The Floor Finish

When we returned home from our vacation the floors that had been sanded and polyurethaned were dry and cured.

The floor before finishing.
The floor before finishing.
The finished floor looks and feels very nice.
The finished floor looks and feels very nice.

They looked great. The polyurethane gives the light flooring a warm and rich finish.

The floor in the master hallway has a reducer at the bathroom doorway.
The floor in the master hallway has a reducer at the bathroom doorway.

One of the other tasks that I requested was threshold reducers at all the doorways where there was a change in level.

The living room floor needed a reducer after having been moved from the left side of the house.
The living room floor needed a reducer after having been moved from the left side of the house.

We asked our flooring guy to add them even to doorways that were not attached to new flooring.

The French doors in the master bedroom needed a threshold reducer to make the transition from the floor to the door sill and to block air coming up through the floor.
The French doors in the master bedroom needed a threshold reducer to make the transition from the floor to the door sill and to block air coming up through the floor.

 

The reducer finishes the floor.
The reducer finishes the floor.

The price breakdown for the new floors is:

  • $1200 for 400 square feet of select red oak,
  • $750 to lay the floors,
  • $1275 for the finishing and reducers.

Total $3225.

Next we’re going to have the trim finished.

What is your latest project?

Flooring Installation Proposal

I recounted here what an ordeal we had trying to get new floors laid in our house.

We've lived with sub-floor long enough.
We’ve lived with sub-floor long enough.

We finally settled upon someone who offered to lay roughly 350 square feet of red oak flooring for $750.

Paper is laid under the oak boards.
Paper is laid under the oak boards.

He and his colleague showed up the next morning and installed flooring in both the conservatory on the first floor and the master bedroom hall and closet on the second floor.

The floors were laid starting at the opening which connected to original flooring.
The floors were laid starting at the opening which connected to original flooring.

Man Number 1 worked on the conservatory floor starting at the opening into the dining room.

With the threshold finished the rest of the floor was a matter of laying and attaching the boards.
With the threshold finished the rest of the floor was a matter of laying and attaching the boards.

He dry-fitted a number of boards then went through and nailed them in.

Before
Before
After
After

The new double-door closet was included.

Before
Before
After
After

The conservatory is my favorite room in the house especially with the new flooring.

Again the flooring starting at the existing floor -- on the right.
Again the flooring starting at the existing floor — on the right.

Meanwhile Man Number 2 worked upstairs beginning at the wide opening between the bedroom and the hallway. (So both installers started at the old floors and worked their way away from them.)

The second floor deck came in handy as a cutting station.
The second floor deck came in handy as a cutting station.

He set up his miter saw right outside the bedroom on our private porch.  Charlie said he was happy not to have to run up and down stairs on a very hot day.

The flooring runs the long way in the hall.
The flooring runs the long way in the hall.

He finished up in the closet.

The French doors in the master bedroom need a threshold to make the transition from the floor to the door sill and to block air coming up through the floor.
The French doors in the master bedroom need a threshold to make the transition from the floor to the door sill and to block air coming up through the floor.

All the doorways still need reducing thresholds, sanding (scraping), and polyurethaning. This is planned for next week.

If you had a big empty room what kind of party would you throw?

My Trash, Another Man’s Treasure

Our renovation contractor was shocked that I listed about 70 tons of rubble.

Tons of rubble at the back of our driveway divided the cottage from the house.
Tons of rubble at the back of our driveway divided the cottage from the house.

People wanted our rubble. All but about half a ton remained.

The pile grew and grew.
The pile grew and grew.

So when Charlie started cleaning up the scrap wood in the yard he piled it with the thought of taking it to the dump.

The Craigslist ad suggests uses: firepit, crafts.
The Craigslist ad suggests uses: firepit, crafts.

Thinking I could save us a trip I posted it on Craigslist.

The toymaker gave us our pick of handmade wooden toys.
The toymaker gave us our pick of handmade wooden toys.

Believe it or not, a toymaker saw the ad and came over to get it.

The pile is dwindling.
The toymaker said he would go through a truckload of wood in a month.

He only wanted solid wood but he took a pick-up truckload of it.

The pile is messed up but dwindling.
The pile is messed up but dwindling.

We’ve heard from another person who is coming today to pick up the rest of the pile.

Do you take risks?

Move It Away from the House

All of a sudden Charlie has got the urge to de-debris the yard.

Charlie stores his tools under the conservatory steps.
Charlie stores his tools under the conservatory steps.

I started on Saturday by moving his garden stuff out from under the conservatory steps.

So much better we even pulled some weeds.
So much better we even pulled some weeds.

I think he should store his tools in the shed or build a skinny tool shed right in the vegetable garden.

I have to plan something more interesting for the foundation at the back of the house.
I have to plan something more interesting for the foundation at the back of the house.

Each small chore is a step in the right direction.

How do you organize your garden tools?

A Little Yard Work

Saturday we worked on some very minor projects in our yard.

I new green leaves behind the Cottage is mostly poison ivy with some wild grape vines.
Thenew green leaves behind the Cottage are mostly poison ivy with some wild grape vines.

Awhile ago we had cleared the weeds from behind the Cottage. Now that some of the poison ivy is coming back I sprayed the leaves with Round-up.  I try to use this weed killer very sparingly due to its impact of the environment.

The path at the left of the photo needed to bw chipped.
The path at the left of the photo needed to be chipped.

We chipped the path to this part of the yard. I placed layers of newspaper on the path.

The chip path leads behind the Cottage to the propane tanks.
The chip path leads behind the Cottage to the propane tanks.

Then Charlie came behind with oak chips which I spread with a rake.

The purple basil aggressively self-seeds.
The purple basil aggressively self-seeds.

Finally I might have mentioned to my friend that I wanted to pull the purple basil (which self-seeds every year) before it blossoms and goes to seed.

The purple basil is gone.
The purple basil is gone.

She pulled it all up.

Are you working on your yard? A small project? Or a grand scheme?

The New Router Was the Least of My Problems

Last week I got a new router and had some issues getting it going .

The "internet" light was orange but it's supposed to be green.
The “internet” light was orange but it’s supposed to be green.

But I finally got connected. It was working fine on Thursday night but on Friday morning the orange light returned. We also lost our telephone dial tone.

The old box was not working properly.
The old box was not working properly.

I contacted Verizon and they sent out a technician who decided our old outside box had been fried maybe by lighting, not to mention it was a home to wasps.

This new box is attached to the outside of the house.
This new box is attached to the outside of the house.

He exchanged it for something new, not actually new but refurbished.

The buttons are labeled: Alarm Silence (top) and Battery Emergency Use (bottom).
The old box
The new smaller box means I need to touch up the paint on the wall even though the box does end up behind a curtain and sofa.
The new smaller box means I need to touch up the paint on the wall even though the box does end up behind a curtain and sofa.

He also replaced the inside box which is smaller than the old one.

Connected again.
Connected again.

Fortunately this was the fix. All the appropriate lights are lit and I can connect to Wi-Fi again.

Do you still have a land line?

How the Changes Look

We had a big tree taken down this week.

The tree was dangerously dropping limbs and leaning toward the Cottage and house.
The tree was dangerously dropping limbs and leaning toward the Cottage and house.
Only the stump remains.
Only the stump remains.

The plan is to clear this whole area.

I'm not planning to make an actual structure.
I’m not planning to make an actual structure.

I have been wanting to make a chapel in the yard (#40 on my 101 in 1001 list).

Great is Thy Faithfulness mirrored window would work in an outdoor chapel area.
Great is Thy Faithfulness mirrored window would work in an outdoor chapel area.

I don’t have a clear vision of what I’m going for but I do have some ideas like the mirrored window I made here.

The stump is too large to remove so we'll try to work it into the landscaping plan.
The stump is too large to remove so we’ll try to work it into the landscaping plan.

And I could use the newly created giant stump as a focal point.

We have a few rounds to choose from.
We have a few rounds to choose from.

Perhaps some of the smaller rounds would be good, albeit heavy, stools.

Do you have a special, private outdoor space?