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 

Comparing Ikea Knoxhult Cabinets for the Laundry Room

Comparing Ikea Knoxhult Cabinets for the Laundry Room

I have pretty much decided on what fits best to give practical and uncluttered storage in my laundry room. But there are a couple of problems and I want to be sure before we start anything. The corner base is giving me the most trouble 

Home Depot Hampton or Easthaven Shaker Unfinished Wood Cabinets for the Laundry Room

Home Depot Hampton or Easthaven Shaker Unfinished Wood Cabinets for the Laundry Room

I comparing the price of the cabinets I picked out on the Home Depot website with what I can get at Lowes and didn’t find anything to make me change my mind. I like the 42” high cabinets for the wall. But not as much 

Organize the Laundry Room with Cabinets

Organize the Laundry Room with Cabinets

I tried to make some cabinets I already have fit into my laundry room and it just didn’t work. I did the math and by the time I bought enough additional cabinets to make it practical, I was over $5000. I used those cabinets in 

starENERGY 18×36 Small House Kit

starENERGY 18×36 Small House Kit

This new complete house kit on Amazon makes a 648 square foot small house. It is small, but big enough to be a home. Or add it beside your house to use for guests, office space or to earn extra money as a long term