The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. jcman311

    jcman311 Senior member

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    I worked at a business incubator building that was an old hospital. All the offices had individual window ac units (steam heat in winter). In summer, the hum from outside the building was impressive to say the least. The building supervisor estimated they owned close to 300 ac units.
     
  2. brokencycle

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    Thanks guys. This would mostly be fresh paint (though we'll probably repaint the entire interior of the house at the same time). We got our quote back for the renovation, and while all those line items are reasonable, they sure add up quick!
     
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    So I got lucky that my in-laws came to watch my son while my wife is traveling for business. Had a mattress delivered yesterday, demo starts today on the bathroom, and they helped move everything out of the master bedroom while I was at work.

    Also saved some money on the tile which helped since I went a little overboard on fixtures and accessories!
     
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    BM Regal Matte is my favorite paint to apply, although they may have changed the formulation since I last painted (and I can't comment on the "Regal Select" no-VOC version).

    Pretty close to an eggshell, but supposedly falls between their flat and eggshell. It uses some sort of microscopic ceramic bead technology to create a paint that has a pleasing matte texture, but is actually quite stain resistant and scrub-friendly. Although looking at their website, it is possible they have extended this feature to other sheens in the line (I know that after introduction, the Matte became one of their most successful products).
     
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    Damnit, my green lawn is starting turn white in patches.
     
  6. SkinnyGoomba

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    I'll probably switch back to regal if it has a no-voc type now from aura.

    I replaced my washer and dryer recently, they were pretty old and have been due for it for a long while. Switched to the front load type. Since I am too "thrifty" to buy the stupid stands that sell with the machines I'm now building a stand of yellow and western Red cedar.

    I hate the doors on the laundry room and so my longer term plan is to remove them. Install a nice counter top over the washer and dryer. Then paint the room and build a sliding door cabinet to hide away the soap and clothes.

    Always amazed by this house, devote a whole room to laundry but then it has a crappy wire shelf and cheesy mdf folding doors.

    Speaking of crappy wire shelves.... our entry way closet had the shelf literally pull out of the wall. All the many things my wife was storing in it came tumbling down in a comedic fashion onto us when we opened the door. I spent the remainder of that day along with my best oak making a new shelf. Pretty happy with it and happier still that I could convince my wife to part with some things she's been hanging onto.
     
  7. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    If you're going to put a counter over the washer and dryer, why raise them up with stands?

    If it was me, and I was redoing the room, I'd stack them. Better use of floor space and dampens vibrations from both machines.
     
  8. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    It allows me to make things a little easier for my wife while satisfying my own interest in having the area look nicer and doing away with more of the stuff I dislike (ugly laundry room doors).

    Pretty much all due to height issues. They are too short currently but stacking them makes the top one too high for my wife to use comfortably.

    The counter top serves little purpose except to make an official spot for folding or whatever else rather than what it is currently which is to use the tops of the machines.

    Also little sense in exposing all of this if I have to look at dirty laundry and soap containers when I walk past.

    I generally find the doors annoying but if I start seeing piles I may still build another set of bifold doors. Keeping a small place neat is a challenge indeed.
     
  9. js4design

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    Our washer and dryer are stacked in a hall closet, but they are too deep for a swing door to work. My next project is to build a large (40"x80") wide framed mirror and use a type of barn door hardware to allow it to cover the units when not in use.
     
  10. Ataturk

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    So I ordered the mini splits. Decided to go with the "Pioneer" brand cheapos based on good Amazon reviews.

    Got a 1-ton for the shop (there's already an 2.25-ton air conditioner in it) and a 1.5 ton for the garage. Also got line sets for both (including a 100-ft set for the 1.5 ton), a mini split adapter for my gauge set (for the DIY install), a WIFI dongle for one of the units, 2 gutter-style lineset covers for the outside walls, a bracket for mounting the 1-ton's condenser on a brick wall, and 10 HEPA filters. Cost including freight: $1830. Pretty darn good if you ask me.
     

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