClosetMaid TotalSlide closet system. It is a shelf with a bar below to hang clothes on. It pretty much follows the plans. It looks pretty […]