Saturday, May 11, 2002

A window in the Attic

Working in the attic is hot, and dark. I have a trouble light that I use, but one light bulb is not a lot of help. To help solve both these problems, I installed a window in the gable over the kitchen.

The window is a Model G42 Andersen Gliding Window. $524.06 from Home Depot

Since it was a "new" install in an open wall, I could frame it in the attic to match the size of the window, which is basically 4 feet wide and 1 foot, 11 inches tall. On the outside, I trimmed it with 1x4 rough cedar to match the rest of the house, and on the inside, insulation and radiant barrier.

Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Granite Counter Top for the Island

While driving around, I saw a place, Stone Masters, that had a "clearance" sale on granite counter tops. It would be a major piece of work to replace all our counter tops, but we could start by just putting a piece down on the kitchen island. That's a fairly small simple rectangle.

So Linda and I picked out a black and white piece of granite, and had them cut it to 27.5 x 33 inches. $308.23 which gave us both the piece for the kitchen and the "left-over" piece.

I used some "liquid nails" to glue it down to the existing formica counter top, since the purpose of this was mainly just to experiment with having granite counter tops. If it works well, we'll probably want to redo all the counter tops in granite.