Let the Summer Fun Begin

Posted in Benjamin, Family, Olivia, Our House, Photos on May 31st, 2014 by Giraffe Hunter


So nice to be outside and enjoy the yard with some friends.  Plus I hear stray Legos are good for the lawn mower.

Helping out

Posted in Olivia, Our House, Videos on August 22nd, 2010 by Giraffe Hunter

Olivia was helping me run USB cables up to the TV so we can connect her new Webcam. Now we can Skype with the family :) I love the grunting, the wires were really stuck, but she gave it her best effort.

Microwave finally died

Posted in Our House on January 8th, 2010 by Giraffe Hunter

The trusty cheap microwave from my bachelor pad finally died, so we found one that does just about everything.  I was disappointed when I tried to connect my DROID and play MP3s and it didn’t have a USB port :/


Fireplace finished

Posted in Our House on December 15th, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

We finished the fireplace in the beginning of December and it didn’t turn out too bad.  It’s great that we now have lighting in the living room as well.


More Fireplace work

Posted in Our House on November 16th, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

We finished installing and grouting the slate last weekend and this Sunday I started building the surround.  Here is a before and in progress shot for you to enjoy.  If you want to see the work in progress go to the Photo Gallery and check out “Work on the new house > Living Room”


Working hard on the fireplace this weekend

Posted in Our House on November 8th, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

It’s nice to get back in the swing of a good project and have Ayoe free to help out.  So far we have enlarged the hearth to make room for the mantle pillars and set all the tiles in place with thin-set mortar.  Today I hope finish cutting the tiles into little pieces and arrange them to cover up the bricks.

Check out the photo gallery in the links at the right >>Go to Work on the new house> Living Room


Got Fire?

Posted in Our House on October 31st, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

While dishing out candy to the 6 Trick or treaters we had, my uncle Sal and I wet to work on installing the gasline and getting the fireplace fired up.  After 2 trips to home depot to buy 3 of every size and length of gas nipples and elbows “heh I said nipples and elbows”.  It took only 2 hours to get the lines installed and tested.



Bleieve it or not it took almost 3 more hours just to arrange the logs just right.  The guy at the store was right this was the hardest part.  We can now relax in front of a cozy fire, without having to hunt and chop wood.  It takes longer to open the glass doors than it does to start up the fire.  Still not done getting the fire “just right” but here is a photo for now.


Another Fireplace Update

Posted in Our House on October 26th, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

The chimney sweep took a few weeks due to the bad condition of our Chimney.  After removing 5 1/2 dead squirrels and cleaning out countless buckets of debris they needed to re-line the furnace side of the chimney.  We had them install a stainless steel liner and cap.


The Fireplace side flue stopped 5 feet below the top, apparently it’s common for builders to do this when they run out of material.  Last week we had them finish the liner and fix all the mortar on the outside.  We are now officially ready for a fireplace.


I picked up a door from Lowes and installed it this weekend.  It was a pain in the @55 because our damper needed an “alternate install”  involving drilling through the lentil.  After 2 hours it turned out well.



Living room organization

Posted in Our House, Uncategorized on October 26th, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

Olivia has dominated our “adult space” so this weekend’s unplanned project consisted of a trip to IKEA for some temporary storage solutions.  The IKEA LACK shelving unit on it’s side with 3 sets of bathroom furniture legs.  We needed the taller legs to clear the baseboard heating. 



It actually turned out nice, and it’s much easier for Olivia to access her toys.  We also have additional seating for about 8 people.





Fire, heh heh, Fire!

Posted in Our House on September 18th, 2009 by Giraffe Hunter

Finally time to start using that hole in our living room.  We were originally thinking of installing a Mendota Gas insert, but after seeing how compact it looked I was on the fence.  We decided on just doing a gas conversion which looks so much better and strangely is less than 1/3 the price.  I’m hoping we can get this all done by November so we can enjoy some cozy winter nights by the fire.

Hopefully this will get me going on the Indian slate install, then the mantle and surround project I have been putting off for a year.

We are getting the 5 Burner system that looks like this