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New from the NHBA Vegas show : Stud space cabinet for plunger toilet bow brush and cleaner for under $40. (white raised panel door) Mini LED exterior Light fixtures40 styles. Water proof osb floor decking. Dome and arched and eyebrow framing kits in a box set. Velux self closing rain sensor w/remote opening function. Lutron battery powered remote controlled roller shades.
February 2, 2013 at 10:07pm     
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jpmcmahon44
As you can see the house is not yet complete. We put a slide into our staircase...because...well, why not?!
August 8, 2013 at 3:15pm     
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Heres a few items we install in every custom home we build, you should too.
1. If you live in an area with radon gas prep for a passive radon system, should not add more than $ 300.00 to the overall budget.
2. Run 3" schedule 40 "chase" between floor and into attic for future access and cables, you will use them someday for sure cost is under $ 100.00
3. Prep the lower level for future use ( basement ) include bath rough in, consider hvac, etc.
4. In multi level homes use RC1 channel on the ceiling for superior sound proofing, it is inexpensive if your builder or sheetrock installer is unfamiliar , educate them.
5. Install 4" sleeve ( several ) through lower level poured walls for future use ( no cost , use scrap pieces )
6. Electrical: install a floor plug in living room, install a switched plug with timer for xmas tree, install switched outlet front and back exterior soffit for xmas lights, install plug in attic space for future radon fan, install plugs in appropriate location for phone/tablet charging.
7. If you have concrete or other hard surface drives put in 4" pvc crossing underground now for future lighting, irrigation etc. cheap now ! expensive later.
8. Install a gas port and 220 electric line to exterior ( future outdoor kitchen , hot tubs etc )
9. Before sheetrock install wood blocking for a. window treatments b. bath hardware ( don't you hate when those cheap plastic plugs pull out of the wall when you use the toilet paper hanger ? , c. grab rails in bath ( yes you may get old enough to need them)
10. Drop the floor 6" in the bathroom shower area so there is no curb required , and design the shower to require no glass door if possible ( hate cleaning soap scum glass)
11. Install a wall niche for shampoo etc. in showers.
12. Don't forget a bench in shower or she will be upset.
13. Large shower or tub? better install a hand held shower to keep it clean, you can't splash water that far to rinse it.
14. Please use 36" vanity for most of us over the age of 8
15. Install a GFCI plug behind the toilet ( cose requires one anyway) and go find a deal on a Toto Washlet and see what you have been missing all these years.
16. Add several body sprays and an extra shower head in at least the master bath ( this is a must )
17. Put a robe hook in every bathroom ( PLEASE)
18. Decora switch's , should do plugs too, its not 1960 time to upgrade.
19. Pot filler behind stove, inexpensive nice feature.
20. Please vent the hood over stove NOW when it is cheap to do.

OK, I will stop now. Think ahead and remember two items to bug your builder about FOOTINGS AND FLASHINGS , make sure they are installed correctly or you'll be spending time and money in the future to repair.

Have a great day ! Custom Building is FUN...
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September 2, 2013 at 6:26am     
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jpmcmahon44
Here are a few things I did- finally complete. First is the complete fire pit in the backyard, and the slide in my staircase, double shower heads, one with body sprayers, and finally making use of the space under the stairs by making a room for our pup.
So many great ideas we couldn't afford them all!
September 17, 2013 at 8:05pm     
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cindymp
I love this! Friends just redid their master bathroom and put in a motion sensor that activates low level lighting underneath the cabinets. When they get up in the middle of the night to 'use the facilities' they don't need to turn on that harsh bathroom lighting, and it's easier to fall back to sleep (OK, my age is showing :-)
January 2, 2014 at 7:42pm     
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chookchook2
Good outdoors powered by solar.
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dreamdoctor
onthecoast1 - I did not know such things existed pre-made (with the cup pulls) - I will just have to think that genius thinks alike. I made mine and installed them almost ten years ago. They sure are handy and safe no matter where they come from. Seems like it wouldn't be too hard to rewire a solar path light to where the bulb lit up inside and the panel was outside (very cheap green). Probably possible to get a twinkle module to go with it!
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   Comment   June 30, 2014
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ajrmcr
A rug with a similar look (not quality or price ;), is Nourison silk shadows collection in light gold.
June 30, 2014 at 7:27am   
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kimberlyjayne
Thanks so much!
July 1, 2014 at 2:01pm   
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Curt D'Onofrio
:) I voted nay, but i must admit that i do like that painted siding.
June 29, 2014 at 10:00pm   
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alleykat6093
We always take our shoes off at the door. We have slippers for inside and we keep slip on outdoor shoes by the door for quick trips outside to take out the garbage or to bring in the groceries. I fall into the category of people who don't ask guests to take off their shoes but secretly wish they would. After spending many weekends at festivals recently and using nasty port a potties and restrooms with mystery goo and fluids covering the floors I want to bleach the soles of my shoes. I am surprised by the number of people who think nothing of walking through public restrooms, parks, the pet hospital, the doctors office, etc and then go home and walk those same shoes all over their houses. It's disgusting. I think going to someone's house and leaving your shoes on is very rude. If your host is wearing socks then they probably don't want you wearing your shoes in their home.
June 29, 2014 at 7:55pm     
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bonnieinflorida
I buy shoe covers -- the inexpensive, disposable blue ones that are sold in packs of 100, and keep them for workmen and the occasional guest who would prefer to use covers over their shoes rather than go barefoot. I have a lot of company and no one has ever objected to either taking off their shoes or using a cover. (Think of crime scene shoe covers, they look the same.)
June 29, 2014 at 10:42pm   
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bvisailor
This is the most responses I've ever seen on a Houzz article!
We have both but my Pibbles have my heart. :)
June 26, 2014 at 6:31pm     
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shel1954
BOTH
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kathleen MK
Things that are half a bubble off or in my case a brick and a half. Keep things symmetrical or give it defined informal balance.
June 25, 2014 at 2:10pm     
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HomeDecor Addict
on another note, given the built ins, and overall feel of the room, I'm not sure if it would lend itself well to modern.
June 17, 2014 at 7:33pm        Thanked by samreid
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decoenthusiaste
Painting the backs of the shelves with your accent color can help, as would removing the curved detail at the top so that the cabinetry is simpler. Consider the possibilities of black or charcoal as well.

June 18, 2014 at 10:11am        Thanked by samreid
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ajrmcr
Thanks so much for yor response Elizabeth!

Your recent success rate gives me hope. :) Especially the dining chairs as this is where I had my problems. Out of curiosity, were the dining chairs painted or stained? Mine were painted and the smell was 100% coming from the painted surface not the fabric.

Thanks again! Hopefully they have turned a corner after the Private equity takeover last fall and the hurricane in the Phillipines! So happy because I love that line!
June 17, 2014 at 3:05pm   
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Cabell Design Studio
Welcome! Dining chairs were stained, not painted. In fact, we have never ordered anything painted from HC, always stained.
June 17, 2014 at 3:08pm   
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ajrmcr
More good news! The table and chairs I'm ordering will be stained! Thanks again!
June 17, 2014 at 3:11pm   
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ajrmcr
Just a bit of validation. You are not blind or confused. That looks nothing like the sample and your "experts" should have given you a heads up about this variation. That's why you hire them, right?:) So sorry.
June 13, 2014 at 6:29pm     
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fredm51
I am a woodworker and we normally chose every board for a project. I also lived in California for 12 years where Redwood is as common as pine. Redwood in some grades will look the same as the flooring above. It depends on what part of the tree it was harvested from. The problem should have been pointed out by the salesman that show the product. But this may have been the first day he was on the job. The flooring should have been left in the house for a few days prior to install. I would think you would look at the flooring at least once during that time. Open some boxes to see that it is all the same kind of wood. Part a the blame must fall on the customer. If he did that, he would have returned it prior to install. Normally there is 2 guys doing the install, one laying it out and one nailing it down. It is a one day install. They do not normally talk to the customer. If the customer was there they would have stopped the job. I keep telling people if they can not be there to check the job, check before the go to work. Come back at lunch time to see how it is going. And as soon as you get home to see the progress. If you are not around to answer any questions you will have a 50/50 chance they will pick the wrong answer.
June 13, 2014 at 7:58pm     
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Matt
update: the flooring people agreed that it was installed improperly and regardless of the grade of the floor the two sides of the floor should have matched. They came back and cut out the entire "checkerboard" half and replaced it with new boards so that it matches the other side.
July 1, 2014 at 4:29pm     
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