1. And... we're back. You'll notice that all of your images are back as well, as are our beloved emoticons, including the infamous :foo: We have also worked with our server folks and developers to fix the issues that were slowing down the site.

    There is still work to be done - the images in existing sigs are not yet linked, for example, and we are working on a way to get the images to load faster - which will improve the performance of the site, especially on the pages with a ton of images, and we will continue to work diligently on that and keep you updated.

    Cheers,

    Fok on behalf of the entire Styleforum team
    Dismiss Notice

The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Senior member

    Messages:
    9,455
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2006
    Location:
    Not in Atlanta, GA
    

    I blew a grand replacing two diseased Japanese maples last year, lol..
     
  2. gladhands

    gladhands Senior member

    Messages:
    2,267
    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    I just joined your little club yesterday, and I'm absolutely terrified. Having lived in apartments my entire life, I know absolutely nothing about home repairs. I did buy a ladder, though.
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. Douglas

    Douglas Senior member

    Messages:
    14,658
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Location:
    Purseforum
    congrats, gladhands. hope you come to, um, love it like we do.
     
  4. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

    Messages:
    29,119
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Location:
    Texas
    

    Didn't you read this thread first? What were you thinking@?#$!K4jkilu

    Congratulations in any case.

    BTW: Douglas, if you don't already have a hand truck, now would be a good time to get a rather hefty one for your planters, plus a set of tie-down straps.
     
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2012
  5. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

    Messages:
    50,191
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Location:
    In My Douchemobile
    Congrats on the house gladhands. What are some deets on it?
     
  6. gladhands

    gladhands Senior member

    Messages:
    2,267
    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    It's a 112 year-old 4br/2ba,3 floor frame Victorian in the middle of the city. . It's the actually the second house that we put an offer on. The first was a similar hose in the same neighborhood. It needed 20k in roof repairs, and that was just the tip of the iceberg. The inspection report was 18 pages. It was so bad, we didn't even ask them to make repairs, we just walked.

    The inspection report on our home was pretty decent and the sellers agreed to mak most of the repairs. I still expect it to be a money pit.
     
  7. lefty

    lefty Senior member

    Messages:
    9,569
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2006
    In this helpful video your house will be played by Paulie.


    Little hint. Spend $300 and have the main cleaned out. There's nothing worse than a backed up sewer and it will back up on the day of your first party. Or Christmas.

    lefty
     
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2012
  8. nootje

    nootje Senior member

    Messages:
    3,098
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2008
    Location:
    Netherlands
    

    we're opposites. I'd love to move and own my own place. The rental apartment we now live in annoys me to no end. Everything in this dump is low end, the every single fitting, tile, cabinet and what else you can think of. Its all stuff i could easily replace myself, having done that sort of jobs all through my youth, and being blessed with a knack for it (two right hands?). But I wont/cant, as we both dont know where we'll work next year. I'm not upgrading for someone else.

    as an aside, its interesting to see the differences in the materials used for a home in for instance Thomas's case, and most Dutch houses. We wouldnt dream of using wood on the outside of your home...
     
  9. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

    Messages:
    2,904
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2010
    Location:
    Cambridge, UK
    

    We have a few of those kind of urns. If you can stand the poor visual impact, consider just wrapping them in bubble wrap. We've kept many an olive tree alive through snowy winters through judicious use of 10 yards of wrap!
     
  10. lefty

    lefty Senior member

    Messages:
    9,569
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2006
    Depends where you are. I would being them into the garage at least during the winter months.

    lefty
     
  11. eg1

    eg1 Senior member

    Messages:
    5,601
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Location:
    Burlington, ON
    

    Is that an issue of scarcity, durability or aesthetics?

    Most single-dwelling exteriors in southern Ontario are brick or brick and siding, the latter either aluminum or vinyl. More rare is stone and/or wood, with stucco making recent inroads.
     
  12. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

    Messages:
    11,073
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2008
    

    Sethoxydim doesn't work either. That's $20 well spent. I really should read up more on this more before buying stuff--though it is useful for killing grass, and other regular grasses in my centipede, if I decide I want to do that. Got some bermuda in there. I don't really have any reason to want it gone, though.

    You just can't trust random websites about what works, apparently.

    Turns out what I really needed for the bahiagrass is metsulfuron aka Manor. It's not widely available except to "professionals," but I got a 2oz bottle online for about $45.
     
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2012
  13. nootje

    nootje Senior member

    Messages:
    3,098
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2008
    Location:
    Netherlands
    

    Its all brick here. My guess is durability, as scarcity should not be the problem. And given that we have our fair share of ugly houses, its not aesthetics either.

    Most houses have either brick/brick or brick/concrete block walls, with isolation in between. This is due to regulations, especially new houses have to meet very high isolation standards.
    As an example, my mother had a house build during the course of this year. Her windows are triple pane, and the walls are that double brick I mentioned. As a result it is almost too isolated, when the hood above the stove is turned on the room cannot get enough fresh air in, and thus sucks the smoke out of the closed fireplace..
     
  14. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

    Messages:
    11,073
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2008
    Most "brick" houses in America are brick veneer--the bricks are the outer layer of the wall and aren't holding the building up. Lots of reasons for that.

    If you have double/structural brick walls in Europe I'd guess it's because of a shortage or high cost of wood, not durability.
     
  15. Mr Herbert

    Mr Herbert Senior member

    Messages:
    1,692
    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2009
    down in Australia nearly everything is brick and where i live almost exclusively double brick - which is pretty crazy because it gets bloody hot and brick is pretty poor insulator. but timber is a bit of a rare commodity. I find the idea of aluminium, PVC or cement board siding to be a bit crappy but ive never seen it in reality.

    durability is a real reason to choose brick - it has a load less maintenance than timber houses.

    i would like to build a rammed earth or straw bale house one day
     
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2012
  16. nootje

    nootje Senior member

    Messages:
    3,098
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2008
    Location:
    Netherlands
    

    I doubt about the cost of wood though. My mother had a quote done for a wood version of the house she had build this year, which was about the same price as brick. This was for the swedish type.. She chose brick due to the lower maintenance cost.

    And the most probable reason for not using structural brick walls in the US is probably the cost, bricklayers are expensive, a solid slab of concrete isnt. I always wondered about the low cost of houses on your side of the pond, and think that that might be the cause..

    sorry about the threadjack guys..
     
  17. Mr Herbert

    Mr Herbert Senior member

    Messages:
    1,692
    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2009
    houses are cheap to build in the US because they use PVC siding
     
  18. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

    Messages:
    11,073
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2008
    If wood is the same cost, that shows that it's still expensive compared to the US. And I think wood used to be more expensive in Europe. I guess you can get more of it now from Russia than in the good old days.

    But, anyway, brick is not a good insulator. It's porous--water literally passes right through bricks. So you can't insulate between double brick walls, as far as I know--it has to be left open for condensation to drain. That's why there are gaps left in the mortar between bricks at the bottom of the wall.

    Presumably the inside bricks have another layer of insulation over them, which means the wall is going to be thicker and still probably not as good an insulator as a brick veener wall -- which has bricks, space, sheeting, a 3.5" wide stud cavity filled with insulation, then drywall.
     
  19. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

    Messages:
    29,119
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Location:
    Texas
    

    Not the ones I've seen. They're cheap largely because they're done en masse, in developments, by largely low-cost and sometimes-moderately-skilled labor. It does help, though, that they use large-scale pre-fab products like sheetrock and hardiplank as opposed to plaster and brick. That, at least, keeps labor costs down.

    When we built in a development, the land was purchased in bulk and parceled out and the homes were built in a largely assembly-line process - except that the houses were stationary and the crews moved from house to house.
     
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2012
  20. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

    Messages:
    50,191
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Location:
    In My Douchemobile
    The US also has large domestic supplies of timber, as well as easy access to Canadian supplies, which are far larger. I seriously doubt it is the material used for external sheathing that is the major driver in US housing prices.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by