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Office remodel (almost) complete

Office bookcases

Small bookcaseI'm really glad Mark decided to make office shelving units rather than purchasing them new. Between the lumber and paint, I figure one large and one small bookcase cost right around $100. I call that cheap for two large pieces of furniture that are color-coordinated and hefty too.

Hopefully Mark will still think they're beautiful in a decade despite his ever-improving skills. I know I'll continue to love them, but I'm an easy sell.

Remodeled office

Moving my books and office supplies back in was a slightly more bittersweet experience. I'd already expunged over half of my clutter, but I found during the six weeks I spent with the rest piled out of reach that I really only missed 10% of what remained. Still, I put it all back anyway, not quite brave enough to delete items I rarely look at but might need...someday. The good news is, everything is now within easy reach and is instantly accessible.

Bare wall

Mark asked what I wanted to do with the wall space above the longer bookcase. "More shelves?" he suggested.

Unfortunately, I've found that stuff expands to fill the space allotted to it, so I decided to go for something pretty instead --- a fish tank turned aquaponics setup. Yes, I know I've poo-pooed the sustainability of aquaponics in the past, but I originally just wanted to put in a fish tank for pure soothing inspiration. If I'm already committing to feeding ornamental fish and heating their water, suddenly aquaponics made more sense.

So I used my Christmas money from Rose Nell and Jayne (thank you two so much --- you rock!) to order a premade unit that hopefully won't drip onto the books below. Stay tuned for talk of ammonia, cycling, and other technical terms once my present comes in the mail.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Making bookshelves yourself means you can customize them to whatever space you have. When I first moved into my place, the first thing I did was make three (3) ceiling to floor bookshelves to house my 300 books (down somewhat now but still very large collection). There was no way I could've possibly have bought something to fit those spaces. One bookshelf is nine (9) feet high!

While driving home from a friend's house, I passed a house that had bookshelves and other items on their lawn near the road with a sign "Free!". Of course I stopped and grabbed the bookshelves and a folding chair as well. The bookshelves I later turned into a small chest to house my DVD and CD collection.

Comment by Nayan Sat Dec 24 11:39:43 2016
Love the looks of the new area--- looks so cozy, inviting and yet efficient! Can't wait to see the new aqua addition when you get it!
Comment by Jayne Wead Sat Dec 24 17:57:40 2016

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