The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. otc

    otc Senior member

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    The basement is your chance to do something funky!

    My parents had some waterproofing/sump work done that involved carving a trench all around the perimeter of the basement. it was no big deal to fill it back in with concrete in the half with concrete floors, but the more finished side required new tiles since there was no close match (and they were possibly asbestos too..)
    They went with a checkerboard in some funky-assed colors and it looks pretty cool. Can't get away with that anywhere else...but in a basement, you have more leeway depending on how it gets used.
     
  2. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Stark and modrrn is my departure, it will be my tchotchke and 'fun' free zone. I hope to have one half dedicated to a leather top desk, settee, humidor, ect. No electronics, just s place to chill out. The other half is already a 'theatre' area, it just needs to be better. So I plan to trash the current furniture, build a few case goods, then put in some worthwhile furniture.
     
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    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Double post.
     
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    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    I'm sure you know this but one thing tile is not great for is hifi or theater acoustics. You'll need to do some attenuation.
     
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    Long ways away, but thank you. I'm unfamiliar with acoustics.
     
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    I'm in Virginia. We're not having an especially cold winter and I was shocked at my last electric bill. I run the heat pump above 30 deg, furnace below. I changed it to 38 deg and will see if it helps.





    That's an understatement. Its not just music and theater, even talking to people echos like hell. Its that sound you get walking thru an empty house.
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Heat pumps become less efficient the greater the delta between actual outdoor temperature and desired indoor temperature. This will vary a bit depending on whether the pump is air or ground source but the principle is the same.
     
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    Found a place that does pre-made fabric covered acoustic panels that hang on z-clips. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
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    That may help, but a tile floor is probably second only to glass for the worst acoustics. You should consider carpets as well to buffer it.
     
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    SG keep doing what your doing, I appreciate seeing your progress.

    Douglas, do you have pictures of your place?
     
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    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    BrianVarick, there are some photos of my place in this thread but interior shots are in the cribs thread.
     
  14. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    [​IMG]

    I don't plan to show every bit of progress, but thought you guys might like to see some repetition, definitely gives a better feel for the direction.

    Not sure why my iPhone makes everything so yellow, these are nice and brown in person. The last part on the bottom is still unfinished and not permanently installed.
     
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    wait, aren't you rounding off the leading edges of the steps?

    (or, in DT parlance - ew, sharp corners)
     

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