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If someone is 'Calling' another member please remember this...

posted by: beekeeperswife on 07.04.2011 at 08:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

Since I'm not currently looking for another member specifically right now, I figured it would be ok to bring this up and not sound accusatory. And I'm not sure I even see a "Calling A Specific Gardenweb Member" posting right please remember I AM NOT POINTING FINGERS, ok?

So, can I just politely remind members that if someone is looking for one particular member to answer a question, please don't post on that thread until the member who is being "called" sees it and responds. Once someone else responds, then the post falls and the person being called may never even see it. A lot of people don't check in daily and it helps to keep it up at the top.

I know this is kind of silly to bring up, but in the past I have stumbled across threads that are looking for me or someone else, but they have fallen down a page to two because someone else may have hopped on with a "I hope you get an answer because I'm curious too..." kind of response.

I hope I don't get flamed for this, but I just thought that everyone needed to be reminded of this. I think some members don't even realize that a post sits at the top until the first response.

Thanks for letting me say this,


clipped on: 07.05.2011 at 09:18 am    last updated on: 07.05.2011 at 09:18 am

Can Anyone Help Me Find Some Quartz Choices?

posted by: odiegirl13 on 05.13.2011 at 12:54 am in Kitchens Forum

I know I am pushing the limits of what can be envisioned with just a few kitchen pics, but I am hoping someone can give me some ideas for quartz countertops. The kitchen is totally on hold until I figure this thing out and I am hopelessly stuck.

We were totally on the track for granite but something is telling me to go with quartz. I want a cleaner look, something not busy.

I am just having the hardest time selecting one that looks good with the flooring and the cabinets. I tend to like the very simple, more uniform color choices but I am thinking that all of them will be too light. If I can't find something, I will go back to shopping for granite but I will have to start over and look for less dramatic slabs.

Any ideas from any of you quartz shoppers? I will understand if this is an impossible question.

This is the cabinet color and the flooring with an initial granite pic:




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Am I a Snob? Why do I NOT like this?

posted by: beekeeperswife on 05.17.2011 at 03:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

They used Bianco Antico and my Beveled Arabesques, white cabinets. I dunno, it makes me sort of sad. What is wrong with me? I mean I want everyone to have arabesques and BA.

I know that the owner of this company had my kitchen on her site, she must have shown it to this homeowner and then they took it from there.

Not looking to put this kitchen down by posting this or looking for any reaffirmation of my own kitchen. But geez, it's basically most of the same choices I have, but I don't enjoy it. Shouldn't I?

Here is a link that might be useful: My kitchen's step sister.


clipped on: 05.18.2011 at 08:05 am    last updated on: 05.18.2011 at 08:06 am

Dream Kitchen from Home depot 2009 dream book

posted by: stargazer556 on 04.29.2011 at 01:48 am in Kitchens Forum

I fell in love with a kitchen that was on the front cover of Home Depot Dream Book 2009. It was Thomasville Blakely (I think) and the color was very unique - a tan color cabinet with a glaze on top. Something I have been looking for for years. Went to Home Depot and looked at Thomasville website and apparently the color has been discontinued. Whah!
Called home depot to see if I could find online a 2009 Dreambook to which they replied no. By chance does anyone have a copy of this?
Thanks in advance.


clipped on: 05.02.2011 at 11:58 am    last updated on: 05.02.2011 at 11:58 am

Zodiaq Countertops

posted by: petra on 03.14.2011 at 10:42 am in Kitchens Forum

Does anyone here have these? If so, do you like them and would you pick them again?


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Anyone build a Sater Home? What do you think?

posted by: floddedgutted on 10.30.2010 at 08:10 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hello :) Hope this message finds you in great spirits! Thanks for reading..

I am totally taken by the Sater Vasari 8025 Homeplan.. However It looks really expensive despite the fact that us estimating that the build would cost about $285,000 on the low end.. I choose the lowend price because my husbands side is full of contractors, electricans, plumbers, etc.. However this plan looks awfully expensive to build.. $285 is the max that we could spent as the lot is $125,000 70x120 and our cut-off is $400,000 for the entire home.. Do you have any suggestions on cutting down so that this home wont go over $285 to build? I know the elevator is def out.. What are your thoughts..

I was thinking I could save with the synthetic stucco done by a pro..

Please tell me your thoughts..

here is the photo tour from another site..


Here is a link that might be useful: The Home Plan


clipped on: 10.31.2010 at 02:46 pm    last updated on: 10.31.2010 at 02:46 pm

polished nickel faucets

posted by: megatha on 10.10.2010 at 10:19 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Does anyone know which polished nickel faucet is the least expensive? I want a traditional style and thought I might use it for the vanity and roman tub faucets if I can find one that isn't exorbitant. I would like to order chrome and my husband wants brushed nickel. I thought polished nickel might be a compromise that would settle our stalemate. Thanks.


clipped on: 10.11.2010 at 09:10 am    last updated on: 10.11.2010 at 09:10 am

Sources for cream color crackle subway tile?

posted by: sayde on 07.07.2009 at 05:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Have gotten a few quotes from local tile place but would welcome suggestions where to shop

Walker Zanger Gramercy Park Bone China -- lovely handmade 2 x 6 tile. Quote was $27.80 SF! Any suggestions where to shop this?

Essenze Craquelle Magnolia and Rixi Crema -- two nice 3 x 5 tiles -- one crackled and one a very interesting veined-texture in the glaze. About $10 - $15 SF. These are machine made and very nice. If only I hadn't already seen the Walker Zanger!

Johnson Studio Collection makes a crackle subway tile. I used this in a bathroom in the biscuit but the color won't work in the kitchen. I think they were between $8 and 9SF. Great tile if you want white or one of the colors they offer.

Meredith is out of business -- could not have afforded in any case . . .

Still looking . . . .may broaden to non-crackle tile with a nice flat glaze.

If anyone has any guidance on the Walker Zanger, would love to hear. . . .


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Preliminary house plan critique?

posted by: basil92008 on 10.09.2010 at 05:57 pm in Building a Home Forum

DH and I are searching for a new house. We saw this newly built one the other day and really liked the floor plan and location but didn't like some of the finishes that the builder had picked out. We're thinking of asking him to build this plan in another location on a pretty wooded lot we found. The lot would allow for a walkout basement and there would be a deck off the back first story.

As background, we're early 30's, no kids yet but hoping for them soon. And our family doesn't live in the area so we'll need a guest room for when they come to visit. I love to cook and want a piano, and DH wants an office and a gym in the basement. We have no furniture worth moving, so everything would be new and we don't have to worry about old stuff fitting. We have pretty traditional but simple tastes (i.e. I would choose Shaker cabinets, neutral colors). This isn't necessarily our forever home, so we want to make sure it is appropriate for the area and resell-able, which is why we thought to go with a standard builder plan.

I would like to figure out a way to move the laundry room to the second floor and turn the existing one into a mudroom/dog room, and I might redesign the kitchen island a bit and incorporate a prep sink.

Is there anything you would change or problems I should think of?




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Question about what is public information

posted by: spider96 on 09.05.2010 at 04:38 pm in Building a Home Forum

This is probably a really dumb question (sorry), but when building a house, is what we spend on it public information? Such as when you purchase or sell an existing house? I am hoping it is not! I find myself worrying about how it's going to look when we go waaay over our budget. If the neighbors have no idea, I'll feel better! :)


clipped on: 09.06.2010 at 05:56 pm    last updated on: 09.06.2010 at 05:56 pm

Please critique - draft 1 of floor plan

posted by: eoz3106 on 08.31.2010 at 02:34 pm in Building a Home Forum

I'd love to hear feedback on our first draft of the first floor. We feel it is pretty close, but would like some impartial input. This version is just to confirm room placement and flows, no doors or windows yet.

A little background, we are in north Houston and are going to build on 5 acres. We have 2 active boys, 4 and 6. We are debating changing the closet in the game room to face the hallway and make it a desk.

We need the second bedroom downstairs due to aging parents on both sides.

Thoughts and insight would be much appreciated. Let the fun begin!! :)


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Countertop trends

posted by: yakkinyetti on 08.27.2010 at 11:47 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm soon to start new kitchen remodel. KD suggested Ceasarstone countertops, but when I saw it, a terazzo deja vu came over me, reminding me of floors of times past. It was used alot as flooring during the post WWII building here in New Orleans. Now I have seen it in applications where it is very contemporary, sleek and modern. That is not the style of my kitchen. I am still drawn to the beauty of natural stone; granite, marble, quartz. I was shocked to be quoted the price of the quartzite at $70 per sq ft! So what are your countertops of choice currently for the upscale kitchen?


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RE: General cost of building trend question (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: mdfacc on 08.11.2010 at 11:33 pm in Building a Home Forum

Building costs are substantially lower now than 4 years ago, but existing homes sell well below the cost to build.


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More Confused Than Ever!

posted by: krycek1984 on 08.15.2010 at 01:35 am in Building a Home Forum

So, after hanging out on the board for a while, I'm more confused than ever! I've heard lots of discussion on per-square foot cost to build, and the good and bad of using that number. And how sometimes it can be accurate, sometimes not, but that it's difficult to apply across the board, of course.

I don't know if it's just really cheap to build in Cleveland, or what, but...I was assuming to build a house on our land it would be AT LEAST 150 per square foot.

I started looking at all kinds of new, or within the past 5 year, homes. They start down around 145-155k for 1600 sq ft to about 200-260k for 2000-2200 sq ft. Which pretty much brings you under 100 per sq ft, without deducting for the land!!!

So what gives? Is it just really cheap to build in some areas?

I know it can't be ::gulp:: depreciation...there's no reason a house would depreciate that much (even given the current struggles - these are new houses in desirable communities and the price reduction hasnt happened that bad in Cleve, of course there was never a huge price spike either).

And these aren't mega developments like down south...a few were outlots, most were small developments of 5-10 houses.

Any thoughts on this? It was really interesting for me to look at!


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Where to get wood counters

posted by: kelleg on 12.26.2008 at 10:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have been thinking about getting a wood countertop on my island (4x8). I got a bid from my cabinet maker who made the top on his island out of Brazilian cherry. His bid was very expensive. I am looking to a local place which carries reclaimed wood. They sent samples and from what they sent, I am not that excited. I want to look into other options. Another friend here has a wood top, but she got it through her KD and doesn't know the source. My KD doesn't work for a store. I don't know that she has a local source.

Does anyone have websites they like for wood counters? Any other thoughts on how to find a local source (phone book?). Also, how much do they normally cost? I am thinking walnut, cherry or teak. I don't need the "end grain." I would like an ogee edge, however.

Thanks for any information.


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RE: No Television? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: krycek1984 on 08.01.2010 at 04:31 pm in Building a Home Forum

Those are all very interesting methods of fitting a TV in a great room/family room. I find that the TV being above the fireplace is a little too high for optimal viewing so I, too, get annoyed by the fireplace being the center focal point - but that is the joy if picking your own plan, right?

I don't know why it's a sad commentary, kucinaclassica. Most people enjoy their TV, even if they don't watch it much. And not everyone can afford, or wants, separate living spaces (one for the TV and one for just couches and furniture). If you are only going to have one living space, the TV needs a spot.


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New Construction Plans

posted by: parislove on 07.23.2010 at 12:37 pm in Building a Home Forum


I am finalizing new home plans with our builder hopefully in the next week. This is what we have so far. We are a youngish (30s) couple with no kids and plan for kids sometime in the near future.

One of the bedrooms (1,2, or 3) will be a Study. We will have 2 studies. So far we have planned to make the walk in closet near the garage bedroom a little smaller and make a storage closet for vacuum out of that space.

Any suggestions are welcome!



clipped on: 07.29.2010 at 10:13 pm    last updated on: 07.29.2010 at 10:13 pm

Feedback on plan please

posted by: gavr6 on 07.26.2010 at 07:48 am in Building a Home Forum

My wife and I have gone through thousands of plans and keep coming back to the wilshire by frank betz. What do you guys think of it?
We are in our thirties and plan to start having kids. This will be our house until we retire.
Our changes would be to make the laundry bigger extending into the third garage bay and make a room over the keeping room instead of it being a two story. Also we would rearrange the master bath to have the shower on a wall instead of in the middle like they have it on the plans. Also to make her closet a safe room. Thanks for any feedback.

Here is a link that might be useful: frank betz wilshire place


clipped on: 07.28.2010 at 10:00 pm    last updated on: 07.28.2010 at 10:00 pm

Has anyone else been fooled by CFL claims?

posted by: scottys on 06.17.2010 at 10:48 pm in Lighting Forum

Just curious to see if anyone else realizes that CFL's are not the big money saver that we are led to believe they are. I paid 4.69 (5.09 with tax) for a GE 60 watt equivalent (11 watts) bulb promising "lasts 5 years". After just a little over 6 months with the bulb burning on average 6 hours per day, it burned out. Yes, I returned it to GE at the cost of $3.51 to mail it back and received a coupon for a free replacement. So now I'm up to $8.60 on the CFL.
GE 4 pack 60 watt incandescants are regularly on sale in my local drug store for 99 cents, making them 28 cents each with tax.
After doing the math, the CFL used 1.93 in power over 6 months compared to $10.54 for the incandesants (2 bulbs used and second one still working).
$8.60+1.93=10.53 CFL
$.28+.28+10.54=11.10 Incandesant
Savings with CFL = $0.57 cents (less than 10 cents on each of the 6 months electric bill)....not very impressive!


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RH Silver Sage in a low-light room

posted by: redbazel on 06.07.2010 at 10:14 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I know many have either splotched or painted Silver Sage. I got a sample colormatched at Lowes, but only put a little on the wall last year, because it looked so blue. However, I just saw a photo (belonged to Maggiepie) where it looked more like it does in the store........which is beautiful and subtle and changeable.

So, those of you who have actually used it, does it look more pastel, soft and blue in a light room? Or would a darker room bring out more of the moodiness of this color?



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huge decorating dilemma - please advise!

posted by: glinda42 on 06.02.2010 at 11:56 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi! I'm new here and hoping someone will have a suggestion for my dilemma! Our new home has a huge space (a.k.a. "the hole in the wall") above the fireplace. It is over 22 inches deep, over 40 inches tall and probably around 60 inches wide. It is wired for a television, but we already have an armoire in the same room for our tv. We'd like to keep the tv in the armoire because we can close the doors and it's not the focal point of the room. We have tried putting a couple things up there, but nothing seems right. Do we bite the bullet and buy a massive TV? (my husband thinks a 50 inch tv would still be small up there!) Does anyone have any suggestions, pictures that might give me ideas, etc? Any and all advice is appreciated. I am NOT a good decorator!! Thanks so much for your help!

I'm going to try to include two with just the hole and one with some objects in the hole, but you may have to copy and paste to see them (as I've never attempted to share pictures on a forum before!) THANK YOU!!!!




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Just received our Bids OMG what happened!!

posted by: madmarti on 05.29.2010 at 10:51 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hi all,
We've been working with our architect/designer/builder for about a year now while our current house has been on the market. Now that our house has sold we're ready to break ground, while we find somewhere to live during the process. Anyway, we just got our bids back from this builder on our plans. And they were about $120k over what we expected. The builder and us were both thinking around $340-$360k on this project, but the bids came back at $475. He said the price of materials has just shot up, specifically concrete, OSB, and Stone. Have others experienced a raise in building materials? He said OSB has gone from $3 per sq ft to about $13 per sq ft. We're just so shocked at this. We've talked to him about re- drawing our plans to try and reduce and get the cost down, but is this price hike just temporary or long term? I mean how can anyone build a house these days with a high cost like this and still have the appraisal pull enough to get a construction loan for the project?

Thanks for any response....


clipped on: 06.01.2010 at 05:28 pm    last updated on: 06.01.2010 at 05:29 pm

Feedback needed for our Floor Plan :)

posted by: project09 on 05.27.2010 at 01:02 am in Building a Home Forum

Okay! After spending MONTHS on drawing and countless revisions, we think we have come to a plan thats close to what we want.
We hope you can give us some feedback on our plan.
Maybe you see some problem spots we might have overlooked or otherwise might flow better. We welcome your comments. Thanks in advance!

House on Lot - outer box is property line, inner box is the easement.
House on Lot

Main Floor
Main Floor

2nd Floor
2nd Floor



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Help me update this powder room

posted by: ctreno on 05.21.2010 at 11:17 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I would love some great Gardenwebber input on how I cna update this powder room within the parameters I have. The room is 4.5 x 4.2. (photo below)

What I have in budget - new Toto Ultramax toilet, purchased
Repainting and/or new wallpaper.
Could probably sneak new lights under DH's radar (lol) but may not be able to sneak new wiring to move lights or to go to one light. (The junction boxes by former owner were placed in a kind of unfortunate way.)

Though more traditional than I would like, I need to keep for now: Pedestal sink, cross handle polished nickel/porcelain faucet and the other polished nickel towel bar, tp holder.

Powder room is at the end of entry foyer and is adjacent to new open plan transitional kitchen/dining.

Here are some of my thoughts, but I would love suggestions:

Keep the beadboard, repaint a white or neutral and paint a more dramatic color above or re-wallpaper in a fresher paper.

Lose the beadboard and just paint or just wallpaper (but can't do it if it would require a lot of $ for builder to remove and too much wall patching.)

Any wallpaper pattern/color suggestions - like geometric, grasscloth, large print (damask or floral) In a windowless room that small, does a bold colored paper make one feel too closed in, or is it just a matter of personal taste? Do people usually wallpaper the ceiling? Kitchen will have BM Revere pewter cabinets, stainless, Danby marble, lagos azul, so fairly neutral. Entry hall which powder room is in is plaster (stucco) so I will probably paint an off white color.

You can see that the lights are not placed above the sink, which poses (to me at least) a design challenge. If you put a mirror over the sink, there is no light above it the way it is currently configures. Would it make sense to do a long mirror that spans the sinks and lights?

Thanks for any and all suggestions

Powder Room 2


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8 different floor types - How to solve (lots of photos)

posted by: monkeymo on 05.23.2010 at 01:05 am in Home Decorating Forum

We are getting ready to do a kitchen plus more remodel and will be replacing flooring in breakfast room, kitchen, and den (which is becoming library and laundry room). Not sure what what to do based on the floors we have now that we are not planning on replacing.

Does anyone have any ideas on what to put in the breakfast room, kitchen, and library? Laundry room will be tile.

Here is what we are dealing with...(oh, and please do not pay attention to the messy house!)

Walking into our home we have an oak coffered ceiling -

In the foyer is creme marble

To the left it butts up to living room with creme colored carpet (no pic) and then also a hallway to the bedrooms which is tigerwood. We just put in the tigerwood a few years ago and love them.

Straight forward is the family room which has wide Peg and Plank medium oak floors. These are original and we had them refinished 7 years ago. DH loves these and does not want to remove.

To the right is the dining room with narrow strip medium oak floors

Through the family room is the breakfast area that has carpet right now (ugly green vinyl underneath).

Then there is the kitchen which currently has ugly white tile. It butts up to the dining room as well and the staircase with oak banister and oak ceiling above it.

And the soon to be library which currently has red oak floors but we are going to replace.

The library will lead to laundry room (which we will put in tile) and to the garden room which has tile now.

Our new kitchen cabinets are Kraftmaid cherry with medium to dark finish called autumn blush. Our library bookcases and cabinets are cherry with almost black stain called peppercorn.

I would love to bring the tigerwood throughout the rest of the house, but as I said husband does not want to take up peg and plank flooring, plus we do have a lot of oak molding including the banisters on the steps.

Any ideas on how to tie this all together? Is it possible to do wood in kitchen and breakfast area with all the other wood or is it best to stick to tile? We are planning on changing flooring in breakfast room, kitchen, and library.


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