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RE: Wolf Combi-Steam Oven Initial Review/Experience (Follow-Up #44)

posted by: kath0000 on 09.28.2013 at 02:20 am in Appliances Forum

Hello there,

We are looking at this oven for our new build coming up. Does the oven have a continuous fan that stays on to cool it off after you are done cooking? How long does it stay on and is it loud? Thank you! Noise sensitive Kathy

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clipped on: 09.29.2013 at 02:34 am    last updated on: 09.29.2013 at 02:34 am

Speed Queen question about integrity of clothing.

posted by: kath0000 on 05.28.2013 at 01:56 am in Laundry Room Forum

I am very interested in getting rid of my barely 3 year old frontloading Maytag 4000 washer. It doesn't wash well, takes FOREVER to do a load, constantly unbalances, and there is rot/mold always between the sealing rubber and the door that I can't seem to be able to manage because the area can't be cleaned enough times in one day!

Anyway, we are looking at a top loader again and I watched some great youtube videos just now on them (thanks to those who put links into their threads). I am worried though that the machine is too harsh on clothes. All that agitation, does it tear clothing after a while? How about the spin cycle? It seems to spin so fast I wonder if clothing will wear out faster than our super weak frontloader.

Thanks! Kat

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clipped on: 05.28.2013 at 01:56 am    last updated on: 05.28.2013 at 01:56 am

Handicapped access planning.

posted by: kath0000 on 05.25.2013 at 07:04 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hello,

We are almost done with our final plans for our new home build but I wanted to run something by everyone real quick. I have planned a master suite downstairs on this build so that when we are older or if one of us needs to be in a wheelchair or motorized scooter, we would have accessible areas downstairs.

While I realize that in hospitals and medical centers, there are strict codes for accessibility with wide doors and hallways, etc, what are some practical door opening sizes or kitchen/island distances that I should be aiming for in my home? We are both in our 50s now and active and healthy but I am trying to plan ahead.

Our current plan has mostly 4 foot hallways and doors that are 3 feet wide. I have done some googling and this seems adequate for wheelchairs but I am wondering if there are any practical considerations that would need us to make the doors wider at this point. I would hate to have to remodel the home if something happens...

Kat

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clipped on: 05.25.2013 at 07:05 pm    last updated on: 05.26.2013 at 03:11 pm

Maytag 4000 series frontload dump or move?

posted by: kath0000 on 05.25.2013 at 07:21 pm in Appliances Forum

We have a 2-3 year old Maytag 4000 series frontload washer that works fine although there is always some sort of "growth" on the front rubber part despite replacing it twice and cleaning it daily. Looks like some sort of moldy stuff.

Anyway, we are moving next month and our movers told us we needed some transport bolts to secure the washer so that it does not get misaligned and then they would move it. OVerall, it would cost us almost $500 to do the move and the bolts and disconnect with them. We have asked our handyman and some others and no one is really willing to help for much less.

Should we just leave the washer and buy something new? For $500, it seems like we can just get a brand new appliance and forget about the washer completely!

Thanks.

Katherine

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clipped on: 05.25.2013 at 07:22 pm    last updated on: 05.25.2013 at 07:22 pm

Wolf Range question regarding charbroiler option

posted by: kath0000 on 05.18.2013 at 04:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi there,

We just came from a lovely showroom that had the Wolf appliances well displayed. One thing the seemingly knowledgable salesman said is that for the charbroiler option on the range, we would need a larger hood that extends almost out to where one stands to cook because apparently charbroiling on the range is "a very SMOKY process". I don't have a grill option on my current range so I am not sure if this is the case or if he was exadurating.

Can anyone confirm if we put some burgers or chicken breasts on the charbroiler to cook we would have a smoky kitchen? We plan on getting the standard Wolf hood that is sized for the 60" range?

Thank you! Katherine

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clipped on: 05.18.2013 at 04:52 pm    last updated on: 05.18.2013 at 04:52 pm

Double islands in kitchen?

posted by: kath0000 on 05.06.2013 at 09:06 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hello,

We are getting closer to a final plan of our new home build and we are seriously thinking of doing a 2 island kitchen. Each would be about 4ft wide and about 6-10 feet long depending on the space. Does anyone have a kitchen with dual islands? Is it a pain to walk around one to get to the other. We are thinking the more distal one would have barstools and be more for eating breakfast (we have no chance to add a nook in this layout).

Any comments or thoughts are much appreciated! Kay

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clipped on: 05.11.2013 at 11:31 am    last updated on: 05.11.2013 at 11:31 am

Please help with great room height/design, prelim plans...

posted by: kath0000 on 04.27.2013 at 06:01 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hello there,

We are building a tuscan style predominantly 1 story home in So Cal and have been working on a layout with our architect. We love everything about it except the greatroom. DH and I are concerned that the 2 story room (plus angular ceiling) will be waaaay too grand and too 'cold' for our otherwise intimate feeling home. We are hoping to make the great room be 1 1/2 stories, kind of like this:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_-3WBViHssK8/TB_625DBF3I/AAAAAAAAEAA/JJNHrt6M O_Q/s1600/greatroom.jpg

But what we are getting is essentially 2 1/2 stories due to the mezzanine on the 2nd floor connecting the kids' rooms to our MBR. We are getting this look, which I just don't like for us:
http://www.houzz.com/photos/94128/Tuscan-Inspiration--Family-Room-and- Dining-Area-mediterranean-family-room-columbus

Without rearranging the whole layout, can anyone offer suggestions to bring down the scale. The home is going to be big (about 8000sf) but we don't want it to feel cavernous or gigantic.

Thank you,

Katherine

Here is a link that might be useful: Nice example of Great Room that is good height.

This post was edited by kath0000 on Sat, Apr 27, 13 at 18:09

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clipped on: 04.27.2013 at 06:10 pm    last updated on: 04.27.2013 at 06:10 pm

Anyone have a microwave DRAWER?

posted by: kath0000 on 03.22.2013 at 01:55 am in Kitchens Forum

I recently heard about these microwaves that are drawers and can be mounted lower than a standard microwave for convenience and safety. Seems like a great idea for us. But does anyone own one of these? I worry about the novelty factor and reliablility. Looks like Sharp, Decor and Viking make them but they are $$$.

Thanks! Katherine

Here is a link that might be useful: Amazon Drawer Microwaves

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clipped on: 03.22.2013 at 01:55 am    last updated on: 03.22.2013 at 01:55 am

Low maintenance natural stone for shower?

posted by: kath0000 on 03.14.2013 at 02:01 am in Bathrooms Forum

Hello,

We are looking into options for our showers in various bathrooms. Currently we have a beautiful marble called Emperador Dark. I LOVE the way it looks but it is sooooo easy to stain up with waterstains. We have 1 shower with Emperador Light that I like and is easier to maintain but still gets water stains. We seal our showers once a year too.

We'd like to pick natural stones that look just as nice but can be left without constant squeegeeing all the walls and nooks and crannies. Anyone have suggestions? We don't mind sealing them routinely but the daily squeegee/cleaning is getting my back achy.

I'd appreciate any input. Kath

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clipped on: 03.14.2013 at 02:01 am    last updated on: 03.14.2013 at 02:02 am

QUIET hood for 48" Wolf gas stove?

posted by: kath0000 on 03.12.2013 at 02:30 am in Appliances Forum

Hello all,

Looking at a custom kitchen and Wolf appliances including a 48" gas stove. I have trouble with the crazy noise of the hoods though so don't use them often enough, in our current home. For our new home, can someone recommend an appropriate hood that is actually QUIET and doesn't sound like a 747 taking off when on even a low setting?

Thanks! KL

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clipped on: 03.12.2013 at 02:31 am    last updated on: 03.12.2013 at 02:31 am

RE: It's March 2013! How is your build progressing? (Follow-Up #52)

posted by: kath0000 on 03.12.2013 at 01:44 am in Building a Home Forum

We are officially in escrow! Yahooooo! We also gave the architect his retainer. So the process begins...

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clipped on: 03.12.2013 at 01:48 am    last updated on: 03.12.2013 at 01:49 am

Is building a custom home REALLY all that bad???

posted by: kath0000 on 03.11.2013 at 02:42 am in Building a Home Forum

We are about to enter escrow on a fabulous lot and start the process of building a custom home in Southern CA. We have a number of friends who have done custom homes in the area in the past 5 years and EVERY single one of them tells me how aweful it is and how they would never do it again and how it almost broke up their marriage, etc. I just don't get it. Is it really THAT BAD??? I don't want our marriage to suffer, we have done a LOT of research, have a clear idea of what we want and I feel like DH and I are on the same page with most everything. Plus he loves things like planning out the AV/wiring and I love stuff like cabinet colors/finishes and appliance selection, etc.

So are we in for the worst experience of our lives? That seems to be what everyone tells me but I just can't fathom why that would be. We already have a very experienced architect who is starting prelim drawings (which I will def post here) and have interviewed some builders with good reps and so on.

Maybe I am just naive but I don't see how this process could be that much of a nightmare.

Has it been that bad for all of you? Kath

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clipped on: 03.11.2013 at 02:43 am    last updated on: 03.11.2013 at 02:44 am

Where can one get moving/storage boxes cheap?

posted by: kath0000 on 03.11.2013 at 02:14 am in Building a Home Forum

Hello all,

We are starting our custom build this week and we need to move out of our current home and put it up for sale while the new home is being built. So we are downsizing from 5000sf to about 2700sf rental home till we can move in to our new build.

Does anyone have any tips and tricks on finding moving boxes? We have been looking around for ages now and everyone wants like $3-$5 a box! I have even checked ebay and they are pricy.

Thanks for any advice. Katherine

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clipped on: 03.11.2013 at 02:44 am    last updated on: 03.11.2013 at 02:44 am