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post #1366 of 2580
This is what the front glass on the first level of the foyer looks like. I do like that you can't see straight into the house but a butthere has to be something better.

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post #1367 of 2580
Thread Starter 
Ah, I see what you mean. Yes, in the foyer, that stuff is pretty awful.

Is the door really purple?
post #1368 of 2580
No, it's a sun bleached brown.
post #1369 of 2580
I like front doors that you can't see in through.
post #1370 of 2580
I like front doors that you can't see in through.
post #1371 of 2580
post #1372 of 2580
fantastic house TJ
post #1373 of 2580
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post


Those look like the front doors to my house.
post #1374 of 2580
Your house has awesome front doors then.
post #1375 of 2580
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Originally Posted by texas_jack View Post

This is what the front glass on the first level of the foyer looks like. I do like that you can't see straight into the house but a butthere has to be something better.

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Find a local stained glass artisan (check around for people giving lessons) and commission some custom side lights. My mother has done them in all the houses she's owned.nod[1].gif
post #1376 of 2580
The Mrs. and I were out snooping around a house tonight (the house had apparently just gone pending) and bumped into a contractor measuring to put up a new fence. Chatted him up for a bit and he took us to a house that he has been working on that is not yet on the market, but they are looking to sell. Turns out the second house is fantastic. Got the contact info for the owners and going to get in contact with them tomorrow. Feeling excited and lucky to be in on the DL real estate tip . . .icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #1377 of 2580
Good luck RL and congrats TJ!
post #1378 of 2580
ah homeownership. this summer:

re painted and finished back deck only to discover a giant leak in the skimmer returns. deck is getting ripped up so we can get the leak fixed.

have spent about 100 hours with a hedge trimmer this summer.

spent all summer doing those nagging little tasks that come with foot traffic and wear and tear after 2 years in the house with 3 kids. i will give one piece of advice; unless you have the family size to require it, don't buy more house than you need as it's just more upkeep.
post #1379 of 2580
Thread Starter 
We have two chimneys in our house, and when we did our extensive remodel we found one chimney needed some work but it was not in the budget. We are about to do the work now.

Nobody really knows why, but there's no sign that the chimney has ever been capped. It has four flues - one for each of three fireplaces, and a fourth was the vent for the old gas boiler; the fourth flue is no longer in use. We are told that the flues are in great shape - or at least they were, but in heavy rain we get water coming into these three fireplaces. I'm not quite sure where the water from the old boiler flue goes. Anyways, we could just put a cheap galvanized cap up, but both chimneys are brick and the one with the cap has a nice brick cap on it which I think we ought to match. The brick in the "bad" chimney is also a little beat up at the top, so the top few rows of masonry need to be redone or replaced. So I need to pay someone to go up on our slate roof without breaking roof tiles, redo a couple courses of brick, and add a masonry cap as well. With a cheap cap, the quote is $2 grand.

This is gonna be fun.
post #1380 of 2580
i am so happy my new house is slate free. nothing like a slate roof but the last house cost me 18k on slate in 5 years
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