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RE: bedside lights (hard wired) (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: housavvy on 05.21.2010 at 08:15 pm in Lighting Forum

Here's a good source of Swing Arm wall lamps


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RE: Need Help With Windows For New Home (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: energy_rater_la on 06.24.2009 at 10:44 am in Building a Home Forum

it is confusing isn't it?
first...NC? do your french doors have to outswing
for hurricane resistance?
is hurricane resistance a factor for you?

before we talk brands let's establish what you want in a window... Low maintenance, Prefer wood on interior of window. I'll add efficiency of window...

windows that have wood cladding on interior can be clad by metal on outside and still achieve efficiency. it seems in direct conflict with always preaching to stay away from metal windows, but its the conductivity of heat that is the problem. metal which is an excellent conductor of heat, is offset by the wood cladding..wood being a poor conductor of heat. so as long as your metal exterior is wood to interior are good to go.

second is energy efficiency of windows..what is common consumer friendly info that is common to all brands of windows? NFRC rating (sticker on window)..
NFRC independently rates windows as opposed to the window mfg rating their own work. info of this type is always good for the consumer.
these stickers contain lots of information. type of window, frame composition,and glass information.
efficency in windows are determined by solar heat gain coefficients, and ufactors.
for my climate shgc of .30 and ufactor of .30 are recommended efficiency.
this will be at minimum vinyl framed lowe glass.
frame has low conductivity, glass reflects heat out of home. for colder climates heat is reflected back into the house. low e is great stuff, the low e coating is applied to the climate specific window glass surface. gasses like argon keep air at rest within the glass panes, but be aware that the seals that keep the inert gas at rest do fail, some quickly, some slowly.
keep this info in mind when shopping brands. only shop brands that have this independent testing & verification.

I'm only familiar with Pella, Jeld-Wen and Windsor.
Pella ...very nice. well made, efficient, & very nice looking window.
Jeld-Wen..I see a lot of these windows in my area. Good performance, and as with all three brands meet the criteria required for my industry's standard of energy efficiency.
Windsor..again..all of the above.
Jeld wen has a more affordable price. I hear good things from my clients about problems being addressed quickly, and older clients are still happy with their windows also.
I think its a good investment without being over the client spent over $60,000 on Pella windows..looked great, but imo..kinda over the top, and this was a 2200 sq ft house.

One of the most overlooked advantages of these windows is the detailed install and flashing details.
Most installers still make an X on the housewrap and fold the top flap into the rough opening. this allows water to enter the top of the window..big no no..costly re-do.
lots of installers are using window tapes for flashing..
but commonly do not install correctly.
water and gravity..think a lot about it as you black in.
drainage plane on exterior is a major source of water intrusion when not done correctly. Tear offs to properly address this issue is the only correct repair. This is very costly, and problem does not always become noticable
Make sure that windows are installed properly.
Educate yourself.

best of luck, and please keep in mind shgc & ufactors at least .3 and not higher, lower numbers are for windows,
higher numbers for R-values.


Next to last paragraph, installing windows.
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RE: putting a wood floor in master bath (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: young-gardener on 04.04.2009 at 07:27 pm in Building a Home Forum

We are planning to do wood floors and a tile "rug." Nearly all of the inspiration pictures I've saved through the years have had wood. I love the timeless look of it. For the master, it doesn't worry me. Here are the only online pics I've found so far. ( I can't seem to find too many with the tile insets.)

Here is a link that might be useful: bathroom ideas


Hardwood bathroom floor with tile inset.
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RE: pros and cons of painted vs. stained woodwork (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: jaymielo on 09.03.2008 at 11:05 am in Building a Home Forum

phoggie, Sorry, I just reread your post. You weren't looking for pictures of the front door, but interior doors. Again, our interior doors are stained with pure white trim. I choose to do this because I like the way the color on the wall contrasts the trim. All these decisions are a matter of personal preference, but I know it helped me to see pictures of what others had done while I was making decisions. Good luck! Jaymie





Stained doors, white trim examples.
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RE: pros and cons of painted vs. stained woodwork (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: jaymielo on 09.01.2008 at 06:14 pm in Building a Home Forum

We did mixed. Like carolyn said, I think it is definitely a personal preference. We have a lot of "wood" in our house, so the painted trim with the stained cabinetry, doors and window worked for us. Here is the best picture I could dig up of the combo.



Stained windows, painted trim example.
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Our New Catarina Coliseum White tile

posted by: gary1227 on 02.25.2009 at 12:02 am in Bathrooms Forum

We are just about to wrap our new construction build and our new master bath has turned out beautifully using the American Olean Catarina Coliseum white tiles.

We wanted the look of marble without the maintenance issues of real stone and we are very happy with this porcelain and ceramic product.

Here are are a few photos:





Materials used:

Floor Tile: AO Catarina Coliseum White Porcelain Matt Finish 12x12 Tiles

Wall Tile: AO Catarina Coliseum White Ceramic Polished 8x10 Tiles

Accent Tile: White Carrara Marble 12" Chair Rail

Vanity countertops and shower wall ledges: Caeserstone "Pebble" in polished finish

Faucets/Shower Heads: Danze

Shower Control: Hans Grohe

Hardware/Towel Bars/Lighting: Restoration Hardware

Tub: Toto 6ft AirJet Tub

Toilet: Toto


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RE: Best advice from this forum (Follow-Up #132)

posted by: buehl on 08.03.2008 at 03:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ticor sinks: Ticor Sinks at Galaxy Tool Supply:
I think this plus their eBay site are the only places to get them reasonably priced...but there may others, Google "Ticor" + the model you're looking for.

Tapmaster: Tapmaster:

I don't know if there are other places to get these from...again, Google it!

Never-MT: Never-MT:

I think this is the only place you can get one from.

Pop up Outlets: Popup Mocketts:

There may be other vendors/sellers, use Google. (Pufp?)

Plugmold/Power Strips:

There may be other vendors/sellers, use Google.

Have you noticed that "Google" (or other search engine) is your "new best friend"? :-)

Note: One reason people haven't specified where they got things is that most things are available many places. Another reason is that you have to be careful not to "advertise" or promote a business on this site.


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RE: Cabinets are IN (Lots of pics)! (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: jaymielo on 08.20.2008 at 04:51 pm in Building a Home Forum

cait38, Thank you very much.

kimkss, Not sure if there is a color you are particularly interested in... I think these are all the colors, in order of appearance

* Kitchen & Living Room - SW Humble Gold
* Master Bedroom and Bath - SW Drizzle
* Dining Room - SW Baked Clay
* Powder/Laundry/Mud room - SW Studio Blue/Green
* Computer Nook - SW Recycled Glass
* TV Room - SW Latte

Hope that is helpful!


Craftsman home paint colors.
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Finally settled 'enough' to share pics

posted by: jaymielo on 09.21.2008 at 01:36 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hi all, We moved in Labor Day weekend and are finally settled "enough" to share some pictures. I want to give a big, huge thank you to everyone who contributed to my posts and answered questions for me for the last 2 and some odd years. I learned so much on GW, on the BAH forum, the kitchen forum, the decorating forum. All your contributions drastically changed the house we built, much for the better. I hope that by sharing these pictures, I can give others some ideas or inspiration that will help them much as you all helped me.

Completed home slideshow


Love this Craftsman home. Also clipped pics of kitchen with custom-made Amish cabinets.
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Infinite thanks! We are finished!

posted by: jaymielo on 11.17.2008 at 05:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

I want to send out a huge thank you to all the people who lent me advice, opinions and their experience in the last 2 years. I'm an eternally grateful! Pulling those last few things together proved to be very painful, but we are finally almost there. I'm sure some of you observant TKOs will notice the few remaining items to be done, but this is as good as it gets. Here is an overall shot of the space.


Details... The cabinets are Amish made of quartersawn white oak with miniwax Red Oak stain. The floors are quartersawn red oak with no stain. The counters are Green Mountain Original soapstone.

This is our nook. The table, which we had custom made, comfortably seats our family of four for casual dinners. We have two more chairs and 2 leaves which we can add for a little bigger dinner. The secretary in the hutch folds down and provides a writing surface plus a place to stash mail and odds and ends.


The kitchen itself sits behind the nook. The formal dining room is through the door at the end of the kitchen. I wanted to wine fridge and "real" fridge as well as the pantry on the edges of the kitchen so they could be accessed by guests or the kids without getting in the way for the cooks.


We have additional seating for four at the island, which is handy when we are cooking for company or for breakfast or snacks for the boys.


The faucet is the Kohler Simplice and the sink is the ever popular single bowl Ticor. I'm very happy with them both. You can also see our giant cutting block in this picture. For a while we toyed around with the idea of making part of the island butcher block, but I'm happy with the compromise we struck. The fridge an Amana French door.


The range is a Blue Star 36", which is dream to cook on. The hood is by Futuro and the backsplash was custom made by Artistic Abode based on some line drawings I provided.


The Micro is an Advantium 120. It is a convection so it serves as our second oven and we are really enjoying the combination of that with the Blue Star range. Our reach in pantry has custom made cafe doors which match our cabinets and a pendant light which matches the pendants over our island and in the nook.


And here is the pantry itself. It is small but mighty!


Thank you again to everyone who patiently contributed to my threads. Building this kitchen was a pleasure. I wonder if I'll ever get to do it again...


Craftsman kitchen in home by jaymielo
Cabinets are custom made by Amish in Wisconsin from QS oak with minwax red oak stain. Floors QS red oak, no stain, 3-6 coats of poly. Frig is Amana french door, stove is Blue Star 36", Hood is Futuro, Micro is Advantium 120 (also is convection), Backsplash custom made by Artistic Abode. Lighting is Medya Tiffany from (search Macintosh).
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RE: Infinite thanks! We are finished! (Follow-Up #56)

posted by: jaymielo on 11.18.2008 at 09:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

yanalg, You have a great memory. I did post pictures of my tile ever so long ago. I can't believe it took this long to come together! Here is a little closer picture of the cabinet hardware. It doesn't rival the beautiful pulls I think you posted way back when, but it met our budget.



Cabinet Hardware from Amerock Forgings
Four Square standard 3" pulls and knobs.
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RE: Cabinets are IN (Lots of pics)! (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: jaymielo on 01.28.2009 at 09:15 pm in Building a Home Forum

Jeniferrlynne, Our DW is to the left of our sink as you are standing at it. It does not interfere at all with the fridge (which would be behind me and to the right if I'm at the sink). We also have a generous aisle between the island and range wall. We have room to have both the dishwasher and oven doors fully open and still "scoot by" if we need to. Here is a floorplan... Hope it helps!



Craftsman home kitchen layout.
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RE: Brands/Products That I'd Use Again (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: home_nw on 06.25.2008 at 04:34 am in Building a Home Forum

- Caesarstone quartz counters
- Canyon Creek cabinets
- Top Knobs cabinet hardware
- Milgard windows
- Fireplace Xtrordinaire (both wood-burning & propane models)
- White oak flooring in CD character grade
- Godfrey Hirst wool wall-to-wall carpeting
- Mico Seashore kitchen faucets
- Bosch dishwashers
- Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator
- Sharp drawer microwave
- GE Spacesaver microwave
- Enkeboll wood trims
- Pearl wood mantels
- CDM and Chemcrest decorative trims
- Azak exterior trim
- El Dorado stone in "Country Rubble"
- HardiShingles
- Solatube
- Amarr Classica garage doors
- Benjamin Moore paint (interior & exterior)


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RE: Brands/Products That I'd Use Again (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: bus_driver on 09.20.2007 at 12:38 pm in Building a Home Forum

I definitely would use Superior Walls again for the basement. And definitely would go 10' high again. Ductwork and plumbing are really up out of the way.


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RE: Brands/Products That I'd Use Again (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: lyfia on 09.20.2007 at 11:19 am in Building a Home Forum

Mine is based on a whole house re-model and not a build.

* Sherwin Williams super paint - exterior and interior.

* Hardiplank

* Simonton Vinyl windows double pane, low e - anything else was overkill for this house. Great price, window features are good and they've worked flawlessly and made a huge difference in the comfort of the homes.

* Kraftmaid all plywood cabinets - still look brand new 5 years later. Held up great to a minor flood when sink plumbing broke and has withstood a kid swinging on the cabinet door

* Robbins engineered hardwood. 1/2" thick, 1/8" wear layer, matte finish, red oak. No signs of wear after 9 years and 2 medium sized dogs for 3 of those years. Minimal rugs used and none in the hallway or other high traffic areas. Only damage was inflicted by dropping speakers and dragging a cabinet over it with a stone caught underneath in a couple of spots.

* Using roof decking with the radiant barrier. I have a dark charcoal roof now in full TX sun and my electrical bill didn't change when going from the screw down metal to this.

* cultured marble surrounds for tubs and showers. No grout lines to clean and really cut down on maintenance. We are getting this in the new house too.


Check out radiant barrier on roof decking.
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RE: Brands/Products That I'd Use Again (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: sandyponder on 09.20.2007 at 10:44 am in Building a Home Forum

Hardieboard siding.

Eagle windows (and not *just* cuz Cinnamon Toast is a spectacular and warm red color).

Samsung fridge (OK, it wasn't purchased for the build, we bought it when we moved here 3 years ago, but for the $700 pricetag, it's a bargain; performs well, roomy and looks great).

Garland/Blue Star range.

Vitra toilets (made in Turkey, classic styling and in the $200 range).

KA Pro Line DW, the thing is silent and works beautifully.

And as long as we're talking basics:

Poured concrete foundation

2 x 6 construction

Blown in Icyene insulation

Copper flashing



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RE: Brands/Products That I'd Use Again (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: jasonmi7 on 09.20.2007 at 08:08 am in Building a Home Forum

I notice everyone seems to be focusing on finish items.

For windows: Nothing but Pella or Andersen.
For doors: Andersen or Thermatru
Panel products: Advancetech OSB
Plumbing systems: Vanguard PEX
Nails: Maze. Nothing but Maze galvanized for ACQ/PT construction. Coil roofing from Maze or Paslode. All exterior bolts/fasteners from Timberlok. Drywall screws from Grabber; all other screws, without exception from McFeely's. Finishing supplies from Klingspor.

Siding: Certainteed fibercement or Hardie (supply issue only).

Wall systems: at this point, and given upcoming energy costs, SIPs or tilt-up concrete energy-panels.


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RE: Brands/Products That I'd Use Again (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: suziesnowflake on 09.20.2007 at 08:52 am in Building a Home Forum

I agree Jason - quality underneath the finish items is even more important! Here are some of my favorites:

Flashing - and kind! Fortifiber's Moistop, Tyvek's FlexWrap, they're all good, especially when installed correctly!

ASTM rated building paper (asphalt impregnanted felt) used to create the drainage plane on the exterior walls

Benjamin Obdyke Home Slicker - important to provide ventilation behind the siding

Bora-Care - spray on framing to prevent mold and rot

Therma-Stor Ultra Aire whole house ventilating dehumidifier - fantastic invention!


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