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The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. thekunk07

    thekunk07 Senior member

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    didn't even know this thread was here.

    moved into the new house right after xmas. so far so good, kids have adjusted well. doesn't need much work at all, but this month was 6k alone-hot water heater, washer/dryer. new sofa on the way too.

    the house is a 1938 colonial, 5 br 3 bath with a nice 20 x 40 pool. yard is gorgeous but sucks for kids as it's full of wisteria, roses, etc but we live around the corner from a park. the challenge has been merging the old with the new. the parlor has a frayed ceiling, glass tile surrounded fireplace and a lot of ornate details. the kitchen is enormous (which sold us) red granite and white pickled walnut cabinets. the dining room and living room we went more modern with but again, merging it all is proving a problem. all 1st world issues but it has been a lot of fun pulling the house together.
     
  2. thekunk07

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    i am a sucker for the whitewash brick
     
  3. eg1

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    Crap, it's even worse than I feared. Turned off the pump about 40 hours ago and the water level is still dropping, which means there is a liner leak. After that is fixed, I will know whether or not there is also a leak in the lines ...
     
  4. constant struggle

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    My chimney is all white washed brick in my 1930s colonial :slayer:
     
  5. Douglas

    Douglas Senior member

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    Nice, Kunk. I remember when you were moving, I'd love to see some pics. Sounds like a house with a lot of character. I can sympathize with the challenge of mixing old and new.

    This month I have:

    - spread several yards of mulch after cutting some new beds and restoring some old ones.
    - applied with the HOA to cut down a large shrub in our front yard and do some additional planting in the front. spent like 4 hours with markers and shit drawing up color plans, which they requested. anyways, PITA though it was, our work was approved. I'll dig into that (literally) this weekend.
    - did some work to "furnish" a 2nd floor veranda: rug, chairs, cushions, some hanging baskets. it's a nice area to have a glass of wine now.
    - had to purchase a rototiller.
    - had verizon out twice to fix nonfunctioning DSL and phone lines.
    - installed security cameras with associated DVRs and other equipment.

    The first year in this place is going to put me in the poor house.
     
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  6. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    Lots of pain, but a little joy--I found something that supposedly kills bahiagrass, selectively, so my dream of eradicating it from my yard may soon be realized. It's that woody, thin grass that grows faster than anything else and sprouts 18" tall seed pods in a week.

    It's Image "Kills Nutsedge," about $20 for a small concentrate bottle, by the way.
     
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  7. eg1

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    I can't wait until my kids grow up so I can replace ALL my grass with ground cover (eg. periwinkle) ... :plain:
     
  8. Thomas

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    Whitewashed, sure. One of our neighbors painted his bricks pink. Not so appealing.

    Our big thing is new siding. The house is half-brick, half-wood, the particular wood is no longer available so I can't just buy enough to get us through and recycle the rest. Everyone's pushing hardiplank which is durable but adds an element of brutalism to an otherwise distinctive house. Oh, and the house is done up in a horseshoe shape, the inside of the horseshoe is sided and 25' up. I hate heights.

    Also, we have a palm tree that's right in front of the chimney - just north of the chimney, actually. Guess what that means. When the first cold winds blow in from the north, the wife lights the fireplace. The winds swirl around the trunk and jam up the airflow so the house fills with smoke. lovely. Gonna have to take that bad boy down soon (it's about 30' tall)

    If you ever get the idea to go with salt water pools, watch for algae. Mad, crazy algae problems with those fuckers. My pool is just now clear again. But there's a leak in the filtration system.

    The casement windows are not opening and closing like they should. One of them (that I know of) has rotted at the bottom of the (wood) frame, so that's a whole new project. The Mrs. tells me they run 1k each.

    Someday (I've been saying this for four years now) I'm going to run a gas line into the kitchen and scrap that stupid glass-top burner. I hate that thing.

    Those are just the things I've agreed to. The wife badgers me regularly for more projects and whatnot. She wants the fence extended and a gate for the driveway. I hate the idea but not as much as the 10' fence she wants to install between the decks and pool.
     
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  9. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    BTW: Garage door maintenance. Not nearly as bad as I'd imagined.
     
  10. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    This threak makes me want to rent forever.
     
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  11. Douglas

    Douglas Senior member

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    don't worry, you will.
     
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  12. Ataturk

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    Keep the grass, fill the pool.

    I've done a lot of stuff over the last year or so. The wood floors I mentioned, painted the whole house, insulated the bedrooms for sound (1.75" solid core doors = big help; wall insulation = little), added some hvac ducting, added some insulation in the attic, some landscaping, removed a tree/new carpet (paid someone to do these), put down about a pallet and a half of sod, built a garden shed in the back, probably some other stuff I can't remember.

    My immediate next project is to cover the crummy concrete deck in the back with some haughty brick pavers and lay a path from the porch to the shed. I'm too cheap to rent a wet saw or a power tamper, so it's going to be a lot of fun.

    Then I'm going to remodel the garage, insulate it and put a mini-split in there. No more sweating for me.

    Might take a break after that.
     
  13. StephenHero

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    I love painted white brick. It's just a really beautiful texture, but I've seen enough bad whitewashed varieties that I'm not sure it's such a wise piece of advice under all circumstances. It takes a very muted facing brick to work well. Sometimes, I can't help but think it looks like the house got abandoned in the middle of a workday, as if the INS crashed the party, like these below.

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    In most circumstances, I'd just go all the way.

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  14. Hannerhan

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    Anyone have a good handle on the cost of steel windows/doors vs. wood? I'm in the early design process on a Spanish Revival style home and would love to use some steel in the back where I really want to bring in lots of light and open the house up to the pool area. I doubt I can afford it but we'll see.

    Something like this:

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    Any thoughts on cost or anything else re: steel vs. wood are appreciated.
     
  15. Thomas

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    Are you talking about stock sizes or having something custom-made? I don't recall a huge difference between steel and wood exterior doors price-wise, we installed a steel door with 3 x 3 windows to our mud room in our old house a few years ago and I've been pleased with it. I will say that wood exterior doors take a major beating from the sun and rain and you'll be refinishing them every few years at least.

    re: wood windows, I can't imagine they're less expensive than metal-clad. I could be wrong though. But those sorts of large windows - with the curved sections - are probably much easier to find in steel than wood. Alternatively there may be composites worth considering.
     
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  16. eg1

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    No doubt the pool is vastly more expensive than grass, but the wife likes it, so it stays. As for the grass, I am talking about the front yard, not the back where, yes, the little grass which is there shall definitely remain.


    Around here vinyl has replaced a lot of aluminum in windows. Wood is nice, but a maintenance nightmare.
     
  17. Hannerhan

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    I'm not talking about aluminum clad windows, but rather steel windows. I know them to be significantly more than your typical Marvin all wood window for instance. Just not sure whether it's 30% more, double, etc.

    Here's a more detail picture of an example:
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  18. Thomas

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    I was afraid of that. I don't know what kind of premium you're looking at but it will probably hurt.
     
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  19. Piobaire

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    Spent some time at the new place today while waiting on a furniture delivery. I just fucking love it. I could go on and on but will just say, I fucking love it. Everything from solid alder 8' doors to the endless granite counters to the huge shower in the master suite with multiple shower heads...I just fucking love it.
     
  20. thekunk07

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    everyone here fills in with pachysandra
     

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