Home Remodeling

Pond Digging - Part 1

July 27, 2016
Today come with a huge surprise, we were not on site, when a pond digger called and informed - we are heading toward your house to clean (dig) your pond. The thing is, we negotiated with pond guys such tasks a few week ago, but didn't agree on terms. Huge was our surprise when arrived on site we saw following...

Stone Wall Concreting - Building a Bathroom from Scratch (Part 1)

July 26, 2016
It has been a little bit more than a year, since we started to manage and rebuild our rural country house. For the first year we had no water here. Few days ago we drilled a bore hole, and one of the next major tasks is to build a bathroom. Again, it will take a lot of time and a lot of investment. Bathroom will be...

Summer Solstice 2016

June 26, 2016
This is already third Summer Solstice featured on this blog, see how two years ago we made a barbeque on our Tbilisi's balcony and how we celebrated our first Summer Solstice in our newly inherited house, last year. This year we celebrated Summer Solstice second year in a row back in our rural house.  I...

Drilling Borehole

June 23, 2016
That day finally come - a massive vehicle with drilling device arrived and promised that after some 3-4 days - there will be a drinking water just from the soil in our background. We waited for this day for about a year. It was originally planned to have a water in the first year (2015), we started to manage this...

My Summer Office 2016

June 08, 2016
Finally I have a good working place, a year ago I had to spend my days in front of house, while two years ago I reported very scenic working place - Turtle Lake in Tbilisi.  After several days of improve back at our rural house, the room meant to be an office / guest bedroom is finally done, except it...

Taking the Chimney Down

June 07, 2016
This is a task we had, most probably, to do already a year ago, together with roof replacement, but trust me, last year's summer was one of the hardest, as the new home owners we didn't have much clue how to handle all those many things, the house asked us.  So it took about a year before we actually...

Another Layer of Paint (HDR)

June 05, 2016
In part 1 I told how we scratched chalk from ceilings and removed old wallpapers, in part 2 I showed how I applied base layer of white paint and did some photography tricks. Today I applied second layer of white paint, both for ceilings and walls, and also mastered a technique, I felt bad about in previous...

Paint Job - White ceiling, white walls

June 03, 2016
Today I'm continuing works in second floors room. Yesterday we did a wallpaper removal and chalk scratching thing. Today is the right time to apply base layer of fresh paint for ceilings. I had an idea not to apply white paint for walls this time, as I did it in first floor last year, see: Room One - Wall and...

Removing Wallpaper in Second Floors Room

May 31, 2016
Finally we have moved to indoor works, and this time we started with a room I haven't covered yet - a little room in second floor with a stove. We still don't have any idea what this room will be at the end, it might be either a guests bedroom or a temporary home office. Most probably something in the middle....

Scythe VS String Trimmer (Then and Now)

May 30, 2016
About a year ago I had a chance to try out an old school tool called a scythe (back at these days, all I had at our newly inherited rural house). The grass were growing as crazy as it could, and I was left with no other option as to use what I have to fight back. My fight with grass have been personal...

Veggie Garden In Handmade Wooden Boxes

May 29, 2016
About a year ago we planted first plants in used wooden boxes (the drawers), see: Our First Veggie Garden: Planting Plants in Boxes .This year we (not me actually) decided to construct boxes by our own, making our veggie garden larger and probably more efficient than it was a year ago. The idea about...

Planting an Apple Tree (Doch Melbi / Daughter Melbi / Дочь Мелбы)

May 27, 2016
Recently I introduced my dear readers with Edward The Brush cutter, today allow me to introduce you with a new sort of an apple tree we planted in our rural house as part of home remodeling works. Meet Doch Melbi / Daughter Melbi or Дочь Мелбы (In Russian). Bought at Kuldīga market from the...

Burning Branches

May 17, 2016
Few days ago we did the Big Spring tree and branches trimming, we were left with many piles of branches, the only reasonable solution to get rid of them - burn them. We waited for overcast day and made three fire places today. Thus we didn't burned all of the branches today, we did a pretty good work...

Edward The Brushcutter AW-BC620TH Trimmer

May 12, 2016
Meet Edward, our newest team member to help us out in our home remodeling works. I first met Edward at local DEPO DIY store in Liepāja, Latvia. The sales person wanted me to buy  a Jasper, as Jasper was listed just under EUR 100. In my mind I had allocated about EUR 400 for a new brush cutter...

The Big Spring Cleanup Part 2 - Trimming Trees and Branches

May 11, 2016
After the successful Big Spring cleanup of territory surrounding our rural house, and after masonry works with chimney it was time to get rid of old and broken branches. Frankly speaking I thought it will be enough just to cut one broken branch from our apple orchard and trimming some smaller bushes in...