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06:06 pm: I cannot tell a lie
On Monday I had a cherry tree planted in my yard...a pink weeping sakura, to be precise. I hope it flowers nicely in the spring.

Backtracking a bit, my parents and I went to a home/garden event on Sunday, where many local companies set up booths to promote their shelving/windows/landscaping/cabinets/etc. services. We spent a couple hours there gathering pamphlets and looking at products. Afterward, we went out for Indian food, getting to the restaurant just minutes before they started clearing away the lunch buffet. We couldn't identify most of what we were eating, but it tasted good.

My parents are now packing up after the months they've spent here. They'll be leaving in the morning to attend various family functions. Remember what my living and dining room area used to look like? Well, thanks to their grueling labor, it now looks like this. (This view shows more of the trim, with a design based on a Japanese style depicted in one of the books I've been reading.)

The list of changes includes:
  • Updating the electrical service to 200amps
  • A complete rewire to remove the knob-and-tube wiring
  • Installation of LED ceiling lights
  • Insulation of the attic and all exterior walls
  • Smoothing and repainting the previously textured (and hideous) walls
  • Sanding and refinishing the floor
  • Scraping and repainting the wall furnace grates
  • Removing and replacing all of the trim


I really can't thank them enough.

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From:mangaroo
Date:September 23rd, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
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I had to look up knob and tube wiring via wikipedia. I can't even begin to imagine the market value of the labor your parents put into the place!

The living/dining area looks gorgeous, so that's a bit easier for me to understand.

Safe trip, megory!
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From:megory
Date:September 23rd, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
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Thanks so much for the good wishes.

It's just a temporary break. We'll attend some family events back home, then return to tackle the bedrooms.

I really like the look spacealien_vamp is achieving with her plans.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 23rd, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
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I can't even begin to imagine the market value of the labor your parents put into the place!

I had similar thoughts, because I once saw an HGTV show where they were replacing knob and tube wiring in an old house and talked about how expensive it was.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 23rd, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
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I am incredibly lucky that my dad is so talented at home improvement. The one thing I paid a professional for was the service upgrade, and that alone cost over $3000. I don't want to think about how broke I would be without my parents' help.
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From:skygawker
Date:September 23rd, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
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Looks really nice! You are one of a few people on my friends list setting up a home right now. Very exciting to see the progress!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 23rd, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:September 23rd, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
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It's gorgeous! You officially have the best parents ever.

(Curious -- did you go to 200 amp service because that's the done thing nowadays, or because you actually expect to draw that many amps? I have a fairly modern 100 amp service, and have seen no reason to upgrade it. But I can certainly see why you wanted to replace the knob and tube, so maybe the 200 amp upgrade came with the territory.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 23rd, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
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did you go to 200 amp service because that's the done thing nowadays, or because you actually expect to draw that many amps?

I'm hoping (eventually) to have something of a woodshop in the garage. (I tend to go through hobbies like tissues, so we'll see how that actually turns out.) I figured it would be best to have the capacity should I need it.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:September 23rd, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)
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Have a great trip! You and your parents have done amazing things!! That's fantastic!

Wood working is a ton of fun. The 200 amp service was a good idea, you'll want 220v service for the wood tools.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 23rd, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
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Amazing transformation! I really love the trim and lighting.

What's going to go in the beautiful glass cabinet? Dishes, or something else?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 23rd, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
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What's going to go in the beautiful glass cabinet? Dishes, or something else?

I have a lot of things from Japan like hina dolls and dragon statues and decorative pottery that I'm planning to display in it. I don't know when I'll unpack all that stuff, though.

Edited at 2011-09-23 02:39 pm (UTC)
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From:collarnojutsu
Date:September 23rd, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
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I think I'll have to hire your parents if I ever get around to having a house. ;)
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From:photoash
Date:September 23rd, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
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That is an impressive amount of work and I love your new trim etc it looks lovely :)
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From:wrenwyn
Date:September 23rd, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Looks beautiful! So much hard work but it really pays off. Love your cabinet; it's lovely.

V. excited for you!
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