One of the most pleasant surprises at our new house was our new pets: a fine family of deer who would come to visit every day. Sometimes they would arrive early in the morning and nibble on some of our freshly watered leaves. At other times they would come during the heat of the day and rest in the plant beds under the shade of our trees. Most occasions were just the mother doe and her new fawn (or fawns) but we would sometimes get the entire family.
We are now officially residents of San Rafael in Marin County. Orange County, in general, and Rancho Santa Margarita, in particular, treated us well. Just as work brought us to California from snowy Rochester in the first place so, too, has work brought us north. We’re excited about our new chapter and looking forward to new adventures.
The last time we talked about our remodel was way back in September, after the new floor had gone down. I’m happy to say that we’re done – at last! Continue reading
Our carpet was approaching 8 years old so and after two kids it was beginning to show. We opted to replace the floor with hardwood during our kitchen remodel. Continue reading
Picking a countertop was tough for us. We looked at a dozen marbles and two dozen granites. A Silestone top called “Stellar Meadow” caught our eye but Marla and I joked that it was the kind of thing you liked but would never buy. So, of course, we did. Continue reading
Hallelujah! While having walls was nice and all, having cabinets is even better. I returned home last week after a quick jaunt to Cary, NC to find that our formerly barren kitchen now had a full suite of beautiful cabinets installed and ready to be trimmed. Continue reading
So we’ve got sheetrock now. In a few short days they closed up all of the exposed walls and ceiling, properly mounted the light cans amd receptacles. Texturing the ceiling and walls was done shortly thereafter. Continue reading
We’re all done with the destruction and we’re starting to see things go back together. After about four days of hauling things out of the kitchen Sea Pointe started bringing new materials into the kitchen to build a new soffit above the cabinets. Continue reading
The last entry was “Deconstruction” and I wondered where the smashing and breaking and destroying were. Just a day or so later and we had all the dust and exposed framing and electrical you could ask for. Continue reading
It is amazing to me that it can take 8 weeks to rebuild our kitchen but only a day to deconstruct most of the existing one. On the first day of our remodel two guys spent approximately 4 hours removing cabinets and counters. Continue reading