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We've moved in!

posted by: mairin on 05.11.2009 at 03:55 pm in Building a Home Forum

So glad to finally post those words! We've been in for a week and are starting to get settled.

some details:
broke ground mid-July (2008)
Custom home and floor plan (about 3700sqft, with unfinished basement - eventual project!)
Local custom cabinet guy did cabs throughout the house
Cumaru hardwood floors and stairs

before:

after:

foyer/front door

dining room - like our table and chairs?? Out of money for now!

mudroom

kitchen

butler's pantry

family room (before furniture!)

stairs

patio

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RE: Curbless shower: how do you pass code? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: spacechallenged on 01.13.2009 at 08:27 am in Building a Home Forum

Hi,
We have a roll-in shower for a wheelchair bound family member. It's curbless and we use a shower curtain. The important thing is to place your showerhead right, have the shower the right dimensions and the floor sloped correctly to the drain. We do live in the country, but I don't see how they can "not" allow it because of the ADA.
You can obtain a copy of the ADA guidelines and try to find a contractor who is familiar with the guidelines who has done that type of work and is experienced with it. The floor of the shower needs to be sloped for drainage. I believe the guidelines say 1/4 inch per foot. If you are going for wheelchair accessibility the shower should be a minimum 5 X 5 and have a handheld shower mounted low enough on the wall (probably around 30 to 40 inches) with a hose (they come 5 to 8') that would be long enough for a person sitting to use. There are pre-made shower units you can buy or you can have the slab done, or do a mud bed, backerboard, use a waterproof membrane (there are different ones Schluter Kerdi system is one)and tile. There are some very knowledgable people on the bathroom forum I'm sure could help you with info on that. Our shower is in one corner of the bathroom. It has 3 walls and one open end with a shower curtain. The showerhead is on a side wall of the shower. The concrete slab was sloped and no water runs out because of the way they poured the slab. We asked them to continue the slope outside the shower, about 1/8" per foot, but there was no need in our case. You could also use something like Ditra on the outside of your shower. Or I think Noble Seal is another that makes products for that, and tile over that. This type of shower won't hurt the value of a home. They are very nice even if you don't need them for H/C use:) Hope this helps.


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RE: New Home - New Fireplace - Show Us Your Pic (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: sessygail on 03.10.2010 at 11:00 pm in Building a Home Forum

My first posting here, even though I visited often during our build. We have been in our new home for a month now and the fireplace is one of my favorite things about it! We had originally thought we would do stacked stone but we started to think it might overpower the room. We took a risk and did Chinese Multicolored slate instead and we couldn't be happier! Here it is: March 9 2010 027


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RE: New Home - New Fireplace - Show Us Your Pic (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: superchick on 03.02.2009 at 09:05 pm in Building a Home Forum

The lighting is terrible, but here's mine:

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RE: New Home - New Fireplace - Show Us Your Pic (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: crazyhouse6 on 03.02.2009 at 09:01 pm in Building a Home Forum

Ours is more like what your husband has in mind. I was very worried that it would overpower the room and make the house look too rustic, but it definitely doesn't.

(I don't think the mantel or cabinet furnishings will be staying.)

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RE: New Home - New Fireplace - Show Us Your Pic (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: hollyh3kids on 03.02.2009 at 07:38 pm in Building a Home Forum

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We have stone and love it. With an old beam from a 100 year old factory as our mantle. Marble is too fancy for us but it may work for you! :)


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