Working Like Beavers

I sincerely apologize for the radio silence, Internet. It’s been a crazy week and a half.

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When we last spoke, we were building a kitchen out of 138 IKEA boxes. The week after that was Kyle’s spring break, so my mom and step-father Don were planning to be in town for their usual spring visit (typical: sunny days and baseball games. Not typical: slave labor). Instead, we put them to work (“like beavers,” as my grandmother put it), and it was a whirlwind ten days. I took the week mostly off of work, so we were at the house 8-12 hours a day every day – my parents actually extended their time here to finish some projects. The house was a whirlwind of paint, primer, spackle, sawdust… you name it. There was no real safe place to put the camera, so unfortunately I don’t have as many pictures as I’d like. I had this amazing one of my mom COVERED in paint (messy painting runs in the family!), but sadly my phone deleted it.

Mom washing the wallsWorking on the oven

We did many projects, so I probably won’t cover all of them in this post. In chronological order, the floors were installed, the door and window off of the family room were installed, the pony wall that backs the kitchen counters was built and drywalled, a new hot water heater came in and a total revamp of that closet was done, the kitchen cabinets were (mostly) finished, we filled ANOTHER dumpster to the brim, the vent hood in the kitchen was installed, we primed and painted (two coats!) the whole house, the bathroom fan was installed, the water shutoff valve for the house was repaired, the (vast! quantities! of) old cable and wire hanging up around the house was removed, and we moved in. We have indeed been busy beavers.

So, taking this one step at a time, the floors! As I had mentioned before, we chose bamboo for basically the entire house except for the bathrooms and laundry room, a shade darker than “natural” bamboo color, which means the bamboo was steamed for a time to create the caramelization. Steaming it (or “carbonizing” as they call it) softens it, which is why the lighter the bamboo, the stronger it is. Other things come into play too, but the color is actually a big one. Kyle’s parents had used an installer named John before, a Croatian fellow who was cheaper than any big box place we checked, and who kept telling us he “likes work.” He insisted we buy extremely hardy wood glue – these floors are NEVER coming up, and in three days was completely finished. We absolutely love it, though if something hard (a screw driver, say) is dropped on it, it will dent. Fact of life and of our budget.

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Bonus double feature – here’s a photo of the floors AND the brand new door that’s caused so much headache at Home Depot (Jeld-wen STILL has to come out and replace the scratched glass door, supposedly two more weeks out)

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I’ll stop there for the moment, to save you reading a novel of a post, and pick up where I left off next time. Plus, I have to do my taxes! I’m sure all of you responsible individuals have already completed them, but we’ve been living in a whirlwind of crazy over here. Til next time!

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2 Comments

  1. Mom March 31st, 2012

    And don’t forget all the help from Wayne & Cindy too! Quite a hard working crowd and very thankful to all for the help. Gabby and Collin and Becca helping on move day was huge too!

  2. Big Neil April 2nd, 2012

    Whew! Makes me tired just thinking about it. Well, I’m trying to design Cybertran so that it will go within walking distance of your new house. Best I can do this week kids.

    Love,

    Dad

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