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October 09, 2016, 12:39 AM #25

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It seems like there is no red haring on appliances, seems like luck of the draw. I will for sure be getting extended warranty. However a co-worker informed me that IKEA comes with a 5 years warranty.

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    I've got an IKEA brand dishwasher from 2014(?), from my research they're just rebranded Whirlpools. It's quiet, but doesn't do the best job on stuff like cutlery. Everything we put in it now gets a good rinse and quick brush. The run cycles are several hours long too, but I've heard all new high efficiency dishwashers do that. It was cheap and looks badass though with the panel-ready front.
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      Originally posted by Igor
      Sketchup is a good tool to use and yes it is free. Takes some getting used to. You can also get something like powercad (i think its free as well).

      Are you wanting floor plans or 3D renderings as well?
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      I'm more looking at floor plans and trying out layouts to see what my options would be. Going to also try the IKEA planner.
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          I have a frigidaire dishwasher in our house and its complete junk, the control panel started acting up a few months after the warranty expired, our LG double oven and Whirlpool fridge have been good to us as well as the Amana washer and dryer I got when we moved in. Dufresne was very good to deal with and came in under budget and I got a better appliance than I was asking for.

          As for renos, my place is brand new, I've already finished the basement so I'm good for 3-5 years I'd hope.

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            I want to enlarge my 18"x20" garage plan by 4". Do not plan on owning a truck.

            Initially I was thinking just put those 4" to one side of the garage so I can put my tool box there, stack tires, bicycles, ect.

            But now I am thinking of putting 3" to one side and 1" to the length on the garage.

            Anyone here with a badass garage that can give me some advice?

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              Originally posted by themikewoo
              I want to enlarge my 18"x20" garage plan by 4". Do not plan on owning a truck.

              Initially I was thinking just put those 4" to one side of the garage so I can put my tool box there, stack tires, bicycles, ect.

              But now I am thinking of putting 3" to one side and 1" to the length on the garage.

              Anyone here with a badass garage that can give me some advice?

              You want to enlarge it by 4 Inches ("), or 4 feet (') ?
              It would probably easier and cheaper to extend it to one side, rather than both as you'll need to connect the new slab (assuming you're extending the slab too) to the existing slab. Which will likely need to be engineered if you plan to get permits.

              If you're enlarging fairly close to a property line with a neighboring building, you may need to add fire rating as well, if you're within 2'-0" of the property line.

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                October 12, 2016, 09:14 AM #32

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                Originally posted by themikewoo
                I want to enlarge my 18"x20" garage plan by 4". Do not plan on owning a truck.

                Initially I was thinking just put those 4" to one side of the garage so I can put my tool box there, stack tires, bicycles, ect.

                But now I am thinking of putting 3" to one side and 1" to the length on the garage.

                Anyone here with a badass garage that can give me some advice?

                You can never go too big on a garage IMO.  You need to figure out where you want to put things like a workbench, toolbox, storage, etc and what you plan on driving during the time you'll live in the house.  Another thing to consider is ceiling height, you can store a lot of stuff up off the floor if you have the height to add shelving/hooks up high.
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                  October 12, 2016, 11:40 AM #33

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                  Bought my first house 4 years ago and since then have done most renovations to it. Kitchen, bathroom, etc. Hired out a couple things to make sure it was done properly the first time so we didn't have to do it again later. But was able to watch and learn so I can do it myself next time. Looking to buy the next house in a year or so. Considering building but not really sure if that's the way I'll go or not.
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                      Originally posted by themikewoo
                      I want to enlarge my 18"x20" garage plan by 4". Do not plan on owning a truck.

                      Initially I was thinking just put those 4" to one side of the garage so I can put my tool box there, stack tires, bicycles, ect.

                      But now I am thinking of putting 3" to one side and 1" to the length on the garage.

                      Anyone here with a badass garage that can give me some advice?

                      my garage is 22x30 and no where near big enough lol

                      have you built the garage yet? if so do at least 20' wide as parking 2 cars in there otherwise sometimes means the Mrs and all your purchases have to get removed from the car before you park inside. I would then make it as deep as you can, average car is about 17ish' long.

                      Ideally for the smallest double you'd want would be 20x24 or 22x22 unless you're going to have a shed to store bikes, lawn mowers, snow blowers, tools and whatnot.

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                        Here is the garage design proposal I submitted to my builder. I do plan on building a shed to hold all my yard tools.

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                          thats a decent sized garage IMO. 1' on one side would be good for shelving, and the 3' on the other side for tire storage and cabinets if wanted. maybe a work bench area.

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                            @themikewoo storing them in your garage would be safer though, no?
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                              The space also helps for opening doors.
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                                Originally posted by Vince
                                @themikewoo storing them in your garage would be safer though, no?
                                The shed will be locked, plus I absolutely hate yard work so if a thief would break in and steal my stuff, it wouldn't be nice stuff lol.

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                                  Originally posted by themikewoo
                                  Here is the garage design proposal I submitted to my builder. I do plan on building a shed to hold all my yard tools.

                                  Another thing to consider is 2x doors vs. 1 larger door.  If your driveway is a straight approach I prefer 2x singles, but if you have a turn to navigate the big single is the way to go.  If you go 2x doors make sure there's at least 2' between them, 3' is better.
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                                    Originally posted by IanB
                                    Another thing to consider is 2x doors vs. 1 larger door.  If your driveway is a straight approach I prefer 2x singles, but if you have a turn to navigate the big single is the way to go.  If you go 2x doors make sure there's at least 2' between them, 3' is better.

                                    Good thing to know. Why 3'? To account for opening and closing car doors? Or does it have to do with the support and structure of the garage?

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                                      Originally posted by themikewoo

                                      Good thing to know. Why 3'? To account for opening and closing car doors? Or does it have to do with the support and structure of the garage?

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                                      It's for opening & closing car doors, plus it gives you room to stick an upright compressor against the wall between the doors if you ever want to go that route in the future.  Anything less and you'd be cursing yourself getting in and out of your vehicles in there.

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                                        I have a 22x22 garage upgraded from a 20x20. I wish I did a 24x24/26. Also should of added a sub panel when it was being built but the rest of the budget went to the house upgrade. Using KitchenAid Microwave/range, dishwasher, fridge, and stove, maytag washer and dryer for 3 years, so far so good.
                                        I find the microwave/range combo doesn't have as great of a fan vs a standalone range.

                                        I'm not sure if this is true, a salesman at ashely furniture said Kitchenaid, maytag, whirlpool are owned by the same company. Electrolux and Frigidare are owned electrolux.   

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                                          Originally posted by awd_ftw
                                          I have a 22x22 garage upgraded from a 20x20. I wish I did a 24x24/26. Also should of added a sub panel when it was being built .
                                          Why is that?

                                          Also thanks for the appliance review.

                                          When do you buy and from where?

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                                            More counterspace is good but looks kind of stupid. Taking the top off looks to be a pain too.

                                            If I ever replace a toilet, I want a wall-mount.


                                            Looks great and you can actually clean around the toilet easily.
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                                              Originally posted by awd_ftw
                                              I have a 22x22 garage upgraded from a 20x20. I wish I did a 24x24/26. Also should of added a sub panel when it was being built but the rest of the budget went to the house upgrade. Using KitchenAid Microwave/range, dishwasher, fridge, and stove, maytag washer and dryer for 3 years, so far so good.
                                              I find the microwave/range combo doesn't have as great of a fan vs a standalone range.

                                              I'm not sure if this is true, a salesman at ashely furniture said Kitchenaid, maytag, whirlpool are owned by the same company. Electrolux and Frigidare are owned electrolux.   
                                              FYI: You can still add a subpanel
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                                                Originally posted by MarvinM10
                                                Can anyone recommend a good (and not too difficult to use) design software. I'm redoing our kitchen next year and would like some ideas about how it might look. Possibly removing a wall and want to try different layouts. Someone at work suggested sketchup to start since its free. Alternatively if someone who's into this would like to help I'm willing to pay for time.
                                                Originally posted by Igor
                                                Sketchup is a good tool to use and yes it is free. Takes some getting used to. You can also get something like powercad (i think its free as well).

                                                Are you wanting floor plans or 3D renderings as well?


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