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post #4471 of 5785
In principle (aesthetically) I agree, I'm just stuck on the idea of being a curator, and preserving what is part of the old house and showing where one stops and the other begins. I did the same in trying to re-use the exterior brick, and keep some exposed brick from what was the exterior in the new room.

My house isn't so old that I should be thinking about it, but in 100 years someone would appreciate the thought.
post #4472 of 5785
You might want to think of a fire suppression system if you sleep over your garage. A lot of fires start in the garage.
post #4473 of 5785
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Originally Posted by texas_jack View Post

You might want to think of a fire suppression system if you sleep over your garage. A lot of fires start in the garage.

I used type X drywall and whatever else the code required. There is also a smoke alarm right outside the garage. Only part of the room sits over the garage, the majority is over living space, including the sleeping area.
post #4474 of 5785
I would match the oak - shouldn't be too hard to do. I agree with making the change at the threshold, rather than mid-room.


Hit a bump in the road of my project today - electrician has to run off to Montana for some kind of emergency and wont be back till Monday, so instead of finishing today and inspecting tomorrow AM, we are looking at finishing Monday and inspecting on Tuesday. Also left us without a furnace (breaker taken out as part of panel re-arranging. GC says he's going to be here soon to talk about it . . .lurker[1].gif
post #4475 of 5785
After consulting the architect, he came by and suggested as you guys suggested. I went ahead and had them rip out the old oak this morning and Monday they'll lay the floor to the entire dimensions of the room.

His comment was that in this instance historical accuracy wasn't being considered in my flooring choice, so since I wasn't being historically accurate to the house all bets were off.

Thanks all
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Did a kitchen remodel of sorts last week... Replaced all the "contractor-grade" (according to the appliance installer) GE appliances and replaced with Viking (hood vs. GE microwave-hood, gas range, french door fridge/freezer vs. side-by-side) and Kitchenaid dishwasher. Put a microwave in the pantry now. Also pulled out a cabinet and put a wine fridge in, so we have a lot more wine storage now. I got some Spiegelau glasses to replace our C&B ones that the old dishwasher etched particles and gunk into the walls of as well, and I have a new garbage disposal on the way to replace the crappy one we have. After this, I think there won't be a single thing in the kitchen that is the way the place was when it was built. When we bought the condo, we replaced the granite counters and repainted the cabinets and shelves. Now all the appliances are upgraded too. Can't wait to have a new and improved kitchen finally done. I have to put a couple counter L brackets in to reinforce the granite above the wine fridge where the cabinet used to be but everything else should be fine for a long time, or at least until we want to sell (which won't be for at least 3-4 years at this point anyways).

Congrats on the remodel. I am curious about your upgrade of the hood. Did you need to worry about make up air with the Viking hood?
post #4477 of 5785
Because our kitchen was not ducted with the previous hood, we opted to put the recirculating kit in with our new hood so no make up air concerns
post #4478 of 5785
930 am on a Saturday and I've already yelled at my contractor and electrician. #remodellyfe
post #4479 of 5785
I thought Seattle was more laid back
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I thought Seattle was more laid back

It is, but I'll be goddamned if I'm going to let them put cover plates in the ceiling of my new kitchen (to cover deleted ceiling fixtures) because they dont want to crawl 60 feet through my scuttle attic to flip the J-boxes around and make them accessible from up there.
post #4481 of 5785
All in all, I have a very little patience for listening to people tell me how hard their job is when I am paying them (what they asked me) to do it.
post #4482 of 5785
You're right to have them do that its nice to have power in the attic when you need it. I joke because I know the feeling, I always had to hire people at work that would make fun of the last contractor all while taking the path of least resistance on the re-do of that same project (usually moving fixtures). So I have yet to hire anyone for anything at my house with exception to one plumber. He was wonderful but ended up fixing a problem I didn't have.
post #4483 of 5785
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Originally Posted by RedLantern View Post

It is, but I'll be goddamned if I'm going to let them put cover plates in the ceiling of my new kitchen (to cover deleted ceiling fixtures) because they dont want to crawl 60 feet through my scuttle attic to flip the J-boxes around and make them accessible from up there.

I agree that you should use the opportunity to have power up there, but if it's unfinished they should probably pull the wire and junction box up to a higher spot on the framing.
post #4484 of 5785
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I agree that you should use the opportunity to have power up there, but if it's unfinished they should probably pull the wire and junction box up to a higher spot on the framing.

Actually it's not an issue of having power up there (I have a very low slope roof and it's not at all a usable space, even for storage), its that the wiring running through the boxes that are in the ceiling (and used to feed the overhead lights in the kitchen) also run power to other parts of the house. It's not really feasible to just delete the boxes and associated wiring (would require redoing a lot of other wiring), so the boxes have to stay. As the boxes must be accessible, I'd rather the access be on the attic side, rather than the ceiling of my kitchen.
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All in all, I have a very little patience for listening to people tell me how hard their job is when I am paying them (what they asked me) to do it.

Never manage nurses if this bothers you.
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