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Old 07-10-2010, 11:54 AM   #931
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I got the first coat of stucco up. I will need to go back over it again but it's looking great. I've had my eyes open for neat things for the house. Yesterday I found this tea light holder. I like it so much I will go back and get more. They are cheap, 4 euro. That's in my price range. I have hung my first decoration. Here are a couple pics, dorf dude...
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The walls are definitely looking very good now. Do you need one more stucco coat on before you're done?

Nice tea light holder...and no electricity!
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For most of the wall no 2nd coat. Only in certain areas that had deep holes I didn't fill enough. I will give it a couple days and then look it over and even it up a bit. I don't want it too straight or perfect. The black steel of the light really works well with the wood and stone. I think I will keep the theme going. dorf dude...
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Dorf Dude -

Looking great!!!

I see the protruding stone you mentioned earlier and see if you have anything else to do with it.

I have got my son and his buddies out looking to individual caps from local uncommon beers, since anyone can get Budweiser, Coors, Miller and Labatts everywhere around here. The instructions were to get caps that have been removed, but not destroyed in the process. I am not a beer drinker, so I guess I will have to buy some of the unique local German beers from the small town breweries around here and let them do the drinking. - How about the old style wired stoppers if you have a way to use them? This area is loaded with German, Luxembourg, Czech and Polish immigrants and most of the local breweries are based on the old European methods and are definitely regional.

Any plans for the traditional window boxes in front?

Maybe a hot tub in the glazed 3 season porch in the rear as a hidden compromise to the modern?

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Old 07-10-2010, 03:54 PM   #935
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"How about the old style wired stoppers if you have a way to use them?"

Yes, I can use the ceramic toppers. I was thinking that maybe even old cork screws and bottle openers too. Thanks for the help on this project. I might put the date of 2010 in the exposed sandstone. I can see in my head where it will be with the kitchen cabinets in. You will just have to wait. Next is to trim out the windows. Monday the Plumbing Dude is supposed to come by about my kitchen water. Once that is in another wall will get closed. Thanks, dorf dude...
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It's been in the 90's the last couple weeks here, we are cooking. I've had the windows open for the last months 24-7 to dry out the stucco. It is still comfortable inside. You can tell a big difference walking inside. Massive structures have alot to said for versus stick construction. Hell my place is just rocks from the ground formed up, that's all they had. If you want a house do the same. Use rock and insulate the outside. Straw bale is another very ineresting option. Don't pay mega bucks for a structure to live in that only makes money for everyone but you. Buy the land and build cheap. Ok, I'm off my soap box now, dorf dude...
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I'm debating on which color sink to go with. I'm leaning towards either Oynx or Lava. Your opinions?
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My apartment landlord came by this morning and gave me a refund on my heat and water. It almost covers the cost of the sink! My son helped me decide on the Lava colored one. It's a done deal. I should have it by the end of the week. Here is a pic of the kitchen I will be putting in. I will not use the old sink, it sucks. White shows stains. In Germany that's the way it normally works. I own my kitchen. It is from Ikea. I also found another pic of the cork wall. I only went up so high because I was planning on dropping the ceiling. dorf dude...
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So, if we understand you correctly, when you rent an apartment in Germany, you put your own kitchen in?

So when you move, you take it with you...?

Seems a bit odd, but it's done with fridges and stoves here all the time, so why not the whole kit and kaboodle?
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From an observer -

It is common in Europe to own your own cabinets and fixtures. - That is why you see imported cabinets with adjustable legs and special hanging systems. It is also why you see modular units. When you move, you take it with you just like other furniture.

A friend in Paris moved to a larger unit in the same complex and just moved the cabinets and bought a few extra modules to fill in. Same thing is common in Switzerland. It is also somewhat common in homes, but people there do not move very often.

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That's really not such a bad idea, is it?

I mean, if you're the one paying the rent, might as well have what you want in the way of cabinetry.

Perhaps that's why outfits like Ikea have done so well over there - and not too badly over here either!
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I originally bought the existing kitchen from the previous tenant, a girl. It just sucked @ss. The worst design from a practical stand point. It had fancy lights! You could have nothing on the counter tops when you opened a cabinet. It would sweep it all off on the floor. I kept the appliances and that's it. I was so happy to bust it up into pieces. To the eye it looked cool but you could not work in it. My design is very practical, all usable work space and good light. It will move perfect into the house. Here is a pic of the old kitchen. dorf dude...
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Now this guy is DIY to the core! Take some time and check it out. He makes things from nothing.
http://thesalvager.com/2009/01/its-b...me-coming.html
I hope to get down and visit him next year. dorf dude...
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Shu; we'll start savings bottle caps for you. Only trouble is in this area most everything is flip top.

Wow, your DIY house is superb. Over here I think it is called going green. Wish they made houses to last and were built primarily electricity free. Also over here everthing is too mobile. Our kids and grandkids don't want what we wanted. My sister has a 365 acre cattle ranch that her children and grandchildren don't want. Not sure what will happen to it.

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Today Steve gave me a hand and started cleaning up the bedroom. It will be next to get stuccoed. I got 1 window dressed in this evening. The toilet case is now hung in place but not set. Campbell will frame in around it then we will set it secure. Tomorrow the plumbing dudes should get my kitchen water lines in. Getting there. dorf dude...
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