I’m Getting a New Camera! The Nikon COOLPIX S3700

As all of you know, my camera broke a couple of weeks ago. Since then, I’ve been taking photos with my iPhone. Unfortunately, the photos appear upside down on many computers and devices. I can make the photos upright by editing them but this is one additional step that I don’t have time to do. It’s unfortunate, because I could actually write blog posts from my iPhone and post the photos; it was such an instantaneous thing but due to the glitch I must get a new camera.

So I’m going to try out a Nikon COOLPIX S3700. Nikon is actually loaning it to me to try out and write a review. If I like it, I’ll buy it. I actually had a COOLPIX years ago and loved it so I expect that I will like the latest model just as much. For such a small, budget-friendly camera, it took fabulous photos. As a matter of fact, at the time, several people asked me which camera I used for most of my travel photos and when I told them it was a tiny Nikon, they went out and bought one too.

Even though, smartphones have built-in cameras, I’m old school and will always take all my photos with a traditional camera. It’s funny because I bought my iPhone back in April and never took one photo with it until my camera broke two weeks ago. Without a camera, I began snapping photos with my iPhone…and then the discovery of Apple’s upside down photos…dear me!

The COOLPIX S3700 is a traditional point-and-shoot camera that easily slips into pockets (a must for me). It also has HD video. It retails for $139.95 but is only $119.95 on the Nikon website. I’m sure this loaner will turn into a purchase for me.

So beginning next week, Nikon photos will appear on Brickhouse319! I can’t wait!

New Construction: Kitchen


Yesterday, I checked on when the Andersen casement window will arrive for the kitchen. I was told Monday which is perfect timing. We’re still having Indian summer (it was in the low 70s yesterday).

John will install the window to the right of the French doors; the kitchen sink will be below it. For now, the Amiata freestanding tub is temporarily stored in the kitchen while the plumber is working throughout the house.


The east wall will have kitchen cabinets, range and refrigerator. The dishwasher will be to the right of the kitchen sink and window. The large box bay window is directly across on the west side which will have a window seat where up to three people can sit. An island will be in the center of the kitchen with pendant lighting.

The Thermatru Front Door with Dentil Molding

I ordered the Thermatru front door in early September. We picked it up a couple of weeks ago and  stored it temporarily in the kitchen. We’ll install it soon; I’m still deciding on a lock set.

I wanted a Craftsman-style door with dentil molding but due to the door opening size I could only get it if I did a special order. It would have been substantially more money so I settled for raised panels.

At the time of the order, Thermatru had a 15% off sale. So if any of you are planning on getting a Thermatru, find out when they have another sale. I saved about $150.00.



Leaf peeping yesterday at Brick House 319…




The Upstairs Hall Bathroom & Fourth Level Entrance

The hall bathroom…


With the new addition, the house now has four levels plus the basement. In the old brick section, the third level has three bedrooms, a hall bathroom and a bathroom in the original master bedroom.

To climb the stairs to the new wing which is now the fourth level, John is turning the original attic stairs into a staircase to access the new master bedroom wing.


He placed a header at the original entrance to the hall bathroom, moved the old master bedroom closest over 4″ to create a hallway for the stairs leading to the fourth level. The hall bathroom entrance will now be past the stairs.

The header is two 2×10’s nailed together with 1/2″ plywood between them which makes the header 3 1/2″ wide. The header is on top of two 2×4 plates and is 47 1/2″wide supported by two Jack studs.

This will be home to the Amiata freestanding tub.