28 May 2010

Get Out Your Floor Protector Booties!

I don't think any introduction is needed:

This picture pretty much speaks for itself -- and this is just the sealer coat!   The finish coats will go on tomorrow.  It was a bit of a shock to see the color come out of the wood, after looking at a dull (albeit beautiful) surface for a couple of months.  This is the first time I've really grasped what a huge feature the wood floor is -- yesterday, the house still seemed to be a long way from complete; today, with the floor starting to look finished, it looks so close -- the floor tipped the balance from "glass half empty" to "glass half full."  (In this picture, the green tape on the baseboards is just about the only thing that's not in final condition.  Of course, what you can't see is the absence of appliances, the drywall repair and paint touch-ups that need to be done, the plumbing that isn't connected to anything, the back bath light that's hardwired on,...).

And before you take those blue booties off of your shoes, I wanted to let Austin-area readers know about the Cool House Tour coming up next Sunday (June 6) all around town.  It's a great event that showcases green homes (12 of 'em this year), introducing the public to all kinds of energy-efficiency features that can be included in new construction and, in many cases, incorporated into older homes as well.  We attended last year's and got lots of good ideas for our house.  This year the tour will have a somewhat different focus for us -- landscaping (not necessarily a feature that the organizers will be highlighting, but green homes tend to have native, drought-tolerant landscaping that should be right up our alley) as well as considering the tour from the homeowners' perspective, in preparation for possibly applying to next year's tour.

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