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Nightingale Floors (Uguisu-Bari 鴬張り) were invented in Japan around the 17th century. By means of a simple timber and nails construction detail, the weight of a person walking on the floor boards was automatically translated into squeaking sounds, alerting anyone in the adjacent sleeping quarters. The rubbing of the nails up and down with metal clips is what produced a bird-like sounding friction. This alarm made soundless moves visible to the inhabitants of the house

Nightingale Floors (Uguisu-Bari 鴬張り) were invented in Japan around the 17th century. By means of a simple timber and nails construction detail, the weight of a person walking on the floor boards was automatically translated into squeaking sounds, alerting anyone in the adjacent sleeping quarters. The rubbing of the nails up and down with metal clips is what produced a bird-like sounding friction. This alarm made soundless moves visible to the inhabitants of the house

The island will be set on Monday!

The island will be set on Monday!

Building new window sashes

Building new window sashes

Boxes  and more boxes . . .

Boxes and more boxes .

Just testing the placement of the corner cabinet

Just testing the placement of the corner cabinet

This is looking toward the southwest corner of old Apartment #3.  There used to be two walls on the left side of the photo to make "three rooms, river view."

This is looking toward the southwest corner of old Apartment There used to be two walls on the left side of the photo to make "three rooms, river view.

The first upper cabinet goes up!  Hooray!  The ordering process started before Christmas;  you cannot imagine my joy!!  May 10, 2013

The first upper cabinet goes up! The ordering process started before Christmas; you cannot imagine my joy! May 2013

We are using joists and beams salvaged from "the back house" for counter-tops in the new kitchen.

We are using joists and beams salvaged from "the back house" for counter-tops in the new kitchen.

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