katiejones79


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dogmom5
Donnamullen I totally agree with you. Though I have lots of arthritis & other problems I wear flip flops all the time. For our eyes only wear socks with them in cold weather-gasp. When our New England weather gets extremely cold, I wear booties with rubber soles. These cushion the hardness of the tiles. I'd love to tile my whole house. Tiles seem to be the most resilient & very easy to keep clean. With 3 dogs it's the most sanitary too.
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alleykat6093
There are way to many chemicals involved with carpet for my taste. Unless everyone that walks into your house takes their shoes off then chemicals and bacteria are getting tracked in. Then every time you have them cleaned you are being exposed to cleaning chemicals. Not to mention the off gassing from the carpet itself. I'll pass. Hardwood floors are easy to clean and I can do it myself whenever I want with whatever products I want to clean them with. We only have one area rug in the living room and we don't have any issues with echoing or noise. Hardwoods are a more environmentally friendly option when you consider all the waste when carpets are ripped out and thrown into the dump. The hardwoods in my house have been there since the house was built forty years ago and will last many more with proper care.
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Life Lessons From 10 Years of Living in 84 Square Feet

Dee Williams was looking for a richer life. She found it by moving into a very tiny house Full Story
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rhaine
I've never been comfortable with the idea of a 30 year mortgage. Before I got married I purchased land in the Blue Mountains with the plan to owner build a modest mud brick house and be close to mortgage free. Anyway, I got married and had a child and the plan went by the wayside...until recently. After seperating from my husband my daughter and I are living the tiny lifestyle in a 22ft caravan in my parents backyard while I plan my modest 78 sqm (840sqft) two bedroom house. We have to use the bathroom in the house but aside from toilet and shower (ok, and fridge - also in the house) we have a comfortable life (no lofts to climb up either). I think this lifestyle would be fine if it was just me but for most people a modest, not tiny, home is more realistic. I believe this even more after a brief holiday in a one bedroom unit with small kitchen, ensuite size bathroom, breakfast nook and petite loungeroom and bedroom.
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Quite a few people have mentioned the lack of a shower and bathroom as a concern. Most tiny house designs include a shower and toilet and many use a composting toilet system.

The other option is to use the facilities on the property or get a gym membership and use those facilities.

I have a full bathroom, shower and toilet in my cabin but I also have a gym membership and for $35 a month I get a place to work out and socialize plus I can take long showers, use the steam room and play racquetball.

I use that primarily in the winter when I need to get away from the cabin and it is less expensive to use their facilities than it is to pay for a water and electric bill. I can take a shower at my place if needed but it is nice to go to the gym and they provide the towels and keep the place very clean and it has electricity for shaving.

Lots of guys in the city stop at the gym after work and use those facilities and it works great.
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Houzz Tour: Farmhouse Meets Victorian in Los Angeles

Fanciful scrolls and sweet botanical prints join playful vintage touches for a home that’s altogether charming Full Story
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rouxb
Hopefully not in an earthquake zone. I have a friend who was badly cut during the Northridge (CA) earthquake by glass from a window above his bed. Also, because it was dark, trying to get to a light switch with glass everywhere cut his feet quite badly. I made my brother put plexi over the window above the crib when they brought their first baby home.
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Lovely! I do the same.
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Room of the Day: Potting and Puttering in Toasty Warmth

Minnesota winters are no match for this heated potting room, mudroom and changing room, which even has a dog shower Full Story
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chrissanders050
I need that spherical light fixture.
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Jannie
Amazing! If I still lived in Norway (way colder than Minnesota) I would have been overjoyed to have a room like this. Norway has heated floors as a given, but a potting/mud room - wow! However (sigh) I live in the sunny paradise of Santa Rosa, CA now. And my roses have been blooming for almost a month!
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Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

What to consider if you want to stop relying on public utilities — or just have a more energy-efficient home Full Story
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blue_skies77
gregbaker wrote:

"Another topic I want to learn more about is the use of DC appliances. I'm no electrical engineer; but, I do know that DC/AC inversion wastes a great deal of energy, and the inverters themselves make up a large percentage of the upfront cost of solar and wind facilities. AC is a byproduct of the grid. Without a grid, there is no inherent need for AC apart from the choice/need to use AC appliances and equipment. NASA has used 24v DC for decades to make optimal use of solar power. I would be interested in the state of the art relating to kitchen appliances, HVAC, fans, pumps, etc. I would also like to hear about DC/DC transformers instead of AC/DC transformers for gadget charging."

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I am extremely interested in this also. I have found a few DC appliances, like Sun Frost refrigerator/freezers... but I wish DC appliances were easier to find in the US. It seems like it would be much more efficient to not have to invert the energy from the PV panels. It also seems like it might be healthier too, due to lower EMF pollution.

I am also trying to figure out how to run a modem/router on DC power.
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@Blue-Skies

The reason we do not use DC for grid is because it requires much larger gauge wire for DC current. The wiring would be cost prohibitive and more prone to overheating.

You can use DC appliances with a solar/wind system because it is close to the point of production and most off-grid houses like mine have both AC and DC appliances.

There are many DC appliances available and any appliance with a motor can be converted to DC but you have to match the proper amps.
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I help people design neutral all day, but I would live in color! :-)
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Daisy Taylor
While coloured tiles look amazing, I would use neutral tiles for a few reason including this one: that you can transform your bathroom by changing the colour of towels, change up the shower curtain, change paint colour etc to keep your bathroom up to date while keeping the tiles neutral. You will never tire of your bathroom with neutral tiles.
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bct24
Love Color but tile is a long term commitment. Safer to go neutral then add color with paint.
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Paint Color Ideas: 7 Bright Ways With Yellow and Orange

Go with the glow. These sample palettes and room examples show you how to work with two of the happiest hues around Full Story
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gamemom
Thx @Connie Elaine's Draperies. The light is IKEA...from 3+ years ago.
April 5, 2014 at 8:10pm   
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Thanks for some new color ideas! We love yellow too, especially in the kitchen! In this photo we painted an accent wall yellow in an office that's attached to the kitchen. Looks great next to a chalkboard wall!
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Jazz Up Your Kitchen With Colorful Cabinet Interiors

Go for the unexpected by treating the insides of your cabinets to color and pattern Full Story
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krootje
I went grey/black/white striped.... ;)
(sorry, the picture isn't that good)
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Love this
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Review for MLB Design Group:

I work in a tile showroom that Marie frequently chooses material for her clients projects. She is always friendly, professional, easy going, and a fantastic de...
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Review for Savvy Cabinetry by Design:

i work with the company as a designer and their professionalism is only surpassed by their friendlniess and talent. i enjoy the creative energy that comes thro...
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