Paula Ritter traditional-exterior
 

Paula Ritter

This is the fireplace between the living room and bedroom.

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July 14, 2012
abbeyclayton83 wrote:
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mapeggy
As if you have not heard enough from me. Another important factor is to use "green" as much as possible. If you have tile floors put hot water or electric heat coils under them...it saves on energy of heating whole house. Also consider geo-thermo system installed under driveway. Takes no extra space, but really saves on current and future energy costs. But above all else install an on demand water heater....tanks are useless and waste energy. When it was too late for the contractor to put in floor heating in our master bathroom, I had the furnace ducts re-jigged, so now when the furnace comes on the floor is warm. In the summer the AC keeps the floor cool.
Install underground sprinkler system with separate timers for flowers and grass. Saves on water bills. Put an electric plug outside above your exterior door in your transom. This can be used for holiday lighting, but put switch inside house. There are always a shortage of electric plugs in the garage. You need one on every wall. One for electric garage door and one for current or future central vacuum system. If you have a work bench, have a plug put at 48 inches above the floor. Another great thing is I had a floor central vacuum pipe installed in the kitchen kick plate space. I just sweep up the bits and flip the floor switch and swish...the dirt is gone done the central vacuum system pipe. Also put one in the garage...cost $30. for each.

Also, my husband does all the cooking. I do clean up... so when designing the kitchen I put all cooking utensils, pots, grates, pans, spices, food, fridge, pull out recycle and garbage and compost on one side of kitchen. The sink on the island and the gas stove right behind it, against the wall is the dividing line. The other side is clean up. Dishwasher drawers, cutlery (because I set the table and make the dessert), placemats, plates and glasses, bowls, fancy bowls, and the cat food. I feed the cat and she eats at the same time we do. I also designed a small alcove in the island, so the cat can have her food in there and not be in anyone's way. My kitchen set up allows the two of us to be in a small kitchen but not interfere with each other. The bar beverages are in a separate cabinet at the end of the kitchen, so when visitors arrive, getting them drinks does not interfere with the cooking or, preparing dessert, or setting the table area. Open these comments are food for thought!
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abbeyclayton83
Thank you! Cant wait to see the finished project!
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