Originally Posted by rmajor55
Hey D, great theater man, just read the whole thing start to finish. It took me 5 days, lol.
As for your step lights, cant you just use a higher wattage bulb to get that little bit of extra light??
Also, I am going to be stealing a lot of yours and Big's designs. I've started my room and I'm taking pics so maybe I'll start a thread.
Your landscaping renderings look fantastic and I look forward to seeing that unfold.
Step Lights - Doubtful. The plate itself limits the light that can come through. It really is a few small slits. I might look at just a flat plate of some kind with a whole translucent panel to let more light through. Fortunately it is still installed inside of a normal gang-box so I could replace it with pretty much anything that fits that way. That at least is a small and simple change.
Thank you for the compliments. Make sure you don't focus only on one build. Look through many. I was totally in love with Sandman's build when I did this, and still am. However I've seen a lot of things, especially in the last year, which I like a lot. People have done some excellent work with trim, soffits, and lighting, which I really like. I'd probably do it a little differently if I did it again. Usually though, most things as far as the style, don't matter so much once the lights go out, which is the vast majority of the time. But the look is the first impression and gets people excited when they see it. Dim lighting like step lights, or even other theme lighting is important if you want to be able to not trip going down steps or see things like food/remotes. It has to be really dim though. The smallest amounts of light tends to wash out the screen. It is amazing how much the picture changes with the soffit lights on the edges on the lowest levels. So it needs to be dim enough to not alter the picture but bright enough to be able to actually see it. This is something used all of the time, so to me is a lot more important.
I'm excited about the landscaping/pool work too. The cost is just well beyond my capacity for budgeting. Buying a house is easy, even when it is super expensive, because it is financed by rolling up into a single mortgage, which is backed by the house itself. A Car works the same way. Things like this get tricky. Because if a project costs $200k total, you can't just write a check for that. (Well some people can I suppose). And because the chunks of the project are dependent on other parts, you can't just say i'll do $20k here and there. The pool needs to be done and paid for in a single bunch of financing. The pool itself requires minimum concrete decking and a fence. But the grading for the area will all need to be done in advance, which means a dug up yard. We are probably going to do a small section first, which will begin with the area under and around our deck. So we will have things like our grill, and a hot tub pad area ready. That's about 1/3 of the concrete work. From there we can wait another year probably to look at the next steps and see where we are financially.