Weird things you noticed once you started your reno/remodel
Susan Mladenovich
December 17, 2012 in Other
I posted a question in Design Dilemma regarding the strip in my kitchen cabinets between the doors. That prompted me to think of the weird things I start to notice about my house/other people's houses/pictures on Houzz when I am thinking of remodeling. So I thought I would ask:
What is the weirdest thing you started to notice or pay attention to when you were remodeling/renovating?

PS another one just came to mind - Toilet flush "woosh" when flushing at other people houses.
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creeser
Toilet height! Since you brought up the 'woosh'. *L* I never noticed until a friend stayed at our lake house after hip replacement surgery saying our "comfort height" toilets were a Godsend. Started noticing other toilets after that and used comfort height when building our new house. Now when I used a shorter toilet, I feel like I'm falling!
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michigammemom
It seems like a nit picky thing, but after building our home and taking great pains to match hardware and fixtures, I began to notice mismatched finishes...shiny brass door handles and hinges, chrome faucets, porcelain cabinet pulls and bronze light fixtures all in the same room.
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judianna20
No one notices this at all, but after 5 years in the house, I wish I had flipped the staircase so that the stairs going up were on the right side of the hall and the stairs leading to the lower level were on the left side of the hall. I always walk to the wrong side when I try to go downstairs. ?????? I guess the sides of my brain will not cooperate with each other. ********
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feeny
We had a second floor bathroom with a closet that had an exterior door at the back of it with access to the top of what was our screened porch. I have always wondered what the original 1920's configuration of that area of the house might have been, whether there was once an outdoor railing for a rooftop patio, whether that tiny bathroom originally had NO closet, or who knows? We had to replace the door with a window when we ripped out the porch and built an addition with a taller roof. So now it's a closet with a window in it (and it's not our only one!). Very strange configurations you find in old houses.

Also, renovating the kitchen made me notice (and get picky about) cabinet door and frame styles much more than I ever had before, and also styles of back splashes. I now notice those 6" ones made of the countertop material and think about how they limit full backsplash options.
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judianna20
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feeny
That's it Judy! It was the doorway to Narnia! We should have kept it!
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creeser
Narnia? Here I was thinking it was more like Alice's fall down the rabbit hole..*L*
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Susan Mladenovich
yes, along with the woosh toilet height is another thing I notice.
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olldroo
creeser that is funny you mention toilet height. As you know old age is doing weird things to my body and when I went shopping for new toilets for my bathroom renovations I discovered the fabulous super high ones I now have. I call them my geriatric loos.

Then I watched an episode of the English show "Embarrassing Bodies" and one of the doctors went to great lengths to describe the correct angle and position one should sit at on the loo. My toilets are all wrong ........ but then he doesn't have my knees.
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charleee
The weirdest thing I've noticed is that the toilet flushes back at me. The toilet water literally jumps back out of the bowl everytime we flush, so we have to remember to put the lid down FIRST!!! Gross.
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nasmijati
I just had the "guts" of my toilet replaced. The old rubber had degraded and it was leaking. Now when the toilet is flushed it makes a "whoosh" sound. Took a couple of weeks to get used to the new sound.

Other odd things. Took out the worn-out built-in dishwasher to replace it. Found a whole head of garlic and a dehydrated lizard.
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nasmijati
Speaking of toilets, here is a tip from the iOS Health
Tip of the Day App:
Grossness aside, flush studies have shown that bacteria is spread up to 10 inches when a toilet is flushed, and dangerous bacteria like C.diff (Clostridium difficile) may survive in water droplets up to 90 minutes on the seat and surrounding area. Consider closing the lid on the toilet while flushing, avoid sitting on the toilet while flushing, and use bleach at home frequently to minimize exposure to dangerous bacteria.
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charleee
eztia! A dehydrated lizard, eeew! But better than a hydrated one, I guess.
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olldroo
Question. Can anyone tell me why you fill your toilet bowls up so much. Ours have about 4 inches in the bottom - definitely no splashing.
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Dytecture
Speaking about toilets, one tip I have it so try it out with the display at the stores, as some may say 'comfort' height, which might be too high for some members of the family.
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charleee
Dy, I just saw this Sarah Richardson design show where she had her asst Tommy do just that. I guess he misunderstood because he got down on his knees and pretended to stick his head in the toilet. He proclaimed it 'just fine'. Probably not what you mean, tho, huh?
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Dytecture
LOL. I miss watching Sarah's shows!

Not all toilets are created equal so the kids or someone a bit shorter may have their legs off the floor while seated and that's not very "comfortable".
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olldroo
Well Dy, in my home everything is for my comfort now, it just has to be as sadly things will probably only get worse. Fortunately my joeys are very tall and the grandjoeys are headed skywards fast and they aren't here that long for it to be too much of an issue. Agree though there would be families that would have to take that into consideration.

LOL, just thinking, bet Susan didn't expect her design post to get down to the technicalities of using the loo.

OMG bobbi that show sounds a hoot. In their younger years, my joeys are remembered for giving themselves black eyes checking out the toilet bowl. Actually with your water levels, you would have to be careful you didn't accidentally drown yourself.
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charleee
Dy and olldroo, you have to love Tommy Smythe! Self admitted yes-man!
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creeser
bobbi, I never thought of THAT comfort height..*L* Dy, you are so right about the comfort of the height not being equal. Our kids gave us an anniversary trip to a very chic "Oprah stays here when she's in town" hotel down in Charleston. The toilet was so high, I needed a step stool to get on it and I am semi-tall for a woman. No way could a child or a short woman get on it unaided.
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charleee
creeser, that's narsty! Who wants help getting on the toilet???!!! Maybe one just needs a running start!
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creeser
olldbobbi, one wrong step and they'd end up doing a head stand in the toilet... oh don't go there..*L*
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olldroo
Dy, have you ever actually walked around a store sitting on all the loos? Watching the looks on passerby's faces is hilarious.
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olldroo
Bobbi and Creeser - I guess though it is better than squatting over a hole in the floor in Asia.
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