AmaSiy


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Are Vaulted Ceilings Right for Your Next Home?

See the pros and cons of choosing soaring ceilings for rooms large and small Full Story
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AmaSiy
I enjoyed this article. As you can see from the house plans we are having high ceilings. Building is still in progress and the rooms feel great thus far. The trusses will be painted white.
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AmaSiy
I enjoyed this article. As you can see from the house plans we are having high ceilings. Building is still in progress and the rooms feel great thus far. The trusses will be painted white.
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ekc3502
We have 25 foot ceilings in our great room. We love the open feel however we struggle with what do with the vast expanse of wall. We have the same issue in our master bedroom - I sit in bed and just stare at empty walls. Suggestions welcome.

The comment about changing the batteries in smoke detectors is dead on - we had ours start beeping when we had a power outage in the middle of the night - nothing like getting a ladder out in the pitch black in one's boxers to disconnect it so one could sleep.
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stryker
Do you have to put the smoke detectors all the way up there? Can you put them within easier reach?
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A Window Above the Bathroom Sink: Feature or Flaw?

See how clever design solutions let you have your vanity mirror and a great view, too Full Story
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.
We needed a mirror above this sink on a Vancouver renovation. The home owner loved the look of many Electric Mirrors but we could not find one to fit the space. We had this installed and is dimmable. The mirror set at the client's perfect "Head Shot" elevation.
November 19, 2012 at 7:30AM     
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Room of the Day: A Spacious Porch Brings Family Life Outside

This Georgia back porch, decorated in neutrals and a mix of textures, serves as living, dining and family room almost year-round Full Story
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AmaSiy
Great porch. I love that hanging daybed.
September 8, 2014 at 9:50AM     
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southernpointofview
Becky has done it again with another great idea book! I absolutely love this porch - so livable and cozy. It reminds me a lot of my front porch that runs the entire length of the house. One bit of encouraging advice: make your porch as deep as possible if you're building! Mine is 12' deep by 72' long. I've even seen 15' depths that are architecturally pleasing and very cozy.
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Linda Shore Design
Absolutely 'DIVINE' as they would say in South Africa... would love to come over and hang out in your hanging daybed!
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8 Things Successful Architects and Designers Do

Good architects tell a story and engage the senses. They understand the rules — and know when to break them Full Story
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AmaSiy
I am currently building. I stop working with the first architect cause he just took too long with everything. However his design elements he put in the house are turning out to be great eg. the high ceilings, the flow from the garage to the house, the overall look and feel.

I then hired another architect to oversee the project. He had to copy the drawings over. However he added a lot of nibs and unnecessary brick work. He also added other things which I did not pick up early but are causing variation orders, such as more extra plug and light points, master bedroom tv points in the passage. My greatest disappointment is that he did not find solution to a loft I wanted installed even though we have high ceilings.
September 8, 2014 at 9:47AM     
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outofplumb
I would add a ninth idea except it rarely happens: “They see how the design worked out and learn from it”. Steward Brand’s excellent book, How Buildings Learn, talks at length about how architects rarely if ever actually evaluate the use of a building once completed much to the chagrin of those that have to live and/or work in the buildings. Similar points in Michael Pollan’s also excellent book, A Place of My Own
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Concrete and wood horizontal
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10 Reasons to Make a Splash With Tomato Red

You won’t duck at these tomatoes. See how bold red shades can play up architecture, light up a dark spot and add drama Full Story
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AmaSiy
Love the red barn door.
September 5, 2014 at 8:35PM     
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yogapaws
I love my red room.... on my third red car- VW Jetta. I thought it was Tomato Red... but it is Tornado Red. LOL
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zweiback
Mmmmm, mmmmm good! :D
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5 Questions to Ask Before Installing a Barn Door

Find out whether that barn door you love is the right solution for your space Full Story
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AmaSiy
I am building my house and intend installing one. Since the house is a bit modern I want the door painted in white with simpler detail.
September 4, 2014 at 12:15PM     
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AmaSiy
I am building my house and intend installing one. Since the house is a bit modern I want the door painted in white with simpler detail.
September 4, 2014 at 12:19PM     
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nljordan
Neat idea for sliding doors
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Katy Jordan
Because we have a tiny master bath and claustrophic walk-in (barely big enough for hubbie's clothes!), we've decided to get rid of our 30" sink and put a linen closet in its place, then tear down the wall into the closet and put a double sink there. To deal with the lack of closet that would created, we decided we didn't need all the space we had in our bedroom, so we're framing in two reach-in closets where we now have a blank wall (just need to move my dresser). I will SO be putting barn doors on the closets!!! We'll build the openings to a regular size so that if someone wants to put up standard doors later they'll be able to without too much trouble, but the barn door just calls to me. Now to figure out the style to use! I like the idea of the mirrors to bounce some light around (and provide some perspective when getting dressed!) and I really liked the example above, with the separate mirrors put together - much better than the usual mirrored closet doors - which always look very '80s apartment' to me.
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J Petempich
It's like childbirth. You say you will never do it again but once you have the house, you forget all about the pain.
November 7, 2013 at 4:50PM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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The Inevitable Future of Drones Around Your Home

As Google joins the push for airborne deliveries, it seems only a matter of time before neighborhoods are buzzing with drones. Is that OK? Full Story
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Pamela Bateman Garden Design
I think it is easy to think about how drones could help us in our daily activities. What we should be asking ourselves is how we would NOT like them used. Do you really want a stalker having unlimited use of the air space above your home to pester you? Will teenagers develop a great new way to TP your house and pool? Will your ex spouse be able to film you doing things the court ordered you not to do? Will the county be able to fly over your property to make sure you are not building something that requires a permit? Will your neighbor start filming your suspicious behavior from the air? For all of these reasons and many more ( please feel free to add your own scary scenario) drones need to be regulated.
Mitchell~ Thanks for starting this important conversation.
August 29, 2014 at 5:03PM     
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Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don'ts

Help your home renovation go smoothly and stay on budget with this wise advice from a pro Full Story
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.
Great article. I love the comment about the pets.

Last week my clients dog nipped at my calf. Had the dog bit me hard - there would have been a long delay while my leg mended....

Now when I'm carrying in my tools I'm more concerned about being bitten than I am about protecting the walls from harm. It's hard to be careful when the dog is allowed to roam free and charges me almost every time I show up at the home.

Typically dogs don't scare me - there is just something about Pit Bulls that makes me a little nervous. I should be worried about my showers being built right - not about my safety on a job site.

JW
September 6, 2012 at 7:42PM     
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AmaSiy
Busy building. I chose sliding doors over bifold doors. Wanted the sleekness of sliding doors and space saved. Worked out more expensive.
August 27, 2014 at 11:36AM   
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tamsicle
We built a new extension ourselves (hubby is an apprentice carpenter) which has a kitchen facing out to the pool. We got 6 panel stacker doors (4600W x 2700H) so there ends up being a stack that is only about 800W leaving an opening of around the 3800 mark, Frame is about 300 deep all up and that's with stacking screens too .

We set the frame into the concrete so we wouldn't have to step over it, This could be done on a timber floor also by taking out the floor boards and setting it into the floor joists.

Final result is great, they came in at a cost of $4200
September 4, 2014 at 3:45AM     
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Allkind Joinery & Glass Pty Ltd
If you want to open your home to the great outdoors, bifold doors are probably the best option. Bifolds allow you to open up an entire wall, and offer almost unlimited creative scope. If you're concerned about insects, the Centor S1E eco-screen is one of the best systems on the market - they're fully retractable and ideal for use with timber bifold doors. As for the debate of Timber vs Aluminum, for me it's about the difference in environmental impact - the production of aluminium results in 8x more greenhouse emissions and wastes 300x more water than timber production
September 4, 2014 at 9:32PM     
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Mitchell Parker
I voted other because while I currently use the left side, it has changed many times over the years, which I'm fine with. I just tell my wife that if we are switching sides then it's got to be for a long period and the nightstand and all my stuff must move too. Sometimes she tries to switch "just for a night," and I just can't do that! Gives me total anxiety.
August 20, 2014 at 5:33PM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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AmaSiy
Outside track. I am getting 5 panels on 2 track sliding system. 2 panels will be on back track and other 3 on front track.
August 22, 2014 at 9:55AM      Thanked by carolefisher
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Bath : lighted crown with back lit mirror edges.
August 22, 2014 at 9:53AM     
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