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post #121 of 2591
some exterior/yard shots of the new place

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post #122 of 2591
^ I like it. Great shade, but come autumn you'll be sorely tempted to cut down every last tree that's shading your pool, plus every tree within 50 yards of the pool. And your neighbors' trees, too.
post #123 of 2591
i skim like 3 hrs a week at least. shade makes it nice and private, whole area is heavily wooded. have 6 japanese maples, 8 rose bushes, wisteria everywhere
post #124 of 2591
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i skim like 3 hrs a week at least. shade makes it nice and private, whole area is heavily wooded. have 6 japanese maples, 8 rose bushes, wisteria everywhere

very, very, very jealous.
post #125 of 2591
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The US also has large domestic supplies of timber, as well as easy access to Canadian supplies, which are far larger. I seriously doubt it is the material used for external sheathing that is the major driver in US housing prices.
you're right, i was over simplifying

large pool of labour and a huge competitive market for materials is probably the biggest factor. still, you do see a lot more cheap materials used in housing in North America than a lot of other places.
post #126 of 2591
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The US also has large domestic supplies of timber, as well as easy access to Canadian supplies, which are far larger. I seriously doubt it is the material used for external sheathing that is the major driver in US housing prices.

And don't forget about the large stock of illegal immigrants who will work for next to nothing erecting those houses.. satisfied.gif
post #127 of 2591
Lets not forget that we have an abundance of land. Most European cities have higher population densities than similarly populous US cities. Of course home ownership will be more expensive in Utrecht than it is in Pittsburgh.
post #128 of 2591
Manor is some good stuff. Yes, it comes in a 2 oz bottle-- but how much does it take to mix it up, you ask?

1/4 ounce--

Per acre.

Can't imagine why they don't carry it at home depot. Hah!
post #129 of 2591
Here's a fun DIY: replace your old T12 fluorescents with the newer T8--smaller, brighter bulbs that use less juice. The new electronic ballasts come on instantly and they don't hum or flicker, either. Even though the T8 bulbs fit in old fixtures, you can't just drop the new bulbs in -- you need to replace the old ballast.

Home Depot carries a 4-light T8 ballast (which replaces two T12 ballasts in a four-light fixture). Only $20 and pretty easy to install into old fixtures. Just grab some wire nuts and you're good to go.
post #130 of 2591
I am taking great pleasure just occupying the new abode. I sip a dram of Pappy just staring out at the view and feel contentment. I think once I get my backyard paradise done in a few years I'll never want to leave the house.
post #131 of 2591
Doing some gardening soon! Most of my home improvement involves buying furniture or antiques for the place. Waiting patiently for my lc3 to arrive from cassina. This mark's the beginning stages of the 'man cave'. My fiancé' has threatened to buy me a zebra rug...real zebra.

I hear you Pio, this is the fortress of solitude.
post #132 of 2591
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I doubt about the cost of wood though. My mother had a quote done for a wood version of the house she had build this year, which was about the same price as brick. This was for the swedish type.. She chose brick due to the lower maintenance cost.
And the most probable reason for not using structural brick walls in the US is probably the cost, bricklayers are expensive, a solid slab of concrete isnt. I always wondered about the low cost of houses on your side of the pond, and think that that might be the cause..
sorry about the threadjack guys..

Houses here are mostly wood frame construction, with the various veneers I mentioned before. There are (very few) poured-concrete construction homes at the high end.
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Not the ones I've seen. They're cheap largely because they're done en masse, in developments, by largely low-cost and sometimes-moderately-skilled labor. It does help, though, that they use large-scale pre-fab products like sheetrock and hardiplank as opposed to plaster and brick. That, at least, keeps labor costs down.
When we built in a development, the land was purchased in bulk and parceled out and the homes were built in a largely assembly-line process - except that the houses were stationary and the crews moved from house to house.

A couple of years ago, just north of here in Milton, there was a "house factory" operated by Mattamy Homes (I think the subsidiary was called Stelumar) -- materials would be deposited at one end, and whole homes would be wheeled out the other and trucked onto poured concreted basements in the nearby subdivisions as they were built. The thing was like a massive hangar, and seeing a house emerge from one end early in the morning was kind of bizarre. wow.gif

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^ I like it. Great shade, but come autumn you'll be sorely tempted to cut down every last tree that's shading your pool, plus every tree within 50 yards of the pool. And your neighbors' trees, too.

Very nice, kunk, but as Thomas said, you will be murderous come fall ... laugh.gif
post #133 of 2591
New liner went in yesterday ...

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post #134 of 2591
That just makes me incredibly nervous about when it comes time to have our pool resurfaced. We may switch it back from salt water back to regular chlorination, at the same time.
post #135 of 2591
Just chiming in to say the Wife and I have been pre-approved and have begun the hunt this week. Now to find the best compromise between structure, lot and location.

While I'm ready to step up space-wise from our 750 sq ft 1 bedroom apartment, I'm anticipating how the extra costs (all utilities, taxes, maintenance) will affect the cash flow. Guess I'll update when we make the purchase - could be this week or in 4 months, who knows nod[1].gif
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