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The Best Freezer Price Per Cubic Foot

The Best Freezer Price Per Cubic Foot

When we built our new house, we moved the hot water heater into the garage so we can use that space in the laundry room for an upright freezer. Now that we have nearly completed the cabinets, I am looking for a freezer. So how […]

Have a Home Office Delivered

Have a Home Office Delivered

This Ranch Cabin with a dormer window just showed up on Facebook Marketplace. It is from Sheds By Design. This company can deliver a complete home office to your own back yard so you can have some space to focus. 12×32 Ranch Cabin | Sheds […]

Poly Tunnel, Cold Frame or Greenhouse Panelized Kit

Poly Tunnel, Cold Frame or Greenhouse Panelized Kit

The November 2020 issue of House Beautiful just came, the Living Better Issue. I skipped to one of the cover articles, Sunlit Greenhouse. If a bit of greenery is clinically proven to reduce stress, then everyone could stand to find room for a dedicated grow […]

Pole and Panel 3 Bedroom Farmhouse Plans

Pole and Panel 3 Bedroom Farmhouse Plans

The house plans for this Pole and Panel 3 Bedroom Farmhouse includes board-and-batten siding, a vaulted ceiling and an open floor plan option. It is designed to be easily and quickly built out of inexpensive materials, even rough-sawn wood from your own trees using pole […]

Connecting Z-Wave Home Automation Thermostat to our Jotul Sebago Free Standing Gas Fireplace

Connecting Z-Wave Home Automation Thermostat to our Jotul Sebago Free Standing Gas Fireplace

Cliff added the gas fireplace to the app on my phone. When we lived at the log cabin, Cliff put cameras, locks and our thermostat on Nexia’s home automation system. The Nexia app runs the Trane heat pump at the cabin, but the fireplaces there […]

Comparing Pre-Fab Chicken Coops and Little Cottage Company Chicken Coop Kits

Comparing Pre-Fab Chicken Coops and Little Cottage Company Chicken Coop Kits

When we were comparing barns, we noticed chicken coops. More and more of our neighbors are raising chickens. We hear roosters from every direction in the morning and we see chickens in fenced yards every time we walk the dog. One of the houses has […]

Picture Rail, Picture Hooks, Chains, Cords, Wires, Cables and French Gallery Rods

Picture Rail, Picture Hooks, Chains, Cords, Wires, Cables and French Gallery Rods

I have been hanging paintings on my walls. Every time I move them, I make more holes.  We moved the mantel to another wall and all the paintings in the living room will have to be rearranged. There is a way to do it without […]

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. […]

Can you tell a Swedish Mora Clock from a French Comtoise Clock or a Danish Bornholm Clock?

Can you tell a Swedish Mora Clock from a French Comtoise Clock or a Danish Bornholm Clock?

Years before I found my Mora clock, I bought this clock at a thrift store. It’s not an antique. The label on the bottom says it is from Pier 1 Imports. But, I love the shape. A visitor informed me that it is French Comtoise […]

Ikea Sektion Base Corner Cabinets

Ikea Sektion Base Corner Cabinets

Sektion has been Ikea’s cabinet series since I got my first Ikea catalog in Canada in the 1970s. There are a lot of sizes of base and wall cabinets. You can design them to fit your space, then choose the doors you want. All of […]