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RE: It's March 2012 - How's Your Build Progressing? (Follow-Up #59)

posted by: cvtxmama on 03.29.2012 at 01:21 pm in Building a Home Forum

Yes, it is stained concrete. On the arabesque pattern, they created a template and carved around it. On these other two photos the guy--really an artist--freehanded the design, carved it out and stained by hand. It turned out better than I ever imagined--just incredibly unique.
The scrollwork is in the entry, the medallions down a hall, the game room has a checkerboard with scattered scrollwork, and the arabesque is in the great room. Again, it is still dusty--they covered it back up to finish construction then will return for touchups and a final coat.


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RE: It's March 2012 - How's Your Build Progressing? (Follow-Up #57)

posted by: cvtxmama on 03.28.2012 at 10:19 pm in Building a Home Forum

Finally figured out how to post photos:

Things are a little dusty, but progress is being made!


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RE: It's March 2012 - How's Your Build Progressing? (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: athensmomof3 on 03.05.2012 at 07:37 pm in Building a Home Forum

I think making the panels thicker will look nice. I don't know how much room you need but you can do all sorts of things without taking down the wall like removing the sheetrock behind the fridge and turning the studs sideways behind the fridge. This may not give you as much room as you need but could gain you several inches. . .

We turned the studs sideways in the walls of our master shower to give us some extra room and it made a huge difference!


Turning studs sideways for more room
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RE: It's March 2012 - How's Your Build Progressing? (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: athensmomof3 on 03.04.2012 at 04:08 pm in Building a Home Forum

The cabinets are velvet white, an older Porter Paint color that they can still mix up. The trim is *supposed* to be the same color but the paint store didn't do a good job. They are matching it to the cabinets for the final coat. We have had a terrible time with the requested paint not matching the swatches . . . The dining room is the wrong color too! That too will be fixed when we do the final coats.


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RE: It's March 2012 - How's Your Build Progressing? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: athensmomof3 on 03.02.2012 at 04:18 pm in Building a Home Forum

The biggest news is that we have paint on the outside! It is a cloudy day and it changes in the sun - the pictures of the back are closer to what it looks like in real life. It is Farrow and Ball Stony Ground.




Friends Porch


Window showing trim color



Screened porch - the ceiling has tongue and groove on it (it is vaulted) and the wood is for a stone fireplace going out there


Laundry sink


Mudroom lockers


My pocket office


Kitchen marble


View from front door through den


Dining room


Basement bar



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RE: I still don't think I like our architects drawing... (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: athensmomof3 on 04.22.2012 at 07:04 pm in Building a Home Forum

Our architect drew everything on paper until we got where we wanted to be floor plan wise. He is old school, I guess - he would arrive with his hand drawn plan and tracing paper and we would sit at the kitchen table and move things around until we liked them. We would then get another hand drawn plan with all the changes.

Once the plan was finalized, we started on the exterior. Our architect didn't get us either at first - I kept saying . . . make it simpler. We switched from a hipped roof to a gable, got rid of double windows on the front upstairs, etc. We ended up with something that is traditional, simple and something we love (and would be approved by the ARB). It took forever though!

I finally told him I wanted something that looked like it was built in the 1920s and fluffed over the years. We painted our brick (the picture is not an accurate representation - it is lighter and more grey/greige than taupe) which gave it instant age. When I told him all that, we got much closer. The first elevation was half stone, half brick and entirely too trendy for my taste!!!

Here is a link that might be useful: House elevation


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RE: Small things that get forgotten (Follow-Up #59)

posted by: Laura12 on 06.03.2012 at 01:19 pm in Building a Home Forum

All the suggestions posted on this thread have been so valuable, though I'm sure many of you (like myself) find your head spinning with all the ideas, so I just sat down and categorized them all!

Closet & Organization
- Plugs in several closets
- Make sure your closet has enough space for both double hung rods, and singles to accomadate long clothes
- Full size broom cupboard in pantry or laundry room to hide all the cleaning items away from sight.
- More closet/linen space than you think you'll need
- Cubbies in mudroom with an outlet in each one
- Motion sensor on pantry and closet lights

- Plug in master toilet closet for night light
- Outlets inside vanity cabinets (upper and lower) in bathroom for dryer etc.
- Heated towels racks
- Don't caulk the bottom of your toilet to the tile to hide potential leaks
- Make use of the pony wall in a bathroom by turning it into storage.
- Vac pans for hair
- Appliance garage on counter

- Run conduit under the driveway for future wiring or plumbing needs
- Prewire speakers both indoor and outdoor
- Ensure you have hose outlets and power on all 4 sides of your house, and on top of any raised areas
- Hot/cold outdoor water is good for washing pets
- Motion sensor pre-wire for selected exterior lights
- Keypad entry on garage door (Keypad entry on front door is great as well)
- Gas line to grill

- Plugs in kitchen pantry for charging, or for items that may end up living there
- Recess the fridge
- With wide islands put cabinets on the both sides. While they are not easy to get to, they are good for storing seldomly used items.
- Built in paper towel holder
- Custom storage organization in kitchen drawers
- Warming drawer in dining room
- Pantry entrance near both kitchen and garage
- Custom shelves and a place to plug in appliances in pantry
- Plugs above cabinets for Christmas lighting
- Set up for both gas and electric appliances
- Pantry door on swivel
- Pantry light on motion sensor
- Copper tubing for your ice maker from the freezer and until it's out of the kitchen wall
- Drawer microwave
- Knife drawer
- Pull-out garbage/recycling/laundry (for dirty dish towels/napkins/bibs!)
- Paper towel holder in drawer slot
- Drawers for all lower cabinets (more efficient use of space)
- Two soap pumps at sink (one for handsoap, one for dish soap)
- Easy-access place to store frequently used appliances
- place to hang hand towels & aprons

Electrical & Plumbing
- Prewire security system & cameras
- Run wire and prepare roof for future solar
- Run a 2" PVC pipe up from the basement to the attic for future wiring needs, some suggested double conduits.
- Seperate 20z circut with outlets at waist height in garage to plug in tools
- Seperate 20z ciructe for TV and a/v equipment
- Identify areas for low voltage can/rack
- Pre-wring for music and speakers, inside and outside
- iPad controllers in the walls to control whole house music systems
- Pre-wire for generator to essential areas
- Carbon monozide unit on the wall upstairs
- Make sure plumbing in bathrooms are done correctly. One commenter's toilet was placed too close to the tub pipes so I couldn't get the deeper tub because they didn't allow room.
- Cast iron pipes for the plumbing drops from the second floor cuts down on noise
- Take pictures of all the walls before Sheetrock went up so you knew where all the wiring was in case you needed to add or change anything.
- Include a 220V to garage (tools, future electric car etc)
- Measure the location of anything under the slab, and various utilities out in the yard.
- Run an electrical line with a few floor outlets, especially since we have very open floor plan and couch sets are not against a wall
- Plumbed for a built-in drinking fountain,

- Light switch to the attic in the hallway (and remember lights in attic in general)
- Solar tubes in areas that don�t get natural sunlight
- In cabinet lights and outside lights on timers
- Make sure you check the cost ratings of ceiling fans
- Check all remotes for ceiling fans prior to construction completion
- 3 way switches where helpful
- Master switch from master that controls all exterior lights
- A master switch at each exit (Front, back or garage), that turns off all of the power to the switches/lights in the house, so that you can turn off all lights without going to each room and/or light switch.

- 4 plug outlets near the bed in the master
- A light switch at the head of your bed so you can turn out the light once you are in bed.

- Plugs under eaves for holiday lights, with a switch inside to turn on and off.
- Enough storage for Christmas decorations
- Seasonal closet with hangers for wreaths, and space for rubbermaid storage boxes.
- Plugs for Christmas lights: over cabinets, in stairway, in porch ceiling, under eaves

Heating, Cooling, and Vacuums
- Central Vac with vac pans, if you have hardwood floors - get a Hideahose
- Plan where furnace vents will go instead of letting the builder decide
- Hepa filtration for allegergy sufferers
- WarmFloors heating

- Read Myron Ferguson has a book out, "Better Houses, Better Living"
- Receptacles for fire extinguishers. Maybe plan some cutouts so they are flush to the wall.
- Where possible pocket doors
- Secondary dryer lint trap
- Soundproofing where needed
- Stairs from garage to basement
- A phone by the door leading into the garage for those pesky calls when you are getting in or out of the car
- An inside button to open and close your garage door for when guests arrive and its raining.
- Additional support during framing on the top side of windows for curtains
- Power outage flashlights and keep in outlets around around house. Recess these into the space with each fire extinguisher.
- Mailbox sensor to alert you whenever your mailbox is opened so that you're not running out of the house checking for mail when it's not there.
- Ensure builders don't "box" off spaces, where storage or shelving could go
- Make copies of manuals prior to installation and give the builder the copies so you can keep the originals.
- Minimal walls, and lots of windows.
- A laundry room. Not just a hall, or closet, a room.
- Spindles and hand rail made that can be removed for moving furniture
- Handicapped accessible.
- Plan an elevator shaft in case you want to install one later, in the meantime it will serve as storage closets.

- Plan a specific place for your dog food,
- Place for the kitty box,
- Place for dogs to be bathed
- place for dog crates
- Exhaust fan in laundry room for litterbox

Regional considerations:
- an ante-room, with coatracks and shoe storage, and a way to keep the heat in.
- An entrance to the basement from outside for salt delivery, repair men etc so they don't track thru your house.
- storm shelter to weather the threats your area faces.
- a mosquito system and
- little covered niche for bear spray at/near each entry.
- Drain in the garage to get rid of the excess water quicker from vehicles after it snows
- Pest line (brand name Taexx) a small tube is run around the perimeter of the home through the framing, and then pest control can spray within it.


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RE: Small things that get forgotten (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: homiha on 04.27.2012 at 10:05 pm in Building a Home Forum

Pantry door on swivel (in case of full hands)
Pantry light on motion sensor
Master-switch from master bedroom that controls all exterior lights (in case you hear something from bed).
Pre-wire for future security cameras


Master switch
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RE: Small things that get forgotten (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: christin78 on 04.27.2012 at 02:34 pm in Building a Home Forum

During framing have a pest line installed, with a stub out (brand name is Taexx). A small tube is run all the way around the perimeter of the home through the framing. A stub out is installed connected to the tubing so that pest control companies can connect and spray inside the walls. I had this done on a previous home and had zero problem with bugs, spiders, termites and the like

Here is a link that might be useful: Taexx


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Creamy White Delicatus Finished Kitchen

posted by: breadandsuch on 09.03.2011 at 09:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

I would like to thank all of the gardenwebbers who took the time to answer my questions, calm ny fears, reassure me during my mini panic attacks, and for allowing me to be part of a community who understood exactly what I was going through. Here are pics of my finished kitchen :)

Cabinets...Shiloh cool white with cafe glaze
Range...Wolf 60 inch dual fuel
Hood...Wolf 60 inch
Fridge...GE Monogram 48 inch
Microwave...GE Monogram Spacesaver
Dishwasher...GE Monogram
Sink...Julien 30 inch, 7 mm edge
Faucet, Pot Filler, Soap Dispenser...Grohe Ladylux3
Backsplash Tile...Walker Zanger 2x6 6th Avenue Canvas Gloss
Mini Pendant Lights...Home Depot
Dining Table...Pottery Barn Bennet
Chairs... Pottery Barn








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RE: Please tell me how to view blogs. (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: makeithome on 10.20.2010 at 08:01 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Now, mind you, not all of these are purely decor related. Most of them do sprinkle in other topics, but most of their posts are about decor and/or interior design. Some of them talk about it from a designer stand point, and some of them are actual homeowners fixing up their own homes.

Bower Power
Young House Love
Centsational Girl
Maillardville Manor
Heather Bullard
Going Home to Roost
French Larkspur
DIY Diva
Making It Lovely
Southern Hospitality Blog
The Lettered Cottage
Thrifty Decor Chick
Thrifty Little Blog
Design Sponge
Elements of Style Blog

Happy reading! :)


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RE: Paintergirl - What were you going to suggest.. (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: paintergirl94 on 11.20.2010 at 08:34 am in Home Decorating Forum

Shee, here's a simple way to do the glazing...
Once your black basecoat is done and dry, mix up your metallic glaze.
Here's what you need:
Metallic paint (artist's paint or latex)
Red artist's paint for highlight
Chip brush
Small brush for red
Glaze (optional)
Bucket, paper towels, patience

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Mix your glaze in the bucket. You can add the pigment to your glaze, or you can simply use water. If you choose water, test your glaze to make sure it's not too runny. You'll know if it will *resist*.
Remove drawers and do each one at a comfortable height and angle. Dip your brush in the paint. Don't immerse it, just wet the tip about 1/2 inch getting both sides. Dab excess of sides of bucket, and working from left to right, drag your brush across the surface, applying a little bit of pressure. What you're creating is a strie.
Make sure no drips on edges (you can dab w/paper towel).
Do all the drawers, then do the body.
Do the top last, as you tend to lean on this part while working. I would do the 2 sides, the rails where the drawers sit and then the top.
Keep a steady hand, and just make sure you use the same amount of glaze each time.
If you make a mistake, you can repaint. If you make a mistake while you're applying the glaze, you can gently remove the glaze with a damp towel and start again.
Once you get in the groove, it's a pretty simple technique on a small piece.
Add red highlight (use right out of tube) wherever you want.
BTW, these are right handed instructions.

I hope this helps and if you have any more specific questions, feel free to e-mail me. I can get back to you much quicker. Also, I'll scan the drawing for you for a better image.
Good luck!!!


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