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Imagepajonica
Sep 11, 2010 6:47 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
My wife and I bought our first house here in Japan in December 07, just one month after our first son was born.
To be honest the house was in pretty poor condition generally, with little money after the initial purchase I wondered if I had bitten off a little more than I could chew! I quickly realized that while the main timber frame structure was sound, all of the interior would need to be replaced, walls, ceilings, floors, you name it. Luckily I had considerable experience I'd acquired over the years
in many aspects of DIY. and so, undaunted I rolled up my sleeves and got stuck in!

I would like to share some of the photographs I took during this ongoing project. Please feel free to ask any questions or to comment.

The original kitchen.
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Removal of the old! To be continued.


Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
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Imagepajonica
Sep 11, 2010 7:13 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Here's the fun part, ripping it out and making a good old mess!!

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Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
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Imagepajonica
Sep 12, 2010 12:03 AM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
I guess it's time to start putting some of it back together!
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Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
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Imagebeckygardener
Sep 19, 2010 7:20 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Jon - WOW! That's what I call "gutting the interior of a home"!!!

And from the looks of your new kitchen, I'd say you are a Professional! I bet your wife was thrilled!!! I know I would be! Beautiful job!!! Hurray! Hurray!
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagepajonica
Sep 24, 2010 8:28 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Re plastering the hall ceiling.Thumb of 2010-09-25/pajonica/401824
Thumb of 2010-09-25/pajonica/cecd84
Thumb of 2010-09-25/pajonica/3fdc92
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Imagebeckygardener
Sep 24, 2010 9:48 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Jon - Your ceiling work looks professional! What a difference in your home from then and now!
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagepajonica
Sep 24, 2010 11:11 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Plastering ceilings and walls is something that defeats many DIYers, I learned this all important skill at night school many years ago, actually it's more of a knack than a skill. I knew if you can't put it back, you can't take it down! Sticking tongue out
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Imageweeds
Sep 25, 2010 9:19 AM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Great job Jon. Have you thought of doing this for other people? Like, say, me?
Good advice about not taking it down if you can't put it back up. Will remember that.
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Imagepajonica
Sep 26, 2010 1:07 AM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Hi Connie, Thanks! Yep I've done many plastering jobs, mostly for family
and friends

Jon
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Imagebeckygardener
Sep 26, 2010 7:33 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Let me just say that Plastering really needs to be done well! I should know. Mine did NOT look as good as yours Jon! I am good at painting though! Hilarious!
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagesandnsea2
Sep 29, 2010 4:21 PM CST
Name: Janice
NC
Zone 7A
WOW! Jon, you are so talented! Looks wonderful! Lovey dubby
Janice
(We, here, unfortunately are lucky to be able to use a hammer. LOL.)
Janice
Imagepajonica
Sep 29, 2010 4:30 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Janice, I wish I had half your talent as a gardener!
Thank you
Jon
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Imagebeckygardener
Sep 29, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Well ... I'd like to have just a smiggen of talent that either or both of you have in your respective environments! You both do a very professional looking job whether it is indoors or out! Drooling Drooling Drooling
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagesandnsea2
Sep 29, 2010 7:28 PM CST
Name: Janice
NC
Zone 7A
Thank you, Jon and Becky!
Now I am madly planting daffodils and tulips. We plan to sell soon and want it to look good when we do.
:smily: Janice
Janice
Imagebeckygardener
Sep 29, 2010 7:51 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Where are you moving to?
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagepajonica
Sep 29, 2010 8:10 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
What and leave that wonderful garden! Crying
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Imagesandnsea2
Sep 30, 2010 3:30 AM CST
Name: Janice
NC
Zone 7A
Home to Cape Cod, Mass. and the bad weather. LOL.
We miss family and friends and our state.
We will build a new garden. This is our third.
Plan to take most important plants with us.
Janice
Imagebeckygardener
Sep 30, 2010 12:17 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
I can't imagine moving and start a brand new garden! I am still working on the one I started 5 years ago! LOL!

Good luck having a smooth transitional move with household furnishings AND PLANTS!!! Sounds like you will be moving a lot of items! Sticking tongue out
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagepajonica
Sep 30, 2010 2:52 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Yep, family and friends are important in our lives, one of the things I miss living here in Japan, not that I've any plans to move back to my home country.
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
http://cubits.org/DIYcomfortheserious/
Imagebeckygardener
Oct 3, 2010 8:24 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
For everything you gain, you lose something ... remember that old saying? In your case Jon, your old way of life for the new life you now have. I am sure it is a happy trade-off for you even though you miss old friends and family members. All the more reason to expand that house to host company! Thumbs up
Another Day in Paradise!

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