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RE: Show and Tell! Unique features in your home (Follow-Up #56)

posted by: beaglesdoitbetter on 04.08.2013 at 08:32 pm in Building a Home Forum

Unfortunately my tile people did the construction and I'm not on good terms with them so I can't get the answers to most of your questions, but I will answer what I can.

The door is made from a piece of tile that is attached to another piece of tile on the hinge (does that make sense). The door opens on one of those piano hinges so when you push on the tile, it pops open.

I'm away for the winter in FL but here are the best pictures that I have of it, hopefully that helps. When I get back to PA in May I can take more pictures if you want if that isn't too late for you:

Here is a closeup of what it looks like when closed:

And a further away look, you can see that you cannot see it at all. The niche is on the right side three up from the bottom:

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RE: Show and Tell! Unique features in your home (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: beaglesdoitbetter on 04.05.2013 at 12:16 am in Building a Home Forum

Some of my favorite special touches:

Bookcase w/ library ladder:


Dining room built-in warming drawer in cabinet:

Sweater shelves (plus, really the whole closet):


Hidden shower niche (it is a little open here, when closed it just looks like the wall!):


Custom storage in every kitchen drawer:


Pantry w/ two doors so it is accessible from the kitchen and from right next to the garage door for bringing in groceries:


Dog grooming room w/ tub (pull -out steps for the tub) and crates:


Wave sink in beach theme bathroom:

And this is my husband's favorite. The water turns on automatically in the water-fall faucet when you go in the powder room:

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Under-counter Fridge

posted by: Sun43 on 12.02.2013 at 09:01 pm in Appliances Forum

I've been browsing GW all day trying to find user comments and recommendations on undercounter refrigeration, but most discussions were on undercounter fridge for beverages or even just wine, and not "food grade".

From the existing threads I gather that there might be a real difference (in ?temperature range) between an undercounter BEVERAGE fridge, vs one for food? We're mainly going to use ours to keep dairy and deli etc so that the kids can reach them themselves (instead of needing adult help opening the very-heavy door of the main 36" Subzero fridge). We won't be putting wine or soft drinks in these. And since we're keeping dairy and deli meats, temperature is important for food safety.

The 4 brands that I see recommended here are:

- Subzero (running at $4000 Canadian, same as follows)

- Marvel (never heard of this brand before I shopped for an undercounter fridge... first heard from the appliance sales person and thought it sounded like a cheapo brand and that was before i came here to get educated)

- Perlick (but i dont think we have local dealers)

- U-line - one great thread here from 2008 re customer service but otherwise very few user comments

There's a subzero floor model being sold for $2950, but it's all stainless steel front and we'd rather have a complete integrated panel, or at least a glass-front (surrounded by stainless steel or matchy-matchy wood from cabinets). Question for SZ lovers - does the subzero undercounter fridge offer any functional advantage for being double the price, or am I really just paying for the name badge in this case (undercounter fridge)

The U-line is going on sale for $1399 U2175RCGOL00 but i'm a bit scared to go with this without hearing too many reviews.

Any suggestions appreciated!!!!!!!!!!

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RE: Miele lovers - advice on which machine please (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: liriodendron on 11.28.2013 at 10:24 pm in Laundry Room Forum

I have both Asko and Miele machines side by side in my laundry room. And I wash my fine sweaters and delicates in the ASKO, not the Miele, because it is gentler. Most people only have one or the other and they tend to believe their maunfufacturer's marketing claims. Since I'm beyond marketing claims, having bought both machines already, I just know which machine gets my cashmere sweaters and silk blouses, and which doesn't. (I wash all my woolens and silks in the Asko, though I wash all my down items in the Miele.)

If gentleness on fabrics is your primary criterion, then I would lean towards Asko. I don't see any difference in either one's ability to clean, though on my machines the Asko will reach a higher temp (good for some types of cleaning) but the Miele will get to a higher spin speed when it's extracting the water. The Asko uses more water than the Miele, though; while tthe Miele holds slightly more laundry.

Both of my machines are hooked to tap cold only and rely on the machine to heat all the water. Are more-recent Mieles still 220V, or have they been dumbed-down to 110V? I think Asko is still 220V, which would be essetial for me. A 110 v machine will never be able to reach maximum cleaning performance compared to a 220v model, no matter what the brand.

L.

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RE: Laundry Chutes? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: liriodendron on 11.27.2013 at 11:25 pm in Laundry Room Forum

You need a fire stop door to prevent a basement fire from spreading rapidly throughout the house. Dependng on your fuel type and heating equipment you may also need to consider the risk of spreading poorly-vented carbon monoxide closer to your sleeping rroms.

At the very least, I would install both a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector on the "roof" of the chute.

L.

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Need help picking ovens

posted by: Sun43 on 11.02.2013 at 05:31 am in Appliances Forum

We are in the middle of a new build, and have a spice kitchen in addition to the main kitchen (shares one wall separated by a pocket door)

We are sure about two items and now face too many choices with the rest.... need some help ASAP as if we do end up getting anything (more) from Miele, we want to be able to take advantage of their "free 10 year warranty" that ends in little less than 48 hours

We are sure about:
- Miele Speed Oven (master chef, 24")
- Miele Convection Steam oven (master chef, 24")
(at first we were gonna get the "simple" steam oven, but now will bite the bullet and up-price to the one with convection)

First question: Do we need "one more" larger-sized oven? -
DW thinks she needs something larger than 24" as she bakes cookies galore. We don't plan to cook too many large dishes otherwise (not in ovens... but then if we have an awesome large oven, we might!)
Choices are:
- Miele 30" oven (won't wanna pay to get Master Chef) = $3899
vs
- Wolf 30" oven (for approx CA$1600 more!!) - $5500+

Question 2: Is the Wolf really "$1600" worth of better?
(all Canadian dollars to follow)

Lastly, we'd have to stack the microwave on top of this 30" oven, whichever brand. We find the Wolf microwave pretty ugly... and to be paying $800+ for that thing just for the brand? The Miele microwave is even more expensive, it's $1200! that's before the $499 trim (to match the 30" ovens)

Question 3:
What do people do, pay an outrageous amount to get a matching brand of microwave? any way we can do it smarter? we figure we can't really get out of having to buy the trim.... but there are LOTS of brands that make microwaves for $300 - $500. I mean, it's not a new technology!

Thanks for your advice!

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RE: What would you do? (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: milehihouse on 07.18.2013 at 02:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm finally seeing some results! I've been promised that a new cooktop will be installed within two weeks!!!

Here's what DIDN'T work: 1. Calling customer service at Thermador. Repeatedly. Neither Brendan nor Chelsea there in the exchanges department would connect me with a supervisor. (Next time, I'll try kksmama's tip and ask for employee numbers to see if that will get me through to a supervisor.) 2. Calling BSH's Regional Service Manager in Denver. 3. My credit card was charged on May 9, so I was about a week beyond the 60-day window to dispute the charge.

Here's what worked: my post on Thermador's Facebook page. What????? Who knew??? (Other than Lee333) They called last night with news that they'd replace the cooktop, just a *few hours* after I posted on FB. (I would've told you all last night, but I was at the John Mayer concert at Red Rocks.)

Things I learned that I want to pass along to Gardenweb users: 1. I should have put the words "Thermador" and "induction" in the subject of this thread. That way, this discussion would be more likely to show up as a Google search result. 2. E-mail addresses for executives at BSH Group (which includes Thermador, Bosch, Siemens, etc.) are firstname.lastname@BSHG.com So the CEO's address is Michael.Traub@BSHG.com 3. LinkedIn is very useful for identifying names of executives 4. Get a Facebook account if you don't have one.... 5. Beanie-weenies come in a can? (See post from MizzLizzie)

Things that *may have* ultimately worked 1. Continuing to contact my local appliance shop. 2. Sending letters to the executives with links to video of the problem and links to this thread on Gardenweb. 3. Going the BBB route or the legal route. Even without a specific Lemon Law for appliances, the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act *might* apply to this purchase.

I can't thank you all enough! I was ready to explode on Monday when Thermador said they were going to attempt one more repair. I appreciate your expertise, humor and experience; thanks Lee333, lascatx, rococogurl, kksmama, mizzlizzie, Mrs. Nyefnyef, fsteph, kitten1313, jkom, ilene, holly-kay, raee, ginny, patriceny, lynn, whit, addycal and snookums, pasture and nosoccermom!! I'll keep you posted-

(Edited to include names accidentally omitted; sorry!!)

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RE: What would you do? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: Mrs_Nyefnyef on 07.15.2013 at 09:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

You are entitled to rights under Lemon Laws, which apply to appliances as well as cars. Though the laws do vary by state. Is your appliance still within the warranty period? That is key if you want to invoke the Lemon Law. If your user name means you are in Denver, the Colorado Lemon Law says 4 repairs qualify you for the Lemon Law. Thermador should have replaced your appliance by now rather than keep trying to repair it.

Michael Traub is President and CEO of Thermador Corp.
5551 McFadden Avenue
Huntington Beach, California 92649
Phone: 714-901-6600

Perhaps if you do some digging you can get his email address, or if not, write him via snail mail.

Appliance Lemon Laws

Lemon Laws by State

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RE: What would you do? (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: nosoccermom on 07.18.2013 at 12:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

OK, so this is what I found on Lemon Laws; apparently, there's also a federal law that covers all states and also covers appliances (unlike some state laws)

Lemon Law Coverage

Location: All States:
Consumers everywhere are protected by the Federal Lemon Law which applies to all consumer products, including automoblile, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats, and all other ordinary consumer products including computers and household appliances.

Repair Interval and Coverage Period:
3 to 4 repairs for the same problem, or 6 to 8 repairs to the entire product during the warranty period.
Warranty period + up to 4 additional years.

Here is a link that might be useful: Federal Lemon Law

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