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post #5161 of 6992

Does your university charge you anything for that?

post #5162 of 6992
Farmers (used to) run this state. $6.00.

Measured the tree and I'll need to drill 8 holes per treatment. It's not a huge tree, but it shades my workshop and my collection of (semi-valuable) tropicals.

If you have a tree you want to keep, drilling holes in it is generally not a good idea. But about 1/3 to 1/2 of the canopy of this one is dying back a few months before it's supposed to in the fall. Even though it's generally healthy you can see that it's stressed the tree--enough that I'm going to treat it next year.
post #5163 of 6992
My wife has decided that we should have a custom barn door made for the master bedroom going into the master bath (thanks HGTV!) we told the builder to remove the doors that were in the plan and to just leave it open. The trim carpenter accidentally added trim to make it a cased opening (I.e. Instead of Sheetrock with rounded corners/painted to match the walls). Should I have them remove it (similar to the first or second opening in the pic below? To be clear, that's not the actual door in question, just using it to illustrate the finish of each). I tend to think that when it's cases out it looks more like someone had a door there and removed it (even though the casing there clearly is not setup for a door). The one below will also be cased, as will every other opening w/o a door.

Edited by JohnGalt - 9/27/16 at 8:08pm
post #5164 of 6992
What is barn door?
Is it the one that slides on metal rails along the wall,( that modern abomination of a pocket door)?
If it is, you should revoke her TV watching rights or talk sense into her. Having bath and toilet directly adjoined to your bedroom is bizarre idea enough, but having a door that provides no privacy between those two rooms is a next level......
post #5165 of 6992
Good luck selling a house in most parts of the US that doesn't have a master bath. The door provides as much privacy as any other type of door. Note that there is a separate WC for the toilet.
post #5166 of 6992
Around me you would not be able to sell a new home without baths in all the bedrooms. You may be able to get away with a jack and jill if priced low enough.
post #5167 of 6992
Weird thing to harp on. There are plenty of dumb American design conceits, but master baths are pretty obvious. My house doesn't have one and I'm really looking forward to changing the layout of the upstairs to accommodate one. Privacy is nice, especially if you have kids in the house. Who wants to get dressed to go use the hall bathroom, especially after adult activities?
post #5168 of 6992
I hate the idea of masturbedroom with toilet/bath in it, just like I hate idea of open kitchen that has dining and living room all rolled into one. Add recessed lights, dropped ceilings, small windows with no framing, plastic window frames with up and down mechanism that barely let any light in and you get all of my pet peeves about US construction. I understand that since in US everyone is mobile workforce and needs to sell and move at some point, homeowners have to comply with buyers expectations in every market.
post #5169 of 6992
Okay, let's see what Med can find wrong with this:

We have a master suite. You enter to a foyer type space. Proceed down one short hallway and you enter the sleeping chamber. Huge windows, all framed in wood, beautiful wood/glass French doors that open to the patio. Head down a different short hallway and you come get the his and hers walk in closets. Farther down the hallway opens into a large dressing room with separate vanities and a walk in shower at one end. At the other end is a water closet. Huge window for natural light.

I await to hear how I'm doing it wrong.
post #5170 of 6992
Any rationale for the open kitchen hate?

The place I have was built in the 1930s and has a closed kitchen and I'm planning to keep it that way. But people are advising me that I should open the kitchen. What are the pros to keep the kitchen closed?
post #5171 of 6992
Originally Posted by poorsod View Post

Any rationale for the open kitchen and master bath hate?

The place I have was built in the 1930s and has a closed kitchen and a separate bath and I'm planning to keep it that way. But people are advising me that I should open the kitchen. What are the pros to keep the kitchen closed?

Some people like to confine kitchen noise, smells, and grime to the kitchen. You also get more storage if you have more walls.

If you don't use the kitchen as an entertaining space (as most Americans do these days), there's some functional upside to it.

The master bath hate seems to just be "Well, Americans do it so it must be wrong." It's a pretty functional design, especially if you have kids. Being able to get ready in your own little space is nice.
post #5172 of 6992
I think personal preference is the most important thing. I love open spaces so I tend to like open floor plans and big windows. If you like yours keep it the way it is.
post #5173 of 6992
Originally Posted by cross22 View Post

I think personal preference is the most important thing. I love open spaces so I tend to like open floor plans and big windows. If you like yours keep it the way it is.

I have a smaller 1950s house, and it's super closed off with the original wall intact between the kitchen and living space. It went from being claustrophobic and terrible for entertaining to nice and open and has good flow.

If I had a lot more space, I wouldn't mind a separate kitchen. But I don't, so there you go.
post #5174 of 6992
I go both ways on some of those.

When you've got a sprawling piobmanor, you can have your giant bathroom attached to your bedroom. I see why it is nice to have, and it keeps your other bathroom clean and ready for guests. Easy to see how it became a standard item at the time when american homes were blowing up in size.

But with sizes coming back down, or when remodling older are trading off a lot of space and money for something that is honestly unnecessary.

Even worse in non-detached homes. Seems that every new 2-BR condo/apartment needs to have a fucking master bath with double sinks and shit. It is dumb. I'd rather have that square footage added to about any other room.

The open kitchens are funny to me too. If you don't really cook but still have a fancy kitchen, they make a ton of sense. They also can let you share space, so they actually work pretty well in smaller homes...but they came to being as homes were ballooning up. If you have all of that extra space and you actually cook shit...why have your dirty dishes and cooking smells right next to your eating space?

They almost flip for me...If you've got enough space for an ostentatious master bath...then you should have enough space for a highly functional kitchen and a separate living area (could even have a wet bar if you absolutely need something like an island for people to stand around). If you are in a small space, then the open kitchen is one way to allow cooking/eating/living spaces to share peripheral area and make the place feel more spacious...but if you need more spaciousness, why the fuck do you have a 100+sq ft master bathroom?
post #5175 of 6992

My house is a 1950s story and a half and is about 2000 sq ft including the basement.  We have a fairly closed off kitchen - just a kitchen and breakfast nook that has a sliding door to the backyard.  I want to keep my kitchen pretty closed off because, as others have mentioned, why do you want all the grease, grime, and smells getting to the rest of the house.  I cook all the time, so my kitchen isn't for show.  Also, in six years, besides family, I think we have entertained in our house only once or twice.


We also have a master bath.  The half story is one large master suite with walk-in closet.  The bathroom though is about 40 sq ft, so small by today's standards.  I don't mind it.  I have never had a need for two vanities - my wife and I have pretty different schedules - and when I see houses with dual vanities I just think it is a waste of space.

I think you should go with your preference unless you have plans to sell in the near future.

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