if you suddenly lose hot water and heat. you may want to try doing this!
magically happens. make sure you follow instructions:
1) turn the dial to off.
2) make sure your heater gauge is set to vacation or lowest setting possible.
3) let it sit for 10 minutes to let leftover gas evaporate? you dont want to explode.
4) turn the dial to pilot
5) and press the red button(can be black for reset).… Read the rest
The Great Flood of 2010
The day we were moving, it was raining – but it didn’t really start coming down hard until we were done unloading. Someone then noted that it was good thing we were done, as water from the rain was approaching the curb for the sidewalk. Next day, our basement flooded from more rain, but we thought that this was due to our own drain being clogged.… Read the rest
lovely guests + stuff
table + chairs
Stuff, and more stuff
When we moved it turned out that we had a lot of stuff. Like a lot. Like we loaded a u-haul, a truck, and a VW. And still couldn’t quite do it. So the u-haul made a return trip (at $2-a-mile surcharge, it actually required a decision). And then, somehow, our one bedroom apartment exploded into a three-bedroom, two-story, plus basement, house.… Read the rest
Second coat of paint on kitchen cabinets; dishes and pantry items put away. Cabinet doors still need cleaning/sanding/priming and painting.
Turns out we don’t have nearly enough storage space.
Looks like our galley kitchen in our old apartment had more shelving than this one. I am not sure how we want our kitchen to look like in the end, so I was thinking of getting shelves from Ikea, which could later go into the basement.… Read the rest
Dining Room Fireplace
Back yard – party central
Victorian in Bloom: first party… Read the rest
Jenia’s birthday party at a Victorian in bloom: seven photos.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our house! The party went great, and I will post pictures of us getting the house ready,as soon as we get internet up and running. We have now spent a full week with no internet, and some of us are less than happy about it.… Read the rest
before – view 1
before – view 2
before – view 3
during – view 1
during – view 2
during – view 3
after – view 1
after – view 2
after – view 3
Project 1 (Almost) Complete!
The floors in the living room are free and clear of the carpet!! It took about 3 hours to get all the carpet and tack boards out. Now just have to wash off the sticky dirt.… Read the rest
We move with the speed of light
No, we have not made a master plan for renovations. But in addition to the self-imposed (and in hindsight perhaps just slightly stressful) deadline for carpet/wall removal, there is a bit of an issue with kitchen:
In general overly gross.
In order to put away the kitchen mess (in time for the party of course!) I decided to a) line the cabinets b) paint them to at least be able to look at them.… Read the rest
exhibit 1 – before trauma
exhibit 2 – before trauma
face i make each time i touch a hammer
yea, working hard.
exhibit 1 – post trauma
pocket door surprise
exhibit 2 – post trauma + pocket door!
now we can walk through walls.
Day 2 in the house brought drainage problems, as it poured rain for 2 days straight. As a result our basement flooded and Sergey spent a good portion of the day
playing digging in the mud, in an attempt to fix the problem.… Read the rest
Moving day – It’s a bit insane to close on a house on Thursday, and move on Saturday. Meaning celebration, packing, and cleaning has to happen in the space of well really just 36- 24 hours. The planning was actually all there, it’s just that the closing didn’t quite work as we expected. We are still deliberating whether we will be posting about our house search process…but here’s a short re-cap of what happened:
We went under contract, and had our closing scheduled for a month – Friday March 5 – from then.… Read the rest