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Ed
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Row House Question
by Ed on January 4th, 2009

Two things.

First of all, I have a Volente and the bulb in the light high over the sink has gone out. I tried replacing it this morning but realized that with the angle, the only way I could do it was to risk my life. Does anyone have a special tool or skill that they have found is an easy way to switch these out? I have a ladder, but because of the angle you can not get the ladder under it.

Secondly, I am thinking about ripping up my carpet and going stained concrete. Has anyone else done this is in a Row House? If so, I would love to come see what it looks like. I am at 2060 Zach Scott.

By the way, all of the affordable Row House people should get together sometime and chat row house stuff. Anyone down?
 
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myfirsthome
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Row House Question
by myfirsthome on January 5th, 2009

Hi we also have a Volente. We changed all the light bulbs in our house recently to energy efficient light bulbs and that particular fixture was by far the most difficult to get to. If I remember correctly, I had one foot on the bar counter and the other on the step of a ladder to help with balancing and barely reached. That seemed to be the only way to get to it. Hope that helps.

Btw, I think your last suggestion is a good idea. The Volente plan did not offer a coat closet downstairs or linens closet upstairs. I'm curious about creative storage ideas some others may have come up with.
 
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mbe19
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Row House Question
by mbe19 on January 5th, 2009

Not in a row house, but my house did not have a coat closet, so I got a wooden coat rack tree that I have in a corner of the living room, and a potable storage closet I bought from the Container Store and I have that in my garage. It works well. I go out to the car, put on my coat and open the garage door. I use the tree for light jackets and guests , and the garage one for my heavier coats.
 
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smittyhoo
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Row House Question
by smittyhoo on January 6th, 2009

Just saw a product yesterday at Home Depot that extends your reach by a couple feet for changing light bulbs. May help?
 
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vaden
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Row House Question
by vaden on January 8th, 2009

We're probably going to visit The Container Store - they're having a sale now on their Elpha brand closet racking systems. Lowes and Home Depot have similar products, but TCS will customize the bracketing for our weird DW affordable rowhouse closet & washer/dryer specifications. To gain even more space, we bought a stackable washer & dryer in a Black Friday super duper sale.
 
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shellrose
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Row House Question
by shellrose on September 24th, 2009

Advantages/Disadvantages question

A co-worker and his wife are seriously looking at the Mueller Neighborhood and are interested in the larger Row Houses. They have never lived in a row house or a home where they share common walls, roof with others.

Any thoughts, opinions, facts on these matters would be appreciated.

How much in the monthly fee?
What does it cover?
Who takes care of the landscaping?
How is insurance handled?
What is the noise level like?
etc.
 
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bullcreek
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Row House Question
by bullcreek on September 24th, 2009

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Advantages/Disadvantages question

A co-worker and his wife are seriously looking at the Mueller Neighborhood and are interested in the larger Row Houses. They have never lived in a row house or a home where they share common walls, roof with others.

Any thoughts, opinions, facts on these matters would be appreciated.

How much in the monthly fee? $200/mo., but $50 of that is Time Warner cable.

What does it cover? Maintenance on the exterior, landscape maintenance, insurance on the exterior and landscape

Who takes care of the landscaping? See above.

How is insurance handled? I have "studs-in" condo insurance. The rest is covered by the HOA.

What is the noise level like? This is what I was most worried about, but I'm very pleased. When I first moved in, there was no one in the units on either side of me (but they were open). I put Led Zeppelin on the stereo, cranked the volume as high as it would go (much higher than I would ever listen to it, almost painful) and visited next door. The only place I could hear anything was if I got within about a half-inch of the wall opposite where my speakers were, and it was very very faint. My neighbors on both sides have young children, and I've never heard anything from them. In fact, I can sometimes go out on my front porch and hear something that was completely inaudible inside. Kudos to David Weekley on this aspect.

etc.


 
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vaden
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Row House Question
by vaden on September 24th, 2009

My experience is a little different in the David Weekly rowhouse kitchen particularly. When the neighbor closes his cabinets it rattles our whole wall of cabinets. I put handles on my cabinets so I can open and close them by the handle, but builder-grade means no handles which means "slam to close." It's a pretty harsh sound at dinner time every night. But I don't hear talking or TVs and wouldn't lessen my recommendation due to rattling dishes. It's still a great place to be.
 
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Ross Houston
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Row House Question
by Ross Houston on September 25th, 2009

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Secondly, I am thinking about ripping up my carpet and going stained concrete. Has anyone else done this is in a Row House? If so, I would love to come see what it looks like. I am at 2060 Zach Scott.


I don't live in Mueller yet, but we are going to be moving into one of the new row houses on Berkman in a few months. We asked about doing stained concrete from the start. David Weekly told us that they could have it done but that it would be very expensive. (I don't remember the numbers.) We were surprised by that since there's concrete down there anyway. It turns out that a lot of the expense is basically forcing all the other workers on the site to be careful with the concrete and keep it looking pretty once it's poured. Normally they don't have to worry about this and they can make the occasional crack or chip. They also spray paint all over it as a means of communicating where various things go.

So I guess I'm just saying don't expect to just pull up your carpet, stain it, and be done. You're going to have to do something to get that spray paint off and you'll probably want to repair some other blemishes to the concrete.

All that said I've always thought that stained concrete looks fantastic and I hope you pull it off.
 
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Cameron Lockley
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Row House Question
by Cameron Lockley on September 25th, 2009

I just signed a contract on a Zach Scott row home and am thinking about doing stained concrete downstairs as well. Have you already moved forward with this project or are you still considering? Perhaps there are rental tools necessary (to remove the tiles in the foyer and kitchen at the least?) that we could get a better deal on if we coordinated and shared? I've found a couple people who have done as much before when working for contractors and are going to come by and help me quote it out - removal of the carpet and tiles, buffing down the concreet, painting the concrete, and finally staining the concrete. Let me know if you're interested in discussing.
 
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