Monday, December 21, 2009

More Lights and Wonderful Insulation

Living with bare bulbs has gotten old, and as a Christmas present to ourselves, Casey and I decided to have a few light fixtures repaired. This one was found in the basement when we initially cleaned all the junk out of our house. We think it is probably the original dining room fixture dating back to the 1910s. The folks at Hippo Hardware got it back into working order and cleaned it up. We love its beautiful old patina.

The light in the living room was a gift from my aunt and uncle Barb and Jerry Porter. It is made of plaster and had the guys at Hippo drooling and offering Casey oodles of items in trade! I guess these are pretty rare and quite unusual to find in such good condition. So it too adds an incredibly original feel to the house and is quite gorgeous with its rich colors and fancy tassel.

Last but not least, and certainly none too soon, we got tons of insulation installed last week! All attic spaces now have knee-deep insulation and the ceiling of the basement is completely insulated as well! Casey had to spend a full day prepping for the work - drilling vent holes, sealing all the cracks with spray foam, getting all the old unworthy insulation out, running wires and pipe in the basement ceiling before everything got covered up.... Here he is in his moon suit before heading into the attic. (Incidentally, he does quite an impressive moon-walk in this outfit!)

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