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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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    some exterior/yard shots of the new place

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  2. Thomas

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    ^ I like it. Great shade, but come autumn you'll be sorely tempted to cut down every last tree that's shading your pool, plus every tree within 50 yards of the pool. And your neighbors' trees, too.
     
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  3. thekunk07

    thekunk07 Senior member

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    i skim like 3 hrs a week at least. shade makes it nice and private, whole area is heavily wooded. have 6 japanese maples, 8 rose bushes, wisteria everywhere
     
  4. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    very, very, very jealous.
     
  5. Mr Herbert

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    you're right, i was over simplifying

    large pool of labour and a huge competitive market for materials is probably the biggest factor. still, you do see a lot more cheap materials used in housing in North America than a lot of other places.
     
  6. gnatty8

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    And don't forget about the large stock of illegal immigrants who will work for next to nothing erecting those houses.. :satisfied:
     
  7. gladhands

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    Lets not forget that we have an abundance of land. Most European cities have higher population densities than similarly populous US cities. Of course home ownership will be more expensive in Utrecht than it is in Pittsburgh.
     
  8. Ataturk

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    Manor is some good stuff. Yes, it comes in a 2 oz bottle-- but how much does it take to mix it up, you ask?

    1/4 ounce--

    Per acre.

    Can't imagine why they don't carry it at home depot. Hah!
     
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  9. Ataturk

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    Here's a fun DIY: replace your old T12 fluorescents with the newer T8--smaller, brighter bulbs that use less juice. The new electronic ballasts come on instantly and they don't hum or flicker, either. Even though the T8 bulbs fit in old fixtures, you can't just drop the new bulbs in -- you need to replace the old ballast.

    Home Depot carries a 4-light T8 ballast (which replaces two T12 ballasts in a four-light fixture). Only $20 and pretty easy to install into old fixtures. Just grab some wire nuts and you're good to go.
     
  10. Piobaire

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    I am taking great pleasure just occupying the new abode. I sip a dram of Pappy just staring out at the view and feel contentment. I think once I get my backyard paradise done in a few years I'll never want to leave the house.
     
  11. SkinnyGoomba

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    Doing some gardening soon! Most of my home improvement involves buying furniture or antiques for the place. Waiting patiently for my lc3 to arrive from cassina. This mark's the beginning stages of the 'man cave'. My fiancé' has threatened to buy me a zebra rug...real zebra.

    I hear you Pio, this is the fortress of solitude.
     
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  12. eg1

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    Houses here are mostly wood frame construction, with the various veneers I mentioned before. There are (very few) poured-concrete construction homes at the high end.


    A couple of years ago, just north of here in Milton, there was a "house factory" operated by Mattamy Homes (I think the subsidiary was called Stelumar) -- materials would be deposited at one end, and whole homes would be wheeled out the other and trucked onto poured concreted basements in the nearby subdivisions as they were built. The thing was like a massive hangar, and seeing a house emerge from one end early in the morning was kind of bizarre. :wow:



    Very nice, kunk, but as Thomas said, you will be murderous come fall ... :laugh:
     
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    New liner went in yesterday ...

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  14. Thomas

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    That just makes me incredibly nervous about when it comes time to have our pool resurfaced. We may switch it back from salt water back to regular chlorination, at the same time.
     
  15. schrag

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    Just chiming in to say the Wife and I have been pre-approved and have begun the hunt this week. Now to find the best compromise between structure, lot and location.

    While I'm ready to step up space-wise from our 750 sq ft 1 bedroom apartment, I'm anticipating how the extra costs (all utilities, taxes, maintenance) will affect the cash flow. Guess I'll update when we make the purchase - could be this week or in 4 months, who knows :nodding:
     
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    We use bromine -- it's expensive, but I find the smell less irritating.
     
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    Is salt water not as hassle free as pool salesman want you to think?
     
  18. Svenn

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    An entirely poured concrete home is my dream house- instant sound proofing, little maintenance, and no seams critters can get through. Mix in some styrofoam to add insulation and maybe you can get a one-material structure without having to worry about siding crap or drywall. I believe building the forms, the concrete itself, and the rebar vastly exceed the cost of wood frame houses though.
     
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    It might not be a selling point to most, but as someone who grew up prone to poison ivy and living in the south, the chlorination of my pool was a savior. Swimming in a super chlorinated pool worked better than steroids. It also kept teenage acne at bay.
     
  20. Thomas

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    HAHAHAHAHAHQWERHQ!@#%$#@1... why no, now that you mention it. LOL.

    The pool had already been converted to salt water when we bought the house, so we just went along. As it turns out, the salt is converted to chlorine after it passes through the filter, so it's not chlorine-free. But once we lose power (like, oh...after a hurricane), chlorine production stops dead. You still have to watch the pH, and algae is a persistent issue. Given the pool's shading, I get twitchy once leaves start falling. And the guys at the pool store recommend I still shock it every few weeks. So I still have a herd of buckets and barrels and jugs. Plus 40-lb bags of salt that stain the plaster if I don't brush it right after dumping in. I go through about 160 lbs of salt a month, give or take. Plus, the ionizer lasts only a few years, so that's another scheduled cost. Plus, you can't use a heater. The spa that sits on the side of the pool is...just a little pool-let. Pretty sad.

    Oh, and I've already replaced three pumps (and two more capacitors) and get the feeling that I should stock up on these ceramic rings that separate the impeller from the motor, because those give out pretty reliably every summer juuuust before company comes over. If I had half a brain I'd just tear it down and rebuild it every quarter so nothing seizes up.


    I get that.
     
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