floor in the master bedroom addition was installed last year.
The floor in the master bedroom (left) is lower than the new floor in the hall.
Since then the new door to the master suite has rubbed along the floor.
The floor is scraped near the door jamb.
It has even caused a subtle scape on the floor near the hinge side of the door.
The hinge was taking a lot of pressure as the door was hung up on the floor.
The real problem is that the hinges were getting a workout each time the door got held up on the floor. I was concerned that the hinges would pull loose from the door or jamb.
The bottom of the door is wood and easily trimmed.
Charlie took the door down and planed some of the wood off the bottom.
The Surform can be used to plane the bottom of the doors.
He used our large Surform.
The door on the left is working great now.
Now the door closes easily and no longer marks the floor.
Do you sleep with your bedroom door closed?
Over the past few months while we’ve been working on projects the side porch had become cluttered with all sorts of home improvement paraphernalia.
The side porch was a cluttered mess.
The porch was loaded with stuff: paint, tools, furniture, papers, rags . . . get the picture.
We don’t have time to decorate the porch, just clean it.
When I arrived home yesterday evening the porch was bare.
All this clutter must be put away or thrown away.
The driveway was a shambles.
I was surprised that the polar bear mat was more turquoise than blue.
Charlie had removed everything and washed down the porch. And I had received my new
polar bear door mat so I gave it a try.
It’s a relief to have the porch cleaned up.
I decided to save the new mat until I clean the front porch and put the twin mat out there.
What spot in your house is needy?
We finally have the
sleigh bed in place.
Just after we cut down the footboard.
The painted bed frame looks new.
It was quite a bear.
A glance in from the second floor deck.
I’ll take some more photos when the bedroom is more straightened up since we still have a few building projects in there.
The bed before the sleigh bedframe was ready.
The sleigh bed is installed.
Here are a few befores and afters.
The Paris photo should be raised a bit.
I think I should move the Paris photo up a little so the blue areas above and below are approximately equal.
A winter bed before the bedframe.
The bedroom feels more finished with an actual BED!
It won’t belong before our summer linens are exchanged for the winter ones.
Do you have a good sleeping pattern?
Charlie’s been working diligently on the landscaping at the front of the house.
The berm along the road was covered with weeds.
On a slightly rainy day he decided to pull the long weeds and golden rod that grow in fall.
A clean slate helps with planning.
Now I might have to think about a ground cover or other plants along the road.
The stump is rotting away and might be disguised with some blue juniper carpet.
We have no sidewalk.
The bright green false cypress will grow to about 3 feet tall and eventually grow together.
Some of our newly planted shrubs are taking well.
Do you have a favorite shrub? Groundcover?
You can read about the
Master List we’ve been working on for the past couple of years and our progress here. In 2015 I decluttered the list itself. And now I’ve removed anything that has been accomplished before 2015, retaining things that still need work, and adding projects that require finishing or are just plain FUN. (Our room by room to-do list is here.)
When I recently looked at this list I realized we were making progress in spite of ourselves.
Projects to Do:
I’m going to clean up the list for 2018 soon.
Do you plant grass in spring or fall?
yesterday that the plant in my front yard is an Upright Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Fastigiata’).
This plant is a slow grower.
Unfortunately over the past 20 years it has become weedy looking.
Ultimately all branches seem to grow in a vertical direction.
So last evening I decided to prune it. My online research said it could be pruned at any time of the year.
I tried not to get carried away with thinning and clipping.
I cut about one-third of the plant away. I used a technique of both cutting branches which were growing sideways at the base and topping a few of the longer stems.
The plant is tamer now but still not too attractive.
I’m hoping the yew will fill in at the bottom now that it has been thinned and light can get in.
The wheelbarrow is full of trimmings.
Perhaps when we finish the landscaping it will fit in better.
Do you have a method for rotting out tree stumps?
The living room window on the east side of the house originally had a shutter on it.
The east side of the house looked like this before the renovation.
Then we built an addition, the conservatory and bathroom, that almost touches the window frame.
The conservatory fits up against the first floor window now.
The question now is should we put the shutter back on the window?
The space on the right side of the window is limited.
And what do we do with the right side of the window where there is no longer room for a shutter?
Correct placement for shutters in tight spaces.
OldHouseGuy.com/shutters recommends this approach so we’ll definitely be hanging both sides of this shutter set.
How do you decide on debatable décor placement?