Sunday, June 30, 2013

South Side Face Lift (2013-017)

I need to finally add some steps.  Otherwise it's a 12 inch step up into the playhouse.  So bought a small quantity of yard stones to make a step for the south side door.  I like the "stack stone" look of very thin edged stones.  The stones that I bought are not as thin as what I like, but they are a lot more affordable than the real stuff.  I also replaced the old warped fence boards that cover a gap between a portion of the foundation and the concrete patio.  These new boards are redwood and I stained and sealed them, so they should last a lot longer than the old boards did.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Recessed Lights! (2013-016)

I love recessed lighting, so I made custom recessed lighting for under the loft.  Since I am only running an extension cord to the playhouse, I did not install hard wired recessed lights.  Also, I only have about 5 and a half inches of clearance within the loft joists, which is too small for hard wired recessed lights.  So instead I used LED cabinet lighting, which is usually meant for surface mounting, but I figured out a way to recess them using paper coffee cups.  The cups help hold the lights in place and give a nice clean finish to the holes I had to cut into the drywall material.  I made sure to get LED lights, which run a lot cooler than halogen lights that need more ventilation.