Lynn


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I am a mother of two young men, married for twenty-five years to a great guy, lots of extended family. We love big family gatherings, and always host Christmas at our home. Great decorating is a passion. Currently attending classes in interior design, and have renovated and decorated five homes from Tucson, to the suburbs of Pittsburgh, to Chicago, to a small town on Lake Michigan. 
My favorite style:
Anything by architect Bobby McAlpine, decorators John Saladino and Bunny Williams. Rich materials used in clean interiors. 
My next house project:
Painting several accents walls, finishing my master bath update, refreshing our basement family room into a guy-centered zone. 
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14 Things You Need to Start Doing Now for Your Spouse’s Sake

You have no idea how annoying your habits at home can be. We’re here to tell you Full Story
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witch06
hey Mitchell, how did you manage to get into my house and observe my men doing all that ? ;)
January 14, 2014 at 7:17AM     
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felixgrantham
It would be nice if someone else would EVER in their life clean out the pantry, fridge, under the sink, etc. Where in our marriage contract does it name me "Maid for Life"?
January 14, 2014 at 8:04AM     
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Key Measurements to Help You Design the Perfect Home Office

Fit all your work surfaces, equipment and storage with comfortable clearances by keeping these dimensions in mind Full Story
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Dura Supreme Cabinetry
schin - You're welcome. I hope it helps.
August 27, 2014 at 6:34AM     
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samanthita
Desk and bookcase
August 27, 2014 at 10:45AM   
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Home-Buying Checklist: 20 Things to Consider Beyond the Inspection

Quality of life is just as important as construction quality. Learn what to look for at open houses to ensure comfort in your new home Full Story
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summery
The water: if it's on a well, take your own bottles (usually free from the local Health Unit) and take a couple of samples as close to the source as possible, and have them professionally tested asap.

There is SO much more to consider, but that's my ha'penny worth!
August 19, 2014 at 9:04AM     
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Milgard Windows & Doors
We hear a lot of questions regarding transfer of window warranty from the original purchaser to the new homeowner. Please ensure that if the windows are under warranty for the original purchaser, have him fix any issues before closing the sale.
August 19, 2014 at 9:19AM     
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Kristi Wall
Make sure your bed will fit in your bedroom.

We bought a house with a converted attic. It is 600 square feet with a bathroom already in place. When we toured it (empty), we thought "woo hoo, master suite". Because of where the stairs are, there is no good place for a queen sized bed. We sleep in a different bedroom until we can do a little reconfiguration upstairs.

Also, if you think you might want to do some major projects, look into your city's building codes. Our garage was built in the twenties and is right on the side and rear lot lines. It is too shallow to park anything longer than a hatchback. We figured we could enlarge it as the garage was grandfathered in. Sadly, we can't make it deeper without building in a jog to comply with current setback rules.

Finally, and this is a biggie. Is there is a buried oil tank on the property? Does it leak? We bought a house with a buried oil tank that we immediately decommissioned. Unfortunately it had been sitting below the water table for over 50 years and was riddled with rust. In short, we struck oil, and not in a good way. Rules about dealing with this contamination vary from state to state, but because we wanted to disturb contaminated soil (to improve basement drainage) we had to do an environmental cleanup. This was expensive and time-consuming. If I buy another house with an oil tank I will have the soil tested before I commit.

Can you tell that this was my family's first home purchase? Live and learn.
August 19, 2014 at 11:20AM     
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bjwpg
"Sometimes it’s these less obvious factors that end up making the biggest impact on your day-to-day experience of a house."

Yes, yes, oh soooo yes! Finally, an excellent article about the *real* issues.

It continually astonishes me how many house/condo buyers seem to look only for:
1) Square footage;
2) Number of bedrooms;
3) Type of finishes, as in: [stamping their feet and effecting a pouty expression] "...I will just NOT buy a house without hardwood floors / nickel faucets / the latest bling bling..." or the seemingly ubiquitous wish of apparently every first time house hunter (on the TV shows, at least)--granite counter tops.

I have a maxim with which I advise anyone who I can corner into listening to me: *Fancy finishes will never make up for poor design*. 'Design' in this case referring to most of the considerations mentioned in the article above.

Though I'd love to expound on each point the author made, I'll just highlight my #1 pet peeve---b-a-d f-l-o-o-r p-l-a-n l-a-y-o-u-t-s. So many houses, old and brand new, have major layout / floor plan drawbacks. I play a little game when I visit showhomes in which I imagine numerous types of buyers living in the house (young couple with little children / retired single lady / rich frat boys / whoever), and ponder if ANY of them would actually like a given bad floor plan. Usually I conclude they'd all eventually hate certain aspects I've identified in my walk through.

A poorly laid out floor plan will curse the homeowners forever. A really good one will be the quiet, background 'feature' that keeps on giving.
August 19, 2014 at 11:54AM     
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Kelly Eaton
I didn't realize that you could see into the bathroom from the front door and the dining table. Gross! Eventually I want to put a wall there to fix it, but not in the budget right now.
August 19, 2014 at 12:03PM     
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Cool Color Palettes: Enviable Green and Blue Spaces

Freshen up tired interiors with dewy to inky hues that harmonize even as they help each other stand out Full Story
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bonnieinflorida
A smoky greyish blue and a pretty pale green, along with the deeper green foliage of my house plants, are the colors of my living room and bathroom, along with a touch of purple accent in the bath and a wee bit of rosy coral in the living room. These colors. just feel right here in coastal Florida.
August 20, 2014 at 6:01PM     
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Lynn
It's beautiful. I suggest you add a baseboard in white all the way around. The base area seems overly tall, and that would finish it off and reduce that large flat area, too. A simple 4" base would do it. Miter your corners for a professional look. It's very nice as is, too.
August 21, 2014 at 10:34PM     
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kmkane
Lynn is right, add some bottom trim to, as it is out of proportion overall, and the top is also rather large for the base. But once you add chairs and a bottom molding, it will balance that out
August 21, 2014 at 11:04PM     
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fouhyr
This is better with the stools and my succulents. I now love it, thanks for the tips everyone.
August 22, 2014 at 7:38AM     
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yashob
Absolutely!! We did that in our family room and I love it!!
June 12, 2014 at 7:18AM   
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Dytecture
Beadboards have a more 'beachy' feeling.
June 12, 2014 at 7:23AM   
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