Don’t look too far ahead

This is what Matt tell each other every day. Focus on the task at hand. Do not look too far ahead and flood your system with adrenaline and panic. Focus on the task at hand. Today my tasks are two-fold – continue prepping oak plywood by gluing cladding on the edges, and get out the trim paint and start painting trim. We have decided our most cost-effective and aesthetically satisfying way to furnish the bedrooms is to build in cupboards in the closets to serve as closet-organizers / dressers. This led us to realize we didn’t want to put doors on the cupboards. Instead, we are leaving the cupboards open and trimming the face of the cupboard opening. Hence, the trim paint. I am getting much better at managing clamps, glue, pieces of plywood, and bits of oak cladding.

We are using the same treatment to cover the various access openings in the walls. I am making up panel covers of oak plywood clad in oak. They will attach to the walls using rare-earth magnets from Lee Valley.

We have developed our own secret finishing technique for the oak plywood cabinets. It is tough, easy to maintain, and it does not coat the wood in a plastic sleeve. Once the sealant is applied the wood grain is still visible and textured. We will see how they stand the test of time!

These are the inside jobs. Once the cabinetry is done and the trim painted I will be ready to re-finish the floors and we will be able to move furniture in and get the suite listed for short stay rentals.

Pray for us that we can get rental incoming flowing in before every single credit card is exhausted.

In the meantime, Matt is working outside landscaping the designs for paving stones at the entrance to the suite and the utility room on the west side of the house. Luckily he has been working for a landscaper this last year and picked up a lot of knowledge about how to accomplish this job. Also luckily, Mike, his boss, is a great guy and is helping us out with design, and installation logics. And he lent us his truck to haul crush and dust. Thanks, Mike!

There will a boardwalk off the sidewalk to a back gate into the dog yard.

There will a boardwalk off the sidewalk to a back gate into the dog yard.

The board walk will meet a back gate and transition to a paving stone landing.

The board walk will meet a back gate and transition to a paving stone landing.

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The entryway will be a combination of paving stones and ties making up a retaining wall and steps into the utility room.

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