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are there any 'tricks' to hide outdoor outlets for Xmas lights?

posted by: kateskouros on 02.17.2010 at 10:35 am in Building a Home Forum

especially for the second floor? where are you all hiding those really huge, really ugly outdoor outlets?

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see entire post for ideas
clipped on: 06.28.2010 at 02:19 pm    last updated on: 06.28.2010 at 02:19 pm

RE: How deep are your mudroom lockers? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: hollyh3kids on 05.23.2010 at 01:59 pm in Building a Home Forum

I LOVE LOVE LOVE our mudroom cubbies! They are 26in wide and 20in deep. We have a hook on the back and hooks on each side. So each cubby has three spots to hang stuff. You need to really think about the width because in the winter you have thick puffy coats that need room to hang. We have no problems with room. We also love NO 'bins' underneath for shoes. We are a family that loves to kick off our shoes rather than have to 'pick' them up to place them on a ledge or in a basket. Works great for us and keeps them out of the walkway. Here is a pic:
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RE: Master Closet/Utility tie in - Laundry hamper (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: home4sale on 06.08.2010 at 10:02 pm in Building a Home Forum

Update to my original post. Here's the vision come true...construction completion date still over 45 days away, but I think you can visualize the outcome.

Closet side. There will be hanging clothes above the hamper. (Rods aren't yet installed)
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Laundry Room side. The closet that contains the hamper will have a door, which is currently off the hinges.
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see toss in laundry chute in top photo
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RE: If I know I want a wood-burning fireplace...(macv? joann?) (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: macv on 06.17.2010 at 12:25 am in Building a Home Forum

Factory made gas fireplace units have type B gas vents through the wall or roof and wood burning fireplaces have chimneys which are either masonry (with a clay tile liner) or double-walled metal.

Building a 30 ft high exterior exposed masonry chimney requires a foundation, scaffolding and 2 or 3 workers to lift the masonry and mortar. The work slow and must be suitable for exposure to view and to the weather. Because of the load, a field built masonry firebox (or one built against a factory made steel frame) is normally used under such a chimney (although I suppose it's possible to somehow offset the load and use a metal firebox).

The alternative is to use a factory made metal fireplace (called zero clearance although it cannot be in contact with combustibles) with a double-walled metal chimney on top of it. (It could also be a masonry firebox with a metal chimney on top of it.) Where this chimney is exposed on a side wall or roof it can be enclosed in a wood structure and clad with a masonry veneer (4" masonry with a cavity between it and the sheathing), thin simulated masonry (adhered to sheathing), stucco on sheathing, EISF (thin synthetic stucco-like finish on extruded polystyrene insulation board on sheathing by Dryvit or STO, etc.), or masonry rendered (hand scored) on the face of stucco.

the sheathing might be preservative treated plywood (not OSB) or fiberglass reinforced concrete backerboard (not fiber-cement composite board. The work must be carefully detailed to avoid premature failure.

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