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A Few Questions about Prefinished Brazilian Teak

posted by: polkadots on 04.14.2007 at 10:55 pm in Flooring Forum

Hello. I am strongly considering installing prefinished Brazilian Teak in my home (also considering site finished white oak). I have read the various posts about Brazilian Teak and have a few questions...

With it being so hard and "oily" is it going to be really hard to refinish or screen and recoat in a few years?

Is anyone who has it having a lot of stability or cupping issues (I read about it not being dried properly)? I know I will have to acclimate it properly, but I'm just wondering.

I am currently looking at the Mohawk BT. Anyone have it? I have looked at several others as well. The Mohawk is 4" wide, which I like. It also seems to have slightly less variation in it (I got a box). It does seem to be a little darker than I expected.

Thanks - if you haven't already posted pictures of your BT floor, could you post some please! Gardenchick1, yours are gorgeous! How are they holding up to scratches etc.? Thanks!

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clipped on: 02.04.2008 at 11:19 am    last updated on: 02.04.2008 at 11:19 am

RE: Screend in Porch (Finished) Pictures (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: kellyleeann on 08.09.2007 at 10:51 am in Porches & Decks Forum

Thank you all so much, I am so happy with the outcome, it is better than I expected, now if only Fall would get here!

ron6519: The outlets are outdoor rated and are below the lip of the knee-wall, everything has been inspected and signed off by the electrical inspector and the screens do protect the water from just pouring in. I will eventually put up some outdoor shutters (Bahama Shutters) that will provide protection and privacy. See example below.

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fit4life: Most of my inspiration and ideas came from the web (Porch Company) they are a local porch design and builder here in Nashville, TN (I have attached a link to their website)and I basically knew what I wanted but when it was being built we made changes along the way. The fireplace was identical to a page I found in a magazine, when I saw it I knew that was what I wanted. We payed the Porch Company to come out and do the design $500.00 (blueprints) with all the measurements and the architect worked with us in tweeking the plan till we had it just the way we wanted, it was great to have it on paper. Their quote for the project was going to be around 58,000.00!!!! So since we payed for the prints we started calling other contractors for comparable bids. We ended up finding one which did a beautiful job and we are very pleased. This is what we started with, so it has come a very long way.
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The complete project with the stamped concrete, stone fireplace, mantle, tongue and groove on the baywindow (inside)the porch, low votage lighting inside, and on the steps outside(deck)on the handrails, privacy fence on the hot-tub side and I know I am forgetting alot of other little details was around 30,000.00.
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Our original bid was 25,000.00 but we added the low voltage on the out side deck, rocked the back of the fireplace which was going to be vinyl siding, added tongue and groove on the baywidow which was vinyl siding and all the lights on the inside are all on dimmer switches. We also added a large transformer so that we could tie into it when we did our landscape lighting. Oh and we did Timberteck for the floor in the screened in porch, which in the original bid was going to be pine. The Timberteck about broke the bank!!!

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kenstl: The screens are a product that Lowes and Home Depot sells. Its a track system that is mounted on the inside of the framing of your window. With a screen rolling tool you just cut the screen to the appropriate size roll the screen into the track for a tight fit and then trim the window out. This was a great idea for us, so that if we ever had to replace a torn screen its just as easy. I was quite surprized because I wasnt sure if it would sag, but its just as tight as a real screen.

I hope that I have provided some valuable information for all who are in the process of building a porch. If you should have any other questions, please ask because I dont mind sharing the info.

Here is a link that might be useful: Porch Company

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clipped on: 08.10.2007 at 01:42 am    last updated on: 08.10.2007 at 01:43 am

Please show me your Sun room/Florida room!

posted by: damiano on 07.26.2007 at 12:01 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi Im fairly new to this board,have been lurking for a while and wanted to thank everyone for all I have learned and some really fab ideas!
and we are in the process of redoing our home-originally it was a calif ranch, after the rennovation, will be a center hall colonial.
ALthough I have more important areas to concentrate on(ie-the entire house!) currently I am obsessed with ideas for our sunroom....can anyone post pics for inspiration? Thanks!!

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clipped on: 08.01.2007 at 05:09 pm    last updated on: 08.01.2007 at 05:09 pm

Drumroll please!! The addition is 95% complete - lots of pics

posted by: susans02 on 11.19.2006 at 10:29 am in Home Decorating Forum

I'm thrilled to finally be able to post some pics. I took a few photos b/c of the differnt angles. It was hard to get an overall shot. Yesterday was a big clean-up day. I'm starting to feel like my life is back to normal!
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clipped on: 07.24.2007 at 11:39 am    last updated on: 07.24.2007 at 11:39 am

Need help with kitchen color

posted by: rich69 on 02.19.2007 at 07:15 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi everyone. I need help in picking wall colr for my kitchen and adjoing family room. It has lots of windows, reddish brown wood floor and Santa Cecilia granite.

I'm kinda leaning towards green or gold, but I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.

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this is the exact color of the cabinets (at least in my computer)

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clipped on: 02.21.2007 at 08:28 pm    last updated on: 02.21.2007 at 08:29 pm

RE: Best bet for low priced furniture? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: realdreamer on 07.02.2006 at 08:25 pm in Furniture Forum

Lexington Furniture Company in Lexington, KY, which is closer to you, has good prices and a large number of manufactures to choose from: lexfurniture.com. You don't have to travel to the store to buy furniture out of state. Simply choose the piece you want from your local store, then contact the out of state store to order.I shop out of state stores all the time. I have purchased a Baker bed, Kindel dining room set, 2 Hickory Chair night tables, a Century sofa, 2 Wildwood lamps, Bernhardt bed, Hekman coffee table, $16,000 worth of Fabrica carpet and I have never had a problem.

Everything I have purchased out of state was a lot less than the quoted prices I received locally. The Hickory Chair night tables were $2,150 each locally, and I paid $1,350 each from Boyles. My bed was just over $9,000 locally, and I paid $7,500 at Boyles. My sofa was $4,500 locally, and I paid $2,800 at Boyles. My coffee table was $900 locally, and I paid $458 at Boyles. My son's bed was $1,200 locally, and I paid $990 at Boyles. My mattress set was $2,600 locally, and I paid $2,100 (including tax and delivery). Boyles has to collect tax, but I would have paid tax locally anyway. Plus, I would have paid more tax as the cost was higher at home. My local store charges $130 per hour to deliver. Boyles charges me a flat rate and on some items, I received free delivery.

You just have to make sure you are dealing with reputable stores. I only use Boyles in Hickory, NC, Carpets of Dalton in Dalton, GA for carpets. The recommendation for Carpets of Dalton came from this web site. Before you order, ask about their return policies, how they handle damaged or defective furniture, and how payment is made. Some stores only take credit cards for the deposit with the balance due by check when the furniture is ready for delivery. As soon as the furniture arrives, have the piece unwrapped outside and examine every inch of it before you let them bring it inside. And I mean go over every inch of it. Do this whether you buy it locally or out of state...and make sure you follow the stores instructions to the "T" in regard to damage and defect procedures. That includes noting all and any problems on the delivery documents...both the stores documents and the delivery service.

Boyles examines the furniture before it leaves the warehouse, but I still examine it and they tell you to examine it upon arrival. Another think I like about Boyles is they also clean any fingerprints and dust off after they bring it inside. They also put it where you want it placed. I really like their customer service.

Almost all stores--both local and out of state, will attempt to repair a piece of furniture, before they replace it. It is a matter of course. But make sure you know how they plan to handle damage.

I have a Hancock and Moore sofa, chair, and ottoman on order with Lexington Furniture in Lexington, KY right now. I cannot comment as to their delivery service, but I hear their D&D service is not so great, so I requested they use Sun Delivery. It will cost me more, but the price savings from buying through Lexington is more than $900 less than Boyles and $1,500 less than my local store...plus no 8.5% sales tax. So the extra $100 to have Sun Delivery is ok with me.

That is not to say that I do not shop locally. I just purchased $9,500 in furniture from my local store. I could have gotten it for less out of state, but the saleswoman worked with me for so long that I felt it was only right to buy from her.

Beware of Rose Furniture and Blacks in NC. They are hit and miss. These stores delivery a lot of damaged furniture and are not easy to work with to have the problem resolved. But some people swear by them...

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RE: Reliable NC furniture stores onlin (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: angelawhitehorn on 07.20.2005 at 05:01 pm in Furniture Forum

i puchased two hancock and moore chairs last year thru lexington furniture. the ordering was easy, and the price was unbeatable. pat ritchie was our rep and she did a fine job. the delivery was a nightmare (D&D delivery), and left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. i felt that the delivery should have been comped or picked up by lexington after the crap i went thru, but no dice. so i am now ordering another piece of furniture but not thru lexington...

i am in the process of ordering a southwood sofa right now from boyles, and i gotta say that claudia teague has gone far above and beyond the call of duty for me--offered to get my COM fabric at a direct discount price (you have to have 50 yds to do this though), helped me with trims by taking digital pictures and sending them via email, and did it all AGAIN when i encountered a problem and changed my mind on my fabric! she always returns my calls/emails promtply, even on her day(s) off. if you're interested in doing business with boyle's, claudia can be reached at the original country store. i do believe that they have a special discount going on right now with shipping. some brands are free shipping, but i think southwood is 50% off shipping.

a word to the wise on ballard designs--i've read several posts on here that poo-pooed the quality of their furniture. i tend to believe it. i think buying them unfinished is a great idea if you are handy. staining unfinished pieces is tedious but not difficult.

angela w.

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RE: Elite Furniture, LexFurniture, and Boyles - Purchase Opinion (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: judielynn on 01.06.2007 at 06:53 am in Furniture Forum

Update to my earlier post. The Sherrill chair and ottoman we ordered from Lexington Furniture arrived Thursday (1/4/07) evening in perfect condition.

The truck arrived at 6:35 pm. They said they would be here between 5 and 7 pm. Can't ask for more than that.

It was raining so the guys kept the plastic cover over the chair and ottoman while carrying them into the house to keep them dry. Another good thing.

They were careful while carrying the pieces into the house so as not to scratch the door frame or damage the furniture.

The shipping was $180, even though the delivery company had called the day before and told us it would be $249. (See note above.) The truck driver called his supervisor to confirm $180 was correct. It was fine - so no problems there.

'Plycon' shipping delivered our furniture. Pat at Lexington Furniture told us they are using a new company. I guess 'Plycon' is the new company. We were very pleased with their service.

We purchased a leather sectional and dining room furniture from local furniture stores this fall. I have had more trouble with damage and delivery times with these stores than I did with the chair and ottoman from Lexington Furniture. I will be ordering a few more pieces of furniture and I will definitely use Lexington Furniture again!

Thank you to everyone for sharing there thoughts and experiences on this board. Had it not been for me reading about Lexington Furniture here, I would never have known they existed.

Judy

ps. I have attached a picture of our chair and ottoman - I am very pleased with them. In reality, the chair is closer to the beige of the carpet, walls, and tile. It looks more gold in the image. It was cloudy & raining yesterday morning when I took the picture. I guess the flash could only do so much....

Here is a link that might be useful: Our New Sherrill Chair & Ottoman

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clipped on: 02.13.2007 at 03:24 pm    last updated on: 02.13.2007 at 03:25 pm

RE: ? about Lexington furniture or Boyles (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: realdreamer on 08.17.2006 at 03:38 pm in Furniture Forum

Been doing business with Boyles in Hickory for years and have had no problems.

Just one order with Lexington, so I cannot say whether they are good as my furniture has not been delivered yet.

I will say that some companies are putting pressure on Boyles to not sale out-of-state unless you have been in the store in the last year. There is no way for the companies to confirm either way...they can only demand that someone from Boyles pose the question to you. Your answer is your answer.

Boyles has to charge sales tax...Lexington does not. Boyles and Lexington have pretty much the same prices on most things--but not always. Lexington's delivery service, D & D has the worst reputation in the industry. Ask for Sun Delivery if you can afford the extra cost.

Lexington has a special out-of-state sales group. Normally, you have to send them an email and someone will call you when they get around to it (lexfurniture.com). It took them a week to call me. Lexington customer service is so-so. You also have to do your own paperwork. You need to know all of the questions to ask about the furniture--they don't provide much in the way of asking you about finishes on exposed wood, etc. You need to know that stuff and write it on your paperwork.

Boyles does the paperwork for you, asks all of the questions, then they fax or mail it to you. You then review, initial and sign, then fax or mail it back (they do not send paperwork via email).

Boyles, you can call direct. So far, their customer service has been 100% (from their Hickory store). I've made 8 or more purchases and never a problem. Currently have furniture on order and don't expect any problems. Just recieved three orders in the past 3 months.

Both stores take credit cards for the deposit, but you have to pay the balance by check. Lexington's delivery is much more costly and they will only take a cashier's check or money order for the delivery charge--which you pay to the driver.

Boyles' balance is payable at the time of delivery. You just give a check made out to Boyles to the driver. A separate check is made out to Classics for the delivery. Delivery is prompt--they have many trucks going out on a regular basis, so you don't have to wait additional weeks to get your funiture.

Lexington, you have to send them the money before delivery will be approved. For Lexington, you also have to be available for a 3 or 4 day window for delivery...yes, a 3 or 4 day window. They come when they come. Also, you may have paid for your furniture in full, but you may wait up to 8 weeks for Lexington to deliver as their company will not transport anything until they have a full load headed your way. But in exchange, you get a low price and no tax.

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clipped on: 02.13.2007 at 03:22 pm    last updated on: 02.13.2007 at 03:22 pm