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post #6961 of 7024

Heating and cooling bills would be very high.

 

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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post
The walls of the shower will be Carrara then just the floors of the bathroom.  It is a very small footprint (~20sq/ft) so I figured I would just carry the pattern through.  I could always switch to Calacatta for a lighter color which would then tie into the mosaic on the wall.  It really depends on the lot of marble we get if it tends to be more whites and less grays otherwise it could get a little too gray then I would agree with you.

I think adding some Calacatta would make it even more busy.  But maybe I'm not imagining what you're imagining.  And I tend to like very plain bathrooms.  So I'm probably just biased.

 

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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

It's a decent location. I don't understand having a wide-open 3/4 of an acre though other than to say you have it. If it was 3/4 acre wooded lot, sure, but you can see all your neighbors at that place....

I agree.  Some mature trees would be a big selling point for me.  I can't understand why people take nice wooded lots, then clear cut them and build.  My dad's from Maine and I see that all the time there.  

 

Re. the garage, what struck me is how prominent it is from the front.  I like garages on the side or back, ideally.

 

Good catch on the popcorn ceilings, Pio.  That was the first thing we had taken out.  But ours had asbestos.  I'm guessing this stuff was sprayed after that era.  Maybe they wanted it for sound reduction.

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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

My favorite bit was that the thing was listed for about half what they're asking a few years ago. Did they add the huge garage to it in the meantime? Probably not.

There was a house in WI that was listed for around 10 years. It started somewhere around $20 mil and ended up selling last year for $2.9 mil lol8[1].gif
post #6963 of 7024
Can someone educate me on marble vs synthetic stone?

Is marble only more desirable because it is natural and rarer ?
Because it seems like the man made versions have all the practical advantages and I'm not sure I can readily distinguish them by sight
post #6964 of 7024
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Can someone educate me on marble vs synthetic stone?

Is marble only more desirable because it is natural and rarer ?
Because it seems like the man made versions have all the practical advantages and I'm not sure I can readily distinguish them by sight

I have done marble look quartz, and I will probably do it again. It is more maintenance/less durable. There are people who can tell the difference, but there are really good examples that I can't tell the difference (or wouldn't notice the difference if you didn't tell me it was quartz.

Cambria and Silestone both have nice options. Cambria will probably be more expensive, but it sounds like they have stricter standards for fabricators/installers. I have seen pictures where you can't see a seam without someone holding their dinner to it.
post #6965 of 7024
The popcorn ceilings caught my eye, too. FFS. And the garage is idiotically laid out for anyone doing the sort of work that would necessitate a lift. Or maybe it was just staged by someone who doesn't know any better.
post #6966 of 7024
Ok, I give up. What's wrong with the lift placement?
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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

Ok, I give up. What's wrong with the lift placement?

They've got all that space, and they put it right up against the one bit of wall space where a toolbox/workbench could go. So they put the toolbox in front of the window and the workbench intrudes on the approach to the lift.
post #6969 of 7024
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

I hate driving through uptown.

You make the baby Prince cry:

Everybody's going uptown
That's where I want to be
Uptown
Set your mind free
Uptown
Got my body hot
Get down
I don't want to stop, no
post #6970 of 7024
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post


You make the baby Prince cry:

Everybody's going uptown
That's where I want to be
Uptown
Set your mind free
Uptown
Got my body hot
Get down
I don't want to stop, no

 

As someone who has lived in MN, I'm about to commit blasphemy, but I don't care if I make baby Prince cry.

post #6971 of 7024
Uptown sure ain't what it used to be. Not sure Price would love the current iteration as much....he'd probably be spending time in Nordeast.
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Personally though, I'd go for Lake Minnetonka if I was going for lake living in the Twin Cities, but that's because I hate driving through uptown.

To each his own I guess, but I'd hate having to drive in the city from Lake Minnetonka, even if that is where the good big boat sailing is.
(In this hypothetical world, I have a job somewhere in the Minneapolis city limits)
My parents are on the north east side of Golden Valley...I can handle that. My dad doesn't even have to get on a highway to go to work (formerly in the warehouse district, currently in northeast)
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Uptown sure ain't what it used to be. Not sure Price would love the current iteration as much....he'd probably be spending time in Nordeast.
To each his own I guess, but I'd hate having to drive in the city from Lake Minnetonka, even if that is where the good big boat sailing is.
(In this hypothetical world, I have a job somewhere in the Minneapolis city limits)
My parents are on the north east side of Golden Valley...I can handle that. My dad doesn't even have to get on a highway to go to work (formerly in the warehouse district, currently in northeast)

 

I always worked in one of the southern suburbs, but there's also plenty of employers in the Plymouth/Golden Valley area too.  Plus if you did work downtown, you could always pay to use the carpool lane.

post #6973 of 7024
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

They've got all that space, and they put it right up against the one bit of wall space where a toolbox/workbench could go. So they put the toolbox in front of the window and the workbench intrudes on the approach to the lift.

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It sure looks like there's enough room for the tool box along that wall, if they wanted it there. The box is on wheels, you know. It even looks like there's enough room to roll it around the corner with the lift in place. And the ramps on the lift are going to be removable so there wouldn't be an access issue between the lift and the bench.

Also, 4-post lifts aren't really used for most auto work, at least in my experience. As far as I know, they're mostly for oil changes and for stacking vehicles in storage. Maybe better if you have to drop a transmission. Some have scissor lifts built in, which makes them more useful, but I can't see if that one has one or not. Even then you wouldn't use it for most repair work, since raising it up or making it hard to get the wheels impedes your access.

Also that garage doesn't seem to be set up for serious auto work. Yeah, it's probably staged, but there doesn't seem to be any provision for serious tools. It's a finished, indoor type space for storing cars and hanging out. Not a workshop.
post #6974 of 7024
Seems like a fine enough spot for the lift. Natural light for working on the car (though I'm sure you will still need a drop light) and likely every other spot is in the way of something like the garage doors.
post #6975 of 7024
Yes, you could put the box over there, but it would almost certainly be too tight to have a drawer open and the car door open and still pass between them easily. And in a garage like this, why would you want to be cramped? I think having the lift in that area is fine (natural light would be really nice), but I'd move one car back into the open area and move the lift more toward the center. The garage doors look to be at least a couple of car lengths away.

If it were my garage, I would definitely have a rotary two-post anchored into the slab, but maybe that wasn't an option. It looks like the garage is over another space. I don't love scissor lifts.
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