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The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: August 16, 2013, 06:54:13 AM »
It's my understanding that you can't (or shouldn't) do under-floor heating under a floating floor. It's inefficient, for one thing. Also, early under-floor heating was actually too warm and bad for you. People were getting blood clots in their legs and stuff. I can imagine that a cheap mat directly under a floating floor (the sub-floor should be poured over the heating tubes) would have the same issues.

The blood clots thing is something I've heard a lot from my French colleagues. I am guessing this may be one of those things that Europeans believe for whatever reason. I.e., 'air conditioning is bad for your health' and 'fresh corn is only for feeding animals.'

The Pub / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: August 16, 2013, 05:49:42 AM »
That's awesome! Thanks for the image.

The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: August 16, 2013, 05:48:12 AM »
So another thing about the tile, I've done some research and am considering doing something like this:

Apparently with a floating floor you can install it directly on top of the existing tile, as long as the appropriate vapor barrier is added first.

Plus in case of major water damage, the damaged planks could be ripped out and replaced fairly 'easily.'

What about electric subfloor heating? I asked the guy at ukflooringdirect about it, he said it's pretty easy to just add a layer between the substrate and the floating floor, it's sort of a looped resistance that you lay down like a carpet. Anybody have this?

The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: August 16, 2013, 01:21:16 AM »
Woah, mdixon, THANK YOU for those links. You probably just saved me more than $200, and plus it looks like these are much better quality. Agreed on the dimmer, not sure that we'll fuss that much with it.

The Pub / Breaking Bad
« on: August 16, 2013, 01:13:11 AM »
I am just now beginning to watch this series. Hank is a homebrewer! Who knew? Well I guess most of you. Would love to get one of those 'Schraderbrau' label images.

The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: August 11, 2013, 10:28:10 AM »
Uplighting is good if you have some space between the ceiling and the cabinet. If it isn't at least a foot I would not bother with it. If the cabinets have a crown moulding the easiest thing to put up would the the strip LED I linked to earlier in the thread. They can just lay on top of the cabinet. Ours were sized to be the length of the sides and front of the cabinets. We didn't have a gang of cabinets since everything was stand alone or different heights. (Of course we have no uplighting where the cabinets go to the ceiling.)

I looked at LED strip lighting today in the hardware store. Granted this particular chain is one that seems to have a business model of charging ridiculously high prices for everything, but: $66 for 5 feet of lighting seems expensive to me. Yes? No? It's the thin plastic strip stuff, almost like a laminate.

The Pub / Re: Oktoberfest planning
« on: August 07, 2013, 02:39:48 AM »
My German family holidays always had roasted whole animal (venison, in our case), rot kohl, spaetzle, lots of fried stuff, and white/red kraut.

All would be nice w German lager.

Spit roasted pig, kraut, potatoes, and Marzen sound like a hell of an OFest!

I like the idea of a spit roast. Does the skin get nice and crispy when you do that?

Leos you are most welcome to come. Also you might be interested, I have a Czech Bluegrass band coming for my July 4th party ( if you want to make it out for that & hang out with some of your countrymen :)

The Pub / Re: Oktoberfest planning
« on: August 06, 2013, 09:03:19 AM »
Woah, that wild boar + lingonberry wurst sounds pretty awesome, care to share the recipe?

Probably not smoking the schweinshaxe actually - is that the way you've done it in the past? I really want that crispy skin; I have heard that the best possible way to do it is rotisserie, however I don't know how to make my BGE do rotisserie, so I may actually end up renting a rotisserie - we're expecting ~100 people so I'll need something that can handle the crowd :)

The Pub / Oktoberfest planning
« on: August 06, 2013, 03:49:58 AM »
I know a fair number of you guys do Oktoberfest parties, and as I'm planning on doing one myself this year I was wondering what you usually do. I am going to do Haxn, bretzel, weisswurst and Spätzle or knodle (not decided on that yet). Also for beer, I will hopefully be doing a lager but am also getting ~50 liters of Paulander and Brooklyn Oktoberfests, and perhaps some schanpps. I want to hire a band if I can, but I don't even know what that type of band is called - German Brass Band? Oompah band? Otherwise I'll just get some stuff from iTunes.

What about y'all, what sort of food, music, beer etc? Games? Stuff for the kids?

The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: August 05, 2013, 09:02:38 AM »
Phillam, is there any way you could move fridge to the wall close to sink. and then make the wall were fridge is a pantry area. Having sink fridge stove all the kitchen triangle will make the kitchen more user friendly.

Yep, that's the plan actually.

The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: August 05, 2013, 06:42:27 AM »
I have another suggestion. Spend some time with your wife talking about what you despise about the current kitchen. We had a counter which was square and I always had to step around it coming in from the garage. While the cabinet guy was measuring I mentioned how much I hated the corner and asked if we could make it a 45 angled cabinet. He of course said sure and we did and I am so glad we did. My wife and I had never discussed it and luckily I brought it up. That simple change makes it so much easier to enter from the garage without the corner in the way.

Yep, we've got a list going of the things we hate. We're very limited in terms of overall layout, however, as it's a relatively small space (relative to what you guys can get over there anyway) and door/window/fireplace placement means we have to keep most everything in the same positions. But what we will absolutely do, is get rid of that horrid brick half wall, and replace the sink with one that has a bigger bowl and not that stupid built-in 'drying rack' that takes up counter space. Also more cabinets. We had talked about going all the way to the ceiling, but I think we'll end up leaving it just below where the molding starts so we can put in uplighting.

The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: July 30, 2013, 07:44:22 AM »
Decided that it would be good to get some cement countertops under my belt before doing a nice one for our kitchen, so I'll be doing a new top and some reconfiguration of my outdoor bbq table/bar.

I love cement counter tops. If you do it yourself it can be a huge savings and look amazing. This old house has done a few and they have a show on doing them your self. I'd check them out.

I am a ThisOldHouseAHolic. Me and Kevin are total BFFs. Not enough detail in those episodes though, which is why I'm getting the Cheng book.

The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: July 30, 2013, 04:14:27 AM »
Decided that it would be good to get some cement countertops under my belt before doing a nice one for our kitchen, so I'll be doing a new top and some reconfiguration of my outdoor bbq table/bar.

The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:56:24 AM »
Man, I wish I had the space you guys do in my Kitchen.

We just did a remodel a couple years ago and are still working on the finishing touches. Mainly the trim under the cabinets since the floor just got finished a few months ago.

We replaced the cabinets and tore down a pantry that was built in the middle on the kitchen. It's only purpose was a cold air return for one bedroom upstairs. Moved that into a wall instead and got rid of the hideous pantry. Because of our space issues I had to keep the fridge where it is and the range but I added an island with some much needed counter space. Amazing how quickly the island now gets filled up with Junk.

I have been looking at led lights recently and have come across this company.
They have some decent prices on dimmable leds. I bought some from Lowes because I didn't tear into the walls to put in any wiring for under cabinet lights and have some cabinets that don't connect and just have a few setup. Good luck!

You should have seen our old kitchen. Probably 90 square feet, but that includes the footprints of the cabinets. Two people in there was not a good thing, and it was completely closed off from the livingroom. Really happy to have an open kitchen again.

The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: July 24, 2013, 08:42:58 AM »
Tile is a great topic.

My advice on tile is let the wife pick whatever she wants.  We've got small glass tiles and I paid for the installation rather than attempt it myself.  Regardless, a tile backsplash gives a much more finished look than just paint.

Yep... We're doing a custom tile backsplash for the oven/range using some tile from these guys (most likely)...

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