Friday, March 09, 2007

Carrying on with Cabinetry

After numerous evenings of fervent varnishing and cleaning, we've finally finished our kitchen cabinets! This is a sweet milestone of finish work that makes the end seem much more attainable than it did a few weeks ago. Here are a couple of rough photos. We still have to install a backsplash, and the finish work on the walls and window frame is not complete. We'll move appliances in this weekend, though we're still waiting for the sink and dishwasher hook up.

The bathroom cabinet is also complete, and I'll try to grab a quick shot of it this weekend, along with some drywall and plaster status photos.

Two interesting straw bale-related things need to happen: we need to dig a whole in the north wall to install the out-vent for the range hood, and we need a whole in the east wall to install the outdoor tap. We'll line the holes w. PVC pipe to protect the straw in the event of a leak or condensation.

Dave has been going solo on the plaster application for a few weeks now. His work is perfection, as always. I'm hoping to get my hands back into the plaster this weekend alongside him. My plaster work is quick and dirty, but definitely not perfect like Dave's (aka Bruce Stonehouse Jr. :-) Dave's Dad, Bruce, is also a perfectionist worker, which you can see clearly in his oil painting and sculpture works).

Alas, we're still waiting for the fireplace, solar panel boiler and plumbing installations to be completed. Most of the drywall work is done - save the inside of the newly-added upstairs bathroom (which cannot be completed until the plumbing is in). Might be time to become a squeaky wheel again.

A special Happy Birthday to Dad Stonehouse! We'll raise a glass to you this week!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love your blog! i am also building a straw bale in new york state. i found your link on glen hunter's page. i would love to hear more about your process...and compare notes. my blog is at i am not sure how to give you my e-mail without publishing it here, but if you can think of a way and would like to compare notes, let me know. again, great job! i look forward to seeing more.

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Blogger StrawBoss said...

Kara, you are at much the same place we are! If we could just get the cabinetmakers to finish we could move in. I keep threatening that I'm going to IKEA! However, their work is beautiful and we will enjoy the cabinets everytime we look at them.


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