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Dec 08

Christmas 2008: wood paneling!

Picking the right panels

Staycation remodeling projects have become a tradition in our household, and we finally removed the nasty sheetrock from our hallway over the Christmas break.  Demolition on the 24th, hanging panels on 25th, and the obligatory trip to the dump on the 26th.  Click on the photo to see how it went!


17
Dec 08

bathroom fan for playas

Mahogany paneling and showers don’t mix.  Unfortunately, that’s how most Eichler bathrooms are made, complete with inadequate ventilation.  One solution is to leave the skylight and window open, but as the winter rains come and temps drop into the 40’s, this results in lots of uncomfortable mornings and a general meat locker atmosphere that seeps into the entire house.  Clearly, we needed a bathroom exhaust fan.  But not just ANY bathroom fan.
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14
Dec 08

FLOR tile installed

Assembling an area rug of FLOR tiles

After a year of dusty and cold tile floors, we decided to bring in some much needed warmth to our living/dining area with some area rugs constructed from FLOR tiles. We chose FLOR because we were impressed with our neighbor’s wall-to-wall installation and they were explicitly compatible with the radiant heat in our Eichler.

Happily, FLOR makes it easy in today’s internet age by providing an easy way to order samples online. We ordered 12 samples for $12 and settled on Leaf. The tiles arrived less than a week later and they stick to one another with these stickers that chemically bond to the bottom of the tiles, providing a secure and semi-permanent attachment between tiles. One installation tip- be sure to align the arrows on the bottom of the tiles to ensure a seamless appearance.