My Husband is Not a Decorating and Window Covering Expert

You cannot remodel a living room without redoing what covers the windows. My husband thought it was fine to keep the old draperies. I disagreed. Guess who won? Then I had to explain to him that the adjacent dining room would also need matching curtains. He asked me why so I took him outside and had him look. He did not notice anything. I pointed to the dining room window on the left and the living room window on the right. Both of them are in front of the house. I was ordering window coverings in Brentwood CA while he was still trying to figure out what I meant. He has played this game with me when it comes to fixing the car, the mower or other things I do not know about. It was kind of fun to have him figure out what I meant. He went outside while the guys were working replacing the window coverings. They did the dining room first. He went out and took a couple of pictures with his cell phone. I caught him studying them that evening. We were actually watching TV when he exclaimed, “They would be different colors!” I actually jumped when he said it and did not know at first what he was talking about. He looked at me and said it again adding details that the curtains would have been different colors on the front of the house if we had not replaced both rooms. I was pleased that he figured it out. I must give him credit, it took me a week to figure out what he...

Orange County Window Blinds Sure Do Beat Our Old Store Bought Ones

You can’t remodel a room without getting new window blinds. We like the louvered ones the best, but we did not want any cheap miniblinds like you can get at the department store. We wanted ones that would offer privacy and light control and would last for many years. We also wanted ones custom fitted to the window sizes of the rooms where we were having them installed. That is why we chose Orange County blinds to do the work. They have a great selection and they do the installation. My wife knew better than to have me installing window blinds. The old ones we had were the metal ones. You know which ones I mean. They are the ones that get all bent up if you have kids or a dog or a cat. It took our new dog about 30 seconds to ruin a metal miniblind for a low window in a bedroom. We definitely wanted the Orange County blinds to hold up against regular use and the occasional knocking about from a pet. The department store ones were just not up to the job. Even if you get the plastic ones that you install yourself, the hot sun breaks down the plastic making them brittle. In the long run you are much better off to get high quality window blinds and shades that are professionally installed. We like the ones we got so much that we are thinking about not adding any window treatments. Who needs a valance when the blinds on the windows are already a fashion statement? The same goes for the shades they...

Remodeling the House from Top to Bottom

We started out pretty simply, from the floor up. I knew this guy who did floors and I knew that he could give me a good look. So I talked a deal with him. He borrowed the machines from his boss and I helped him with the job. Of course I did this before I moved in the place. That only made sense. It would have been silly to put in a bunch of furniture and then start moving it around. Next we found an Orange County blinds company and got them to make us some custom wood blinds. The house was apparently built with custom windows...

Doing a Bit of Contracting Again

I am sort of back into contracting myself out. In fact I am working for a couple of different companies. I install alarm systems and home automation systems for a number of freehold home security system providers. Of course the cable company here has the same type of services and they pay me to do the work for them as well. Of course I do work on my own, but usually I am starting from scratch when I do a system on my own. That is to say you hire an architect or a contractor who comes up with a plan to build you a house. Of course they build the house that you are willing to pay them to build and if you want to pay them to make it a smart home or a somewhat smart home, then they call me. Some of the time they know what it will cost to get me to do a job, but most of the time I have to give them a quote. One of them has the habit of just asking some outrageous sum for my service. I found out from the guy who bought the house and I was sort of torn. Obviously I want the work and I can not be too picky about where I get it, but in essence the guy was doubling the price I would charge to do the work. In fact he is sort of a snobby contractor. He builds really nice custom houses, with the sort of features you would like in a really nice house. At the same time he...
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