The UA Fire Department is doing the semiannual hydrant flush
Blinds are installed today!
Everything about the Lowe's installer said "organized and tidy"
Kitchen and dining area blinds ready to hang
Around this time we replaced a number of generic switchplates with more appealing ones (note to the really observant: yes, I know this new plate goes somewhere else!)
Porch blinds ready to hang. Notice how the slate floor has become quite obscured by paint spraying -- fortunately carpet will cover it.
The family room sliders and large window get vertical blinds called panel tracks
Panel track hardware going up
Panel tracks, 1 of 2
Panel tracks, 2 of 2
Dining area blinds
Living room and some porch blinds ready to hang. The mirrors are for bathrooms. Stretch made the frames and Jim painted them, and RKB then had mirrors fitted in.
Living room blinds. These are cellular shades with cordless top-down-bottom-up hardware, and can be positioned at any height.
Front hall and porch blinds
Master bedroom blinds, 1 of 2
Master bedroom blinds, 2 of 2. The slider has a vertical cellular panel that opens from either side.
Stretch has set up shop in the garage to install shoe mould
Nailing shoe mould into place. Somehow that tiny bit of trim made the rooms seem finished and inviting.
Shoe mould in the family room
Shoe mould in the storage closet, laid out ready to nail
The washer and dryer have arrived!
Washer and dryer installed. They're pretty spiffy but probably won't last as long as their predecessors, which are still kicking at 35 years of service.
Vegetation in the SW corner bed is starting to show the effects of herbicide
Patio beds ready for plants
Ready for plants
Today is new-tree day!
Shovels mark where the Paperbark Maple will live
Weeping White Pine (this and some other landscaping shots have reflections because they were shot through glass)
Jeff and Roger fan out the Serviceberry
Serviceberry, next day
Fragrant Viburnum, quite a large specimen
The Fragrant Viburnum bloomed earlier in the season. Can't wait to smell it next year!
Here comes the Lacebark Elm
Edging into position
Lacebark Elm, next day
ADT has arrived to install the security system
The security system will combine modules that were in place pre-project and that are net-new. Our last security system cost $150, parts and labor, in 1986 -- and is still limping along at the old house.
Inside of master control unit
Master control on left, cellular component on right
Redundant smoke alarms -- those installed by the electrician (hard-wired and required by code) and those installed by ADT
Walls are peppered with Post-its marking spots for paint touch-up
Time Warner is running cable to restore service. In putting electrical service underground from pole to house, the electrician included conduits for phone and cable. Time Warner was unsuccessful feeding the cable through the conduit. Fortunately Jeff the landscaper knew that trick and pulled the cable some time later.