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#407242 - 09/16/14 04:48 AM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: CV]
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Registered: 07/20/06
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Oh, and here's one more, since I've replaced some of the ceiling tiles above the theater area. I only bought one set of 20 because I didn't know how they would look, but I'm happy enough with them that I'll get some more and expand the coverage. They're the 1" thick fiberglass ones on Amazon.com. There are probably better options out there, but in the searching I was doing, I wasn't finding them. Do you think I should get some 2x2 sound diffuser panels as well and mix them in? I probably don't want absorptive panels over the entire area, right?


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#407271 - 09/17/14 01:10 AM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: CV]
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Ouch. We decided we wanted someone else to come and finish the kitchen for us, so I had a place from just up the road come look at the situation and give us an estimate. Granted, there are a couple of wrinkles that would make it a little difficult, but I wasn't expecting a $10k estimate. The whole reason we went with IKEA cabinets to begin with was to avoid spending $20k on just the kitchen portion of the renovation, but after the custom doors and fronts, another $10k on top of that would put us pretty close to $20k. So we'll have to look at other options. Any of you want to come do all of the work for us?

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#407274 - 09/17/14 07:21 AM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: CV]
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Nick is your man. But the alligators need to be well fed.
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#407275 - 09/17/14 07:40 AM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: CV]
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Registered: 10/05/06
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Loc: PEI, Canada
I know it's easy to say when you are far away but if I were close, I'd gladly come help out with anything except seam filling. I shall never do that particular job again. If there is a hell, I expect that's all I will be doing there.
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#407299 - 09/18/14 02:43 AM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: CV]
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Ha ha, thanks, guys.

One good thing. I decided to finally give up on the apron sink for the kitchen. It would have take some real finagling to make it work, since IKEA doesn't make a cabinet that will work for the sink I bought without modifying it. I also didn't double-check the plans well enough when I had the design done, so they left the cabinet doors too tall for the sink cabinet, and those plans went to Semihandmade, who made my custom doors and fronts. So to make this sink work would have required either cutting the cabinet down and building supports for it, or buying a new base cabinet for it, as well as cutting down the doors. I really like the look and size of the sink, but I'm finally ready to let that slight preference go and get a drop-in to simplify everything.

I was looking at something along the lines of this one: Kohler Vault K-3821. Thoughts? I mean, I'll try to find another brand that isn't so expensive. I still like stainless steel for it, especially with the oven being the only other stainless steel in the kitchen at this point. It seems like it would be odd not to give it a sibling.

We may be going with cultured marble for the countertop. My dad was pleased with the shower and vanity countertop he had done for his bathroom, so I'm willing to hear them out. Here is a page with some photos:

Columbia Cultured Marble - Kitchen Showcase

I'm not sure if I'll go darker or lighter than the floor, but I'm pretty sure I want a good contrast.

For the bathroom, I was considering a wall-mount sink to keep it feeling more open, as well as just a mirror instead of a medicine cabinet, instead just relying on some floating shelves to keep handy what I use. But I'm back and forth on that. I'm at the point where I just want to keep things moving forward.

I bought a waste can for my bathroom, and I was surprised to see it was made in Canada. Umbra Garbino

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#407304 - 09/18/14 07:42 AM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: CV]
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Registered: 10/05/06
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Loc: PEI, Canada
Since we do a lot of complaining, I like when I get to point out exceptional service to keep it fair.

As an FYI, we purchased a Silgranit kitchen sink from Blanco and while we are happy with the sink, we are even happier with the unusually pleasant service we have received post sale.

Our sink developed a hairline crack along the bottom that we brought to thier attention to see what would happen. It didn't leak but it was noticeable and we wore concerned it would grow. They asked for pictures both from above and below which was fair enough.

I should point out that this was over 6 years after the purchase so we fully expected them to tell us we must have done 'something' wrong and fight us on the warranty. However, in a matter of days, a new sink arrived at our door.

Twice since, we had an issue with the stoppers not being watertight. The new ones just didn't fit perfectly in the new sink. Both times, we had a new stopper in a matter of days. The second time they apologized as they were realizing that the rubber gasket used was defective from thier supplier for a while and assured us they had corrected it and sent us two new stoppers via next-day delivery.

It's rare to see a company stand behind thier products so well these days so I thought it's worth mentioning since you provided the opportunity. If they have a product you like, I recommend them for peace of mind.
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#407311 - 09/18/14 02:39 PM Re: CV's Subterranean Adventure [Re: Murph]
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Good to know! I was actually looking at one of their sinks since I like the black look, too.

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