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03-18-11, 06:38 PM
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Posted By Allison1888

FYI--I was told by a botanic garden center that...

FYI--I was told by a botanic garden center that you actually shouldn't prune at the end of the year because the open cuts expose the branches to disease over the winter.
03-18-11, 06:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 8,354
Posted By Allison1888

windows

If those windows are nice wood windows in good shape and with character, don't just toss them for vinyl replacement windows. You'll lose lots of character. I know energy loss is an issue, but usually...
03-18-11, 06:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 14,390
Posted By Allison1888

tub

I agree with the others and will add that you'd be ruining the character of the tub. If it's not what you want, you could try to sell it--there is a market for ones in good shape -- and then start...
03-18-11, 06:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 179,054
Posted By Allison1888

bathtub refinishing

I also vote for hiring a pro. The chemicals are strong and messy and it just looks much nicer when a professional does it. We did ours and I think it cost $350. Has lasted for 4 years so far.
03-18-11, 06:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,162
Posted By Allison1888

marble countertop

There are plenty of faux marble countertops in laminate that could work without all the headache of dealing with marble. Or, try a quartz with a granite look. Save the marble for the bathroom floor!
03-18-11, 06:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,197
Posted By Allison1888

water table

Thanks for all the info! I have a friend who is dealing with a high water table and I'm going to send all this along. Good luck with your situation.
11-04-10, 09:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,739
Posted By Allison1888

old house renovation

Do you know of a contractor who would walk through it with you and help you set priorities? I think it would help to get an overall perspective. Another thought is to pay for a home inspection, which...
11-04-10, 09:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,767
Posted By Allison1888

patching holes

One word of caution when hiring the insulation company--make sure they patch the holes EVENLY. Sounds obvious, but we had that done and they filled them unevenly and we had to go back and redo most...
11-04-10, 08:59 PM
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Views: 3,082
Posted By Allison1888

granite

Also make time to go pick out the granite slab yourself. You'll see any imperfections and where they are.
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Posted By Allison1888

Also make sure you're not keeping food sources...

Also make sure you're not keeping food sources nearby, as that will attract them. We had a few getting into our bird seed that was near our back door.
09-09-10, 08:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,593
Posted By Allison1888

hydrangea

I say enjoy the beautiful blooms and plan for some pruning next year to control the growth a little. Also, depending on your zone, you might need to protect them to ensure the next year's blooms...
07-30-10, 02:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 987
Posted By Allison1888

bathroom

One way to make the room look a little bigger is to use a clear shower door without all the hinges showing. I've also seen a blue sky theme painted (or with tile) on the ceiling to make it seem that...
07-30-10, 02:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,974
Posted By Allison1888

sunroom

In terms of managing the heat, is there any way to fasten any thick woven shades to one wall of glass (the hottest area) or a few sections during the really hot months? Not sure if there is anything...
07-30-10, 12:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 12,378
Posted By Allison1888

drainage

What about diverting it and then creating an area of decorative gravel for it to drain into-- gets rid of the mud issue.
05-14-10, 09:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,278
Posted By Allison1888

tile

If you're going with white subway tile, you'll want tones that are crisp and clean, as opposed to earth tones that are more muted. Blues, oranges, yellows, reds, etc. I would lay it all out on paper...
05-14-10, 08:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,067
Posted By Allison1888

bath

I also vote for a light color, but one thought on the lighting. There are different wattages for those heat lamp bulbs. We discovered this after putting in the higher watt and being blinded. So,...
04-23-10, 06:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,220
Posted By Allison1888

door

Also try Marvin. They are higher end, but can also do some custom work and it's not as outrageous as you might think.

These are really cool...probably expensive.

Marvin Entry Door - Artistic...
04-23-10, 06:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 8,028
Posted By Allison1888

plaster

I think you need a good plasterer, but they are hard to find. Some painters can do this, but you'd want to see their work first hand to make sure. I would talk to other people in your area or perhaps...
04-23-10, 05:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 766
Posted By Allison1888

tile

You've probably thought of this, but is the finished floor height going to work, given that it will be thicker with the linoleum underneath? Will the door open ok?
04-09-10, 05:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,026
Posted By Allison1888

kitchen

One thing to consider in wanting to rip out that wall is that it is a structural change that requires some carpentry skills. Even if it's not load bearing you'll need to reinforce the area to support...
04-09-10, 05:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,328
Posted By Allison1888

kitchen

Agree to leave the cabinets until last. Also, take them off to paint them if you can-- seems like more work, but you'll be able to get to all the nooks and cracks.
04-09-10, 04:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 928
Posted By Allison1888

estimates

I would not hire any contractor that wants to go with a ballpark estimate. He or she should take the time to add up all the costs and give it to you in detail. It's basic business and you don't want...
04-01-10, 08:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,516
Posted By Allison1888

tile

Usually you stop about 18 to 24 inches below the ceiling, but mainly you want the tiles to lay out proportionally above a window (so you have a few tiles, not part of one). I wouldn't put tile on the...
04-01-10, 08:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 11,542
Posted By Allison1888

paint

One design tips I learned is to use no more than 2 main colors and a third accent color throughout the house. They should all be in the same tone family, but you can vary the intensity. If you look...
04-01-10, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,247
Posted By Allison1888

cabinets

I've always used oil poly over oil and it works well. One other thought to toss into this thread for others is the thought of distressing cabinets. I've seen it done and it looks pretty cool, in the...
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