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#27 Feb 14 2012 at 3:27 PM Rating: Good
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It's weird seeing a house without a basement.
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Yodabunny wrote:
It's weird seeing a house without a basement.


Basements are actually pretty uncommon in newer construction, I think. Most of the new houses are built on slab, or built into a hill to have a half walled, half buried basement that opens onto the underside of a deck. Slab is faster, cheaper, and less likely to have a sinking foundation.
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Slab is faster, cheaper, and less likely to have a sinking foundation.
Points 1 and 3 are irrelevant as to why most houses are built on slabs nowadays.
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#30 Feb 14 2012 at 5:57 PM Rating: Excellent
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It's weird seeing a house without a basement.


Basements are actually pretty uncommon in newer construction, I think. Most of the new houses are built on slab, or built into a hill to have a half walled, half buried basement that opens onto the underside of a deck. Slab is faster, cheaper, and less likely to have a sinking foundation.


In Texas houses actually don't have basements because the ground is ******. Depending on the area, you generally have either shifty clay soil, or just solid rock beneath you. Basements can be done, but they're expensive and you could be dealing with leaks and other stuff for the lifetime of the house, which only ramps up the price more.

Most of the time houses just don't bother with them, and you really only see basements in a corporate building or something, where it's generally just parking.
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#31 Feb 14 2012 at 10:53 PM Rating: Excellent
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ALSO: Water tables. If they are very high you will have an increase in cost on basements due to higher waterproofing needs.

IIRC, Tailmon is near Brazoria and I'm told by those who live there that the water table is very close to the surface in many places.
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Checked out the home today. I also met with the wiring people and set up where and the wiring for the 5.1 surround in 3 of the 4 rooms. Living room, Bedroom and my office. They also started on the brick exterior today.

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Visited the house today. Things are going along nicely. The air/heating people were inside installing the ducts and such. The outside was coming along nicely.

Front corner.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Brick.jpg

Back side porch.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Brick1.jpg

Another front view with air conditioning guy exiting the home.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Brick2.jpg

Edited, Feb 23rd 2012 12:52am by Tailmon
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The wiring people also paid the home a visit and put in all the wires for the surround sound in the rooms. They might not be easy to see but they are the Grey wires.

Living room the marks are on the studs and the wires are wired to some of the boxes.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Livingroomwiring.jpg

The back speakers will be mounted in the ceiling. Note the nice recessed center in the room. This is the bedroom. The living room also has a recessed ceiling.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Bedroomwiring.jpg

The office. I had the wiring done for outlets for standing rear speakers.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Officewiring.jpg

Edited, Feb 23rd 2012 12:51am by Tailmon
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#35 Feb 22 2012 at 11:57 PM Rating: Good
Congrats on going blue, Tail!
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#36 Feb 23 2012 at 9:34 PM Rating: Decent
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I visited the home again today. I had to wait for the pharmacy to get my new batch of meds ready. They are almost done with the brickwork. The Air guys ended up being just one guy his partner's wife crashed her car this morning so hes out atm. They did have nearly all of the duct work installed.

The back and porch are all done.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Brickwork1.jpg

South side of home.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Brickwork2.jpg

Front of home.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Brickwork.jpg

Here the wiring for the living room ceiling speakers.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Livingroomspeakers.jpg

The one by the entry door.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Livingroomspeakers1.jpg

My kitchen and the small bar that will be at the sink. I already have some stools to go there if you want to eat there.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Kitchen.jpg
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#37 Feb 23 2012 at 9:38 PM Rating: Decent
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I forgot that I also ordered the speakers for the bedroom ceiling.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CHPJAM/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details

Not quite as uber as my living room setup but they should be up to the task.
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Visited the home today. The brickwork is all done. It looks really nice.

Front of home.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/finbrk3.jpg

Complete pix of the front of the home including my car and friends car.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/finbrk2.jpg

Close up of the brick detail on front door and window.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Finbrk.jpg

Detail of back porch and brickwork.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/finbrk1.jpg

With the exception of some paint on the trim and the pillars for the porches. The electrical boxes and water faucets being installed. And the Air conducting and its base the outside is pretty much done. I do plan to use the extra left over bricks to make the outer edges of plant boxes at the front of the home.
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Those are gorgeous windows.


Edit added 'r' and 'e'.

Edited, Feb 28th 2012 8:09pm by Peimei
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No garage?!
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Mistress Darqflame wrote:
No garage?!


Latter in the summer we'll put one up behind the house.
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Today I went to Austin and visited Ashley Furniture and spent 1300+ on furniture. They had a sale on bedroom set and living room for 799.00 each. I bought the living room set outright. Then I worked a deal for the bedroom set and I'm paying it off in installments. The living room set has couch, love seat, recliner, 2 end tables and coffee table. The bedroom set has Bed, mattress, box-spring, 2 night stands, dresser and mirror. For now the delivery date is April 1st.
I'm really excited and cant wait to sit in my new living room!
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I am happy for you Tailmon! :)
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Here is what I bought. Now I traded for the recliner chair. So what I got was the couch, love-seat, end tables, coffee table and recliner.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/14Piece2012MercerSofa.jpg

Here is the bedroom set. I got it in black. I also traded for the extra night stand. I got the bed, mattress, dresser. mirror, two night stands.

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The days of rain kind of put things on hold at the new homestead. I checked out the home today and the drywallers were putting
up the ceiling. They should have all the walls done tomorrow. Taping and floating might be a bit because it's supposed to rain again
tomorrow late.

Bedroom where ceiling 5.1 speaker will be installed.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/dwalBR.jpg

Other side of room.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/dwallbr.jpg

Living room as they worked.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/dwalLR.jpg

I found it pretty interesting watching them. They had a large version of a Dremel tool they used to cut out the lights and Air ducts
after measuring and marking on the drywall. It only took them moments to cut the holes.

Edited, Mar 12th 2012 5:08pm by Tailmon
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It's been a while since I updated this thread. Things have slowly progressed upon the home. Ever since my builder had heart surgery its been one thing here and another there.
Here are pictures of the floor in the home.
Living room:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/floor.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/floor1.jpg

Hallway:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/floor2.jpg

Doorway to Master Bedroom.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/Floor6.jpg

To Master Bath.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/floor5.jpg

Office.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/floor4.jpg

Front Bathroom.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/floor3.jpg
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My Poor little Honda died a few weeks back. 400k miles and the timing belt broke. It took out the cylinder head. Cost way more to fix than it was worth. I ended up having a friend take me to Houston and I came back home with this!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/NewTruck.jpg

It's a 2005 with 67k miles and just about every bell and whistle you can imagine. Vent shades, running boards, Trailer towing package. I'm still looking for the kitchen sink! Its a nice ride and sadly people now think I'm and Aggie!
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Your 400k mile "little Honda" died, so you went out and bought a V8 truck?

lolAmerica. Smiley: inlove
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Mazra wrote:
Your 400k mile "little Honda" died, so you went out and bought a V8 truck?

lolAmerica. Smiley: inlove


Well,
With what I wanted to spend and what was on the lot. The Tundra was by far the best car/truck on the lot in my price range. Also, I'm moving much closer to work and the mileage will not be an issue.
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Tailmon wrote:
Mazra wrote:
Your 400k mile "little Honda" died, so you went out and bought a V8 truck?

lolAmerica. Smiley: inlove


Well,
With what I wanted to spend and what was on the lot. The Tundra was by far the best car/truck on the lot in my price range. Also, I'm moving much closer to work and the mileage will not be an issue.
Ignore him Tailmon. He's only behaving that way because he's jealous of the fact that roads here are large enough for a truck that size to fit on.
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Roads in Denmark aren't really that small, they're huuuge compared to the UK.

Roads in Pakistan are ridiculously spacey and still filled to breaking point (I guess Pakistan is pretty much like, say, Mexico, really, in most ways). Smiley: grin
(At least in the "outside world", in here they're mostly empty no matter what the time of day is.)

I'm guessing the main problem with a car like that in Europe would be that it uses way too much petrol.
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