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Topic: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness

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utee94

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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #126 on: January 29, 2019, 07:59:56 AM »
I got a quote from a couple of carpenters to custom-build cabinets and bookshelves into a couple of niches that surround my fireplace.  The lowest bid that came back was about $5,000.  

So I bought unfinished stock cabinets from the box store, finished them myself to match the fireplace surround millwork, built out extra millwork and trim to mount them flush into the niches, and installed custom bookshelves above.  All for about $600.  

And since one of those two niches happens to be the best place in the house to put our Christmas tree, I made the cabinet on that side removeable and mobile, with casters hidden behind the apron trim at the bottom.  It's pretty cool, if I do say so myself. :)


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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #127 on: January 29, 2019, 08:05:41 AM »
That's very industrious.   We like to rearrange a room in our current house and that would be cool to have a detachable cabinet like that for a tree or other reasons.

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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #128 on: January 29, 2019, 08:07:56 AM »
I once stood in a house on the beach of Emerald Isle, owned by a restaurateur and former LPGA player, and her girlfriend who happened to be a former UT Lady Vol, and remarked about their cabinets in the kitchen that had just been remodeled.  the wood appeared synthetic to me, and closely matched a stock on a shotgun i owned.  the grain was wavy and had/has lots of color in it from gray to green, almost yellow to deep browns.... turns out it was some exotic African wood and those cabinets (given it was a sizable kitchen with a center island with more cabinets than my entire kitchen) cost them in excess of $115k... My jaw hit the freakin' floor.  If I was so wealthy I had an account with several million dollars somewhere i'd just 'forgot about', I STILL wouldn't consider spending that much.   

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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #129 on: January 29, 2019, 08:15:51 AM »
re: counter tops

I really like concrete counters.  you can get into whatever shape you want, color it throughout and inlay whatever you want, infuse it with anything from stones to glass.. it is spectacularly strong if using the correct mix/ratio.  you can pour in place or do it offsite and transport- I prefer in place.  I've done several in the last couple years, mostly outside kitchens.  I have a relative who does cabinets (high quality) and as an extension started doing counters, and he loves the concrete.  he did a job at another relatives house and it is stunning.... 

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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #130 on: January 29, 2019, 08:42:44 AM »
We were able to get by with all stock sizes in our kitchen. We did make several changes to the design but being a townhome there was not a lot of room for reconfiguration. It was a galley (as you can see from the pictures). We were able to extend the run of cabinets all the way to the outside wall. I wanted to take down the wall in between the kitchen and TV area, but after probing I found that all of the upstairs plumbing and a ton of HVAC were in that wall. So, no.


All told, what you see in that picture was about $6K in cabinets, plus install.


I highly recommend the fully-open Blanco sink too. Easy to clean and maintain. No staining at all.
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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #131 on: January 29, 2019, 09:10:29 AM »
I like concrete counters, too, drew.  Although I haven't yet had the chance to install them.

We're currently in our "family home" and I really like it.  It's large, has a couple extra bedrooms, huge kitchen with an open floorplan to the great room, built-in pool and spa, and tons of other great things.  I love the neighborhood (a suburb of Austin that feels a lot more like the "small town" Austin was when I was growing up in the 70s and early 80s), I love our neighbors, I love our schools, it's really the perfect place to raise our kids.

However-- it's very traditional and although well-built, still pretty cookie-cutter McMansion-y.  And my tastes are actually QUITE modern.  So although the house is great for our purposes, it's definitely not my dream home.

One of my best friends of all time, I've known him since 4th grade and we remain great friends to this day, is an architect and specializes in modern design.  I've already told him he'll be designing my next home, which will be a "glass box" on acreage somewhere in the hill country west of Austin.   Super clean, super modern.

And it will have concrete countertops everywhere I can put them. :)

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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #132 on: January 29, 2019, 09:22:49 AM »
Concrete will definitely handle cast iron.
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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #133 on: January 29, 2019, 10:00:35 AM »
I have "learned" that washing dishes in the bathroom sink is not easy.

My favorite wine bar in Cincy installed a concrete bar.  It was rather interesting.  They inserted bottoms of wine bottles in the concrete which was colored a dark purplish brown.  The guy doing the work explained a lot of it to me.

First time I had seen it.

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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #134 on: January 29, 2019, 10:14:32 AM »
I think, long term, that concrete faces the same fate as Corian. I wouldn't do it. Just my opinion, of course. Stone and quartz have stood the test of time.


Because I'm curious.. Is the concrete reinforced with steel at all? Concrete is for beans, in tension. Any flex at all will cause cracking, without reinforcement. I suppose it all depends on the span, the weight of the concrete itself, and what kind of load is put on top of it.
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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #135 on: January 29, 2019, 10:21:56 AM »
yes, it is reinforced.  some folks use rebar and tied together old fashioned style....  some use wire mesh, which is what i use.  i also use a kevlar fiber mix.  insofar as flex, this is where the mix is super important.  we're NOT talking 'quickcrete' like you would use for a sidewalk or post... the mixes intended for counters can flex some, and can resist temperature changes much better than regular concrete.... it's all about the cement in the concrete and the type of substrate.    

i assure you without qualification that if you were to see concrete and granite or even all three (adding quartz to the list) side by side, and if the concrete was done with intent to appear like the others, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.   atop of that, you can repair concrete where it can't be detected, where as granite and quartz? ain't gonna happen... you can get it 'close', and perhaps to a degree only you will notice, but concrete? you can literally hide it where it's undetectable.

https://www.concretenetwork.com/countertop-mix/

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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #136 on: January 29, 2019, 10:27:36 AM »
you can 'grow' granite or quartz, but let's see this done with such:



or this, not that it's my taste, but... :
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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #137 on: January 29, 2019, 10:29:26 AM »
I was reading stuff 8-10 years back about how stainless steel appliances were "out".  Black was the new fad.  We were about to redo our kitchen, so I paid attention, and then went with SS.

I'm cautious about "fads".  I like concrete, but I am pretty sure some wife touring the house would say "I love the house, but we'd have to tear out that countertop and replace it with granite.".


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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #138 on: January 29, 2019, 10:31:19 AM »
We had a couple very interested in our house when it was for sale and were prepared to offer full price until the dude found his truck would not fit in the standard sized garage.  The wife had installed cabinets on the ledge and the truck would not fit now.  The cabinets of course could be removed with ease.

People buy, or don't buy, a place for bizarre reasons at times.

We sold it a week later for about 5% off asking.

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Re: 2019 Offseason Stream of Unconsciousness
« Reply #139 on: January 29, 2019, 10:34:07 AM »
I'm cautious about "fads".  I like concrete, but I am pretty sure some wife touring the house would say "I love the house, but we'd have to tear out that countertop and replace it with granite.".


that wife certainly wouldn't bother me
would only cause me to cherish the counter top more
but, I understand about the feelings of the wife that really mattered
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