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A New Stepped Entry Glows With Style

Rotting stairs and leaky windows lead to an inviting new facade that welcomes with light Full Story
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Beautiful exterior. I really like the lights in the wood stairs out front.
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Kevin Strader
Hopefully some of this information will clear up some of the questions regarding surveys.

1) Someone questioned how 2 surveys with a common line could be different. Each surveyor may have used a different point of beginning. POB's are known locations, and since there are multiple points each surveyor would be correct.

2) A blanket statement that a survey is required before obtaining a construction permit is not true. This depends on the local jurisdiction and whether the mortgage company requires this. Not all do.

3) Surveys are now much closer than a "foot or two". With GPS technology it is now possible to obtain a much more precise location for property lines.

4) Everyone needs to be careful about making blanket statements like "you can't have an easement against your own property". This may be true in the area where you live but in some areas once an easement is recorded it stays until it is released either by re-platting the property or by a deed release.

5) Again, each area may be different (state or province) but in regards to "adverse possession", in our state there is no statute where the property automatically becomes yours. You still have to go through the courts with an adverse possession claim where any who feel they have a valid claim to the land are given the opportunity to challenge the adverse possession claim.

I've been a City Planner for the past 27+ years and I've seen most anything there is to see. Generally old parcels that have not been subdivided can be sold by "metes and bounds" descriptions, some of which can be over 100 years old. So that 12" oak tree that marked a boundary in 1943 is either a lot bigger than 12" or doesn't exist anymore. Also, once a property has been subdivided the only legal way to change the description of the parcel is to file an amended plat creating the parcel that is to be transferred. Filing and recording the plat does not transfer the property. New deeds must be prepared and recorded to finalize the transfer.

If you have any other questions I'll be glad to try and answer them.
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libradesigneye
I like the slate hearth . . the brick already seems antique so i think i would replace the mantle with something chunkier and maybe centered over both the wood holder and the firebox / slate hearth so it feels more balanced. . . maybe paint the mantle and corbels white to echo your trim bring that out . . .see prowoodmarket for chunky corbels . . .
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bungalowmo
I agree w/Libradesigneye... the mantle you have should be the size of hearth, and placed directly above.

Maybe you could get either an old barn beam or maybe even a slate mantle. I think the current mantle is just the wrong style for your great, rustic brick fireplace.

The mantle needs to be lowered just a brick or 2...and the artwork above is sort of small with intricate detail & seems to get lost in the brick. I'm sure it's a nice piece, but it should probably hang on a solid color wall & get a bigger piece of art for above. Maybe a metal sculpture?

Lastly...personally, I wouldn't whitewash the bricks. I'm sure you'll get comments to paint it white....I wouldn't suggest that either. Working, wood burning fireplaces always get a bit of smoke/soot coming out the front on occasion. Trying to keep that thing white is a constant battle. My neighbor's fireplace was painted a gloss white prior to her purchase....she has to touch it up 2 or 3 times per year. Turns the color of a perfectly fire-browned marshmallow.
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libradesigneye
there you are - lots of different ways to make this charm really shine . . .because of the whit in the brick and the sliver of white trim to left, I chose painting chunky mantel white x dropping it is wise - but Patricia is also right, with the right piece of art, no mantel is a valid choice as it will be balanced by the hearth itself. I would like to see wood always stocked to the left - and see big baskets visually 'filling' under open hearth shelf / upholstered tufts to pull out / sit on. . . Scale is key - this is large and charming. A panorama format art piece - very simple classic landscape / muted colors would be great . . . on brick or on a chunky white mantel,-)
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groveraxle
I agree with Patricia. No mantel. It's a great rustic fireplace that can stand on its own. (Stand by while I remove your mantel. I'll be back when it's down.)
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Plain and with a rustic clock/gear wall sculpture:
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Wood will expand and extract naturally. If the floor is cupping and there is no evident moisture problem then it could be that there was not enough of an expansion gap left around the perimeter of the room. There needs to be 1/4 of on inch which is typically covered by a shoe molding. Since this is happening upstairs also, then I suspect this may be your problem. If this is the case, then it is an installation error.
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Oh alright...
1st of all, you didn't mention your location. Seasonal changes in temperature and more importantly, relative humidity play a huge role in having good results with hardwood flooring.
Another question: is this problem spread uniformly or is it sporadic?

You can have properly kiln dried oak flooring "acclimating" for 2 months in a location that has low humidity for that period... and have poor results 6 months later if the climatic conditions change post installation & finishing.
After all... the FINISHED flooring is sealed on the surface, but the BOTTOM of the material is unsealed & susceptible to moisture absorption. This creates an "imbalance".
ANY bona fide Domestic manufacturer will produce flooring within the industry standards for kiln dried hardwood lumber of 6-8% moisture content.

The fact that your flooring is "cupped" indicates that it is probably absorbing MOISTURE from below. Unless of course, your home is radically HOT, which could bake the moisture out of the tops... but that's unlikely.
Wood will expand in the direction of the water or moisture... similar to what happens if you place a DRY sponge in a puddle of water deep enough to dampen only one side.
Something unforeseen (& perhaps preventable) was overlooked before installation.

Perhaps an additional or added insurance policy such as a "moisture barrier" or even a glue & nail-down installation should have been a consideration.

I know that we, for example, take extra steps to ensure the moisture content is kept more in balance between the TOP & bottom of our prefinished flooring... however this is an "added value" operation that MOST manufacturers or flooring experts are hesitant to employ, because it obviously adds "cost" to the production process.
And we ALL know what the typical response is when you suggest to a customer that they may need to consider "spending a bit more" to insure optimal results.

You'd be wise to consider checking the moisture content in the SUBFLOOR, from the top & below in your moist but never wet basement... although if you're having issues with the upstairs, the problem is not originating in the basement.

Back to my original comment... your location may be a clue.
Hard to tell by your pics... but it doesn't seem as if the floor is "shrinking" which could cause the faces to cup, but only slightly... and there would be visible "cracks" between the boards.
More likely that the floor is expanding (across the bottoms) as suggested.

The dehumidifier MAY show results, but I wouldn't count on seeing them all of a sudden.
As far as sanding the floor (again), that wouldn't be a prudent approach until the PROBLEM is ascertained & solved... and even after that, you'd want to allow the floor as much time as necessary to dry out before sanding... because as it dries, it will undergo "changes" again.
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Is this 3/4" solid T&G or engineered?

If the floor was binding because of lack of room for expansion, it would buckle, not cup.

Cupping is caused when the bottom part of the board is wetter than the top. The wetter part has expanded, and the top has not, causing the cupping.

Find someone local who is able to check the moisture content, and offer suggestions.

You might start with the NWFA National Wood Flooring Association http://www.nwfa.org/.
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Houzz Tour: Styles and Eras Mix in a Former Stable Block

Modern touches balance bountiful antiques in a beautifully eclectic home that housed horses in the 1700s Full Story
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This is one of the most interesting homes I've seen on Houzz. I love the wallpapers, eclectic mix, and use of color.
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that second pic scared me and i'm not joking 2 many different things in one space i got confused i think it's the wallpaper.........but the rest of the house is ok
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So well done!
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Kitchen of the Week: Bling Brightens a Luxe Florida Kitchen

Sparkly chandeliers and decorative iron rings dress up a streamlined cooking space filled with ebony and ivory hues Full Story
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Pamela Leonard
I don't like white kitchens and it seems to be all you see anymore. This kitchen is done so well and feels warm and spacious!
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pursekeys
Love, love, LOVE this kitchen. Thank you, Jeannie, for finally featuring a kitchen that isn't all white! The depth of color and richness of texture is stunning. I love the unusual wood on the frig and the checkerboard counter - so many ideas for inspiration. The "little black dress" is a great concept to use and one I'll keep in mind when I redo my kitchen.
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chrissiekirk
This kitchen has Depth of Drama and I just love it! White is so over done and my eyes are tired of looking at these snow storm kitchens. What excellent taste is shown in this room and would love to see the remainder of their home! Well done!
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tammyhouse
Beautiful! I love the warm look of this wood stain. I recently redid my kitchen knotty cherry, instead of the ubiquitous white. Isn't this a Sharp microwave drawer, not Wolf? I have the same one.
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Beautiful wood cabinets are a welcome change to the white kitchen trend for beach homes.
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Decorating 101: How to Start a Decorating Project

Before you grab that first paint chip, figure out your needs, your decorating style and what to get rid of Full Story
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I also have struggled with the "which style? I like several! " issue and Shelia Schmitz is right about collecting images and finding common threads. Oddly enough, I love both Bohemian and Country - polar opposites - one is piled-on detail and rich colors, the other is all about pale colors, and simple, spare details. My solution was to go neutral with the big pieces, keep all the walls a pale creamy color and treat each room separately in terms of style. The kitchen, hallway and one bathroom is country, the guest bedroom and guest bath, more bohemian - and the living room ... mostly bohemian for the decorative details (hanging antique textiles, cushions etc.) As long as the surrounding envelope is neutral I think you can have it all. Eclectic mixes make for charming interiors.
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Rebekah Lowe
Thanks all for your input...I know this is a bit delayed and we have not installed the pedestal sink yet (we discovered the toilet pipe needs some love...after the toilet was installed, of course), but this is a photo of the tile, which was really what this thread was all about! Oh...and I opted to forego the chair rail idea, because honestly it was really an effort to cover some holes made by a poorly placed towel bar. I sucked it up and patched those babies.
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Love your house and love the wood. Personally, I wouldn't paint the beadboard as it provides a continuity with the rest of the wood in the house. Try a lighter paint color, but not stark white. I'm sure some houzzers can provide specific suggestions.
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Maureen
Beadboard has a cottagey, rustic feel no matter what color it is. I would paint it beige and creamy beige/yellow above in one room and perhaps a shade darker in adjoining room. There is a lot of wood and it would freshen the look, but it's a big decision. If you started to paint in a spot that wasn't too obvious and hated it, just quickly wipe off. If you decide not to paint, certainly a lighter and different color would proivde a lighter feel.
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I agree with Maureen that bead board has a rustic feel, no matter what the color. Whether you go with white or color, the change will allow your wall to contrast nicely with your beautiful floors. It will truly lighten the space! White with a soft blue-gray would look great with the other wood tones you have going on. Another idea is to paint the bead board a color, and wallpaper the wall above. Perhaps a grass cloth if you want to keep the rustic feel. Enjoy!
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It's a small house with a charming shape but the colors are broken up so the shape is broken up. The triangle on the roof is bizarre and off center. Begone weird thing (but first find out its purpose and what the removal would cost and how it would affect the roof)!

A reasonably easy fix would be to paint the green the same color as the brick, paint the front door eggplant or navy. Get window boxes built that stretch the entire length of the windows on each side. Those are too small. Paint them the same as the door color.

Forget a lawn. Your little cottage is perfect for two perennial gardens flanking the walk. Go to a good nursery and have them develop a plan of perennial shrubs and flowering plants native to your area with mulch in between. Perhaps a dwarf tree that grows well in your area would look great on one side. No mowing! A double garden will add a ton to the charm of your cottage-style house.

A flagstone patio in back with potted plants would look great.
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ptreckel
I agree with housegal200 that you have a darling little house. The off set dormer is a consequence of the porch not being centered on the house, but the door is centered on the porch. When you eventually get around to replacing the porch windows with beefier heritage windows, simply take out the window to the left of the door and the door, and in that space...center a new door with flanking lights. It should bring it into alignment with your cute dormer. Just a thought.... Long painted window boxes lushly planted with flowers and vines, a front cottage garden filled with blooms (no grass) and you will have a house envied by the neighborhood!
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Your initial query was about porch colors. I would paint the porch a shade darker than your brick. March the brick and then go to a deeper tone of that same color. Paint everything out in that color, including your little dormer. Then....splash out with your front door! Go with navy or eggplant, or whatever you choose. Be bold. The quirkiness of your cottage calls for a fun color. Do it!
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Guest Picks: Sunshine and Sunflowers for Summer

Boost your mood with accessories, tiles and furnishings recalling two of the cheeriest things around Full Story
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Ann
Another flower with a similar feel is Rudbeckia Hirta. Pic from my garden this morning.
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Thanks for your wonderful encouraging thoughts and for taking the time to reach out to us.
We just returned from your wonderful part of this beautiful country and as always can't get enough of CA! Yes, the Hurricane put life into perspective, as did the fires we saw raging in the hills when we were in the San Diego area. We met a lovely young woman who had just relocated, in Poseidon in Del Mar. She had just had to evacuate her new home. I was glad I had words to give her. Keep in touch and again thanks for posting the studio video.
I will post a picture of the bench Joseph designed which is now in the finished studio, and a picture of the first in a series of pillows we are hand painting based on the sketchbook we kept while in SD and LA. The incredible trees and vegetation never cease to amaze me when we are on the west coast and always inspire our art.
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Joseph & Karen
June 26, 2014 at 3:02pm     
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So you think mirror + picture frames ???
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Finding the Perfect Home for a New House

Sun, soil, water, topography and more offer important cues to siting your house on the land Full Story
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If you live in a cold climate try to avoid building in "frost pockets" depressions located at the bottom of slopes, the cold air flows down the hill and collects in the pocket at the bottom, producing a micro climate up to 2 plant hardiness zones colder than the surrounding region. In practical terms this means you will need to start heating your home a month early in the fall and continue heating an extra month longer in the spring, also most garden stores & nurseries carry plants that are hardy for the zone they are in - so you may find it difficult to find plants locally that will thrive in your gardens.
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My Houzz: Ronnie Wood’s Old Art Studio Gets a Makeover

Check out this contemporary update of a former factory flat that survived World War II bombs and use by a member of The Rolling Stones Full Story
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I am thrilled to see the comeback of mini blinds in the bedroom! They have been ridiculed as hopelessly dated for years, and they are dust catchers, but nothing else is as flexible for controlling light, airflow, and privacy. Call me crazy, but I even like their simple appearance! (Good quality ones, not the saggy vinyl landlord special kind.) I have been through 3 different window treatments after tossing my mini blinds, and am ready to return. Does anybody else besides me have a good word to say for these relics?
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Decorating 101: How to Shop for Furniture

Before you hit the stores, learn what furniture to get rid of, what to look for when buying, and how to avoid mistakes Full Story
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Another great article, Fred, with really good information and advice. We especially liked your comments about knowing your vendor - as you write “Buy things from places where if there’s a problem, you know they’ll stand behind their product.” This is really where Houzz important - check out reviews and information on Houzz professional profiles - thanks, Houzz!

http://www.lalunecollection.com/la-lune/reviews.html
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Amanda Henry
Well, I thank you for your suggestions. I picked up ten or twelve colors today to try in combination or alone. We are going to have fun with this part of things!
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nutella64
Being from Europe, I think that modern design appeals to a limited group here in the United States VS Europe. Traditional & Transitional styles dominate the american market but we have to admit than more and more people are looking for sleek look, clean lines, concealed appliances and less ornament :)
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Paint Your Bookcases to Transform Your Room

Give your shelves some color for a whole new look. Here are 10 examples, from subtle to bold, and some styling tips to try Full Story
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Dark, high gloss lacquer bookcases in a paneled room is so good looking.......
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ok, watched 5 seconds of the video. this is an experienced wallcovering installer. looks like a very difficult DIY to me. you said "our office". does that mean your home office? try paint first. sample it on one wall to see what the color looks like in your space. try a bunch of colors if you're doing it yourself, but use a large wall sample in different lighted areas of the room to know what the outcome will be. never choose paint from just a chip. buy a pint or smaller if possible of each color. it will save $$ and "why did we choose that color" comments. typically a designer will choose a chip, then go one or more shades lighter for the final choice, because colors almost always look darker when they are on the walls.
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northseeker
A big no from me. The two types of tiles don't go well together. But the poorly planned placement of the tiles on the shower head wall would bother me even more!
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I think a change of the marble tile grout color to white and a thinner decorative border would have worked better in the shower. Like someone above mentioned, the border is very distinct and so is the tile which seems to fighting against each other. I think the general colors are fine but when it comes to decorative borders sometimes less is more.
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Stone brings texture and depth which offer a great opportunity to introduce light and shadow - grazing or by uplighting.
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libradesigneye
Upholsterers make slipcovers too . . sometimes dh won't give up comfort . . .but i digress - this stone has plenty of warm tones and with a camel toned wall paint the sofa would be in its element . . .wait til i'm off the mobile / will throw out some others or pelosim may see this and grab some carmel swatches too - purpose of my little color riff last night . .to draw color visions she can draw on depending on her style aims
(long day of meetings today and you are my breakfast entertainment before the grind)
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cecilia02
You could just destruct the not needed stone at the bottom to center it, then smooth that part. Just after doing that clean the stone and add a picture. That will make it look like new at a low cost.
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Sluggo slug killer that is safe for pets and other small animals.
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designpolice
Contractors who say, "You can't get that." When it's really that they don't sell that. Workers who say, "That won't work." When they just don't know how to do it. You just have to do your research.
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jacquipru
Decorating for decorating's sake. Objects in a room should be meaningful and personal. I much prefer personal clutter to show home looks.
November 30, 2013 at 12:13am     
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Many good peeves in these posts, but my biggest is the overly contrived look of so many homes. Why not have personal touches that make a home feel welcoming.
November 30, 2013 at 6:50am     
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joyce_6333
This is a very personal opinion (not necessarily a pet peeve), but I'm not fond of rooms that are "all white"....white walls, white trim, white fireplace, all white furniture. I love craftsman style, love all the natural woods, and I find the all white trend unlivable and boring. Our lifestyle is very casual, and I want my home to reflect that. It's definitely not a trendy home, and I'll never win an award for style. Oh, well.
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architectrunnerguy
1. Design that stops at the exterior walls.
2.5000SF 3 story McMansions in amongst 1700SF 1 1/2 story bungalows but have shutters so they "relate to the neighborhood".
3.Two story family rooms. Most have all the intamicy and warmth of the lobby of a Hyatt Hotel.
4.Shutters on double windows.
5.Stairs that disconnect a house (or maybe better to say "stairs that don't connect...)
6.Flooring change that's supposed to be some sorta way to define a spaces edge.
7.Fake stone that is configured in a way that real stone would find impossible.
8.Steps up from a deck to a sliding glass door (or any type of door for that matter).
9.Decks and balconies that are less then 6' deep.
10.Tall ceiling in kitchens.
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Great Design Plant: Northern Bush Honeysuckle, a Bronze Beauty

It helps control erosion and takes sun or shade. The butterflies love it. But the best part of this shrub may be the vivid foliage Full Story
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Sounds like a "winter moth" caterpillar infestation. Trees and shrubs can take a year of that eating, but not much more. As soon as you see them, pick them off. You aren't doing in any potential butterflies, though moths have their place and many of them are beautiful as well.
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Sometimes the purpose of a poem is not to entertain. But to transport us from the intellectual, where we are searching for something, to where the heart or spirit is and when we feel with our hearts, then we feel contented like children, for our hearts really are "our home".

Finally, your heartbeat or breathing have a certain rhythm and when you tune into that rhythm you connect with your soul and heart. For nature made the rhythm of the heart and man made the language which aids in his search for answers. But there is really little need for answers, when the spirit knows all already.
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For those that asked, my photos were taken mid-June. (Just checked the date stamp)
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How to Get Your Furniture Arrangement Right

Learn basic layout rules to get a polished, pulled-together look in any room Full Story
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My key question for a room is always "Could we read in there?" My two kids and partner and I need space to read together - good lighting, comfy seats with good foot support (I have lymphedema), and space for tea/cocoa/water. If the arrangement doesn't work for how we actually live, it doesn't make sense. We don't have a TV - computer or tablets works for us. It means a lot of the rooms pictured here - while lovely!!! - for us would be wasted space. I'm fascinated that so many of us Houzzers do like these rooms - I just wonder what you do in them all day! :)
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karennana
Perhaps the title should be "How to Get Your McMansion's Furniture Arrangement Right."
We have used all of these ideas in the past, but now are downsizing to a very cozy farmhouse. Using these rules and measurements, we will need to use child-size chairs, a single twin bed in the "master bedroom," get rid of the tv altogether, put in a dining table that is 2 feet wide and 4 feet long! I doubt we would be comfortable, and guests would likely leave early.
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anneowl
While I can appreciate some of the concepts i.e. mixing sizes & shapes of furniture, some of the ideas more appropriate for mansions rather than normal houses. Yes some do own houses with rooms this spacious but the majority of people do not, therefore it would be really helpful to also have visual layouts to assist those with normal size rooms.

Had a chuckle over the thought of the dining table preferably being 48 inches from a wall. As our dining room is only 112 inches wide it would have to be a very narrow table!
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twinkle24
Chairs that swivel are the answer to many a placement dilemma.
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How to Add a Backyard Shed for Storage or Living

Need a home office, a playspace or extra room for your stuff? Learn about off-the-shelf, prefab and custom sheds Full Story
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This is the potting shed my husband designed and built by himself. Except for the foundation and the metal roof, everything else was made by him alone. We purchased the windows and door (36") from Habitat for Humanity for a total of $70. The shed holds all my gardening tools and materials and my golf cart. It measures 10x15 and the garage door was custom made to fit. The metal roof was worth every penny because our house is elevated, so we look down at it - this pic is the view from my kitchen window. A year ago the entire yard was lawn, now there is not a blade of grass to be found!
July 6, 2014 at 4:27am     
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Sharon

I feel bad for you after all this preaching about where your dog should sleep. People sometimes forget that we share this planet together with many countries and many different cultures . Therefore for some sleeping with animals or keeping them in house is not acceptable .
I would not keep my dog outside but I would never tell someone what to do with his big, strong , furry dog ( I am not talking about tiny dogs ).
July 10, 2014 at 1:34pm     
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Pavinia Cotton
I hide them and then forget where I put them - always
July 10, 2014 at 10:38am     
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northseeker
Well, that's nothing compared to what I've done to my slate tiles! I generally use a lime-out type product to remove the salts, which won't get it all, though. Trays are a good idea. Unless you overwater they shouldn't be a problem for the plants. I have palm, citrus etc. but have not grown wisteria so can't address that directly.
July 10, 2014 at 10:58am   
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halbraswell
Prices, etc vary a lot so can't say for sure, especially without the cabinet configuration. Drawer cabinets are more expensive than door cabinets. Also can't tell if there are pullout in the base cabinets with doors.

Here are a couple if observations:

1) in Louisiana we don't pay tax on cabinets. They are added value to the home and it increases property tax in theory.

2) get Blum heavy duty full extension under mount drawer glides with soft close. They are worth any extra cost.

3) $50-75 per cabinet is a good installation charge. That is high for some cabinets but low for others. Getting 16 cabinets installed for $800 sounds reasonable, especially if that includes light rail, moulding and toe kick. Does the installation include drawer pull and knob installation?

This pic shows a Blum-motion tandem drawer glide. Great for pots, pans and dishes.
July 10, 2014 at 10:07am        Thanked by only1way
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northseeker
I love the look of wood. My kitchen is open to the living room with a wood counter between. My cabinets look like built in furniture with drawers rather than cabinets, with a dark green granite counter and all black appliances. It visually makes one room and doesn't look either industrial or rustic. And I am an avid cook so I have not sacrificed function to get the look. Give me wood!
July 10, 2014 at 10:44am     
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John MacBride
I went bold on my kitchen with mahogany coloured cabinets and stainless steel appliances/backsplash. I added pops of colour by placing multicoloured glass vases (handy for impromptu gifts of flowers) directly underneath the under cabinet lighting. They glow beautifully at night.
last Thursday at 4:06am     
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meganlanephotos
I absolutely love white kitchens. I am a first time home owner, as of 14 months a go. My kitchen had 27 unpainted wood cabinets and drawers when I moved in. I finally took the time to paint them white a few weeks a go. I am not completely finished with the kitchen improvements but I am so much happier with the way it looks since we took care of the cabinetry. I think the white makes everything look brighter, my airier and much more spacious. I love it!

Below are a set of before and after pictures that I took :)
last Thursday at 4:59am   
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