The Green Dream Patio Predicament

January 9, 2015
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On Tuesday we started what we thought would be a simple project: Tear out our old brick back patio, and pour a nice, smooth cement slab. But nothing we do at the Green Dreamhome is every easy, is it?

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Three New Year’s Recipes from the Green Dreamhome Kitchen

December 31, 2014
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Here are three Green Dreamhome recipes that are perfect for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

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The Green Dreamhome Bird Haven Grows

December 26, 2014
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The Green Dreamhome bird haven has some new features!

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The Green Dream Kitchen Plumbing is Finished!

December 21, 2014
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Eighteen days after the demolition began, the Green Dream Kitchen has new copper supply pipes inside and new ABS drain pipes outside. And yes, for a while we had a hole in our wall!

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The Green Dreamhome Winter Garden

December 17, 2014
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Arizona gardens are never dormant. Some plants can’t take the heat; others can’t take the cold, such as it is, but there’s always something that will grow, even flowers. Here’s what’s going on in the Green Dream Garden this December.

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Shower Enclosure Installation for the Chemically Sensitive

December 14, 2014
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Our master bath is technically finished! We still need to install the drawer pulls and the glass shelves in the medicine cabinet, and the carpenter has to finished the wood door and window trim, but now that the shower doors are up the bathroom is entirely useable.

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The Green Dream Kitchen Holes get Bigger and Deeper!

December 13, 2014
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A hot water line leak makes a mess, but the process of fixing it makes an even bigger mess!

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Efflorescence: What It Is and How to Remove It

December 11, 2014
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Now that the Dream Green Kitchen has been remediated, and we’ve been drying out the cinderblock walls with space heaters, we’re finding a white powder on the cement. What the heck is it? It’s mineral salts left behind when water within the block comes to the surface and evaporates.

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Drying the Green Dream Kitchen Walls and Floors

December 9, 2014
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The burst pipe in the Green Dream Kitchen soaked the cement block walls, so we’ve been using space heaters to dry them out. Here’s what that looks like:   Even though the walls were obviously drying out, we were still getting a nasty smell from the area, and yesterday I found out what that was: […]

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The Green Dream Bath is Almost Finished

December 8, 2014
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Some of you have been wondering what’s going on with the bathroom we had to remediate and remodel. After delays due to changes in materials, vacations, a busy contractor, and most of all, record-breaking rains that flooded our den, the bathroom is nearly done!

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