Monday, June 26, 2006

This summer's projects

Having been back in Raleigh since April, we tried to get a number of things done around the house. The first was changing the closets in our master bedroom. We had a walk-in with some standard shelf and hanger shelves and then two closets with by-pass doors.

Here we ripped out the by-pass doors and the entire closet structure. This was converted to a second, smaller walk-in.

When we got done, we had lots of shelves, cabinets, and hanger space. It looks better and makes it a lot easier to stay organized.

The next project was replacing a lot of the windows in the house. As Julie put it: "Our old windows didn't keep out bugs, water, heat or cold." We ended up going with Anderson Replacement windows. We replaced most of the windows with casement windows. The husband and wife that did the installation were great and very careful with everything from the quality of the install to the cleanup.

Most interesting was replacing some of the windows in the living room and sun room with big picture windows. This required cutting out the mullions between the existing windows. Everything was going smoothly until the installer discovered he had just cut through a steel support beam that was disguised as a 2x4. Neither he nor our remodeling builder (Steve Kjellberg) had ever seen that done before. It cost them about a day bracing the huge opening and then replacing the cut beam with two new beams. It all worked out in the end, but there sure was some tension for a while.

You have to see the new windows to really get the difference. It costs quite a bit but we think it makes a huge difference in the house

The last big project was an irrigation system. After planting hundreds and hundreds of plants, some fairly expensive, we wanted them to live and live well. We now have a six zone irrigation system that keeps all the plants happy. Of course, since having it installed, Raleigh has now had the rainiest June ever recorded, with over 10 inches of rain. Fortunately, the irrigation system has a machanism for not watering when we have had sufficient rainfall.

There's now PVC pipe buried everywhere in the yard. I wonder how long it will take before I cut one of the lines.

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