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The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    Wait. Wut? If you're salt water based system you can't heat your spa?
     
  2. Thomas

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    As I'm told, the salt water corrodes the heating element. They won't warrant it.

    Now - I've seen a variety of heating methods from some long-ago spa shopping, and I'm sure there's a way to make it work...but right now I'm just not willing to drop the lucre or time to investigate. And I don't really put much value on heated water, it just doesn't get THAT cold down here.
     
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  3. Douglas

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    I can't speak to Thomas' situation but I have friends who have salt and they absolutely love it, and it's a heated pool.

    T's issues may arise from the fact that it was a retrofit of some sort on what was an older pool to begin with.
     
  4. Piobaire

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    Thanks, guys. I'm still a few years away from the huge backyard project but something to consider.

    I was outside last night walking the yard and thinking about placement...the raised spa tub is going to have super killer views. It's going to be a long three year wait to assemble the funds :(
     
  5. Thomas

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    This is entirely possible.

    One more thing I hadn't considered and it makes me chuckle every time I have my water tested. The salt requirement for our ionizer is over the range our pool store is used to seeing. The pool store expects it to be 3000-4500 ppm, the scale they use pegs out at 5000 ppm. The maker of our system tells me we have to stay above 5500 ppm. I can use the test strips to get an approximation, but the upside is that there isn't an upper limit to the salt content - it's good up to sea-water (approx 30,000 ppm). ...blech.
     
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  6. gladhands

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    Has anyone ever added a bathroom?

    Our house has an odd configuration: 3 floors, 2baths. There is a full bath on the first floor, and the master (but not en suite) bath on the 2nd. The 3rd floor has our office and a guest BR. The problem lies in the fact that we ALWAYS have a guest, and usually long term. I don't want to share our bathroom, but I don't want to make my 70+ year-old in-laws walk from the 3rd floor to the 1st, and back up to use the bathroom.

    We have the space to put a bathroom, but don't know how much time, money and overall inconvenience adding an upstairs bathroom would entail.
     
  7. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    Make sure to get a good contractor with impeccable references and past customers you can talk to. Watch a few episodes of Holmes on Homes.
     
  8. Ataturk

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    If you put it directly over your second-floor bathroom I can see it being not too bad. Anywhere else, though, sounds like a lot of work.
     
  9. Arthur PE

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    an alternative to poured in place is precast panels, hollow core with foan insulation in the core
    say 2.5" concrete, 6" foam, 2,5"concrete, looks just like poured concrete
    it's a lot cheaper, and the quality and surfacing can be done better in a shop (rather than field) environment saving more cash
    and a lot lighter, so the bearing pressure is less and footers can be skinnier,
    cast the windows and door frames in place, duct, conduit sleeves, j-boxes etc.
    takes a good set of drawings
    if done right seams can be minimized, made to look like form seams, or grouted/ground over, and if designed strategically seams can be minimized by door/window/corner locations
    stack them up, post tension and it can be put up in a few days, plenty strong for a home
    large panels can be made, 9' high by 20' wide, so a 2500 sq ft home, 200 LF perimeter can be done with 10 panels (seams)

    I planned on doing mine like that but found an architects home in an estate sale and bought it
     
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  10. Piobaire

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    There is actually a multitude of options, FWIW.
     
  11. gnatty8

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    Spa cover damaged in hailstorm? Good bye 500 dollar bill.
     
  12. Joffrey

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    WSJ had a piece on salt water pools.

    Link for subscribers: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...4104230680.html?mod=WSJ_LifeStyle_HomeNGarden
     
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  13. Piobaire

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    Thanks, Joffery. Good read.
     
  14. thekunk07

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    [​IMG]

    view from the pool
     
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    we heated the pool to 88 today, going to be sorry when the gas bill comes
     
  16. StephenHero

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    satin or eggshell.....
    satin or eggshell.....
    satin or eggshell.....
    satin or eggshell.....

    I don't know.
     
  17. BrianVarick

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    I just painted eggshell in my entire house and I really like it so far. You really can't go wrong with either though. One thing I have heard is that if you touch up, the flatter the paint, the less it shows.
     
  18. Ataturk

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    Call me old fashioned, but I really prefer flat paint unless you absolutely need to the scrub/wear/water resistance of gloss.
     
  19. Douglas

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    If anyone's wondering, this is what $1,000 in Japanese Maples, $40 for a yard of topsoil to mound a little (I wish I had more but I was on a deadline and the soil place was closed), plus another $32 or so for a yard of mulch, and a day of busting your ass looks like.

    Doesn't look like a hell of a lot now but in the next couple of years and with more plantings it should look great.

    [​IMG]

    Does not count all the rest of the $$$ in this photo, including new grass planting, soil added there, lawn treatments, or the work to the house. Or my petunia planters.
     
  20. Artisan Fan

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    Douglas, we have several neighbors with Japanese maples. They look very nice.
     

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