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Old 10-03-2011, 12:43 PM   #46
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Wife told me that before I deployed and I tried tackling the living room and kitchen all at once. Living room got done, kitchen will probably take a week when I get back.
Haha story of my life, minus the deployment. Instead of working on the house Saturday, I bought a new couch on Craiglist. By the time I did all the checking it out, getting friends together to move it and finally putting it in the house, a whole day had gone by. It's a great couch though... too bad the den had to be put on hold again for it though.

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Same here. I have no idea when my bucket comes up, but I'm hoping for at least another 12 months before deploying.

I'm trying to stretch it out to coincide with my SRB (2.0x), but the chances of that are... dismally small.

Forecast calls for 3 days of rain starting this evening. This will be the first rain of more under this roof. *cross fingers*
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:59 AM   #48
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Talking about buying couches, I accidently pushed the cat liter box to close to the wall, so our skinny cat was able to fit between the wall and cat liter box, but our fat cat couldn't, so she insisted that she'd piss on the couch and now it's her new spot. Wife believes that she only keeps pissing there because we haven't been able to get rid of the smell, so we're looking at buying another couch.. Third one in 2 years and this one is pretty badass. So if I get it, we'll get Stanley Steamer to try and get rid of the smell, if not guess it'll be a free couch.
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Ouch!

I bought my black leather theater seating for $1000 from a guy who paid $5500 retail two years before. He didn't fall victim to a cat, but rather the wife wanting something more... contemporary than utilitarian.

If I had to choose between the wife or the couch, she'd probably win, but if I had to choose between my couch or a cat... lets just say I don't like cats.
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Buying the couch, but enough thread jacking.

How many sq ft is that room with carpet tile? I'm trying to see how much I need to spend, everyone room is around 144-200sq ft, I'm assuming.

Debating to buy laminate from Lumber Liquidators for the whole house which would be around $2000-$2600, or get carpet tile and put it in the living room, and 3 bedrooms.
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Buying the couch, but enough thread jacking.

How many sq ft is that room with carpet tile? I'm trying to see how much I need to spend, everyone room is around 144-200sq ft, I'm assuming.

Debating to buy laminate from Lumber Liquidators for the whole house which would be around $2000-$2600, or get carpet tile and put it in the living room, and 3 bedrooms.
yeah that's about right. Closer to 200+ sf with the closets (one is a walk-in). I think it was approximately $2/sf. Maybe $2.50. I like it but I can imagine that would be subjective. Order a box and see after you lay a few if you like it or not. Good luck with whatever you go with.
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Wife went to Home Depot and they said they didn't have carpet tile there, so, we'll try Lowes.

So you cost you around $500 for that 200sq room?
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Wife went to Home Depot and they said they didn't have carpet tile there, so, we'll try Lowes.

So you cost you around $500 for that 200sq room?
it's online only. I think it was initially $300 with shipping, but I was a box short so it went to closer to $400 with the extra box and shipping.
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That's not bad at all. I was figuring that it would be around the same, but then I used a carpet tile calculator and it said I need 84 tiles, so it didn't seem right figured I'd just ask you. Did you buy from Home Depot or Lowes?
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That's not bad at all. I was figuring that it would be around the same, but then I used a carpet tile calculator and it said I need 84 tiles, so it didn't seem right figured I'd just ask you. Did you buy from Home Depot or Lowes?

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http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

^^Those are the ones I bought (the border were the black hobnail ones).

I just looked at the receipts and with two separate orders and 8 total boxes (288SF total I bought and I have extra), the total was ~$370. It would have been at least $50 less without the border I did.

Another newer option I just happened upon here looks like a thicker version of the same stuff. Might try that one for a little more padding, but it's about 17% more expensive. This one is .4" thick vs the .25" the other one is. I assume that's a little more padding and carpet thickness. Let me know what you end up doing. I think the stuff is pretty cool.
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Well Lowes won't let us buy online the carpet we like which is a light grey. So we're going with this:

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...60&R=202510460

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No real progress to update with at the moment.

We have been planning a vacation to North Carolina in the mountains and that has taken the den funding away for now. Should be able to do some more by the end of the year I hope. If only money grew on trees...

In any case, we have been looking into the idea of doing something with the concrete floors next. I really like this and I'm hoping we can do it with the existing concrete floors we have.

We will be using bean-e-doo on the floors to remove all of the glue and mastic from the previous parquet and peel-and-stick vinyl and then we will be doing whatever we have to in order to get the floors to look like the ones in the pictures. Anyone have experience with painting concrete floors?

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Not too shiny, not too dull, looks interesting and super durable.
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A couple thoughts...

The bumblebee bathroom is a bit overpowering to me. A few pints of a more pastel yellow on the upper half of the wall would help break it up a little bit, if you're going to stick with the yellow. And I can't see the ceiling, but I sure hope it's a mattee white.

The master bedroom is coming along nicely. The den as well. I really do like the ceiling that you covered up, even if it was unfinished.

The gutters scare me. I think you made the right decision here. With 2'8" of overhang, your brick will never get wet except in severe driving rain. I'd be more concerned with grading from the house than anything else. Ideally, we'd want to see a 1" drop per 1' for the first 6' for this reason. Do the best you can with what you have and be sure to try to keep as much water away from sitting against the side of the house as you can.

I wouldn't call a pro for restarting on the door rough-in. This is a valuable learning experience, and not nearly as hard as it seems.

As for the layout... what gets me the most is the HUGE amount of doors you have. The guest bedroom alone has no less than 6 doors in it. This is the biggest chances I can see for opening up a bunch of the spaces. You're also losing a ton of wall space that could hold shelving, pictures, bookcases, etc. How about... this?

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The master bed loses some closet space. This could open up space for a walk-through or walk-in expansion of the existing closet if you feel you need the storage space. The guest bed gains a lot of extra space.
Didn't mean to never respond to this. I guess I was pretty busy putting up all the original posts and editing pictures I forgot about it!

Re: Layout

Well, while I would certainly like the master to be larger and to gain the space in the hall as well, I don't think that will work. Unfortunately between the home office and the guest bedroom, the spot you have the doors is precisely where the '50s built-in dressers and cabinets are and I'd hate to take away that character from the house.

With the master bedroom, there are two very valuable closets there that we'd also like to keep either facing the hall or some bedroom (certainly could relocate one of the doors down the road at least). I'd be willing to part with one, but not both, so I don't think that (at least for now) the gain is large enough to change that layout up down there.

Re: Yellow Bathroom

I find both bathroom color pallettes to be quite overpowering, but in order to keep within a decent budget for the house in its entirety, we'll probably be working with the existing floors and tiles at least for a few years.

For the yellow bathroom, I'll probably paint the walls a darker grey and go bold with it to neutralize the bright yellow. In addition, yes, willd definitely be going matte white with the ceiling. Right now it's yellow also... I also plan in to put a nice modern vanity and mirror taking up the entire vanity wall to 'increase' the size of the space. It feels very cramped for now.

Re: Den Ceiling

We both liked the unfinished den ceiling as well, but it doesn't fit the rest of the house and I was worried that would be an issue for resale in 10+ years. Knowing I won't want to redo that room later in any capacity, I figured the better solution was to go ahead and cover it up with new drywall.

Re: Gutters and Grading

Working on the grading slowly over the weekends. Gutters are all gone except one little 10 foot section now near the overhead power lines... may have to wait a while for those to come down.

Re: Door Rough-in

You're right - definitely going to be doing that myself or at least with the help of someone who's done it before. I think I'm capable.

Re: Huge Amount of Doors

I totally agree. Too many in the hall. Unfortunately, probably something we'll have to mostly live with. Might end up doing away with the two closets near the end of the hall at some point though. That would less doors and also might make the guest bedroom door a pocket door. Still debating that one for practicality. It would definitely fit the character of the house though.


I think that covers everything! Phew.
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Oddly enough, I can't see my own image.

I really like the slat idea for the patio. In the image you provided, it works so well because of the matching railing/fence.

Are you planning anything to match the columns?
Probably going to be matching some horizontal wood slat cladding on the house. I really like modern design so I can imagine at some point when the outside is ready for changing, I will go crazy with some modern touches that will really make the house stand out.

Note: In the picture, that's just a porch thing they added the wood slats around. I would actually attach some to the brick itself if I end up doing this.
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Probably going to be matching some horizontal wood slat cladding on the house. I really like modern design so I can imagine at some point when the outside is ready for changing, I will go crazy with some modern touches that will really make the house stand out.

Note: In the picture, that's just a porch thing they added the wood slats around. I would actually attach some to the brick itself if I end up doing this.
Ooooh, that's nice too.

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