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There's a light at the end of the tunnel

MadMom's picture

There's a light at the end of the tunnel (post #55273)

...of course, it may be a speeding train!  At any rate, the floor guy should be finished tomorrow, and the countertops and sink have been installed, and we ripped out one wall of the sun room, framed it in, and replaced two sliding glass doors with one set of French doors.  Tomorrow, the contractor should come in to rip out the rest of the "pickled oak' paneling and replace it all with dry wall.  We ran into a minor problem when installing the faucet...it was so high that it bumped into the window sill, so my cabinet guy came by and took that out.  He will cut it down and replace it tomorrow.  Another slight problem...when the countertop guy made the countertops, he put in about 1/8" to 1/4" overhang where the stove goes.  Of course, I just had room for the stove, so now I have to get them cut down so the stove will fit.  Supposedly the cabinet guy can do that.  I love the sink.  Love the faucet.  Love the countertops.  They even make my old cabinets look good.  Now I have to figure out what kind of tile to put up for a backsplash (the tile guy is coming by tomorrow evening) and what color I'm going to paint the walls.  Also have to pick out new hardware to replace what is on the cabinets now.  So, it's far from finished, but we've accomplished a lot.


Oh yes, I gave in to Willie Ray, who was insisting he wanted a dishwasher installed NOW!  We got the KA from our appliance guy, who knocked $200 off it, which I thought was reasonable, considering all the aggravation they've caused us.  He also called today, Sunday, to tell me he woiuld send someone over tomorrow morning to rip out the disposal (which is evidently a bad unit) and replace it with a new one.  Never a dull moment.  At least I've moved all the crystal back into the dining room, so we can actually eat in the breakfast room.  I'll attach some pictures.




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Edited 7/30/2006 8:46 pm by MadMom

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #55273, reply #95 of 185)

<Toto is magic. >

I TOTOly agree. We will be getting the Carlyle model that comes with G-max flushing and SanaGloss. And, it will be in Bone. I was pleased to learn that their colors match Kohler and all the other major manufactuers.


Edited 8/4/2006 9:44 am by favorablyimpressed

Heather's picture

(post #55273, reply #96 of 185)

Another TOTO fan here. For people with back problems, the higher models are wonderful!

mer's picture

(post #55273, reply #97 of 185)

are you all getting the fancy ones with the butt wash?  or are the basic models that much better machines?

Heather's picture

(post #55273, reply #98 of 185)

No butt washing toilet here. Just the basic great flush.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #55273, reply #99 of 185)

We have "comfort height" kohlers and love them.  Nice for tall folks, too, or older people.


I highly recommend them--they're not that much more than the regular height toilets.


Leigh


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pamilyn's picture

(post #55273, reply #101 of 185)

What the h#ll is Toto?

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MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #102 of 185)

It's probably the best toilet made...check out their web site: http://www.totousa.com/consumer_landing.asp



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #55273, reply #103 of 185)

It looks like MadMom beat me to it. As soon as we started looking at bathroom fixtures, we were told by many that the Toto was the best way on the market and we soon bought into the hype. We knew we were going to have to upgrade our bathrooms, but we had been dragging our feet, knowing that we'd have to give up our water-guzzeling, dependable toilets/commodes. But, everyone we talk to loves these Totos. They're not cheap, and, in fact, with all the bells and whistles, they can go up to $10,000. Each of ours will be about 2/3 more than a standard model and, hopefully, we won't have to keep a plunger next to them.

Heather's picture

(post #55273, reply #104 of 185)

Wait until you hear the flush! You will have no doubt that no plunger will be necessary. Actually it takes a little getting used to the powerful whooooosh.

Ricks503's picture

(post #55273, reply #105 of 185)

it takes a little getting used to the powerful whooooosh.

 DW just showed me an Ann Landers article about toilets. It seems that when they flush, they pretty well pulverize ( I think atomize was the word used ) and throughly mix the contents, and particles of the contents are thown up and settle all over the area promoting germ proliferation.  It is recommended to always close the lid before flushing.

1 - measure the board twice, 2 - cut it once, 3 - measure the space where it is supposed to go        4 - get a new board and go back to step 1

 

 

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Heather's picture

(post #55273, reply #106 of 185)

>>>It is recommended to always close the lid before flushing.<<<

And this is coming from a MAN??!!?? I thought men were genetically incapable of closing the lid--all the men in my family are.

Ricks503's picture

(post #55273, reply #112 of 185)

I said LID, not SEAT!


 


LOL


 


In reality, DW is incapable of closing the lid.  The seat is usually in the down posaition unless DS has used it.



 


Edited 8/5/2006 12:05 pm ET by Ricks503

 

 

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Wolvie's picture

(post #55273, reply #108 of 185)

jeez, and I thought the power flush kohler we bought (not cheap, but not TOTO) was great - you definitely knew the flush was, well, flushed. ;-) Also got the higher than normal model, as that new toilet went into Mom's bathroom. For the new house, I'll have to check out TOTO and do some comparisons, eh?

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.


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Beebs's picture

(post #55273, reply #128 of 185)

We must have a TOTOlly different model, because we don't have much of a whoosh at all. In fact, that's one of the things I love about our TOTO's. Unlike the pressure assist models, they have a very smooth, non-frightening flush, but they get the job done better than any others.

Sandy

KarenP's picture

(post #55273, reply #107 of 185)

Each of ours will be about 2/3 more than a standard model and, hopefully, we won't have to keep a plunger next to them.


  When my sister and her husband were buildng, I suggested to her that they look at Toto.  They didn't.  When they came to visit my brother in law couldn't believe that whoosh and that there was never a need to do a double flush even with so little water. 
   No one has ever heard of Toto but they have been huge in hotels and industry for years.  I found a place in our area that wholesales them to the public. We paid less than we'd have paid for Kohler.

AnnL's picture

(post #55273, reply #109 of 185)

TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A TOILET???  <Ann faints>


AnnL
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MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #110 of 185)

Hey, I had a neighbor once who paid $2000 for a set of sheets.  I'm sorry, but if I had Bill Gates' money, doubt if I would spend it that way.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Wolvie's picture

(post #55273, reply #113 of 185)

I will say I have spent over 500 dollars for a set. Heavenly tho.

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.


THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY,  September 23, 1860.


 

 

Heather's picture

(post #55273, reply #111 of 185)

>>>TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A TOILET??? <Ann faints><<<

I can't imagine a Toto costing $10,000. Ours was around $500 and it is a one-piece, taller height--not the cheapest Toto available. Some of them have heated seats, bidets, dryers, etc. which raises the price a lot.

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #55273, reply #114 of 185)

I misspoke about the $10,000 Toto toilet. Actually, it was a $10,000 tub. The Washington Post recently ran a couple of articles about upscale bathrooms. This is what they said about one of the high-end Toto toilets:
"Toto expanded its line of NeoRest products from its NeoRest 500 and dual-flush 600 high-tech toilets ($3,900) to include a similarly priced programmable air bath with an audio command, a lavatory with a programmable sensor faucet, a tub, and other accessories."

My Toto toilets will not have programmable anything, and they won't cost $3,900!


Edited 8/6/2006 11:39 am by favorablyimpressed

Jean's picture

(post #55273, reply #115 of 185)

And here I thought that those were military prices only.



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Wolvie's picture

(post #55273, reply #93 of 185)

beautiful. :-)

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.


THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY,  September 23, 1860.


 

 

pamilyn's picture

(post #55273, reply #100 of 185)

Very nice. I love contemporary.

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

Glenys's picture

(post #55273, reply #48 of 185)

Wow, people love beige and gaudy, or beige with gaudy. I'd commit hari kari if I had to look at most of those kitchens. Out of sixty plus and counting I saw three I could live with.

marie-louise's picture

(post #55273, reply #51 of 185)

I spent a lot of time on this site early this year, so I "know" these people & their kitchens. You are right, many have a certain look. That site cannot be beat for getting detailed advice about sinks, hardware, appliances, lighting, etc. -even if you aren't a fan of their decorating style.

My personal favorites are:

#23 (the backsplash picture does not do this Napa Valley kitchen justice-click on it to find the link to an incredibly beautiful space.)

# 58 I covet these Motaki tiles. I brought home samples; my tiny little blacksplash was going to be something like $8000.

#97-not my style but this is that cute Seattle kitchen w/ the glass tiles I mentioned above.

#120-This guy's multi-colored tiles are incredible colors. Too bad the link to the rest of his kitchen is unavailable.

There are more kitchens on that website that are my favorites-it's just that their backsplashes aren't highlighted.

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #55273, reply #72 of 185)

<Out of sixty plus and counting I saw three I could live with.>

That many?

helena's picture

(post #55273, reply #41 of 185)

I might be the odd ball, but I love the larger tiles. Although the smaller ones are pretty too, I think the larger one will make the granite stand out more, and be a 'quiet' (that's not the right expression, but hope you know what I mean) counterpart to the already multi-colored granite.

Ricks503's picture

(post #55273, reply #44 of 185)

I would go with option 3 for the visual interest and to break up the monotony.  If the solid color tiles were larger, or the multicolor tiles I might have suggested the larger with the others as the accent strip.

1 - measure the board twice, 2 - cut it once, 3 - measure the space where it is supposed to go        4 - get a new board and go back to step 1

 

 

" There'll be no living with her now" - Captain Jack Sparrow

chiquiNO's picture

(post #55273, reply #45 of 185)

OOOOOOOOOH! That yellow tile reminds me of Tuscany.  I like the idea of a solid line of the yellow somewhere in the picture....don't really care for the one in the middle..reminds me too much of a checkerboard.  But maybe the idea of random ones would appeal more to the eye!!


 


It's really hard to make a decision from just a small sample...sometimes it just like rolling the dice and see what happens!


Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

Glenys's picture

(post #55273, reply #47 of 185)

I think the mosaic tile in 36 is really handsome but too much. It's too, too matchy with the granite and the cupboards. If there was a spot away from the granite in the same kitchen where it could pull the room together it would be great.
I'd go simple, larger and quiet. Not you, the tile.