October 24, 2009

Construction, Robots, & Topeka

Posted in Guide Dogs for the Blind, House tagged , , , , , , , at 9:20 pm by smilinshell11

The middle of September we decided it was time to redo the floors.   Mr. Charming and I are not DIY people and our house has a lot of weird angles so we left the installation up to the professionals.  We put in wood called Duraplank throughout the bottom floor and Duraceramic tile in all the bathrooms and laundry room.  We didn’t replace the carpet upstairs or on the stairs because it really isn’t worn that much.  Needless to say, we love it!  The wood is a composite so the dogs can run every where and won’t scratch it. The tile is also warmer to walk on which is the biggest plus for me.   Here are a couple of pictures of the final product.

Formal Living Room:


Dining Room:


Family Room:




Downstairs Bathroom/Laundry Room:


Of course, when doing something on the house, there is always to be more to it than not. In this case, we ended up re-doing the tile around the fireplace in the living room (we have two fireplaces which I don’t know why, but we do!)  We actually saved a lot of money by paying the installers direct instead of through the place where we bought the materials. There is my little frugal tip for you! We had planned on doing the floors but the Friday before the install was to begin, we ended up getting our roof replaced (no, that was not planned). We had a leak in our bathroom that kept getting worse even after Mr. Charming had tried to fix it numerous times. Our house is at the point where we probably would have had to replace it in the next couple of years so we just bit the bullet and did it. Now that all the construction work is done, it feels like a brand new house!

I also got a robot named Eva (like how Wall-E says it!) She does an amazing job especially on the new floors.  She’s a little quirky, but I still love her. 🙂

After all of this, we got Topeka for a weekend while her raising family went to Hawaii.  I think she didn’t know what she was missing out on.  Here are a couple of pictures of her (she turned 1 year not too long ago).  The first one is at work:


I don’t understand how that can be comfortable.

Topeka in her jacket.

Topeka will be the next puppy heading back from our club. 😦


1 Comment »

  1. Awww, Topeka is a cutie! And I know exactly what you mean about her sleeping half one way and half another, Pilaf does the same thing! They are around the same age, too… Such cute little weirdos. =P

    Your floors (and house) look amazing! We have ripped up almost all of our carpet, but haven’t gotten around to putting hardwood in yet, lol.

    Sorry I have missed your last few posts, but it sounds like you are doing well! =D

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