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Attic Insulation, a Semi-Officially-Almost-Finished Kitchen, and…. Fossil Hunting?

April 21, 2012

Last week we brought in a contractor to insulate our attic and crawlspace. Why didn’t we do it ourselves? Well, Alex was browsing craigslist one day and noticed an ad claiming $35 for full house insulation.  I guess was interested in just how exactly this scam worked, so he called up the contractor. It turns out that it isn’t a scam (at least not entirely); the state of California, LA county, and the gas company have put together a program to give homeowners a rebate for energy efficient upgrades. This enterprising contractor (albeit creepy … like, Darth-Vader-without-his-helmet creepy)  had figured out a way to sort of game the system. I won’t bore you with details, but basically he would do all the paperwork and deal with the bureaucracy, so in the end – hopefully – we will only owe him $35.  So, a van and a couple of guys showed up early in the morning, spray-foamed cracks in the attice, blew in insulation, and then put bat insulation in the crawlspace.  They were gone by lunch time.  I don’t think they did the world’s most amazingly perfect job, but hey, this is Southern California; it doesn’t get below freezing, and it doesn’t get really hot, and they certainly did a better job than I would have.

Since the insulation has been put in, the temperature in the house is noticeably more stable.  So, for potentially only $35 out of pocket, this was a great deal and an easy project!  We should find out soon whether we receive that rebate…

In the mean time, the kitchen continues to get closer and closer to completion. We installed the last few pieces of trim around the dishwasher.  Alex installed under-cabinet lights, and they look great. Only a few more projects are left on the punch-list for the kitchen and it will be completely and officially done!  We realized that we hadn’t posted many kitchen photos since we re-finished the maple counter tops, so, here are a bunch of photos.  The one’s taken in the evening are meant to show off the new under-cabinet lighting.

On a completely unrelated topic, today we went fossil hunting at the Sharktooth Hill  bone bed near Bakersfield, CA.  This was a group trip led by the Bakersfield museum of natural history, that I learned about purely by chance while browsing the internet.  We had to meet at the museum at 7AM this morning (which meant waking up at 4:30, since it’s a 2 hour drive), and then drove in a caravan of some 20 vehicles down a dirt road for a few miles to get to the dig site.  It was a close thing, but our merc. station wagon conquered that dirt road!

So, anyway, we dug through rock and dirt for about 4 hours in 95 degree weather (fortunately we brought a shade canopy to dig under) to ultimately net ourselves about 20 little shark teeth from sharks that lived over 10 million years ago.  Cool?  Yes!

Above: Sharktooth Hill bone bed.   Below: The teeth we found during our 4 hours of digging.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jess permalink
    April 23, 2012 3:13 AM

    alex dear… that kitchen looks EXACTLY how I would expect your mothers kitchen to look in that type of a house. not that its a bad thing 🙂

    • April 23, 2012 10:43 AM

      Yep, pretty much looks like the kitchen at our cottage in Northport. We didn’t want to use a modern design for a 90 year old house!

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