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Does anyone actually LIKE 2 story rooms?

posted by: Parkview603 on 08.17.2012 at 01:55 pm in Building a Home Forum

Our plan has a 2 story entry and living room with large windows. I have read many threads here and realize that many people hate these. We looked at other plans but we keep coming back to this plan that we have loved for years and really don't want to part with it. I do understand the issues - noise, heating/cooling, coziness.

So my question is, does anyone actually like having a 2 story room? If not, why do so many homes and plans have them!?

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clipped on: 04.16.2013 at 08:51 pm    last updated on: 04.16.2013 at 08:51 pm

New plan- Anything you would change?

posted by: brooksms on 04.04.2013 at 02:40 pm in Building a Home Forum

You all were so helpful the last time I needed a home plan picked apart, I'm hoping you'll be able to help again! Our first plan just simply could not be done within budget, so we have decided to do the Heritage Pointe by Frank Betz instead. We plan to change the family room to 19x19 and extend the back exterior walls by a couple of feet to make the bedrooms a little bigger. Would you make changes to this plan and, if so, what would they be?

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.frankbetz.com/homeplans/plan_info.html?pn=3946

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clipped on: 04.04.2013 at 03:15 pm    last updated on: 04.04.2013 at 03:15 pm

Small things that get forgotten

posted by: Laura12 on 04.11.2012 at 06:01 pm in Building a Home Forum

I keep hearing that most people find that there are small things that they didn�t think about until after they finished construction that they wish they would have added into their build, and I was curious if all of you would like to help me to compile a list for all of us to consider during planning!

So far I have
- Plugs in kitchen pantry for charging, or for items that may end up living there
- Full size broom cupboard in pantry or laundry room to hide all the cleaning items away from sight.
- Solar tubes in areas that don�t get natural sunlight
- Prewire security system
- Run wire and prepare roof for future solar
- Central Vac with vac pans

Any others to add?

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clipped on: 03.13.2013 at 08:48 pm    last updated on: 03.13.2013 at 08:48 pm

Material Suggestions

posted by: kateshome on 02.26.2013 at 01:49 pm in Building a Home Forum

We are still in the preliminary stage of planning with our architect and builder but realize we need to have an idea of materials that we want to use. Materials meaning - fiber cement siding, windows (builder recommends Pella), doors (including garage), flooring (Engineered possibly?), roofing, kitchen cabinets,etc. We would be so grateful if anyone out there can tell us the name of the materials they chose, the reason for choosing those materials, and how those materials have worked out. Thanks so much!

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clipped on: 03.01.2013 at 02:39 pm    last updated on: 03.01.2013 at 02:39 pm

Quotes too high...what to do?

posted by: brooksms on 02.20.2013 at 07:40 pm in Building a Home Forum

Well, I am completely bummed out! We have been waiting for our builder to gather quotes and bid our house plan, and it turns out the quotes are all coming in way over budget. Apparently material costs have increased this year as well. Have any of you experienced this? Our dream plan is a 2500 sq ft ranch and I'm stuck...should we build the very basic version of the plan and upgrade things as we live in it or find another plan? I hate the "we'll change it later" idea because life happens and those things might not ever get done. However, we might not get a second chance to build so I would hate to settle for a floorplan that I don't like nearly as much. What would you do?

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Affordable canopy hood?

posted by: brooksms on 02.18.2013 at 08:19 am in Appliances Forum

We will be purchasing a 36" Thermador gas range/oven for our new home and since that is a splurge, I need help picking out an affordable hood! With the home being an open concept ranch, I definitely need one that works so the whole house doesn't smell like onions! What kind of hood should I be looking for if it is to be hidden like this picture? Do you have any suggestions?

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2LittleFishies Yellow Kitchen Reveal- Part DEUX!!!

posted by: 2LittleFishies on 02.10.2013 at 10:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

***THIS IS PART 2 OF MY REVEAL THREAD IN CASE THERE ARE OTHER QUESTIONS AND IT HAS ONLY BEEN A COUPLE OF DAYS SINCE THE REVEAL... Also, I can add pics of the banquette when it is done : )
HERE IS PART 1 if you want to read other comments/questions answered:
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0209074917427.html?19038

OK, here is my finished yellow kitchen thread! Can't believe it is here!
I can't thank ALL of you enough (or at least those who shared in my vision!) for all the help. Like most of us I really spent so much time on every decision. I joke that nothing happened by accident.
There are so many of you that contributed your thoughts and ideas but I want to especially thank lavender_lass and marcolo for all of their wise words and helping me find and stay true to my vision.
I found the hardest part of renovating is not going off track every time you have to make a decision and not letting others sway you to do things you really don't want to do!

What is NOT finished:
*Still waiting on banquette bench for between the 2 built-ins
*New Dining Table
*2 ends of the Backsplash Tile are not installed yet b/c they were sent back to manufacturer to get a bull-nosed edge.
*Custom light switch cover to match BS tile.
*Deciding on window treatments-whether or not to do them...

Specifics:

*Custom Cabinetry- Cabinet Maker in PA.
Perimeter is 36" finished, island is 34" high, baking area 33" high

*Colors of Cabinetry- BM Barley 199, BM Mascarpone AF-20 Cabinets were finished with a catalyzed lacquer (not paint) and clear top coat.

*Wall Paint- Kitchen- BM Elephant Tusk OC-8
Dining Area/Living Room BM Woodlawn Blue HC-147
Living Room BM Putnam Ivory HC-39

*Countertops- Vermont Imperial Danby Marble 3cm (purchased from PMI in NJ); Black Walnut 2" Thick Island Top finished with Satin Waterlox (constructed by our Cabinet Maker)

*Island Size is 9 feet x 51 inches *We keep 5 stools at the island but 6 fit fine (2 at the end)

*Appliances-
Thermador CIT365GM 36" Induction Cooktop (mirrored finish)
Electrolux Icon Double Ovens- Professional Series E30EW85GPS6
Electrolux Icon French Door Fridge- Professional Series E23BC68JPS5
Bosch 800 Plus Dishwasher- SHV7ER53UC
Miele H4080BM Speed Oven
Marvel 60RDEBBO Fridge Drawers

*Floors- Red Oak finished with Minwax Provincial Stain and Vermeister Commercial Finish Poly. Matte

*Hardware-
Renovation Hardware Gilmore Cup Pulls in Chrome
Top Knobs Cabinet Latches in Chrome
Emtek Old Town Clear Knob in Chrome
Schaub & Company 6" Chrome Pulls and 12" pull for Dishwasher

*Lighting-
UCL & In Cabs- Seagull LED lights 3000K temp
Drum Pendants- Lamps Plus
5 light Chandelier- Visual Comfort- Michael S Smith Eiffel Chandelier in Polished Nickel

*Sinks-
Main- Kohler Whitehaven K-6489 36" Apron Front Cast Iron Sink
Prep- Kohler K-6584 Iron/Tones Cast Iron Sink

*Faucets-
Main- Moen Woodmere in Chrome S7208C
Prep- Moen Woodmere Prep Faucet in Chrome S6208C
Soap dispensers- Moen
Pot Filler- Moen Showhouse

*Insinkerator Evolution Essential Disposal
Insinkerator Instahot Faucet F-HC2215 Chrome
Insinkerator SST-FLTR

*Backsplash by Wizard Tile
Design is Ribbons & Feathers with Crackle Glaze in Custom Color

*Stools- Counter Height from Grandinroad

BEFORE: This project included pushing out the entire back of our 1950 Cape 7 feet. Also, removing about 5' of our living room wall which involved moving the basement steps over. Removing a wall between the dining room and kitchen, adding a covered porch. We also did all new siding and other exterior things but I'll stick to inside.

Kitchen was originally a galley measuring about 19' x 9 1/2'. Dining Room was about 8 1/2' wide. Now it's really one large room 28' x 16 1/2'. Kitchen side alone is 16' x 16 1/2'

Choosing reveal photos was worse than narrowing down pics for our Wedding Album! SO sorry in advance for the quantity! Hopefully you'll never have to ask me for more pics : )

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AFTER:

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BAKING AREA SIDE OF KITCHEN:

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Most of my drawers like these are adjustable which I'd highly recommend. If they weren't I wouldn't have been able to remove partitions to fit taller pieces.

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Key Cabinet

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My KitchenAid

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COOKTOP SIDE OF L:

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THERMADOR INDUCTION COOKTOP--

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CORNER:

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SINK WALL:

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DISH DRAWERS & DISHWASHER:

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COUNTER HEIGHT WINDOW BUMP OUT:

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TV Pocket Doors Over Fridge

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ISLAND:

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Thanks, Breezy : )

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Storage at Back of Island (Shelves are 9 1/2" deep)

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NOW GOING TO THE RIGHT OF THE SINK/FRIDGE WALL into Dining Area:

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6" DEEP BROOM CLOSET

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LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING/SUMMER VIEWS:

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MY ORGANIZATIONAL SPOT (cork back, file drawer, printer, BluRay player, desk items, charging drawer)

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WHERE BANQUETTE BENCH WILL BE:

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BAR AREA:

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REFRIGERATOR DRAWERS:

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CUSTOM SLIDING DOORS-- These were at one point supposed to be pocket doors but I didn't want to close off views by having 3' of wall pocket on either side so came up with this which is working well at blocking sound but still gives an open feeling to the space.
I also love the 3 lights on the top so it's less busy and easier to clean!

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INTO LIVING ROOM:

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LIVING ROOM LOOKING INTO KITCHEN:

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The blue looks brighter than it does IRL:

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A FEW LAST SHOTS...

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THANK YOU GW for this FUN, FULFILLING, (and often STRESSFUL) Experience : )
Fishies

Here is a link that might be useful: PART 1 of REVEAL

This post was edited by 2LittleFishies on Sun, Feb 10, 13 at 22:28

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clipped on: 02.17.2013 at 01:18 pm    last updated on: 02.17.2013 at 01:19 pm

Help with finishes! Too white?

posted by: brooksms on 02.17.2013 at 08:59 am in Kitchens Forum

I am trying to pick all of my kitchen finishes and this is much harder than I thought! The home is craftsman style and an open floorplan. I have spent many hours on houzz trying to pull finishes together and I'm having trouble picturing the end result! We have decided on polished nickel pendants and faucet.

I am drawn to 2x8 white subway tiles with crackle glaze, white granite or quartzite countertops and white cabinets with a light glaze. Then, I started thinking this was all getting too white! The floors and island will be a medium brown stained wood, but is that enough contrast? I thought about doing the back countertops a matte black, but the horrors of obsessing over cleaning fingerprints non-stop scared me off. The countertops we found with more color seem to be too thin at 2cm. So, what do you think? Too sterile looking or stunning?

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The lowdown on Super White

posted by: karin_mt on 10.26.2012 at 07:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am mostly a lurker here so far, and as our kitchen remodel plans take shape I have been enjoying seeing other people's progress and taking comfort that there is a strong community of kindred spirits who like to sweat all the glorious details of a kitchen!

I'm a geologist so perusing the slab yard is always fun. Rarely do you get to see so many fascinating rocks all in one place.

So today when I picked up my backsplash tile and put down a deposit for some small slabs (a separate story), I had a great time visiting various slabs with one of the fabricators. We talked about the minerals and textures that make some rocks winners in the kitchen, and others not so good.

I asked to see some Super White, knowing there is a lack of clarity about what this rock really is. He gave me a piece to bring home and I did some diagnostics. Maybe this is common knowledge to you all, but here's the lowdown.

The rock is dolomitic marble. It's not quartzite - it's not even close to quartzite in terms or hardness or resistance to acid.

Dolomitic marble is a sibling to regular marble. Regular marble is made of calcite. Dolomite is made of calcite plus magnesium. Calcite is CaCO3 and dolomite is CaMgCO3. So this rock started out as the sedimentary rock called dolomite then was metamorphosed (heat + pressure) to cause the grains to recrystallize into dolomitic marble.

My hunch is that this marble would be slightly more resistant to etching than regular calcite marble. But it is still just as soft as marble and has all the other requirements of caring for marble. It sure is a beautiful rock. But no way will it wear like granite or quartzite.

The decorative stone industry has a whole different way of naming and classifying rocks than geologists do. (The first time someone showed me a back granite I protested loudly. There is no such thing as black granite!) But I am coming around to understand how the rocks are classified from the countertop point of view. So yes, the terms are contradictory and confusing, perhaps even deliberately so in some cases. But at least in this case I am certain of what the actual rock type is.

I hope that's helpful or illuminating. And if you have questions about the real identity or geologic history of your countertop, I may be able to shed some light!

Karin

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