Seen at the house

Rearranging Space.

A few months back Kristy and I swapped out the Flor carpet that we had in our living room. We had brought it with us from the old house, and at 5 plus years old it was time to go. For almost 6 months we debated buying a new wool carpet, or just getting more of the Flor squares, and going with a new pattern and texture.

We settled on Flor for a number of reasons. First off it is a fairly green solution and Flor recycles your old tiles. Second it is durable and with two dogs that is a huge plus. Third, for the money what you get is a great option.

The old arrangement with the new carpet.

What we originally decided on was a change in texture by going with a Flor line that had a raked texture to it. When we got the carpet though we were a bit disappointed. The edges of some of the squares were frayed, and required trimming, some of the squares were off by about an eighth to a quarter of an inch in size. It’s not much but it was enough to drive me crazy. I went ahead and installed the carpet hoping that when it was all put together it would work, unfortunately it didn’t, and after 2 months we decided to see if we could return or replace it.

The new arrangement with the new carpet.

One call to the Flor customer service department and it was settled. They agreed to replace the carpet with the same style, or to let us replace it with a different texture/style all together. They were really wonderful about the whole process. They said they would ship the new carpet for free, and give us return labels to return and recycle the old ones. You have to love a company that is willing to work with you, and wants to keep you as a customer.

So, on Thursday the new carpet arrived, and on Friday the old carpet left. Thursday night I put down the new tiles, and with that… Kristy and I decided to rearrange the entire living room this morning. That led to re-hanging art. So in the course of two hours, we moved a bunch of furniture, re-hung some paintings, moved the wireless speaker connections, and reset the front half of the house. Now the room flows better, and seems to feels more open.

In the process I found a bunch of stuff I need to repaint and touch up now. As they say, One thing leads to another. At least I now have a list of things to work on over the winter months.

Modwalls Veridian Blend Orchard.

About 4 months ago we purchased the tile for the bathroom remodel, but before it was delivered the store switched ownership and our order was lost forever. The tile never got delivered, and what we chose is now out of stock. For the last two and a half months we have been working with our credit card company to get the bill credited back and things straightened out. Just as it looks like we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel on that issue, ran a sale on Modwalls tiles over the weekend and we scored.

I purchased more than enough of the Modwalls Veridian Blend Orchard, to do the bath enclosure floor to ceiling.The tiles are made from 98% recycled glass that is reclaimed from buildings as well as manufacturing pieces from windows and windshields. This gives the tile a soft iridescent sheen and allows the color to shimmer as light hit hits it.The color pallet and look of the tile is inspired by mid century and modern architecture and interior design and can be used both indoors and out. This pattern and color break down works well with what we already have going through out the house, as well as the new brushed nickle hardware and Lacava medicine cabinet.

Buzz Cut.

Last week I called 311 to ask the city if I could get the remaining overgrown trees and bushes out by the street cut down. They sat on the city easement, so I figured the city should help me remove them since they had grown into the power lines and were taking over the street. Somehow the city misunderstood the request, and mowed my lovely field into a giant crusty, heat baked pile -o- brush.

I came home tonight to find all the grass gone. Cut to 10 inches high, with the remaining dead and dying grass left piled on top of what was left of the field. I’m not sure what to think of this. We still have almost 3 months of growing season, so it might come back if the heat breaks. On a positive note, it did give me a lovely vantage point for a view of my house.

I’ve Gone All “Suburban”.

This Thursday a riding lawn mower is getting delivered to my house. Yes I caved and bought a rider. After almost two years of pushing the Worx cordless electric around the yard, I finally gave up. The Worx does a great job, I just want something that is easier to use, and fits the size of my lawn.

I ended up getting a 42 inch Craftsman mower with an automatic transmission. I figure if I am gonna go all suburban on my urban lawn, I should get the automatic. And since the mower has a cup holder, having an automatic makes it easier for me to drink beer while mowing. (no shifting gears) I went with the Sears brand after doing some pretty solid research on quality, and who manufactures Craftsman mowers for Sears. The product is solid for the price, and the mower has a ton of attachments that are available for it. Things like a snow plow, which I will probably buy this fall before winter sets in. Yes I am tired of shoveling snow, and a snow plow blade is cheaper than a snow blower.

Next Friday or Saturday I’ll post a first impressions review of the mower, and the mulching kit.