Thursday, January 04, 2007

Radiant heat

My brother Daniel just left after being in town for a few nights to help out on the house. He maybe didn’t pick the best few days in terms of fun jobs, as he spent all day yesterday pulling pex for the new radiant floor, but he was taking advantage of the last few days of his winter break. Next year he will be in college, and he will hopefully (keep your fingers crossed!) be at the same college as our other brother and that puts our house smack in the middle between college and their home, perfect for overnight visits on their drives to and from school! And now Daniel will know that he is the reason we have toasty warm floors that make you want to walk around barefoot and lay on the floor.

Besides the radiant floor, we have primed 70% of the house and are trying to figure out paint colors. I’m stuck on this idea of having a citrusy green kitchen, but am having a hard time finding the right green, and a hard time deciding what color to paint the living room as their will be no real divide between the kitchen and living room. Matt doesn’t want a green that is too bright, I don’t want one that is too sage or blue, and so far I can’t find what I’m looking for. So, if anyone out there has any suggestion, PLEASE let me know!!!

The next big project is padding up between the pex pipes on the floor so that we can lay the floor. We opted not to pour concrete over the radiant primarily because of weight issues. We are still using the original bridge structure as part of the support structure of the house, and since we are not engineers, we decided less weight = better idea and left it at that. Once the floor is padded up we will pick up the heart pine and let it acclimate for awhile in the house while we wrap up the siding. In the meantime, I’m going to order the kitchen cabinets so they will be ready once the floor is in place.

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