Window blinds

My brother Carl received training and became a certified Lutron representative. He gave me 8 window blinds for the new house. Lutron has hundreds of fabrics, colors and style of blinds.

I chose the honeycomb blinds because I was feeling guilty about large windows losing heat in the winter and the cellular shades add 3R-value to the windows. I also really like the streamlined look.

These smart window blinds are hardwired along with the other electric service, but you could operate them off batteries or nearby outlet. You can program them to a Pico remote, and you can also schedule them to a clock or to sunrise/sunset using the app (which means you don’t have to be at home to adjust the window blinds).

Light-filtering blinds.

Room-darkening blind.

Yaggi Antenna

TechToo antenna. Can I plug this into the Alfa adapter?
Alfa 802.11b/g Long-Range Wireless USB Adapter
Starlink power brick. White cable to wifi, black cable to wall box labelled “Master”.
Starlink wifi router with two ethernet jacks. One says “Aux” with black cable which goes to the AB Switch.

Ash ceiling and gimbal lights

To warm up the place, I tried to add wood wherever I could. Since you can’t put hardwood flooring over infloor heat, I decided with inspiration  by Kate and Chuck Campbell, to put wood on the ceiling.

The ash wood was milled and finished by Bratu’s Hardwood Interiors out of Ironwood Michigan.

Gimbal lights to illuminate art work on the walls (eventually).
Gimbal lights to “graze” future Lannon stone wall behind the wood stove.
Ash ceiling on 2/3s of the room (dining and living area).


Almost finished…

Waiting for me to install the floating cork floor


Just one wall cabinet for water glasses (after I find that box in the garage).
DIY IKEA kitchen. Ash fronts. Sinkology sink. Energy star appliances.
L-R Charcoal filter, Iron/Manganese filter, sediment filter.
Iron test strips.
All electric utilities.
Craigslist mirror and vanity I refinished.

Tile work by Clive Hewland. Photos don’t do it justice.

Dining table workspace
Living room woodstove hearth under construction.
Office/guest room