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There's no rush

I'm taking this bedroom re-do so slowly, it's like watching hair grow. I do a tiny bit every day, some physical and visible, and some preparatory, like shopping online for better deals. None of it has unduly hurt my hands or wasted resources in hasty mistakes. So far I haven't even really spent any money (though that's coming).

And yet there's progress.

Dark Em's bedroom closet in a partially demolished state

I pried the closet door-frame out last night. The closet is now cleared of everything except hanging clothes (I'll move those out when I have to--my living room is getting full!). I've removed all the carpet except the swath under the bed. All window trim is now painted.

I might paint the ceiling black because I really want these ceiling stars:
a bedroom with its ceiling covered in glow-in-the-dark-stars

Google finally yielded up my new flooring because I had the time to keep searching:
Black laminate flooring sample

My best friend and her husband have volunteered to help me install it, an offer I can jump on because I have time to fit my schedule to theirs.

That generous offer leaves me enough budget to buy under-floor heating mats. I'm not sure I can afford an electrician to hook them up right away, but that's okay. There's no rush.

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Feb. 21st, 2014 03:04 pm (UTC)
I am so fascinated by your project!

I just retired a couple months ago myself, and my recent time has been spent exploring volunteer and ongoing education opportunities, and travel planning. But I am very intrigued in seeing how others step forward into this new life; it's all exciting!
Feb. 21st, 2014 11:28 pm (UTC)
I know several people who jumped on the chance to volunteer immediately after retirement. I'm still enjoying my mostly unscheduled and unstructured days. I'm asked--mostly by extroverts--if I miss the people at work. I'm afraid I don't. I relish long stretches of time alone. Always have.

What kinds of volunteering have you found?
Feb. 22nd, 2014 01:03 am (UTC)
I'm very much a contented loner myself. I've volunteered to read to preschoolers at a Head Start program, but that's just an hour or two a week and doesn't start for a few months. I really like historical research so I've been communicating with a local agency to see how I might contribute in that fashion. (Who knows, maybe I'll be one day I'll be restoring pioneer cemeteries or something!)

I'm not in any rush. Have been leisurely books like these:
... and imagining what the next 25 years might bring!
Feb. 22nd, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the book recommendations. The only thing I've read specific to the life transition of retirement was a book on the financial aspects of retirement. I've put the Barbara Sher title on hold at my local library.

I like your idea of finding a volunteer opportunity outside the obvious choices (soup kitchen, museum docent...). Restoring (or cataloging, or photographing) pioneer cemeteries sounds really interesting!
Feb. 21st, 2014 03:59 pm (UTC)
Ooo! That under-layment pad is a brilliant thing! And your floor--gorgeous choice! I think I have to nudge Mr. R a bit. ;)
Feb. 21st, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
I'm expecting my flooring sample in the mail today or tomorrow, but barring obvious crappy quality (the price is low enough to make me suspicious), it's probably the one I'll choose. I'd rather have so-so laminate with the warming pads under it than fancy-schmancy stuff that's cold. After all, it's my bedroom. Nobody sees it but me. :D
Feb. 21st, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
I love the laminate flooring you've found. And I'm strongly in favour of the underfloor heating mats. It's such a sensible way to heat a room, and think how good it will feel to get out of bed onto on a warm floor!

I'm delighted that you're taking things slowly. Too often people feel a burning desire to do a project as quickly as possible, leaving them exhausted and unable to enjoy the process or even, sometimes, to appreciate it once it's complete.
Feb. 21st, 2014 11:42 pm (UTC)
Exhausted and unable to enjoy...yep, that's my core sense-memory of every large project I've ever undertaken. Hard, unrelenting manual labor on garden and home projects in my late 30s and early 40s were the starting point of the hand problems that now force me to take it easy. I'm not into pain, but pain I've got, so the obvious choice is to take it easy.

The friends who are helping me with my flooring have recently installed the electric mats under a bathroom floor in their own house, and they give them five stars for luxury and efficiency.

These mats don't run enough voltage to heat the room, only the floor itself. But I don't heat my bedroom anyway, except on the bitterest nights, because one of my favorite things in the world is a warm bed in a cold room. (I refer to it as the meat locker.)

And now that I don't have to drag myself out of that warm bed till I'm good and ready of a winter's morning, it's perfect! Putting my feet down on a warm floor will be a wonderful bonus.

Also, I'm shopping for a pretty rug.
Feb. 21st, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oooh your flooring choice is LOVELY.
Feb. 21st, 2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
The flooring seems to be a hit. I'm waiting for the sample to arrive--hopefully today or tomorrow. I'm kind of excited!
Feb. 22nd, 2014 11:22 am (UTC)
And that ceiling with stars... Love this idea!

But what would it look like in the daytime? I don't understand the daytime picture on the left.
Feb. 22nd, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
The ceiling stars, from what I can gather at the website, are tiny peel-and-stick plastic domes that are translucent white in daylight. I think what makes the daylight photograph confusing in the promotional picture are the small recessed spotlights all around the bedroom's ceiling. They're unrelated to the invisible "stars".

Me, I'll have a "black hole" in my bedroom night sky, because there's an old-fashioned light fixture smack in the center of the ceiling. Maybe I can make it into the moon!
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Feb. 22nd, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
Radiant heat is awesome. The hydronic version is extremely expensive to retrofit (I've heard of people doing it--putting water lines up under the floorboards between the joists, but OMG it's a massive effort in crawlspace navigation, no thanks!).

It's relatively inexpensive to install in new construction, though, and the advantages are overwhelming. It's near-silent, very efficient, and virtually maintenance-free. There are no filters, no blowing air, no ductwork, no grates or returns, no wall or floor spaces you can't cover with furniture: once it's in, it's beautifully simple.

The electric kind is completely silent, of course, and has most of the hot-water advantages. I think it's not as enery-efficient as hydronic (depending on how you heat the water), but it's much cheaper to install, retrofit or new construction, because it can go in dry, under any kind of flooring.

Then there's the compromise: hot-water radiant heat in actual radiators. Apart from warm floors, hot-water wall radiators offer all the advantages of under-floor radiant heat, plus they're much easier to retrofit and they make excellent clothes-drying racks.

My house has never had any form of central heating. These topics have occupied a lot of my home-thinking over the years!
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