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post #3421 of 5753
200 per window installed seems a bit steep, but not crazy. especially installed. having said that, to me its crazy to spend that much on blinds (windows dont even cost that much!), but to each their own. you could DIY for about half that.
post #3422 of 5753
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Originally Posted by Lizard23 View Post

Long term lurker but new to posting. Just bought a house and need window treatments. We like the clean look of solar shades for downstairs and living areas and cellular with blackout for bedrooms.

Just had a Hunter Douglas rep come and measure and he quoted U.S. 10,800 for 25 windows with installation.

Does this seem reasonable? I honestly have no idea what this should cost.

For Hunter Douglas this is reasonable. Even when I DIY a window treatment they run $200 - $250 per window typically, depending on what I'm installing. As I've said before on this thread, it's all in proportion to the value of the home. I had a friend just do their entire remodeled home with Hunter Douglas window treatments and they did an outstanding job. I would get a second quote from a local competitor and see what you're really getting from HD as far as value added.
post #3423 of 5753
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Originally Posted by jgold47 View Post

200 per window installed seems a bit steep, but not crazy. especially installed. having said that, to me its crazy to spend that much on blinds (windows dont even cost that much!), but to each their own. you could DIY for about half that.

 

We got a quote for $18,000 cash for something like 23 or 25 windows in our house.  That was Pella and using their stock sizes which are slightly smaller than our windows.  Non-cash was north of $20,000.

 

I have heard other brands at Lowe's/HD will custom make windows but unless we can somehow get to maybe $12,000 (which I doubt) my wife wants to do other projects.

 

Also was having issues again with the A/C unit.  The drain was clogged so it was an easy fix but the compressor or capacitor is going bad and needs replaced.  Something like $200 installed but need to check if DIY is worth it to save any money.

post #3424 of 5753
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We got a quote for $18,000 cash for something like 23 or 25 windows in our house.  That was Pella and using their stock sizes which are slightly smaller than our windows.  Non-cash was north of $20,000.

I have heard other brands at Lowe's/HD will custom make windows but unless we can somehow get to maybe $12,000 (which I doubt) my wife wants to do other projects.

Also was having issues again with the A/C unit.  The drain was clogged so it was an easy fix but the compressor or capacitor is going bad and needs replaced.  Something like $200 installed but need to check if DIY is worth it to save any money.

capacitor on an A/C unit is super easy. JUST SHUT THE POWER OFF AND USE NON CONDUCTIVE GLOVES. what is it doing?

I think we got a quote for 13K for about 25 windows from one of the local places here. these were 'factory direct' windows, so no brand names. I almost threw the guy out of the house for taking so long to quote us (videos, demos, OMG). decided to keep our charming 1920's windows and just add storms. Next owner can deal with it. so 400/window. Ok Jgold47 doesnt do math.
post #3425 of 5753
Capacitors are incredibly easy and cost about $10 on eBay.

But in addition to cutting the power, you also have to short your old capacitor out before you try to remove it, just in case it's still holding a charge. It's easy, just make sure you use an insulated screwdriver.
post #3426 of 5753
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Originally Posted by jgold47 View Post

capacitor on an A/C unit is super easy. JUST SHUT THE POWER OFF AND USE NON CONDUCTIVE GLOVES. what is it doing?

I think we got a quote for 13K for about 25 windows from one of the local places here. these were 'factory direct' windows, so no brand names. I almost threw the guy out of the house for taking so long to quote us (videos, demos, OMG). decided to keep our charming 1920's windows and just add storms. Next owner can deal with it. so 400/window. Ok Jgold47 doesnt do math.

Those guys are the worst.
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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post

We got a quote for $18,000 cash for something like 23 or 25 windows in our house.  That was Pella and using their stock sizes which are slightly smaller than our windows.  Non-cash was north of $20,000.

I have heard other brands at Lowe's/HD will custom make windows but unless we can somehow get to maybe $12,000 (which I doubt) my wife wants to do other projects.

Also was having issues again with the A/C unit.  The drain was clogged so it was an easy fix but the compressor or capacitor is going bad and needs replaced.  Something like $200 installed but need to check if DIY is worth it to save any money.

That sounds high for stock size windows. Lowe's does Pella, which I used, and it was around $500/window for the Pella 450 wood framed windows. Keep your eye out for a 10% off coupon or sign up for a mover's 10% coupon.
post #3427 of 5753

Lowe's 10% coupon and windows is a good idea.  I assume they have larger size options in store than their website is showing.  We have a window opening of ~78" for most first floor windows then a smaller window on the 2nd floor.  My step-father actually works there so 10% off is the standard for him.  I wonder if there is anyway to stack codes.  

 

As for the capacitor, they are suppose to be something like 45 units...whatever it is measured on and within a 10% variance is normal.  Ours is running 31 units so it will need changed at some point.  Sounds like enough youtube videos will be out there that it could be worth a shot.  

post #3428 of 5753
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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post

Lowe's 10% coupon and windows is a good idea.  I assume they have larger size options in store than their website is showing.  We have a window opening of ~78" for most first floor windows then a smaller window on the 2nd floor.  My step-father actually works there so 10% off is the standard for him.  I wonder if there is anyway to stack codes.  

As for the capacitor, they are suppose to be something like 45 units...whatever it is measured on and within a 10% variance is normal.  Ours is running 31 units so it will need changed at some point.  Sounds like enough youtube videos will be out there that it could be worth a shot.  

You could stack the 10% (?) bonus for opening a Lowe's card or if they have a sale on them - typically twice a year. We had Pella wood clad patio door and fiberglass entry doors put in through Lowe's too, and we were very satisfied. I think it was ~$3k installed for everything including all the discounts.

I think they charge you $25 to come out and measure, but they credit your purchase back
post #3429 of 5753
To clarify, the quote of 10,800 USD was for windows treatments made my Hunter Douglas (About half solar shades and half cellular with blackout). This is not for replacing the windows themselves.

I got 2 other quotes from competitors. One was for 15k and the other was for 10k. I looked into DIY and the cost savings for the same quality appears to be minimal.
post #3430 of 5753
Tin celiling installed in my bar. Really gives it a nice feel for very little $.



post #3431 of 5753

I really like that tin ceiling.  We looked at a house where a couple of rooms had these small ceiling tile things the owners painted bronze-ish to mimic a tin ceiling.  Looked horrible.

 

I am waiting on a furniture maker to get back to me regarding some sketches of a possible kitchen island and stools.  Another guy basically said butcher block is a terrible idea, hard to work with, expensive, and will fall apart in 5 years.  Bashing a potential customers ideas is not the best was to get business.

post #3432 of 5753
Chris, I like the retro look of the tin ceiling.

Sitting at home today for three vendors. Already had a glass shop drop off a 31x92 sheet of glass that now covers the top of my new credenza style wine storage in the formal dining room. Have a garage door company coming by in the early afternoon for PM on my openers and doors. A/V company should be here any time to do the cabling for my new A/V install. Looking forward to getting this done and then start working with a contractor for our fireplace wall.
post #3433 of 5753
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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post

I really like that tin ceiling.  We looked at a house where a couple of rooms had these small ceiling tile things the owners painted bronze-ish to mimic a tin ceiling.  Looked horrible.

I am waiting on a furniture maker to get back to me regarding some sketches of a possible kitchen island and stools.  Another guy basically said butcher block is a terrible idea, hard to work with, expensive, and will fall apart in 5 years.  Bashing a potential customers ideas is not the best was to get business.

Maybe not, but the edges of end grain up butcher blocks can be very fragile if not particularly thick or well supported. If it's side grain up (not true butcher block) than so long as expansion/contraction is accounted for in the design it should not be problematic.
post #3434 of 5753

@SkinnyGoomba - I did not know side grain was not considered true butchers block.  The overhang will only be 2 inches on 3 sides with 1 extended a little further to create and area to pull a stool up to.  I will have to ask about the support under that end.  I doubt we will cut directly on it as clean up would be messy but you never know.  

post #3435 of 5753
Got home yesterday afternoon and my thermostat was reporting that it wasn't receiving any power. Mind you, it's been ~105 deg. with the heat index and ridiculous humidity. Switched out the thermostat, reset the breakers - no luck. Called the hvac company and they tell me about an hour for a technician - I wasn't going overnight without a/c...the kids would have been miserable (as would I).

While waiting I do some research on the interwebs and learn a bit about how these systems are designed. I end up finding a blown 3A fuse on the furnace circuit board. Rush to get to home depot for a replacement before the service tech gets here (in case I'm right, I'll cancel the call). In my rush I hop into the car and sit on my new sunglasses, destroying them shog[1].gif

Get to Home Depot and find out they don't carry 3A fuses so have to go to an auto parts store. Tech gets to my house 2 minutes before me...of course I was right and the fuse was the issue.

Now wondering how much I'm going to be billed for a Sunday night call baldy[1].gif
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