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Operation: Built-Ins

Let's upgrade a room they said...  It will be fun they said...



Built-In features:
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Fun window connecting to garage (cookie window)



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Great Wall project - First phase

The Great Wall project (work in progress):



Hello readers,

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Fourth phase:
We made some mistakes.  We decided to wait through another winter season before attempting to retain that which we just cleared out.  I don't know why, but I just believed that as difficult as that clay was to remove that it just wouldn't move that much on it's own.  Just look at how wrong I was:


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