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My Fair Home


As the poet says, “Where you live is where you are.” Or is it the other way around? Regardless (or even irregardless), this is an ongoing chronicle of My Fair Home, listed from earliest to latest news.

New house discovered!

I’ve found a cool house in Red Bank! (Near the brick yard & The Southern.) Checking into more details…

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I decided to buy it!

house in 2001

The house sits, unsuspecting its fate

This is the exterior of the house I’m buying – my first very own piece of property!

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Rough floorplan

Rough floorplan of the house, as paced off by my large feet. I’m excited about the prospect of moving in! The closing isn’t until September, though.

house floorplan

Not perfectly exact, but close enough!

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The Offer, The Towers

At the end of a long day, and the end of a long week (horrifying, horrifying Tuesday!), the offer for my new home has been accepted.

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Final Walk-Through

Final walk-through of the house. There’s a video that goes along with this — I’ll try to link it up to this post.

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Atlanta road trip!

atlanta sky

Overcast skies over I-75

Went down to Atlanta for the day to check out furniture. Lots of choices, but I’m going to stick with my current collection until I see how things work out in the new spaces.

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Successful Close!

Yay! Closing was successful! As they say, it’s the close that makes the man! The seller should be moved out by next weekend (Sept 29) and then I start moving in…

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Seeing Red

red paint sample

It looks better in the right light. Honest.

I’m considering this color for the living room walls.

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The Packening


Packing up the apartment

Packing is moving along (so to speak), albeit slowly. It’ll be a nice change to move from the 780-sq ft 1-bedroom apartment to a 1200-sq ft 2-bedroom house!

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Preparing the new house

Began working on the house, specifically painting the living room & trying to repair the damaged plaster over the fireplace. Here are “before” shots.

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House Preparations, Part 2

Made some progress on living room last night. Tonight I finish packing in prep for the movers’ arrival Thursday morn. Here are “after” shots.

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Twisty tracks of lights

For Labor Day I began to teach myself the mystic art of electricity, replacing light switches and, with Dan Landrum’s help, track lighting for the living room:

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The Laundry System

because every project should have a logo!

It would seem that my long-lived system of dealing with my laundry (i.e., taking 20-30 loads to my favorite laundromat every so many months) isn’t as perfect as it appears. And what with living in a house and trying to make more sense out of my domestic responsibilities… I’m creating a New Laundry System. (I’m sure this will capture your interest on a daily, if not hourly, basis. I am a slave to the entertainment demands of the public.)

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Phase One: Installing the Washer & Dryer

I sized the materials to fit inside my CR-V

In my basement (to be precise, at the end of the “garage”) I’m setting up the Kenmore washer & dryer that came with the house. Oh, if it were as simple as that last sentence sounds. The previous owners of the house evidently drained the washer into the garage floor, and so on. I’m determined to Bring It Up To Code, and have retained a plumber and an electrician to arrive on Thursday, 9/26/02, for all the technical connections and such.

Meanwhile, I’ve been constructing — from scratch, mind you — the platform for these units. On Monday (9/23/02) I hit Lowe’s and returned with a CR-V full of lumber & masonry.


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Building the laundry platform

On Tuesday (9/24/02) I laid out the supports for this 6′ x 5′ platform (using pressure-treated 2x4s, pre-cut to size at Lowe’s):

After screwing the boards together (using 2.5″ galvanized screws) I attached the 3/4″ plywood floor:

Then I raised the platform by setting it on the concrete deck blocks — probably easier with two people, but I managed to Philip-handle the very heavy box on top of the blocks:

So this is the elevated platform (some 9″ off the basement floor, yet enough headroom for 6’4″ me to stand on it):

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More on laundry platform

On Wednesday (9/25/02) I almost installed a ceiling light over the laundry area, but put that off for another time when I have some screws that aren’t as long; also, I plan to double-check my electrical train of thought with the electrician on Thursday. I applied adhesive to the plywood and laid down the vinyl floor:

Here’s a close-up of the vinyl floor pattern:

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Adding the machines

On Thursday (9/26/02) the plumber (Action Plumbing) and electrician (Electric Medic) showed up and did the necessary work for attaching the washer and dryer. I hooked ’em up — they seem to run!

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Washing, drying, lighting

Washer & Dryer seem to be working here at the house. And the new living room track lighting, too!

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Laundry System, Phase Two

Phase Two of my new Laundry System is pritnear complete.

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Pictures and Sagas

Just posted some assorted pictures, including The Saga Of My Improved Mailbox; Lydia’s Wedding; Dinner at Madeline & Brian’s; and Hiking to Snooper’s Rock on Sunday at Prentice Cooper State Park.

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