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post #361 of 422
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drywall is completely done on the inside

siding and stone goes up this week

post #362 of 422
Nice to see all the concrete work done early. We didn't get our drive and sidewalk until the whole exterior of the house was nearly complete.
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Nice to see all the concrete work done early. We didn't get our drive and sidewalk until the whole exterior of the house was nearly complete.

Could be worse... I was driving to my house on the foundation 'bedrock' for the streets the entire first winter before they did the asphalt for the street the following year... No street lamps either.
post #364 of 422
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front of the house is more or less done - they will be finishing out the interior over the next couple weeks and we are expected to move in early to mid november.

once I get out of my warranty period with the builder, I feel like there are some things that need to be posted on facebook to my community friends. These guys are something else...the latest bit is that they have started throwing extra construction materials out by the curb every night instead of storing them for us (extra bits of vinyl flooring, stone for the house) - these are small things sure but when we paid that much money and they're just throwing it away... SMH...





cabinets look uber dark in this picture - I can assure you that's just the flash not reaching that back row of cabinets. they're actually as light as they look in the foreground.

and for those of you waiting for home theater pictures / updates, I'll start dissecting the basement again once we move in, prolly 3-4 weeks from now. It will more than likely be 4-6 months before we buy the first 2x4.
post #365 of 422
Looks like a nice house. Congrats.
post #366 of 422
Love the stone on 1st floor!

( Personally I'd probably have done away with the dual gable part to save money and have less risk for moisture issues or so, but I know the builders wouldn't have been that flexible. Also looks a bit odd to me, as I don't see that kind of design around here - probably much more normal for you. )
post #367 of 422
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Love the stone on 1st floor!

( Personally I'd probably have done away with the dual gable part to save money and have less risk for moisture issues or so, but I know the builders wouldn't have been that flexible. Also looks a bit odd to me, as I don't see that kind of design around here - probably much more normal for you. )

the design is a balance of two things :

1) what will most local municipalities accept?
2) what is the cheapest thing imaginable?

putting those two things together frequently breeds mixed results.

That being said I could care less if the outside were a perfectly regular and ugly rectangular box as long as I had the space inside. And other that the low ceilings in the basement, I got almost everything I wanted out of this house for a price I couldn't get anywhere else.

house will be done in two weeks and we move in three to four weeks from now. The anticipation is building to a fever pitch in my family right now. My grandparents (who were the inspiration for this whole thing) are visiting this weekend - the first time they have ever visited me. So like I said lots of crazy excitement here.

oh and one more thing...the exterior of the house (obviously final grade still needs to happen) is almost complete :

post #368 of 422
Those lights make the stone pop out wonderfully! smile.gif
post #369 of 422
I like the look..so many homes here in fl are just so plain and boxy and many are boxy with the garage extended out so it looks like one giant garage door is front of your house. yours has texture and depth with nice curb appeal. our new home has depth and a lot of stone so I might be biased... and we should be in it in about a month and a half.
post #370 of 422
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I like the look..so many homes here in fl are just so plain and boxy and many are boxy with the garage extended out so it looks like one giant garage door is front of your house. yours has texture and depth with nice curb appeal. our new home has depth and a lot of stone so I might be biased... and we should be in it in about a month and a half.

thanks. rest assured that if this builder could have gotten away with it they absolutely would have built it the way you are describing. Fortunately for me, the towns that surround us are EXTREMELY picky about what type of new houses they will let be built. Stone has to cover the front of the first level. Architectural elements in the shape of the roof must be present.

the builder is ridiculously cheap which is good news / bad news.


Today, the inspiration for all of this - my paternal grandparents - are coming to visit. I am literally jumping out of my skin to show them this house. My parents were divorced when I was 3 so during Spring Break, my mom used to put me on a plane all by myself (at a VERY young age (5), not sure they would even let this happen today) and I would fly to Columbus to spend the week with my grandparents. They had a beautiful colonial 2 story house in Columbus -



my house for comparison



I fell in love with that house and it became my template for what kind of house I wanted to live in when I grew up. Of course, time money and circumstances delayed that but as my grandpa kept reminding me they didn't move into that house until he was well older than I am now. Now I finally get to have my dream and I get to show it to the people that inspired that dream.

Pretty cool day smile.gif
post #371 of 422
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thanks. rest assured that if this builder could have gotten away with it they absolutely would have built it the way you are describing. Fortunately for me, the towns that surround us are EXTREMELY picky about what type of new houses they will let be built. Stone has to cover the front of the first level. Architectural elements in the shape of the roof must be present.

the builder is ridiculously cheap which is good news / bad news.


Today, the inspiration for all of this - my paternal grandparents - are coming to visit. I am literally jumping out of my skin to show them this house. My parents were divorced when I was 3 so during Spring Break, my mom used to put me on a plane all by myself (at a VERY young age (5), not sure they would even let this happen today) and I would fly to Columbus to spend the week with my grandparents. They had a beautiful colonial 2 story house in Columbus -



my house for comparison



I fell in love with that house and it became my template for what kind of house I wanted to live in when I grew up. Of course, time money and circumstances delayed that but as my grandpa kept reminding me they didn't move into that house until he was well older than I am now. Now I finally get to have my dream and I get to show it to the people that inspired that dream.

Pretty cool day smile.gif

Man I am happy for you. I know what it feels like to finally get your house because I bought mine less than a year ago so the feeling is still fresh. It's definitely a great feeling especially after all the stress of the procedure of getting the house. Getting the keys at closing was awesome! Congrats on success in life and enjoy your dream!
post #372 of 422
Thanks for sharing your story. It is very touching.

The similarities in the details of the two houses is pretty cool.
post #373 of 422
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Walked through the house with my grandparents today.

Such a cool experience. Here's the three of us.

post #374 of 422
Thats great! Hope they enjoyed it!
post #375 of 422
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Final Grade - probably no updates until 11/1 when we have our walkthrough

post #376 of 422
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and we're done! tentative move in next Saturday

QUESTION : they threw up the blanket insulation in the basement (which makes it INCREDIBLY warm down there) and now I have nowhere to project my craptastic playtime projector just to get a read on screen size and what will work and what won't - what is the cheapest best option to make a temporary movie projector screen to use for these purposes? I'm looking for absolute bottom of the barrel cost here like tens of dollars not hundereds.

pictures!!!! (as always geometry is a bit goofy on these due to the 18mm lens setting which tends to fish eye juuuust a bit)

kitchen from family room


upstairs hall


tentative theater location in basment


panoramic shot off the back deck - don't get used to the view - this will be all filled in with houses very shortly.


side note - in an AMAZING stroke of good luck, we ran across the U-Verse engineer on our way out and I was able to trade email addresses with him so we could talk about the install before they send newbs into my house and I throw them out smile.gif
Edited by JRock3x8 - 11/2/13 at 5:06am
post #377 of 422
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what is the cheapest best option to make a temporary movie projector screen to use for these purposes? I'm looking for absolute bottom of the barrel cost here like tens of dollars not hundereds.

Cotton sheet.
post #378 of 422
Congrats JRock! Looks like a very nice place!

Agree with NightLord...Just use a bed sheet or two and call it a day. You can even use blue tape to create a screen "frame"...
post #379 of 422
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Man I am happy for you. I know what it feels like to finally get your house because I bought mine less than a year ago so the feeling is still fresh. It's definitely a great feeling especially after all the stress of the procedure of getting the house. Getting the keys at closing was awesome! Congrats on success in life and enjoy your dream!
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thanks. rest assured that if this builder could have gotten away with it they absolutely would have built it the way you are describing. Fortunately for me, the towns that surround us are EXTREMELY picky about what type of new houses they will let be built. Stone has to cover the front of the first level. Architectural elements in the shape of the roof must be present.

the builder is ridiculously cheap which is good news / bad news.


Today, the inspiration for all of this - my paternal grandparents - are coming to visit. I am literally jumping out of my skin to show them this house. My parents were divorced when I was 3 so during Spring Break, my mom used to put me on a plane all by myself (at a VERY young age (5), not sure they would even let this happen today) and I would fly to Columbus to spend the week with my grandparents. They had a beautiful colonial 2 story house in Columbus -



my house for comparison



I fell in love with that house and it became my template for what kind of house I wanted to live in when I grew up. Of course, time money and circumstances delayed that but as my grandpa kept reminding me they didn't move into that house until he was well older than I am now. Now I finally get to have my dream and I get to show it to the people that inspired that dream.

Pretty cool day smile.gif
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Originally Posted by JRock3x8 View Post

thanks. rest assured that if this builder could have gotten away with it they absolutely would have built it the way you are describing. Fortunately for me, the towns that surround us are EXTREMELY picky about what type of new houses they will let be built. Stone has to cover the front of the first level. Architectural elements in the shape of the roof must be present.

the builder is ridiculously cheap which is good news / bad news.


Today, the inspiration for all of this - my paternal grandparents - are coming to visit. I am literally jumping out of my skin to show them this house. My parents were divorced when I was 3 so during Spring Break, my mom used to put me on a plane all by myself (at a VERY young age (5), not sure they would even let this happen today) and I would fly to Columbus to spend the week with my grandparents. They had a beautiful colonial 2 story house in Columbus -



my house for comparison



I fell in love with that house and it became my template for what kind of house I wanted to live in when I grew up. Of course, time money and circumstances delayed that but as my grandpa kept reminding me they didn't move into that house until he was well older than I am now. Now I finally get to have my dream and I get to show it to the people that inspired that dream.

Pretty cool day smile.gif
Wow, that Colonial is almost identical to my Inlaws house, except theirs is the set with the garage on the right an a little different entry, but identical. I love that house, has a great finished basement. House is huge, about 5000 sq ft. I have expressed interest in buying it, Good luck with your new home.
post #380 of 422
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Thanks this is a much smaller house than 5,000 sq feet. 1,300 sf per floor - technically 3 floors incl basement

edit will go with cotton sheet - seems like I might want a thicker one cuz the ones we have would barely reflect the image.

boy the more I look at the ceiling the more I think just box the whole damn thing off at 70 or 68" and be done with it...
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boy the more I look at the ceiling the more I think just box the whole damn thing off at 70 or 68" and be done with it...


I can see how you would say that, but please don't! 70" will be low.

I confess I haven't followed very closely up to now, so I have to ask - do you have a working plan to deal with this? I know this isn't a no-holds-barred build - so much like mine, you'll make compromises and try to save costs. There might be good ways to get it handled without loosing all that space. How about some more pictures - different angles - and maybe a refresher on the dimensions (for the sake of us who haven't been following very closely)? smile.gif
post #382 of 422
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It's 35'-ish feet from the camera POV to the wall - probably lop off 4-6" for insulation blanket.

I think it's 13-14' wide - I haven't looked at the measurements in months.

The bottom of that vent that you see to the left is 70" tall. The problem is that those water plastic pipes continue almost to the middle of the room so even if I do a stair step boxing off on the ceiling, I'll never get back to the 79" floor to joist depth.

It's not anything that I need solved immediately, just idle thoughts running through my head. There is almost no chance that we even start on this before Fall 2014.



edit : I think I have moved past my sad face pity party and am now looking to "stair step" the soffits again.
Edited by JRock3x8 - 11/4/13 at 2:28am
post #383 of 422
Congrats on moving in!

Yea, when you get the inclination, some updated measurements would be nice. With them, the tinkerers here can start batting around ideas.
post #384 of 422
I would recommend that you make a temporary screen using blackout curtain and 1X4s. Use plywood triangles the hold the corners together and square them. Screw all the wood together and staple on the blackout curtain. I did this for a quick and easy screen for $35 dollars. The added benefit, is that I hang it on the wall in the backyard for outdoor movie night. It really is very simple to build!
post #385 of 422
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I would recommend that you make a temporary screen using blackout curtain and 1X4s. Use plywood triangles the hold the corners together and square them. Screw all the wood together and staple on the blackout curtain. I did this for a quick and easy screen for $35 dollars. The added benefit, is that I hang it on the wall in the backyard for outdoor movie night. It really is very simple to build!

if you've got any more details on that, I'd love to read it. I'm not much good with making things but if it's fairly idiot proof I might give it a shot.
post #386 of 422
I have very limited skills with tools. My wife's father and brother are both mechanics so anytime I use power tools, my obvious lack of skill/experience makes my wife nervous. I built this screen about 2 years ago and decided on this design because it looked easy and I had the tools. I would provide you with the links I used but I no longer have them. The screen is used about 10 times a year but originally built for our annual Halloween party. I made it in a 2.35 aspect ratio but in retrospect, much of the material we watch is 16:9 so I would make it differently next time. I only cut straight lines on the 1X4s and the plywood was diagonal cuts to make straight triangles. I made sure the triangles were perfect as I used them to make sure the corners on the frame were correct.

For your purpose, unless you are positive on the aspect ratio and size, I would go with the largest 16:9 you could build and then zoom in and out until you find the size that is comfortable for the seating distance. The bonus is that you can use the screen in the backyard when you are done using it to test for size in the dedicated theater.

Materials:

Blackout curtain
1X4s - make sure they are straight
A small square piece of plywood to cut into triangles for the corners
Hooks to hang it - I have concrete block walls in the backyard so I use hooks to hang a ladder on a wall
A box of screws
A lot of staples
Staple Gun - mine was an inexpensive electric one
Screw driver
Drill
Drill bit
Saw
Tape measure
Ruler


I am attaching some pictures below. Hope this works as I haven't done it before...





post #387 of 422
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thank you - will review more closely once this crazy weekend is over - we close tomorrow and then the move begins! Everything is falling into place like we planned it so far.

what was the screen material?
post #388 of 422
he said it was a blackout curtain.

Congrats on the move! Looks like most of if not all the stress is behind you for the purchase of the house. The close is simple but long and boring with a million signatures. Good luck with the move and get the biggest truck you can because it is cheaper tha a smaller one with multiple trips.
post #389 of 422
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started moving in today - exhausted already...what a day though - getting those keys was surreal.
post #390 of 422
Congrats! Take some time to enjoy it!
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