Art Work from Chuck E Cheese


In moving through the various items laying around the house, I uncovered some family artwork from a niece’s birthday visit to Chuck E Cheese. It is a neat pencil-drawing capture of the family, showing how much has changed in the past 12 years.


House Repairs: Sliding Glass Door


The next stage we were waiting for with great anticipation. The back wall had been repaired, and the roof trusses replaced and new shingled put on.  The house was sealed up — except for the boards over a hole cut for the place where the sliding glass door was to go.

As you may recall, the back wall originally had three windows in it, and the door on the side wall was the way out and around to get to the back deck.  But since  the tree knocked out the windows and wall, it was equal cost to replace three windows with a sliding glass door to give direct access to the deck.  Once the deck got rebuilt itself of course.

In fact, the deck got started first before the door. Not the whole deck, and it isn’t complete even yet.  But 3-4 feet along the back and steps up along the side were put on, after the framing was made for the main deck, so that the sliding glass door could be more easily carried into place, instead of hoisted six feet up in the air into its hole.

But with that door in place, the room was finally air sealed, to add to the insulation put in behind the ceiling and wall.

And we could see. (Of course we could see before with the windows, but until the door got put back in, the room had no light from that side.

And we now have a clear traffic pattern from one end of the house to the other, that leads straight out to the deck. Hopefully when good weather comes around, we will have a full deck and find ourselves taking better advantage of it than we did before.

House Repairs: Coats of Mud


I am very uncertain about using correct construction terms. But the next stage was making the inside walls smooth and without cracks or obvious blemishes before they could be painted.

All that damaged ceiling was repaired and then mudded and painted to blend in so you couldn’t tell the difference. Also the removal of the patterned border paper used in the previous design that we wouldn’t be using.

House Redesign: Room Dividers


One of the side effects of the house repairs we are doing is a redesign of our living space inside. Our living spaces are being rearranged, reassigned, as we make the same building an entirely new residence.

The house addition, once a playroom, then the dog’s den, is now becoming “The Suite”, as in the master suite. It isn’t the full master suite redesign we were fantasizing about for “when we have money”, but it is being turned into a multi-zone rest and relaxation room.

The trick is how to divide the zones for the various and sometimes simultaneous uses. One of the answers is room dividers. But what dividers where? We’ve been looking around trying to find something in our preferred price range that also meets our stylistic and lifestyle preferences.

Here are a few of the models we have looked at:

RISÖR Room divider IKEA Made of solid wood, which is a durable and warm natural material. Practical as a room divider or screen.IKEA PS 2017 Room divider IKEA The room divider is lightweight and easy to move.Tri-Fold Linen Room DividerDistressed Turquoise Mirrored Wood Room DividerBlack Rice Screen Room DividerWalnut Photo Collage Room Divider with White Mats

Of course, we also want to use it for a longer space than most of these are made for, so how many and in what combination might we envision them, becomes a possible question.

House Repairs: Insulation and Sheet Rock


The next stage after the roof was getting the the house finished on the inside.  We opted to put in more sets of ceiling lights for the zones we intended to establish in the room, which led to new light switches, and since all of the lights were dimmer capable, all the switches had dimmers. Below you can see three of the switches in a row. The fourth switch is on a different wall.


We also got new sheet rock put up to repair the walls and ceiling sections that need to be replaced. We liked getting the rolls of fiber glass insulation in the ceiling instead of the blown powder in the rest of the roof. That end of the room should be better insulated than the rest of it is now.