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Fire Safety

22 Dec

Last month I bought three fire extinguishers for our new home. I put one of them upstairs in the attic by the heating unit. I put one in the garage and I put the third one beside the fireplace. What better place to have an extinguisher than right beside an open, live fire, right?


So there it sits, right beside the fireplace for anyone to grab and use if something bad happens and the fire gets out of control. Well, Sweet Thing says “I’m not going to have that ugly, red extinguisher sitting out in the open like that.” I told her it is supposed to be out in the open so everyone can see it and be able to find it in an emergency. Now we have to camouflage it so it can’t be seen, but she says both of us will know where it is. So, she comes up with this big, heavy, ceramic Urn for me to lug into the house.


It looks like it will fit OK.


So there it sits, ready for instant use, but with all that glaring red ugliness hidden away inside a beautiful decorative Urn. Be safe everyone.


Construction Update 47

29 Nov

The crew that put the granite counter tops in the kitchen put the same granite around the fireplace.


I built a nice little fire this morning while the contractor was installing the wood floors upstairs. I wanted to check out the fireplace to be sure it was working correctly while the contractor was still working at the house. Everything worked perfectly!



The tile man is putting the tile around the bath tub in the master bath. He is using this wet saw to cut the tiles. It is going to take him a lot of time because he is a perfectionist, but it is going to be so worth it. More to come.

Construction Update 46

25 Nov

The crew came back with the granite backsplash.


It is the same granite as the countertops so it matches perfectly. They drilled the hole for the faucet and ran some more grout around the edges. They had most of the pieces necessary to finish out around the fireplace with the same granite, but they didn’t bring the hearth piece to set on the floor. The other pieces were cut to be placed on top of the hearth and since it was missing the other parts were too short and could not be installed until they come back with the hearth. Come on people, get it together! The insulation crew came in today and finished the insulation so now we can turn on the heat. We have the wood flooring stacked in the rooms upstairs, but the heat needs to be on to bring the wood up to room temperature. This keeps the swelling and contracting of the flooring pieces to a minimum. Hopefully, they can get the floor down next week, then all that will be left is the staircase and cleaning up!

Construction Update 32

25 Oct

The molding is up all around the ceilings, doors and windows, and the painters are caulking the cracks and nail holes and painting it.




He has built a mantle around the fireplace and put a frame around the top where a lot of people would put a flat screen TV. Not me. Wouldn’t that be a good spot for the deer mount I showed you a few days ago?


We are putting adjustable shelves on one side of the pantry.


The other side of the pantry will have a work station with overhead cabinets.


One side of the walk-in master closet will be a double row of clothes hanging rods, and the other wall will be all shelves.


You might remember, the bedroom, closet, and master bath are storm proof. Well, to go along with that we have these storm proof double thick steel doors with triple hinges on one side and triple locks on the other side. So it also makes the bedroom a safe room from intruders. The contractor said if someone tried to beat those doors down with a sledge-hammer, I would have plenty of time to get my shotgun loaded and be ready if they ever broke through. He thought they might just decide it was too much work and go away before they got in! Anyway, the doors now are ugly and utilitarian, so we are gluing some molding on the door before they are painted to give them the look of a raised panel door. Stay tuned for more!