oh my. calm down about the bamboo, people. there are different varieties of bamboo, and not all are extremely invasive. The extremely invasive variety CAN be contained also, it just is a bit more legwork to install --- you have to trench and put in an underground barrier to contain the roots. (instructions from Mike McGrath of You Bet Your Garden: http://www.gardensalive.com/article.asp?ai=608) With that in mind, underground barriers can be a pretty fascinating tool to use --- if you visit Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, there is a fabulous piece of sculpture made of bamboo, like a bamboo cave thing that you can walk through, and that was done by containing the roots in an underground design. Pretty fabulous. (Grounds for Sculpture: http://www.gardensalive.com/article.asp?ai=608)
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I'm not feeling like the stone is worth saving -- hire someone to cement/spackle over that thing and get some smooth flat walls there! it'd be much cheaper than demolishing it. Then I'd go with MerBot's suggestion of low profile shelving -- you won't even notice that the walls around the fireplace stick out!
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Hi, Sarah here. Thanks for all of your suggestions! my husband and I completely gutted the new house (walls, electric, plumbing, heating, sewer -- EVERYTHING) and we're trying to make some efficient choices moving forward. one decision is installing electric heat and a wood-burning stove, and we plan on venting the stove in such a way that it will heat the entire house. the wood-burning stove will be our main source, the fall-back is the electric heat. (which, for a 850 sq ft house, shouldn't be too much of a challenge!)
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|8/10/11 10:05 AM|