Oh, my. Below are pictures of a comfy, cozy living room where we spend our hours of relaxation. Not.
We pulled the stove out of its (temporarily hooked up) corner so we could work on getting the Z-Brick fireproof material on the two walls behind it. (This will be a definite improvement over the visual image created by the sheets of Durock cement board that have been leaning against the walls there.) Fastened to the fireproof material on the walls, we are attaching another layer of safety material held out an inch or so by ceramic insulators to provide air space between the two layers of fireproof material. This will insure the safest installation for our wood stove, and it's the same method we used for the installation of our other wood stove sixteen years ago in what is now the kitchen area.
Only problem (oops) is we underestimated the number of insulators required for the floor-to-ceiling covering of these two walls and are now waiting for another order of them to be shipped from a small company in Indiana. Seems the only insulators readily available anymore are now made of plastic, and that wouldn't do for our use.
So our living room remains in a state of limbo for the time being.
We could plop on the couch during down time, but the plastic sheeting is so cold and crinkly. Okay, we could easily pull that off. But we would be staring ahead at . . .
. . . this arrangement. I sorta like it, don't you? It appears as if the stove and recliner are having a private tete-a-tete. Most likely making fun of my room arrangement skills.
When one is in the middle of extensive remodeling, it seems your living space will never be "normal" again. My quilt room and the pantry are both nearly unusable because of furniture and building supplies stored there. When we're working in the living room, the recliner and another chair have to be smooshed into the kitchen.
But it's still not as bad as having the kitchen torn apart. So I'll quit my bellyachin' and concentrate on how great the living room will be when it's finished. Someday. Maybe. Dependent on whether or not the order of additional ceramic insulators arrive.
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