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RE: It's June, how is your bujild progressing? (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: crazyhouse6 on 06.05.2009 at 07:09 pm in Building a Home Forum

Looking good everyone!!!

Fisherking - thanks for sharing your pictures. Beautiful home - inside and out!!!

We are in (actually about 2 months ago), but just recently got the exterior painted. Still haven't gotten the driveway or landscaping in. We haven't had rain in weeks, but now that we're finally ready to go it will probably rain for a month!

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RE: What are the steps in a FSBO transaction? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: dabunch on 02.03.2009 at 01:51 pm in Buying and Selling Homes Forum

1. Call an attorney and line him/her up to do the closing for you. Get a contract from your attorney, NOT Staples.
Your lawyer should guide you through the following, as to what's required by your state, or if you have questions, but basically do the following:

2.FIRST, YOU give the buyers
(These are requirements by state):

A) SELLER DISCLOSURE SHEET (all sellers must fill out, sign, and give this one to buyers. Buyers must sign after they read and accept it)provided by your state.

B)LEAD DISCLOSURE and a BOOKLET(the lead ONLY IF house was built before 1978) provided by your state.
-Get both sheets signed by yourself and buyers.

3.After disclosures signed, write up THE CONTRACT with earnest money deposit i.e. $1,000, with 5% more in one or two weeks, or as soon as you can get them to give you more money. You both have to agree on these terms.
4)In the contract

-the 2 contingencies while you wait for the closing are
A)the inspection. Have them do this ASAP, like within a week or two.

B)the mortgage. You must give them a month with the prevailing rate.

Be very specific in the contract as to what stays with the house what goes-curtains, fixtures, appliances...

Make several copies of everything and give it to the buyers so they can take the contract to their lawyer for approval and later their bank.

In fact, both of you should sign it contingent on your lawyers approval. Set a time i.e. within 48 hours. Once lawyers say ok., The buyers proceed with inspections and financing.

Remember-be specific. Give everything time and date. Spell everything out and run everything by the lawyer.
If you need extra time to move, and want to stay there an extra day after closing spell it out. Have them intial it.
My buyers were nice and let me do that.

Summary:
1)Lawyer
2) Discloures (2)
3)Contract with earnest $, 2 contingencies. What conveys & TIME FRAMES SPELLED OUT. THIRD contingency-lawyer approval.
4)Copies to buyer.
5)Lawyer approval.
-buyer fulfills contingencies, while waiting for closing. A bit of nail biting period.
5)Contingencies done (bank and inspection)-Pfewww!

READY TO CLOSE.

I'm not a lawyer, and am not trying to do such. That is what I did when I sold my house FSBO. FYI-there are lots of costs associated with a sale. Both the SELLER and the buyer have closing costs. As a seller, I figured that the costs were a little over 2% of the sales price. This covered the atty cost, the state taxes, recording fees, etc.

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Lets look at 5 show homes

posted by: lacombe on 02.07.2009 at 11:58 am in Home Decorating Forum

Ok everyone, lets go look at 5 show homes. Please let me know which one the you really love. Mine is #1 The heartwood.Under each house, there's a write up of the house, just click onto more, and it will show you all the rooms in that house.

Here is a link that might be useful: 5 Show homes to look at

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RE: Lovers of plaid drapes - care to share pics? (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: deborahnj on 01.21.2009 at 07:46 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Angelcub, I'm sure everybody is tired of seeing these pictures but here are my plaid drapes in my great room.

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DINING ROOM: I also wanted to show you that I have a similar fringe to the one you are looking at on my dining room drapes.
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RE: smart trim or hardi plank? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: athomewithchuck on 01.31.2009 at 06:18 pm in Building a Home Forum

barkingdonkey - (I like the name!)

I assume you're talking about the LP Smartside Product when you say smart trim; I have never personally used that particular product, but we have used and really like the MiraTec trim boards for trimming out around windows, corner boards, frieze and rakes, etc. The MiraTec is much cheaper than the HardieTrim boards and to me is easier to work with.

You can get it pre-painted which I highly suggest if you are going to go with white trim. Our painters griped and complained the whole time they cut those trim boards in against each lap of the HardiePlank siding. We used the 5/4 (1") thick boards in 6" for the skirt/belly board and 4" for everything else.

Just be sure you have your installers flash really well behind all joints in your siding and between your Hardie & trim boards no matter what product you choose. I would make them go overboard on flashing if it were me, especially on top of the windows so that no water has even the slightest chance of getting trapped behind your trim &/or siding. I think this is the most under valued part of the whole installation process.

Here are a few pictures of the most recent house we've trimmed out with MiraTec 5/4 trim boards as I mentioned before, HardiePlank siding and stone:

From Hunters Glen - Lot 38a Signature Plan

From Hunters Glen - Lot 38a Signature Plan

From Hunters Glen - Lot 38a Signature Plan

Good luck with your siding. I'm sure you're getting excited!

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Multimillion Dollar Kitchen Pics

posted by: houseful on 08.25.2007 at 11:18 am in Kitchens Forum

Just for fun, I search the MLS for kitchen ideas. I commented on another thread that when I reached $10mil, I would post them. Well, I did that this morning so here they are. I apologize that they are all pretty much, rustic, southewestern, Tuscan, or whatever you want to call it, but that's the style of my home. I think I started with 1/2 a mil and a few at the beginning might be from this site as well. Anyway, keep checking back because I will be adding more kitchens from time to time.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kitchens of the rich, but not so famous :)

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RE: cream cabinets and black hardware - is this a look? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: mdmc on 01.09.2009 at 08:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have white cabinets with a glaze, light granite and ORB, hardware. I love itmy new kitchen

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Our Almost Finished $64 PSF House w/ Pics!!!

posted by: persnicketydesign on 12.31.2008 at 07:12 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hi all! Since I posted on the "How Are You Tracking Your Costs" and "Can You Build For $65 PSF" threads I've had lots of emails from people wanting to know how we did it, so I thought I'd start a thread to keep all the info in one place.

First the basics...the house is 4240 HSF with 6380 SF under roof on just under 2 acres. We have 4 bedrooms downstairs and 4 1/2 baths (1 up) with another bedroom optional upstairs. I'll be using this area as my sewing/office area for now. There is also a game room upstairs for the kids.

We have a 3 car attatched garage with insulated CHI carriage style doors. We also poured a pad for a future 30 X 30 shop for DH who restores muscle cars for fun. :o)

The house is on a crawlspace with BluWood for framing, engineered floor joists, Typar housewrap, Nichiha siding, Simonton windows, a Portobello front door, and Jeld-Wen for the rest of the doors. The shingles are architectural from GAF/Elk. There are 110 LF of gutters with 10 downspouts and French drains that run behind the doggy yard. The front and side porches are flagstone and the screened porch has concrete floors. There's one deck off the sunroom.

We have 3 heat pumps...4 ton, 2 ton, and 1 1/2 tons. We used the pink stuff for insulation and incorporated "Quiet Zone" for some rooms too. The interior doors are solid.

We used Pex for the plumbing and have a single 80 gallon water heater with a recirculating pump.

The floors are solid 3/4" maple in a 4" width that were site finished with a 50/50 mix of Early American stain & poly. They were then followed by 3 additional coats of poly. The baths, mudroom, and laundry room all have tile. The carpet in the bedrooms is "Walking on Clouds" by Shaw Industries with a 10 lb moisture pad underneath. Feels great!

The maple cabinets were custom made by a local shop. They were painted with SW Duration paint in Alabaster. The MB cabinets are also maple and were done in a custom mix stain color.

The faucets are all Moen except for the two in the kitchen which are Price Pfister (Marielle). All toilets are Cadet 3s by American Standard.

Most of the ceiling fans are by Ellington, but there are a few Hunter and Hampton Bay thrown in. We have a total of 10.

The counters in the kitchen are Uba Tuba granite with an Ogee edge. The laundry room counter is laminate and the baths all have cultured marble.

The fridge is a 48" GE Monogram, double ovens are GE Profile, dishwasher is GE with smart dispense (holds a whole bottle of detergent!), the cooktop is a 5 burner gas-through-glass by Frigidaire/Electrolux, and the hood vent is an Inca Pro. The fridge and dishwasher have custom panels so that they will match the rest of the cabinetry. They're finished, but haven't been installed yet.

We're still not finished, but sold our other house faster than we expected and had to move in here with lots of projects still to finish. The painters still have to come back, so there's blue tape all over and hardly anything on the walls. I can't put any rugs down yet and am using the old furniture until we're finished. I'm an admitted fabric junkie and stare every day at the bolts of fabric waiting for me to make them into window treatments, dust ruffles, and pillows. My sewing machines miss me. *deep sigh* BUT.... we're and it feels FABULOUS!!!

I'm happy to answer any questions that anyone has, so ask away!

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RE: What is your favourite tip for Christmas Decorating? (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: johnmari on 11.17.2008 at 09:58 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I don't celebrate Christmas and the extent of my Solstice/Yule decor is greenery on the porch and front door (we don't have anywhere to put a Yule tree even if I wanted to deal with the hassle and storage issues of Yet More Stuff, so the lack of space does not break my heart), but I just have to throw this in here again this year, as I always do...

If you decorate with lots of lights outside and you have nearby neighbors, PLEASE put the lights on a timer so they shut off at a reasonable hour, like 10-11pm. Especially if anything blinks, for goodness' sake, or you like to do the "Griswold" style displays with enough lights that could distract planes from nearby airstrips! :-) Not only does it waste electricity to have them on all night but it's extremely annoying to the neighbors. When we lived in the Subdivision From H*ll we had people with these kinds of displays surrounding us and long after midnight you could read a book by their Christmas lights in almost every room in our house! (We also got in trouble with the board for being the only house in the entire SDfH that wasn't decorated, but that's another story for another time.) It's not fair to expect your neighbors to go out and buy sleep-masks or blackout curtains just so you can light up the neighborhood at 3am, either. :-) Here's a nifty one that automatically turns on at dusk and stays on for however many hours you set it for: outdoor photocell timer.

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RE: What is your favourite tip for Christmas Decorating? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: kmcg85 on 11.17.2008 at 01:09 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Nothing says Christmas better than natural greenery. I buy fresh garland for the front porch and add white lights. I also drape the garland and lights around the front door and add fresh green wreaths to my two black urns on either side of the door that are planted with spiral juniper! Window boxes get a treatment of fresh boxwood, pine and cedar branches, pinecones and of course holly. Simple and beautiful!
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CHEAPEST bathroom makeover! I do ok? Pix!

posted by: moremoremore on 10.28.2008 at 12:25 pm in Bathrooms Forum

So I needed something CHEAP and quick bc of a family visit...we moved in back in April...thank god the floors were ok....I painted the cabinets, took off the rose wallpaper and painted, changed the hardware and hinges....put a frame around the old outdated mirror...and just got some new accessories! I hope you guys like it!

I HAVEN"T CLEANED OR STRAIGHTENED AFTER THE VISIT YET! SORRY YOU MAY SEE THE DIRT!!! :0 LAZ-Y!!!

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GROSS (have the same cabs in our master..they are next!)
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RE: Tell me more about remote sensors for the TV's.... (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: robin2007 on 09.20.2008 at 03:02 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I'm not sure if it's ok to post outside links here for shopping. If it's not, I can remove this post.

This is what we have:

http://www.smarthome.com/8100/Wall-Mount-IR-Sensor/p.aspx

I posted this picture in another thread, but you can see the sensor right next to the outlet on the left of the fireplace. (the outlet in the middle of the wall is the fireplace switch, and I wish it were somewhere else) You can also get a sensor that goes directly on your TV, as mentioned above.
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This is the other piece which is in a closet. The dvd player/satellite receiver/etc. all hook into this. This connects to the remote sensor that I linked to above, using inexpensive cable from the electric store.
http://www.smarthome.com/8191/Four-Emitter-Infrared-Connecting-Block-IR-100/p.aspx

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RE: Tell me more about remote sensors for the TV's.... (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: shannon01 on 09.21.2008 at 01:43 am in Home Decorating Forum

Ok, here is what mine is like. When we installed tv over the fireplace we put all the components in the office in other room, hall closet or whereever would have worked also. We ran one HDMI cable from back of tv through the wall, along the baseboards and into the next room, connecting to the receiver. All the other components connect to the receiver. There is a little box, smaller than a cable box that sits in the room where the components are. I think you can also do it without the little box, but we used it. Anyhoo, we programed the remote and so now when we want to watch a movie we hit dvd and all the components in other room come on at the settings we have already set up for that. When we want to play the ps3, same thing, the components necessary come on for that need.

I am not familiar with the little black things others have posted about. There are many tech sites that can explain all this stuff. My dh is a techno geek and loves this stuff. I love that the only place I have to see electronics is in the office, tucked away.

The remote packaged with the little box was around $100?? Not nearly as much as I thought it would be. If you do not have the ability to run cable it sounds like the little black things would be worth the hassle to have to close blinds here and there.

For those interested in the hdmi cable, please research for price. We bought our own and saved an incredible amount, I would type in caps but don't want to get yelled at but I literally mean my savings were literally incredible online. Think $6 vs $50.

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RE: Inexpensive Outdoor Ceiling Fans (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: dallasbill on 11.05.2008 at 05:42 pm in Building a Home Forum

We have Craftmade -- the OPXL52 - in black w/no light. Love it!

Available in big box stores here - can't remember if it was Lowes or HD. It's on the Internet for 185-200.

Here is a link that might be useful: Craftmade fans

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RE: Inexpensive Outdoor Ceiling Fans (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: persnicketydesign on 11.05.2008 at 04:35 pm in Building a Home Forum

Sallen...I'm cheap. I picked out what I wanted and then checked on eBay for better prices. I paid more for the Ellington Knightsbridge that we used on the screened porch than I normally would have ($189), but still saved a bundle compared to retail.

We also bought our Ellington Palladian fans on eBay from a seller that had them listed only as "Paladian Fan". The only thing the description said was "Unopened box" and the fuzzy picture showed the side of the box, but you couldn't make anything out on it. Took a gamble and paid $24.99 each for two of them. When they arrived they were brand new and just as the seller said, the seal on the boxes had not been broken. Found another one on eBay the following week for $49.99. I walked into the lighting gallery last week and they are selling them for $479 each!

Here is a link that might be useful: Ellington Knightsbridge

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LOVE my overstock.com stools and coupon code

posted by: jessie21 on 11.04.2008 at 03:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

Just got the two counter stools I ordered from overstock about a week ago. LOVE them. They are low back. The leather is soft and sturdy and a rich chocolate brown. Best of all they are soooo comfy! Just ordered 2 more.

They cost w/shipping was 290 for 2 stools (already a good price) and I got 10% off with coupon codes I found online. Had to use a different code for each purchase (must be limited to one per order). code numbers were:
129205 and 129380.
my stools from overstock
Coupon code site is:

Here is a link that might be useful: coupon code site

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RE: Ideas or links for main powder room bath vanity? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: armomto3boys on 10.17.2008 at 06:04 pm in Building a Home Forum

www.homedecorators.com and

www.homedecoratorsoutlet.com
ebay
www.artycraftyonline.com This is more of a local store for me, but they do ship. I've only bought from the brick and mortar store, though.
www.overstock.com

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RE: Fireplaces - please share yours (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: soonermagic on 03.09.2008 at 08:42 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Here's our simple fireplace. The best we could do with as close as the windows are to the fireplace. The hearth is soapstone.

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RE: Dream Home decorating on a budget (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: amity on 08.24.2008 at 02:52 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I saw the word "BUDGET" in your title and I HAD to open this thread.
The only way I'm going to get my home even halfway looking like people live in it (instead of it being an animal den in the wild. lol) and take pride in living in it is on a very miniscule budget-----so anything 'budget' is my kinda decorating!

With that being said, the home you posted is eleventy-two times grander than any budget I'll ever have but boy, did I ever get some great inspiration!!!
That's what's great about all the photos that are posted on this site-----whether they be homes of the posters, Parade of Homes pics or magazine pics, there is always something I can relate to/ascribe to and take those ideas and turn them into something in my own home.

The fact that things/accessories in this home you posted were purchased at some of my favorite stores makes the ideas in this home even more attainable in my own, so, Thank you!!!

These are some of the things that caught my eye...the little details, the punches of color, some simplicity----it's all good. *smile*

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RE: Family Photo displays (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: rhapsdy on 06.01.2008 at 03:26 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I just finished working on this kind of project for my parents! We redid their hallway with two large framed displays of family photographs, old and new. Below is the link to my blog which documented the progress, but also here are two of my mock ups I did on the computer that helped me figure out which size prints, frames, and wall words I needed! :)

Also, here is a link to my flickr album documenting the entire process:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/55463415@N00/sets/72157603706869925/

Be sure to show us your final project when you finish it! :D

Here is a link that might be useful: link to my blog documenting the hallway display

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100 tips

posted by: marthaelena on 08.13.2008 at 05:35 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hope you enjoy this inspirational photographs and advise - Mostly decoration.
Please let me know if you like this kind of links.
Enjoy!!!

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/resources/features/2008/07/tips_slideshow_082008

Here is a link that might be useful: 100 tips

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RE: outswing french doors (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: ccoombs1 on 08.14.2008 at 07:26 pm in Building a Home Forum

check out these retractable screens. My french doors swing out into the sunroom. I wanted more space in the dining room area and had excess space in the sunroom, so I had them made to swing out into the sunroom. I don't need screens, but if I did, I would give these a look.

Here is a link that might be useful: dream screens

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More Picture Requests from Slinkey

posted by: slinkey on 08.11.2008 at 02:13 am in Home Decorating Forum

Sorry if I missed thanking some of you on the other thread...as there were so many.
Jan/patty_cakes, wooderlander...thank you
I've included some extra pictures that I didn't include before, along with the bedrooms... Hope you enjoy them.

This is another angle of the house. On the right are the bay windows that overlook the side property and the 'Wild Life' ... I'm still getting used to..

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Lots of deer (who love my flowers).. & Turkeys..We found one sitting w/babies on top of the arbor one morning!

Mother Turkey & Babies

This is another angle of the front hall w/church pew.
The large picture on the right was from a calendar...I matted it and already had the frame. The ones over the church pew - the one in the middle, is from a Christmas card... a print by (Carl Larson) The other, to the right of it, with the two girls, was also from a Calendar...I matted them, and I already had the frames. Over the years, I've bought really nice, old frames (cheap),at tag sales, and saved them for the right pic. That's how I got all the frames for the Family Pics along the stairway.

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Another view from Dining Room

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The table below, I found at an estate sale for $8.

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Alcove off Kitchen .. Shelves in alcove another Flea Mrkt find.. When Dh made the white hutch it was originally stained maple, in old house. For this spot, because the wall was just about the same size as the hutch, and to not have it looked so squeezed, we painted it off white and antiqued it. It blends in w/wall and doesn't look forced.

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Master Bedroom (the little white wing chair was $10 and I just bought fabric online...and recovered it)

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Oil Painting of Ballerina..was at an estate sale.. It was a self portrait..done by an elderly lady, when she was a young girl. All of her things were being sold off. I can't believe that someone in the family didn't want it.

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Guest Room - Again, a mix of some new and some flea market finds...

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BLUE GUEST ROOM


Upstairs Hall ... Dh had a picture of his father as a young boy, his passport, when he came to this country, and a hanky that his father had with a picture of the ship that he sailed over on, as well as a post card of the ship. He put them in a shadow box, and has it hanging on the wall. So many times, I would go to estate sales, and see so many family pictures being thrown out or sold off...and I felt I would not want that to happen to our family pictures. So I've written the names on the back of each one, and put which side of the family they were related to. Hoping future family will feel some attachment to them...

UPSTAIRS HALL

Guest Bedroom... .

PINK GUEST RM

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Office..

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Okay..I'm sure you've had ENOUGH and hope you didn't nod off... The bedrooms are NOT elaborate or fussy and everyone doesn't like 'old' > However, if your like me.. it's nice to see what others are all about, even though it's different.
Thanks again, It's been fun sharing it w/you.

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RE: Pictures of Certainteed on Real Houses? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: whidbey on 08.10.2008 at 01:20 pm in Building a Home Forum

I actually ordered samples of the Certainteed product (we're contractors). The material does not look shiny or plastic-y at all, to me.

We are still waivering back and forth between pre-painted Hardie and the Certainteed Cedar Impressions.

Certainteed's website is hard to navigate, but I did find quite a few high-resolution photos where you can see the product up CLOSE. Here is the link if you'd like to check it out:

Here is a link that might be useful: CERTAINTEED HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOS

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RE: Are these windows mulled, individaully installed, custom orde (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: mightyanvil on 08.09.2008 at 12:10 pm in Building a Home Forum

The short answer is to trim them in the field.

But it depends on the window you want and how authentic you want to emulate the traditional/historic windows shown in most of your examples.

Typical clad windows that are shipped without trim (nail-fin windows) aren't really "mulled" in the old fashioned way; they are attached either tight together or 1 1/2" apart (for a single stud) and a plastic or metal cap is installed to cover the joint. Unfortunately, the cap doesn't make the joint look like a traditional ganged window assembly. Traditional double-hung windows had weight pockets that forced them to be farther apart than modern windows even when there was no structure between the windows. Even before sash pockets, windows in masonry structures had stucture between them and even Palladio's windows usually had columns between the main window and the flanking windows. You don't need to copy the original design perfectly but when something has become so much a part of architecture for so many centuries you should deviate from it with care and respect. Otherwise, you should design something more original.

To make it look authentic you can either order clad nail-fin windows separately and trim them in the field or you can order wood framed windows (with optional metal clad sash) with any authentic mulled spacing you like and the full trim will be installed in the factory. (Marvin is good at this).

For the clad windows it is important to add a sill nosing (usually PVC-see the ATW link) because so few window manufacturers provide a sill that projects or slopes or is deep enough to look right (or keep water out of the siding below). Adding a sub sill also provides the "sill horns" that extend under the jamb trim in a traditional window.

Some aluminum clad window manufacturers will apply an aluminum trim with the appropriate width between windows at the facotry but they are very expensive.

Here is a link that might be useful: ATW trim

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RE: How Did You Trim the Exterior of Your House (Windows/Porch/Et (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: brutuses on 08.04.2008 at 10:41 pm in Building a Home Forum

Ours is simple, but here it is.

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RE: Vinyl: Has anyone built a Vinyl Home? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: klabio on 08.03.2008 at 05:45 pm in Building a Home Forum

I am going to assume you mean a house with vinyl siding. Yes we are here. Here's one photo as requested:
August 2008

If you want to see more check out my photobucket account. Most of it is dated. I've been building this house for two years now...

Here is a link that might be useful: Klabio's House photos

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RE: Please help with kitchen pass through to greatroom - need pic (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: skchak on 07.30.2008 at 07:03 am in Building a Home Forum

The pics and links are great! Thanks Lindy and Jnjmom for posting. We saw one at a Parade of Homes that was arched, but the opening was smaller and my husband didn't like it. I do love the arched doorways though and think it would be pretty arched if the opening was bigger. I've included the link, however, you can only get a glimpse of it, but do check out the virtual tour. I think you can see it better there. This is one of the nicer Sullivans that I've seen.

Jnjmom - would love to know the other changes you're making to your plan. Are you keeping the laundry room the same size? I'm not quite sure where to keep the ironing board and wanted a built-in, but I don't think there's enough room....

Here is a link that might be useful: Realtor.com link

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RE: Ladder for High Ceilings (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: johnmari on 08.01.2008 at 03:45 pm in Home Decorating Forum

We have this kind of articulating ladder in the 16' length and it's great. It isn't too heavy (about 40lb), it can be used safely in a whole bunch of different positions including on stairs and slopes, and it's very sturdy. It's also much easier to carry and store than a regular stepladder.

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RE: Please help with kitchen pass through to greatroom - need pic (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: lindybarts on 07.27.2008 at 10:49 pm in Building a Home Forum

Here's our VERY open floorplan with arches separating rooms.
Entryway looking towards Dining Room and glimpse of kitchen.

From Kitchen looking towards the Great Room

And Great Room towards Kitchen

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RE: Closet Shelf Advice, Please (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: aidan_m on 05.29.2008 at 11:31 am in Building a Home Forum

Adjustable! Everything lower than 3' off the floor should be a drawer or roll-out. Above 3' shelving clear to the ceiling. Have your clothes rod set as high as is comfortable for you. I hate closets with the clothes rod set at the "standard" height of 5 and a half feet high, because of all the wasted space above. For tall people, I put the upper rod close to 7' and that leaves room for a single shelf above it and another hanging rod below. I consider the user when I build something. How tall they are, how much stuff they have to store, what kind of stuff, how presious is every cubic inch of space? In San Francisco, every bit of space counts. You may have a huge house and it's not an issue

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RE: Hardie Plank Peeling?------------ (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: carolyn53562 on 07.24.2008 at 09:25 am in Building a Home Forum

Here's the link I intended to post

Here is a link that might be useful: siding info

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RE: type of paint for formal Dining room? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: rmkitchen on 07.23.2008 at 09:52 am in Home Decorating Forum

We have BM Regal Matte (throughout the house) and it's pretty amazing at being wiped / scrubbed. Of course, the deeper the color the harder the scrubbing is on the paint finish.

Oh, you know what else is terrific for washability? That Aura paint! Again, I have it in matte.

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RE: Macadamia Nichiha Shake Photos (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: persnicketydesign on 07.17.2008 at 03:06 pm in Building a Home Forum

Jodie...We still LOVE our Nichiha!!! We painted the "stucco" foundation and it has really made the siding take on a whole new appearance (in a really good way). The macadamia picks up the darker color that we chose to go with. Funny thing is that no matter what color paint sample we put next to it, it picked up on those specific colors. Wonderful stuff. :o) I have to run out to the house in a little bit and will take a new pick so that you can see what a difference it made.

I've heard others say that it was actually less expensive than the Hardie version, but to be honest we didn't like the look of the Hardie and didn't even bother pricing it. Our Nichiha pre-stained was $265 per square and the primed is selling for $190 here.

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RE: Which Central Vacuum System with 'Hide a Hose' (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: emilynewhome on 06.02.2008 at 12:35 pm in Building a Home Forum

Sorry in taking so long in getting back with the bid info, but we've had other pressing issues, anyway here is the bid from the dealer in Lafayette, they only install with Vacuflo.

8971-50RF-A HIDE A HOSE INLET KIT WITH RF HANDLE AND 50' HOSE
8971-50-A HIDE A HOSE INLET KIT WITH 50' HOSE
8719 ACCESSORY KIT
9050 MAXAIR VAC UNIT
ADDITIONAL TUBING, VACPAN, GARAGE INLET, TRAVEL, LABOR
TOTAL COST $3133

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RE: Has anyone DIY'd their cultured stone? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: Cameron Schwartz (Guest) on 09.10.2007 at 11:39 am in Building a Home Forum

I am part of the marketing staff with Dutch Quality Stone. I just wanted to let you know of some of the resources that we could supply if you were looking to find a stone profile to meet your needs.

Visit our website to see our new gallery that shows a wide variety of applications that you can achieve with our stone.

If you are looking for a local dealer, just send me an e-mail, cschwartz@dutchqualitystone.com and I can get you setup with a local distributor that carries our stone.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dutch Quality Stone

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RE: Has anyone DIY'd their cultured stone? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: kemptoncourt on 09.05.2007 at 08:33 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hate to give a rec without having used a product but from a cost perspective I'd look at this stuff by Black Bear. Here is a stacked stone we're thinking about taking a chance on:

http://siding.builddirect.com/Siding/Stone-Siding/manufactured-stone-Carmel-Blend/ProductDisplay_7247_P1_10009121.aspx

Below are DIYer Testimonials

Here is a link that might be useful: Build Direct Testimonials

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Per request, a few pics of My3dogs home interior

posted by: my3dogs on 07.16.2008 at 09:44 am in Home Decorating Forum

Let me start by saying that I'm a newbie, and that my home is in southern Maine, near the coast. It is an old cape built in 1937, and a modest home of about 1700 sq. ft. I have owned it almost 22 years, and have added to it and updated it so it's perfect for me and 'my 3 dogs'! For those who haven't seen the exterior, here it is. I added the garage in the 90's.

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I live on a small river which forms my irregular property line. I have many perennial beds...here are a few. This photo was taken in the spring, so not much is in bloom.
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You enter through this 6' x 6' porch. 99% of furnishings, wall paper , chandy in here are from eBay.
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I added this half bath years ago. The only bathrooms in the house when I bought it were upstairs and a 'rustic' one in the cellar!
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I made the vanity from an old bureau that I bought for $100. Top is a remnant of Delicatus granite. Again, most accessories are from eBay.
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Again, it's a modest home, and I remodeled the kitchen in the early 90's! It had a large wood stove in the kitchen when I bought it, 24" of counter space, and dark plywood cabinets. This remodel still works well for me today.
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As you see from the above pic, some of the rooms still have their original, and beautiful (IMO) radiators. The house is primary heated with oil, but it also has electric heat, a gas fireplace in the LR that I put in, and the old kitchen wood stove is in the cellar now. I can use whatever is least expensive at the time, and won't freeze.

The back of the LR isn't that 'country, any more, and now looks more like this. The vintage secretary is the largest item I have ever bought on eBay. Hunting toile on the re-covered (but not by me) love seat is also from eBay.
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I make all my own window treatments, and this is what is in the kitchen for the summer. A Pierre Deux 'Geraine' bargain from eBay.
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Whatever fabric I use for the kitchen WTs, I also shirr on dowels that I mounted inside the glass doors, and use them to cover cook books etc, on the pantry wall in the kitchen.
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Whew, I'll take a break and post a few more, if you want to see any....

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RE: To shutter or not. (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: jojoco on 10.26.2007 at 08:11 am in Building a Home Forum

Ours is a different style, but we opted out of shutters and used lights in their place:
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It is hard to see from the distance, but it looks beautiful at night.
jo

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RE: porch question (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: lsst on 10.22.2007 at 10:48 pm in Building a Home Forum

We had the builder reinforce under the porch and had the concrete poured 2 inches below the brick foundation.
My husband and I added stone to the porch. We had picked out the stone ahead of time and knew it was 2 inches thick.
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New pictures...almost done!!

posted by: huntsville on 09.18.2007 at 11:37 pm in Building a Home Forum

I've been getting advice from this site since we started on our house. After close to 10 months, it seems like we will done in a month. I've attached some pictures of the house. Thank you all for this great site.

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opps (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: coloredthumb on 06.10.2008 at 10:53 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Wrong photo That was a mural I painted. I copied the wrong code sorry trying again

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v46/alleegirl/sweetheartmetalheadboadbench.jpg

Here is a link that might be useful: bench from metal headboard

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RE: country house plan (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: frog_hopper on 07.16.2008 at 06:38 pm in Building a Home Forum

Google reveals all.

http://www.homeplans.com/exec/action/plans/browsemode/details/filter/PlnNm.dw-2112/hspos/hsnet/section/homeplans/hsme/pf0807

http://www.sunsethouseplans.com/exec/action/plans/browsemode/details/filter/SRmID.5/hspos/ssnet/page/1/planid/7202/section/homeplans?pvs=tot.eNozMjExAgACAgDN

http://www.redding.com/news/2007/Mar/3/home-has-a-sense-of-elegance/

Watch for line wrapping if you don't have a widescreen display. There is a link to another site at the end of the newspaper review.

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RE: Pre-painted ColorPlus Hardie Siding?? HELP! (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: home_nw on 07.17.2008 at 03:34 am in Building a Home Forum

whidbey, Weiss can do any color. We selected three of their standard colors and then asked for pre-painted sample boards for each. Picking a color from a brochure was just too risky for us! We really liked one of the three, and went with it. Ironically, it turned out that our sample had been mis-marked, and it was actually someone else's custom color. We love it. Fortunately for us, those other people really picked a nice custom color! :-)

We didn't deal with Weiss directly (except to get samples), but went through the local lumber yard that sold us the HardiShingles. I believe the division of Weiss we dealt with was called Weiss Cascade. Our lumber yard had Hardie send our shingles to Weiss, who then painted them and delivered them to our job site. I should mention we had a small problem with Weiss (confusion over custom vs non-custom color), but their customer service was excellent. They fixed the problem immediately with no defensive back-talk, excuses, or additional charges. We felt that said a lot about them.

I'm not sure if Weiss sells siding too. We didn't look into that since we'd already decided on HardiShingles. We'd seen HardiShingles at a home show and the look just appealed to us.

We never actually compared costs of painted vs unpainted because we really wanted the shingles to be pre-painted with that factory-applied, 25-year-warranty paint. Our house is two stories (three on the side with the walk-out basement) and we have a whole lot of angles and trimwork, so we think painters would have charged extra for all the high, detailed work. Also, we liked the idea that the entire face of the shingle would be painted, even the part that was overlapped by the shingle above, since we felt that offered extra protection and a nice appearance. We didn't want to paint that many shingles on the ground ahead of time, especially with the risk of weather delays (rain!). We felt in the long run it would be a savings in both time and money based on labor. Of course, our crystal ball doesn't come with a guarantee, so only time will tell if we made the right decision! There are pros and cons of each way, so each of us just has to decide what works best for our own circumstances.

Although we didn't do a cost comparison of pre-painted vs site-painted, we did compare shingle panels vs individual shingles. Bottom line: individual shingles cost less to buy but more to install. However, panels result in a lot more waste if you have a lot of cuts to make due to angles, etc., like we did.

Hope this helps!

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RE: Pre-painted ColorPlus Hardie Siding?? HELP! (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: routey on 07.16.2008 at 12:54 pm in Building a Home Forum

whidbey, check into MaxTile. Lifetime warranty on baked-on finish. You may get any color Sherwin-Williams makes baked onto it. Comes with plastic sheets on every piece. Ours was shipped from out of Indiana. Make shakes also. We used Miratex on corners, facia board and trim around the windows. This was also Sherwin-Williams colors also. All came on same shipment from our supplier, ABC Supply. Fraction of cost of Hardee Board. Check it out. I can add a pic of our Craftsman home under constructon, if anyone wants it.

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RE: Pre-painted ColorPlus Hardie Siding?? HELP! (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: home_nw on 07.16.2008 at 05:43 am in Building a Home Forum

We used HardiShingles and our lumber yard had them pre-painted by Weiss, which gives a 25-year warranty. We ordered matching paint and caulk. The shingles arrived in great shape and our builder was careful installing them. We used the paint for some Azek on which we mounted exterior lanterns, and it matches the shingles perfectly. If you're by chance on Whidbey Island (just guessing by your name!), Weiss is in your geographic area too.

I can understanding your wanting the pre-painted. We did too, especially since we used the individual shingles. We've been very pleased.

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