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Just a Few Things for the Dream-Home Wish List

A sunken hot tub, dedicated game room, tree house, hidden wine cellar and more. Which of these home luxuries would you like best? Full Story
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the_misfit
Dream home wish list? Library tall enough to REQUIRE a library ladder (the one Belle sails along in Beauty and the Beast would be a good start). Room large enough to accommodate a grand piano (could be the same as the library, or not). A full pipe organ would be nice, but I'm trying to exercise restraint here. Where was I? Oh, yes, I definitely want a turret. So I'll need a Queen Anne. Ideally at least one circular or octagonal room - the turret could serve that function, too. A working butlery with original cabinetry. And a ballroom. Yes, I would use it. For balls, obviously - why would you ask such a question? And a double-slipper tub - an antique, of course. Also, a living/public room tall enough for a 14-foot Christmas tree - ideally, in a position where it could be seen lit from the street as neighbors walk by. And at least one fireplace tall enough for me to stand up in. Bonus if it's in the kitchen and it was the original cooking method. I don't need a walk-in closet, though, and the bi-fold doors wouldn't go all that well with the turret, so I'll pass.

What I'm actually going for next in the home I actually have (which has none of these features)? The outdoor screen. My screen will be a white shower curtain I didn't like for the shower, and I'm combing auctions and second-hand sales for a used projector. My next big building project is resurfacing the asphalt area in front of the carriage house with concrete pavers to provide an attractive space to pull up chairs for the movie-watching. I enjoy my grand-house dreams, but I also love the house I have, and the improvements I can reasonably afford. Fun all around!
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onthecoast1
Oh dear. Do NOT store paper in an outdoor shed! Roach food. And if it isn't insulated, everything porous will mildew.

I'm not interested in anything on this list -- most I've had and wouldn't want again. I would, however, love a large walk-in shower that is designed where it wouldn't need a curtain or door. I hate cleaning shower doors with a passion, and curtains aren't much better!

Be careful if you desire too much space -- you end up hoarding things you no longer use and it just causes headaches down the road.
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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Sink

Learn about basin configurations, sink shape, materials and even accessories and speciality sinks Full Story
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cpa54016
Am having an Elkay ss undermount 60/40 two bowl aqua low divide installed with Cambria countertops next week. Contrary to some suggestions, am having the smaller bowl to my right with the disposal which will be next to the dishwasher due to personal work habit preferences. Thanks for the valuable input from this thread. It really helped me with my decision.
July 11, 2014 at 9:29PM   
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Christina Espinosa
Wcummings- have you tried googling almond built in refrigerator? I think the color is pretty close to bisque. Also, maybe consider a fridge that will accept panels that look like your cabinets....
We had a black cast iron sink in our house for 8 yrs. I HATED it! It always looked dirty. We're renting a house right now ( until our forever home is built :) and it has a white cast iron sink. Pretty beat up. But I bleach it for an hour every couple of weeks and all the stains are gone.
July 17, 2014 at 5:32PM   
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7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Home Office

Start your workday with a smile in a home office that’s neat, clean and special to you Full Story
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beverlynn
It has taken every day after work for week, but I finally have the office/loft under control again!! I have to continue clearing out drawers of the desk on the right, but that will be a summertime project!
June 12, 2014 at 1:46PM   
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beverlynn
Corraling the cords is another project....
June 12, 2014 at 1:48PM   
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7 Low-Maintenance Countertops for Your Dream Kitchen

Fingerprints, stains, resealing requirements ... who needs ’em? These countertop materials look great with little effort Full Story
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30suttonplace
Hi neolinaz, Thanks for writing--I'm delighted to hear you are so pleased with yours. My quartzite was installed this week, and it is GORGEOUS. I'll be sure to post a photo when appliances are in.
August 7, 2014 at 5:53PM     
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mrmckinnon
I cook lots and after my 2nd kitchen remodel have suggestions. My last house I put Granite Transformations in and loved it. They did a great job and loved being able to put hot pans directly on and not worry about grout. (I went through 2 tile counters after 25 yrs. in that house).
Just finished a COMPLETE kitchen remodel and had beautiful granite put in and LOVE it. We got a color w/movement and had it sealed from the source for 15 yrs. They said clean w/a 1/2 water, 1/2 denatured alcohol prep. It cleans up beautifully and really shows nothing. It has the greys, cherry color of our cabinets, creams, pearls, etc. I LOVE it. Put a creamy large tiles on the floor.....
August 12, 2014 at 11:52AM   
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13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outdoor Grill Area

Kick back on your patio or deck with a grill that focuses on fun as much as function Full Story
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Winnie Li
awesome idea! I think i could use some of those inspirations.
July 18, 2014 at 9:48AM     
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victoran
Those of us who are asthmatic cannot be around a wood burning or charcoal burning BBQ...can't breathe.
Even gas ones are tough but better.
When neighbors turn on the grill, I go inside and close the windows and doors till they are finished.
Some places with bad smog will not allow wood burning of any kind.
As someone else mentioned, these gorgeous BBQ's are for the rich or people who are outside most of the year. Do think of clean up and replacement of appliances as time goes on. Free standing BBQ is much easier to replace than one set in a beautiful brick surround, Build surround so you can replace BBQ if necessary.
July 23, 2014 at 9:08AM   
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Turn a Beat-Up Bar Cart Into a Thing of Beauty

Found a cast-off cart or table? See how to transform it into a stunning accent for your home Full Story
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I_want_to
Amazing work, very inspiring.
July 23, 2014 at 12:30AM   
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onthecoast1
Two dollars?? That's awesome! I've never had to buy bedroom suites new because I have had so much great luck finding beautiful wood pieces that just needing refinishing or painting. I'm sure I've saved thousands over the years. The only furniture items I won't skimp on are dining room sets and living room furniture.
July 23, 2014 at 11:49AM   
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