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post #91 of 426
Not a big fan of engineered stone here myself, in general. Looks too...manufactured.

That zen sink doesn't look very functional. As long as you don't have to wash any dishes with it, it would look awesome.

Have you considered making your own stone sink, or some other particular item in the room, by hand? I think it would add a lot to the room.
post #92 of 426
Heremini is a Zen theater..using this as inspiration for mine that is being built.

post #93 of 426
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Great look, but I wonder how the front sound stage and overall acoustics sound with an entire front wall of tile...
post #94 of 426
Its more for show and less for go.
post #95 of 426
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In that case the design is superb!
post #96 of 426
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That zen sink doesn't look very functional. As long as you don't have to wash any dishes with it, it would look awesome.

It would only be for rinsing out glasses, so I'm ok with that. I'm considering a smaller dishwasher in the basement.

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Have you considered making your own stone sink, or some other particular item in the room, by hand? I think it would add a lot to the room.

Now that would be very cool. I'm not sure I have the skills, definitely not the tools. But, something about a chisel and mallet seems very interesting...maybe I could channel my inner Michelangelo (perhaps with different results ). I'd have to keep telling myself, "point the chisel AWAY from your body before you swing".
post #97 of 426
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Your old avatar was better

Now that I have cleared my mind and moved on to the next step, the old avatar has been restored. Look for updates this weekend.
post #98 of 426
I feel more at peace after reading this thread.
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I feel more at peace after reading this thread.

Follow the way...
post #100 of 426
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Because I live in an area with expanding soils (clay and bentonite), the county requires floating walls. The house is 5 years old and nothing in the basement has cracked. My soils report from the engineer shows us at the low end of the risk scale (especially since they dug to bedrock and "conditioned" the soil with ten layers of whatever they use). But, I have to do it anyway since I'm at one with the permit process.

Here are three examples - the last from what my neighbor actually did.

Example of a standard floating wall



Example of a DD+GG floating wall



Example of what Black Banshee did


Black Banshee used staggered stud walls. I plan to use double walls (where necessary), so mine will end up a little different. Also, Ted has confirmed that because three of my walls are up against concrete foundation walls, and the third will be a double wall, that I won't need clips and channel for the walls - only the ceiling.
post #101 of 426
Check with the location of your permit. In Douglas County, they say you need 3", but withing the city of parker, you only need 1 1/2" of float, so wherever you get the permit, make sure you are following their requirements.
post #102 of 426
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Yeah - Douglas County says 3" for everything, and I saw in your thread that you could do 1 1/2". I guess it can also depend on your soil report. So I'm going to have the plan reviewer tell me what they think is ok - then get it in writing.
post #103 of 426
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I am trying to finalize my plans for the permit application and therefore going through and checking all of my measurements again. Clearly I am going to need to learn how to be at one with the fact that builders don't care about walls being square or plumb.

I'm going to my happy place now.
post #104 of 426
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I'm beginning to think that there should be a diploma offered for people who spend all "their hard earned time" accumulating all this knowledge shared on AVS.




WAF or WTF?
This past weekend I "reviewed" the basement plans with the wife. In short the comments were: too much money, too much black, too many straight lines, too much money, oh and did I say too much money?

Ok, now that she's been officially prepped for what's to come...


I'm no longer at one with the bathroom rough-in
I made the executive decision yesterday after consulting with my buddy that I'm going to spend more money and move the shower drain to allow for a larger project studio space. Take that!...tropical retreat, brilliant new wedding ring and earrings!

Ok, really I'll be the one wielding the jack hammer but it feels good to have a more harmonious studio space. At least I'm not this guy:




Plans are going to the county for review this week
I can't wait for the county to be at one with my plan.


Acoustical Flex Duct retro-fit starts this weekend
I plan to replace the "basement exposed" sections for all 20 or so supply runs. I found a local distributor for Big's oft recommended "Flexmaster" product. If the snow lets up enough by Friday I'll stuff as much into my MDX as I can. Which leads me to...


Two feet of snow by tomorrow night!
Gotta love "snow days" combined with working from home on "slow days"

post #105 of 426
Funny stuff. Good luck with further adventures in WAF.
post #106 of 426
yeah, I am pretty much at home, shoveling, surfing, and pretending to work.
post #107 of 426
Great thread. I can't wait to see pictures of the actual space getting built.

Any more details on your masking plans for your "screen wall"?

Good luck.
post #108 of 426
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yeah, I am pretty much at home, shoveling, surfing, and pretending to work.

Yes, but are you one with the shoveling yet?
post #109 of 426
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yeah, I am pretty much at home, shoveling, surfing, and pretending to work.

We are not alone.


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Great thread. I can't wait to see pictures of the actual space getting built.

Any more details on your masking plans for your "screen wall"?

Good luck.

Thanks - I can't wait to be at a point to be taking pics of the space getting built. I've been plannning this for over two years (thus the Master's degree in thread reading previously posted).

Screen wall - I like ScottJ's method and jikkjack's too. I haven't spent any time on that piece yet.


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Yes, but are you one with the shoveling yet?

Those of us with children old enough to walk have experienced snow shoveling nirvana, whilst observing their methods and teaching the ways of the ancients. Sit, sip, point, finger wave, sip, burp, point, nod, inspect...nod again, sit, sip, etc, etc.
post #110 of 426
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Good luck.

And by the way, I love your soffit rope lighting and am planning to get the same affect. And I'm stealing your speaker illumination technique too!
post #111 of 426
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Those of us with children old enough to walk have experienced snow shoveling nirvana, whilst observing their methods and teaching the ways of the ancients. Sit, sip, point, finger wave, sip, burp, point, nod, inspect...nod again, sit, sip, etc, etc.

Not me, its just too frustrating watching the kids "help". The 5 year old actually did some good with the shoveling, the 6 1/2 year old was useless.

I told them they would each get a dollar for helping. Now I told her next time there would be stipulations on the dollar, and for his good job, I gave him 2 dollars.

But what I want to know is where is my money for doing most of the shoveling... Oh well, it was an hour I didn't need to pretend to sit at the computer and work.
post #112 of 426
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Wait until they are older. My 12 year old volunteered to do the deck, patio, and walkway in the back. Then, he came back in and volunteered to knock the snow off all the tree branches so they won't break.

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Oh well, it was an hour I didn't need to pretend to sit at the computer and work.

I just got done with the front (my zen powers only go so far with the prodigal son). Man, this time it is wet, heavy, and now five feet tall on the sides of the driveway!

Good excuse to now sip, sip, sip, sip, pretend, sip, sip, sip...
post #113 of 426
Bummer! It's 70 degrees and sunny here!
post #114 of 426
yeah, after a rough day of working, I am taking off at 3, to take the kids tubing. May start sipping after that.
post #115 of 426
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Bummer! It's 70 degrees and sunny here!

Why I otta!!!
post #116 of 426
What are you guys talking about shoveling for? I got just one word for you:

SNOWBLOWER.

Or is that two words?

Anyway, we don't get nearly as much snow as yous all in CO, but once I got to a "certain" age, I bought myself a big honkin' snowblower, to use the technical term. Now nothing stops me.

Well, that's not quite true: light snows are a pain, as the snowblower is built for real snow, not those one or two inch dustings, so I don't even bother with those. I figure the car tires will pack those flakes down until it eventually melts next April or so. Or May. or June. Whatever. I still need a little shovel for the steps, but that's nothing.

Of course, I didn't do any of that for years while the kid I used to have was a teen and lived at home, but once he buggered off into the wild blue yonder I found myself getting reacquainted with the snowblower and the lawnmower. My teenage daughters just haven't picked up their older brother's slack in those departments.

Yet.
post #117 of 426
yeah Hanes, there sure is allot of blowing comming from your neck of the woods.

We can't let it sit here. If you haven't cleared your walks and drive within 24 hours of a storm, you can be ticketed.

As for buying a blower, The son will be able to handle this chore soon, and he always is full of energy, so a blower can wait until he is gone.
post #118 of 426
sip sip sip
post #119 of 426
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Bummer! It's 70 degrees and sunny here!

When I lived in Fuquay Varina just south of Raleigh (and yes mail gets delivered addressed to Fu**way Va*ina) nobody knew what to do when snow fell. I mean, one inch and the entire metro area shut down. As a Colorado native I had to laugh at everybody. Talk about user error .

I loved the greenery, but the bugs...I mean come on! One day I found this guy in our backyard:



Luckily it was trying to eat this guy:



But wouldn't you know Hanes deployed his pets who poisoned everyone...


The moral of the story is that you shouldn't live in North Carolina!
post #120 of 426
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When I lived in Fuquay Varina just south of Raleigh (and yes mail gets delivered addressed to Fu**way Va*ina) nobody knew what to do when snow fell. I mean, one inch and the entire metro area shut down. As a Colorado native I had to laugh at everybody. Talk about user error .

We have some family friends that used to live in Fuquay! They now live in Four Oaks. You are right about the snow and people driving. This is why the entire area shuts down. It reduces the number of traffic accidents. Think about, if it snowed once a year in Colorado would people know how to drive in it? It has nothing to do with being in North Carolina!

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I loved the greenery, but the bugs...I mean come on! One day I found this guy in our backyard:

Luckily it was trying to eat this guy:

But wouldn't you know Hanes deployed his pets who poisoned everyone...

The bugs and the humidity are the worst parts of living here. Coming from California though, I'll take that over smog and earthquakes!

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The moral of the story is that you shouldn't live in North Carolina!

I agree! I wish more people thought the same way you do. Leave this lovely state to those that enjoy it!
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