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Any Recommendation on chain Closet Organizer Companies?

posted by: deesee_abc on 11.19.2005 at 01:49 pm in Remodeling Forum

Hi there-
I've priced one local closet organizer outfit and get a whoppingly high estimate. Closet Stretchers seems quite a bit lower, but I'm wondering if the quality of their materials is as good. Any one have any good/bad experience with Closet Stretchers, or any of the other big closet companies?



clipped on: 04.23.2013 at 10:59 pm    last updated on: 04.23.2013 at 11:05 pm

Crown build up to 9" ceiling

posted by: miruca on 03.14.2013 at 11:09 am in Kitchens Forum

I've read many threads on cabinets to ceilings, but am still struggling with the best options for getting there on a 9' ceiling.

Specifically - what pieces to use and what size is best to build up the crown to a 9' ceiling. Is there an optimum ratio of cabinet to crown? 42" to 12"? or 46" to 8"? or 48" to 6"?

I also noticed that seosmp has a similar struggle and requested pics/examples of this specifically for a 9' ceiling. Although there were responses/pics/links referencing staggered cabinets, or 8' ceilings, or matching molding ... the specific cabinet/crown build up to the 9' ceiling didn't get answered.

I am equally in need of this answer .. soon...and I'm worried that I may make a choice that looks odd or out of proporiton.

If you have cabinets/crown to a 9' ceiling - the specific's(and pics) on this would be greatly appreciated - and why you may recommend one cabinet/crown ratio over the other.



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Another White Kitchen (In CT)

posted by: TFCwifey on 03.14.2013 at 08:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

we are in the process of building our dream house. I have my heart set on a white kitchen with white counter tops. I had super white granite on hold for the past 3 months. When we went to see the stone yesterday to decide where the cut outs would be placed I changed my mind!!!

I saw the Carrera marble out of the corner of my eye and said if they could give me the same price for the marble then I wanted to go with that instead. The super white seemed to grey to me and had a dark/dirty looking vein running thru it which I know would bug me forever. Plus the guy said that the super white really isn't granite that its more of a quartzite , which is about the same softness as marble. So I figured I mind as well go with what I love. We are paying to have a super sealer put on it. Can't wait to see it get installed!!

Here is the kitchen so far. Let me know your thoughts. Thnx


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New house - baseboard trim question

posted by: TFCwifey on 03.04.2013 at 01:08 pm in Woodworking Forum

Hi we are in the process of building a new house. I don't know much about trim/wood working etc. On our 2nd floor we had wood floors put in. Now the trim guys came and put this down (see pic) Is this normal? I always thought the trim went all the way to the floor? Why would they leave that space between the floor and trim. I feel like dirt and things will get caught under there. If they can't change it so it all goes to the floor I at least would like them to paint it white.
Any help understanding why they would put it in this way would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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Wellborn cabinets? Opinions?

posted by: Boops2012 on 01.16.2013 at 08:18 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm looking at Well born cabinets. Any thoughts or experiences?


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Replacing Corner tub with Freestanding Tub?

posted by: Kate1313 on 02.28.2013 at 03:25 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We are thinking about replacing our corner jet tub that takes up a lot of room with a freestanding tub. Any suggestions? Looking for something under $2K. Looking to find a place in the Raleigh or Greensboro, North Carolina area where I can actually see the product before ordering. Thanks!


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When is it ok to have cabinets installed after tile floor is done

posted by: TFCwifey on 02.28.2013 at 12:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

Is there a certain amount of time to wait for my new cabinets to be installed on top of newly installed wood looking tile floor? They are being delivered tomorrow and the grout is just getting finished today. They said they will install on Monday. Is that ok? Thanks


clipped on: 02.28.2013 at 12:39 pm    last updated on: 02.28.2013 at 12:40 pm

Wood looking tile

posted by: sailordive on 03.27.2012 at 11:20 am in Bathrooms Forum

Anyone here use wood- looking tile in their bathroom? I just saw a picture of some and it would work great in my house since every other room in the house has wood floors.

My questions are:
1) Do they look like wood or just wood textured tile?
2) are they slippery?
3)Are they wearing well?



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Tile floors that look like wood??? Like? Dislike? Recommendations

posted by: twingle on 02.10.2013 at 07:31 am in Kitchens Forum

Researching flooring choices and came across tiles that look like wood. This maybe the perfect solution for us. My house is on a crawl space that is uninsulated. The crawl space is also inaccessible the house was a small summer house that was added onto a few times so there are beams and partitions all over so insulating would be a nightmare . We have ceramic tile floors that are cold and cracked that I really don't like. I really wanted wood floors in the new kitchen/great room but I have 4 young boys and a 130 pound Bernese puppy. I wanted to do radiant heat also which I don't think you can do with real wood. Does anyone have a floor with the ceramic/porcelain tile that looks like wood?? Do you like it? Where is a good source? I'm in NY on Long Island.


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Spacing for porcelain wood tiles?

posted by: PAINTEDPEGGIES on 02.22.2013 at 02:32 pm in Flooring Forum

We just ordered today, they are 6 x 24. I want them close together. Is 1/8 enough or should I do 1/16? Thanks!
PS: they are rectified


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Master Shower/Tub Combo what do you think so far?

posted by: TFCwifey on 02.25.2013 at 09:31 am in Bathrooms Forum

We are in the process of finishing the tile work in the Master Shower/Tub area. I hope we like the finished product. What do you think so far?


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Is Spray Foam safe ?????

posted by: TFCwifey on 11.30.2012 at 04:12 pm in Heating & Air Conditioning Forum

Hi, I am in the middle of building a home right in the center of CT. We were planning on using spray foam for insulation. But last night on the local news they had a story saying the spray foam can cause health issues etc.

I also read online that there is a class action lawsuit being formed in Florida for such health issues in families who used spray foam.

I have a 9 month old daughter that will be living in the house. I will never be able to live with myself if something were to happen to her due to using spray foam in the house from the potential of off gassing.

Do any of you have spray foam in your house and do you have headaches, nausea, or any other side effects that you think could be caused by it?

The EPA is also looking into the spray foam safety.

I need to make my decision in the next month of what kind of insulation we will be using. The house is already framed and is getting plumbed next week.

If you know of any studies that have been conducted on the safety of it please let me know where I can read them.

Please help we are soooo confused!!!! Thank you!!!


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Our new house is finished! My white kitchen...

posted by: nini804 on 09.22.2011 at 10:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Gardenweb friends!
You all have been so kind and I have learned so much from this site! I have been off-line the past month as we have been moving in to our new custom home. I joined GW this past winter, after our plans had been finalized by our architect...but I have incorporated so much from here into my finishes! We have a kitchen that is open to our breakfast room and family room, with a small butler's pantry between the kitchen and formal dining. I call the layout a "broken L with an island because I thought the architect was very cleaver to make the "corner" a little office space that also has the door to the pantry in it. This way, there is no "dead corner" in the kitchen. Maybe some people just starting could use this idea! :)

Anyway, here are the details:
Appliances: all KitchenAid, except for the Sharp MW drawer
in the island. Range is 36" dual fuel, with a
Cabinets: Mid-Continent, maple painted white, with soft
close drawers and doors. We chose all wood
Perimeter counters: Honed Carerra marble
Island top: Dark walnut, with a mineral oil finish
Floors: 5" wide white oak, stained 75% jacobean, 24% dark
Lighting: Pendants, Quiozel, I think. Breakfast chandy is!

Things I love so far: 1. Soft close!! Love!! Although we have it on all the drawers in the house, we only did the doors on the kitchen and butler's pantry cabs. Wish we had done it everywhere.
2. KA dishwasher and range...both of these have been wonderful so far, DW is so quiet and cleans really well. Range and oven are very easy to use and have nice, consistant heat. Plus, I think very pretty! :)
3. MW awesome, love it to pieces!
4. Under cab lights...never had these before, we have them on a dimmer, they are wonderful.
5. Walnut top...everyone who visits swoons over is a wonderful, warm surface.

Things I DON'T love:
1. Fridge! Counter-depth french door is awful! We had to buy an auxiliary fridge for the garage, and I am contemplating adding a fridge drawer to the island.
2. The distance from the range wall to the island seems a scooch too big, I think it is 48". I could have moved the island a few inches closer to the range.

I will do a seperate post about my experience with honed vs. polished marble (I have polished in the master bath.) There are pros and cons to each, I have found.

Anyway, Nini's kitchen!


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RE: 'original' post... (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: mcfromct on 07.05.2010 at 07:53 am in Building a Home Forum

I found the original post - some really great ideas!

Here is a link that might be useful: Things you couldn't live without or wish you had added


clipped on: 11.27.2012 at 12:59 am    last updated on: 11.27.2012 at 12:59 am

RE: Small things that get forgotten (Follow-Up #65)

posted by: Laura12 on 06.12.2012 at 09:22 pm in Building a Home Forum

Here are links to some of the earlier threads similar threads . . . Dream Thread! (What do you wish you had now?) - unique/favorite features in your build.... - Things you couldn't live without or wish you had added - What things did you find needed adjusting or changed? - is there anything you wish you had done - What about your new build makes your life easier; what doesn't ? - Brands/Products That I'd Use Again - Share your best sites for deals on supplies! - To help others - Things I would do different and things i love! - Things I wish I'd specified on my plans - It's been two years...what I've learned, would change, etc... - Biggest Mistakes? - Help!!! Have I forgotten anything? - designing electrical in house - doing whole house audio


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Just got back from slab yard...bianco pearl?!!

posted by: heidia on 11.24.2012 at 03:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

I saw this slab that looked very very much like a white macabaus-light gray/white with horizontal striations. Was told it was a 'white granite' and that they call it 'bianco pearl.' It is priced at 85 sq. ft installed...could this be white mac? Or is there a white mac look alike that is infact a granite. I will update this with a picture on monday as I am going to go back and take a peek really is amazing-the horizontal veins are really nice!!!! Thoughts?


clipped on: 11.24.2012 at 10:53 pm    last updated on: 11.24.2012 at 10:53 pm

kitchen cabinets for 9 foot ceilings

posted by: ecaruso on 09.28.2011 at 09:46 am in Remodeling Forum

Hi I am a new member but have been viewing and receiving great advice from this forum for months. I really need your help! I am in the process of purchasing cabinets for a kitchen with 9 foot ceiling. I really want the cabinets to go to the ceiling. The plan was 48in cabinets and 6 in. of molding. The cabinet company will not give a warranty for 48 in door panels, therefore I decided there must be a good reason and that is not the route we are going to go. Plan B is the company will make a 48 in cabinet but with a 42in door. The upper part of the cabinet will be lost space, I understand that, but again, I think it will be the look I want. Any thought? Anyone ever see this done? I am being pressured to get the cabnets ordered , but am afraid to rush into this new idea. Any advice will be really appreciated.


clipped on: 11.24.2012 at 10:16 pm    last updated on: 11.24.2012 at 10:16 pm

Cutting Costs

posted by: ICFgreen on 06.18.2011 at 01:44 pm in Building a Home Forum

So after all the dreaming and designing, we have our floor plan mostly done. (We're still figuring out the exact kitchen layout).

As background, we are building a house with as much green and universal design as we can afford. I live with a brain injury, so cork in the kitchen and dinette are a must have for sound-proofing, as is the ICF construction. We are also building with the possibility of my mom living with us as sometime in the future (thus the universal design on the main floor). Beyond that, we learn toward modern design but aren't drawn to any particular name brand when it comes to appliances, surfaces, etc.

Our builder gave us our allowances based on what we knew we wanted at the time. For the most part, we're still in that ballpark, but we're getting a few surprises. Our general rule of thumb is that we spend the money on the things we can't change later (ICF construction, etc) and put off or downgrade the things we can add or update later.

That said, where are you making cuts or downgrades?


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need help asap with master bathroom/wet room

posted by: TFCwifey on 11.09.2012 at 02:42 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Hi, we are in the process of building a house in CT. Framing is done and shingles are being put on now. We met with plumber today and did a walk through of the house. For our Master Bathroom we are having a partial Wet room (Shower and tub area combined behind Glass wall).

We were hoping to do his and her showers (one on the left wall and one on the right wall). A rain shower in the middle and 3 body jets on either right or left. I was also hoping to put in a bench to sit down on either side

Our dilema is the plumber told us that since the left wall is an exposed wall it wouldn't be a good idea because the pipes could freeze. Is there any way around that so the pipes wouldn't freeze? Or should I put the his and hers on the right side wall. Is there enough wall to do that with out it looking too cramped?

My father-in-law is planning on installing the tile. We need to find someone to waterproof the Wet room though. Does anyone know of someone in the Hartford, CT area who can do it?

I also need help with the vanity. I would like it to wrap around the wall under the window. I feel that would be too much wasted space if the wall between the vanity and glass is not utilized. I am a product junkie- so the more storage the better. I am also planning on a makeup section- so the countertop would be lower than the rest of the countertops. And possibly 2 towers. I would also like hidden 1 or 2 Laundry baskets in the cabinets.

Does anyone have any Cabinet suggestions? - we are between Diamond Vibe and Bertch. They will be White in color

I provided a picture below of the bathroom set up and hopefully enough dimensions.

If you have any suggestions on how to make this Master Bath fabulous I welcome them!!


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