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Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Grand Remodel: The Construction Phase, week 13

This week we slapped primer and paint on the walls and ceiling. And we got our cabinets! Crown moulding not yet installed. The upper corner diagonal cabinets will eventually have frosted glass doors. That mondo pipe is for the vent hood, right above the future cooktop.

The Grand Remodel: The Construction Phase, weeks 11 and 12

The past two weeks comprised the “hurry up and wait” period of renovation, since the sheetrock, taping and plaster for texture took several days for each layer to dry before applying the next. But it was finally done. Panels of sheetrock screwed into the studs (rough drywall):

Tomato and eggplant curry

We might be without a kitchen right now, but we do have several containers in the freezer that provide some easily zappable meals. One of these is a tomato and eggplant curry, a sweet reminder of the past summer — especially nice during this recent bout of cold and wet.

The Grand Remodel: The Construction Phase, weeks 9 & 10

With the shorter Thanksgiving week, not much occurred other than the Strong-Wall installation, and inspections for rough framing, rough electrical, rough mechanical (i.e., HVAC), and rough plumbing — all which passed. The following week the solar PV inspection passed, and we got a new smart digital meter, so the panels now feed the grid (albeit […]

Chicken broth with tomatoes

I interrupt the stream of remodeling entries with something on one of my more usual topics: food. I had started writing this in early September, so while tomatoes are no longer in season (wub!), the thought of soup remains timely. Okay, perhaps this might be more useful for early autumn, when there are still tomatoes […]