Brands/Products That I'd Use Again

worthySeptember 19, 2007

Gotta have a counterpoint!

My most pleasant surprise over the last few years have been Danze plumbing fixtures. Low-priced vs. competition but very durable and reliable. (Free replacement cartridges too.)

Danze Opulence single-handle faucet in copper, Mexican copper vessel, granite counter, Canac Cabinetry, accessories from Bombay Furniture

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The first thing that came to my mind is my Grohe Ladylux Cafe faucet. I currently have three - one in my kitchen now that I've used for the last 3.5 years and two more in boxes in my garage for kitchen in new build.

I'm using Danze fixtures in the kids' bath. Glad to know they have lifetime replacement on cartridges.

Love your copper sink!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 2:26PM
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El Dorado stone; Shadow Rock pattern. Since putting up the facade on the front of the house, the first comment that anyone makes about our house is on how good looking the stone is. I'll be using other patterns on our fireplace and possibly walkout basement wall too.

Sheetrock brand First coat primer - although it splatters pretty bad, it is the only drywall primer of the 3-4 we tried that actually coated the walls enough to hide the surface differences between paper and mud.

Omega Cabinets - fabulous quality, great finish, and nice hardware.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 3:11PM
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Have an adhesive that you would use again for masonite,buzzsaw? :) just kidding!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 3:20PM
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Panasonic exhaust fans, hands down favorite because they're so very quiet. I learned about them here and will be forever thankful.

THS is also where I learned about plugmold. The electrician who installed it wasn't too thrilled at first, but in the end even he admitted how nice the backsplash looked without all of the usual outlets.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 3:28PM
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worthy- I'm glad to hear positive reviews of the Danze faucets. We're using them in almost all of our bathrooms. I like that they actually use metal parts!

We'd definitely use the Tamko MetalWorks shingles again. Very nice looking product. We've had several contractors stop by the lot and ask what the product was.

Unfortunately, everything else is boxed up (appliances, bath fixtures, etc) just waiting to be nothing else to provide feedback on yet!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 3:49PM
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Great idea for a thread, worthy! And I love that sink and faucet combination, very nice!

So far, I absolutely love my hansgrohe pull down kitchen faucet and blanco giant single silgranite sink. Without these forums, I would never have focused in the difference between a pull down and pull out faucet, nor ever even thought about anything other than a two-bowl stainless kitchen sink.

The jury is still out on my kenmore dishdrawers.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 4:14PM
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Bosch dishwasher - reliable, quiet, and gets the job done
Eljer Titan toilet - gets the job done the first time
Moen and Kohler faucets
Kohler cast iron sink
Amana washer and dryer - they are 13 years old and like the Energizer bunny, they just keep going and going. Not one repair.

Jury is still out on KitchedAid SxS - too new to tell
Same with JennAir cooktop and oven

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 4:52PM
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Ditto on the Amana washer dryer combos. It has been about 12 years (just hope they hold out one more year until the move). Since we are still in the planning stages, I am taking copious notes from all those who have completed their new builds. Thanks and keep the comments coming!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 10:07PM
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Well, coming from a 108-year old midwest Victorian, I have to say that for 28 years we had completely satisfactory experiences with ~

knob and tube wiring
hot water radiators, some 8' long by 3' high
gravity-fed cast iron furnace, that took up it's own large room in the basement
porcelain 1" kitchen floor tiles and
fireclay farm sink

All these were original to the house, and all worked heroically with (I think this is true) no maintenance at all! won't repeat any but the last two, though.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 10:26PM
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Whirlpool Duet washer & dryer. Vent-a-hood. Wolf real commercial range.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 10:33PM
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For those on a limited budget...I've been very happy with our Armstrong cabinets. We get a whole lot of compliments on them. They are really sturdy. I love ours.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 7:02AM
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I notice everyone seems to be focusing on finish items.

For windows: Nothing but Pella or Andersen.
For doors: Andersen or Thermatru
Panel products: Advancetech OSB
Plumbing systems: Vanguard PEX
Nails: Maze. Nothing but Maze galvanized for ACQ/PT construction. Coil roofing from Maze or Paslode. All exterior bolts/fasteners from Timberlok. Drywall screws from Grabber; all other screws, without exception from McFeely's. Finishing supplies from Klingspor.

Siding: Certainteed fibercement or Hardie (supply issue only).

Wall systems: at this point, and given upcoming energy costs, SIPs or tilt-up concrete energy-panels.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 8:08AM
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I agree Jason - quality underneath the finish items is even more important! Here are some of my favorites:

Flashing - and kind! Fortifiber's Moistop, Tyvek's FlexWrap, they're all good, especially when installed correctly!

ASTM rated building paper (asphalt impregnanted felt) used to create the drainage plane on the exterior walls

Benjamin Obdyke Home Slicker - important to provide ventilation behind the siding

Bora-Care - spray on framing to prevent mold and rot

Therma-Stor Ultra Aire whole house ventilating dehumidifier - fantastic invention!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 8:52AM
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Ditto the maze nails. Hand nailed our framing w/ maze double hot dipped galvanized ring shank nails and will always believe that is why it stayed tight sitting through the winter of '05 with only the roof sheathing felted and the exterior walls sheathed.When making a mistake, i pulled out the sawzall and cut them rather than trying to pull them as their holding strength is awesome.

Not limited to andersen or pella. We went w/ weathershield and feel they are a notch above andersen/pella.All are quality but we got a better u-value/r-value that andersen/pella didn't offer.

Mcfeeleys rocks as well.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 10:03AM
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Good point Jason,
Our last home had Milgard windows. When we put the house on the market (it was 15 years old), I called Milgard to come fix a couple of small items. They came out and fixed them - no charge. The windows are guaranteed for life. I was very impressed.

Current windows are Certainteed. Haven't needed to use the warranty, but we're happy with them. Milgard had raised their prices too much, so we went with Certainteed.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 10:37AM
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Hardieboard siding.

Eagle windows (and not *just* cuz Cinnamon Toast is a spectacular and warm red color).

Samsung fridge (OK, it wasn't purchased for the build, we bought it when we moved here 3 years ago, but for the $700 pricetag, it's a bargain; performs well, roomy and looks great).

Garland/Blue Star range.

Vitra toilets (made in Turkey, classic styling and in the $200 range).

KA Pro Line DW, the thing is silent and works beautifully.

And as long as we're talking basics:

Poured concrete foundation

2 x 6 construction

Blown in Icyene insulation

Copper flashing


    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 10:44AM
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Mine is based on a whole house re-model and not a build.

* Sherwin Williams super paint - exterior and interior.

* Hardiplank

* Simonton Vinyl windows double pane, low e - anything else was overkill for this house. Great price, window features are good and they've worked flawlessly and made a huge difference in the comfort of the homes.

* Kraftmaid all plywood cabinets - still look brand new 5 years later. Held up great to a minor flood when sink plumbing broke and has withstood a kid swinging on the cabinet door

* Robbins engineered hardwood. 1/2" thick, 1/8" wear layer, matte finish, red oak. No signs of wear after 9 years and 2 medium sized dogs for 3 of those years. Minimal rugs used and none in the hallway or other high traffic areas. Only damage was inflicted by dropping speakers and dragging a cabinet over it with a stone caught underneath in a couple of spots.

* Using roof decking with the radiant barrier. I have a dark charcoal roof now in full TX sun and my electrical bill didn't change when going from the screw down metal to this.

* cultured marble surrounds for tubs and showers. No grout lines to clean and really cut down on maintenance. We are getting this in the new house too.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 11:19AM
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Hurd doors and windows (wood, Low E)
Jeld-Wen solid Santa Fe interior doors
Emtek doorknobs (using Tuscany Parma, ORB)

Cedar shakes as siding
Cultured stone (Chardonney Ledgestone) on chimneys, foundations, etc.
Jerith aluminum fence (ours is bronze finish)
PA bluestone for walks, patios and porches
Pacific Gateworks custom garden/entry gates

Bosch dishwasher

Rohl Shaw's Original farm sink (LOVE IT)
Rohl Allia prep sink
Rohl Country kitchen faucet in satin nickel (2 in current kitchen because I had 1 in previous house)

Delta Victorian bathroom sink and shower faucets (all bathrooms in current house -- had one before in previous house)

Mahogany butcher block island top (custom)

4" white oak floors #2 grade for casual; stained dark walnut (2 houses)

Quorum light fixtures
Regency ceiling fans

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 11:36AM
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I definitely would use Superior Walls again for the basement. And definitely would go 10' high again. Ductwork and plumbing are really up out of the way.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 12:38PM
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This is a really great thread. Please keep it going. I'm soaking up all your wisdom.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 12:43PM
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For anyone in the Puget Sound area, our cabinets came from Superior Custom Cabinets. They have a lifetime warranty. After a year, I had a problem with a latch on one drawer and the finish wearing on the door under the sink.

They sent a guy out who replaced the broken latch, and touched up the stain on the door. No charge at all (not even for labor or travel). He told me the cabinets had a lifetime warranty and to call whenever I had a problem.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 1:32PM
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We used name brand appliances, Pella windows, Kohler plumbing fixtures..etc

Great quality- Fusion door handles and plumbing fixtures

Exceptional Quality: All small town east TX vendors--
Cabinet Maker -quality, layout and great ideas and price
Custom Door Shop - The doors make the house!!
Kemiko Concret Floor Stain
Local sawmill - Cypress ceiling and beams and
countertop made from the bottom of a boxcar

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 1:56PM
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Ditto Zone8 Grandma for Superior Custom Cabinets if you live in the Pacific Northwest. We used them in our current house kitchen remodel and absolutely love them. We also recommended them to another family member's remodel and they fell in love as well.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 7:01PM
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I have Superior Cabs here in Montana, too. Like them very much: sturdy, great looking, no issues in over 5 years.

Not sure I'll use them again, just because I'm not sure some of the custom features I want will be available.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2007 at 4:17AM
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I'd use Ikea faucets again in a heartbeat. I've seen two in use, and if you like the style, I've never seen quality at that price-point before. There's also a huge following for their cabinets, which I'll use when 'redo kitchen' spools up on the honey-do ticker-tape list.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2007 at 8:02AM
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American Whirlpool garden tub.

Ditto on the Sherwin Williams Super Paint for exterior. That stuff is great.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2007 at 5:14PM
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IKEA cabinets are great. I used them in my remodel, and plan to use them again if I build from scratch.

Stepco prefinished strand woven bamboo flooring is teh bomb! Replaced almost all my carpet with it in existing house, and it's durable as he**. Much harder than the oak and maple samples I got that were twice as expensive, and it's gorgeous. Horizontal and Vertical bamboo floors we sampled were pretty soft, but strand woven is harder and prettier than anything else we saw. Installer was only 'meh', but the product has exceeded our expectations.

Fireclay farm sink in the kitchen - like this much better than any std multi-bowl sink, and like it better than the enameled iron farm sink my mother put in her house.

And a final recommendation for the cost-conscious out there (IKEA should have been a tip off as to my leanings), try granite tile counter tops rather than slab. Floor & Decor stores carry a good selection of granite varieties with matching bull-nose pieces. I did the work myself, they look great, and are much much cheaper than slabs. I'll use them again for sure.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2007 at 6:04PM
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suzyqtexas, I'm from a small town in East Texas too :) Are you the suzyq of the suzyQ's diner in Mineola?
Monica (from the kit & bath forums)

    Bookmark   September 22, 2007 at 10:10AM
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1" foam over external sheathing  we are loving the draft free rooms, reduced noise, and lower temperatures.

Denim insulation in the walls. We did this DIY and it was super easy to install. We also love not having fiberglass in the walls and the recycled and local manufacturing aspects of the product.

Blow in cellulose in the attic  we also did this ourselves and it was easier than batts would have been (and much much cheaper than foam which we would have liked to use if our money tree would just bear fruit ;)

American Standard faucets. We have them in the current abode and they still look new, are easy to clean, and work like a charm. Perfect for the tight budget.

Habitat for Humanity resale store  many items for the house were purchased here, they love to see us coming through the gate.

ICAT can lights. So nice when it came time to seal the attic (thanks Erla!).

Impact windows. They allow us to not use shutters (no room on the dormers) and take care of the requirements for windows at the base of a stairwell and near a bathtub  both of which we have and were checked by the county inspector.

Kiln dried lumber + time to acclimate before drywall  no nail pops so far (now IÂm going to go home and see them everywhere ;)

Advantech for sub floor. We had lots of water in the beginning. Too often the water sat on the floor for a day or two. It has been exposed for 1 ½ years and there are no issues now that the final flooring is going in.

Lumber Liquidator butcher block countertops. A big thanks to the person discussing them over in kitchens (I have forgotten the name). We love them and they are very affordable.

Drywall shopvac bags. What a huge difference they make in the performance of the shopvac cleaning up behind our slacker sheetrockers (DH and I) A big thanks to the people on the dark side who brought these to my attention.

Geothermal HVAC and ERV Â in our cooling climate it was a great choice. Plus free hot water to fill up my claw foot tub.

Tuff-Rib metal roof by Eagle Metals. Lower cooling bills plus extra wind resistance for hurricane season. We like how it looks too.

We havenÂt used our appliances yet so I canÂt speak to their performance, but we love the deals we got on them  both in the bent& dent section and the construction discount center. The cooktop, DW, and double ovens are Kenmore and the refrigerator is Samsung. We've always had good luck with Kenmore so far so we hope for this to continue with t he new stuff :)

    Bookmark   September 24, 2007 at 12:28PM
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Kohler products (but only toilets with the new flushing system)
Andersen 400 windows
Carrier Infinity Furnace
Kitchenaid convection oven
Hubbardton Forge lights
Kitchenaid sxs refrigerator with ice in the door
Dura Supreme cabinets
Blanco stainless steel sink
Certainteed fiber cement siding (prefinished)

    Bookmark   September 24, 2007 at 1:33PM
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worthy-glad to hear you like the Danze faucets. I have one (wall mount) in the master at the claw foot tub and I really like it. The plumber didn't like it or trust the quality. What does he know?!

Rohl Allia fireclay sink (LOVE the single bowl!)
Copper prep sink
Moen Showhouse faucet
SW Superpaint
stained concrete
Icynene insulation
Jeremiah Co lighting
KA 48" built in refrigerator (so much room)

    Bookmark   September 24, 2007 at 7:41PM
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I would have to say my Toto Drake toilet. I've had it for awhile now and it's absolutely amazing! Great flush, no stains.. all the right stuff. I would definitely use Toto again.

Here is a link that might be useful: Toto Toilets

    Bookmark   June 18, 2008 at 3:24PM
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For those of you that used Pella Windows - vinyl or wood? I've heard bad things but I'm thinking it was only the wood - and I'd kind of like to use Pella.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 4:09PM
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- Caesarstone quartz counters
- Canyon Creek cabinets
- Top Knobs cabinet hardware
- Milgard windows
- Fireplace Xtrordinaire (both wood-burning & propane models)
- White oak flooring in CD character grade
- Godfrey Hirst wool wall-to-wall carpeting
- Mico Seashore kitchen faucets
- Bosch dishwashers
- Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator
- Sharp drawer microwave
- GE Spacesaver microwave
- Enkeboll wood trims
- Pearl wood mantels
- CDM and Chemcrest decorative trims
- Azak exterior trim
- El Dorado stone in "Country Rubble"
- HardiShingles
- Solatube
- Amarr Classica garage doors
- Benjamin Moore paint (interior & exterior)

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 4:34AM
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From new house experience (only 1 month!), so my opinions could change, but I'm VERY happy so far:
- Hardiplank siding
- Danze faucets
- Bosch dishwasher
- Thermatru doors
- Bertazzoni gas range

From old house experience (17 years; it's possible these things aren't being made as well now!):
- Jeldwen (were Caradco back then) windows
- Jenn-air electric range
- Kenmore microwave
- Duron paint
- American Standard toilets

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 9:52AM
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bumping for any other good suggestions!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2008 at 2:33AM
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Things I love in my new house:

Danze Faucets
Beso Lighting
Lutron switches (dimmers,ceiling fan controls,whole house panels) These are great quality and IMHO look so much nicer that the other switches we had.
Honeywell digital thermastat with touch screen. The electrician special ordered this for us and I really think it makes a difference.
Our cork flooring in the mud room. I put it in there to try it out because I wasn't too familiar with cork floors and I wanted to test it first. I love it and it is so pretty and really durable. We have had appliances delivered and drug across it and it held up fine no scratches or dents. I will be putting more in my house.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2008 at 6:01PM
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Great thread! I'm happy to see confirmation about many things I've chosen for our new house.

We used these in the house we built in 2001, and are using them again in this house:

Toto Carlyle toilets; Washlet -- absolutely non-negotiable
VacuFlo central vac system -- absolutely non-negotiable
Pella windows
Not a brand, but a style: All drawer base cabinets

AND -- we will NOT use again: Bosch tankless water heater. Maybe it wasn't sized correctly, or something, but every shower longer than 3 minutes gave us a rude awakening -- a minute of cold water before heating up again.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2008 at 9:16PM
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I'm new to this site, but this seems like a really useful thread to keep running. We're just beginning our build (hoping to break ground in October) so I don't have anything useful to add yet, but I'm sure others do...

    Bookmark   July 11, 2009 at 10:15PM
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- Solatubes (but next time make sure the painters cover the hole before they paint)

- Timer switch from Westside Wholesale. Don't remember the brand, but the switch has 3 positions - on, off, and timer. "On" turns on the fan and the light together, "off" turns them both off, and "timer" turns the fan on for a set amount of time (20 minutes).

- Delta Pilar faucet

- Cree LED can light - expensive, but is supposed to last 50,000 hours. It's above the porch landing where it would take a 15' tall ladder to change the bulb. It puts out plenty of light, unlike the much cheaper LED's I bought at Sams Club.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 8:44AM
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Let's add a couple of items, now with four years service on them: Emtek sandcast bronze door hardware (except for the locking pins, which become loose); Eureka central vacuum--for replacing a failed control board free four years after the unit was bought, no receipt necessary.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 11:33AM
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We've been in almost three years:

BiltBest extruded aluminum clad casement windows with wood interior (linked below) Also have their patio doors on the lower level.

Copper flashing, gutters and downspouts
Toto commodes
RH Bistro faucets by Newport Brass
NuTone recessed Fan/Light Combo
Emtek sandcast bronze tubular exterior door hardware
Emtek Tuscany interior door hardware
tumbled travertine flooring - so easy to keep clean
Rohl Country kitchen faucet
Dishdrawers - but I'd only order a single next time and not the double
GE Monogram Dual Fuel range
Hubbarton Forge interior light fixtures
Quorum exterior light fixtures
Stone. Nothing like the real thing.

Here is a link that might be useful: BiltBest

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 12:12PM
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UA engineered wood flooring -Hickory, wide plank.
Bosch Dishwasher
Toto ultramax sanigard toilets
Panasonic Whispersoft exhaust fans
Zodiaq quartz countertop, true to store sample, unlike Wilson quartz which turned out darker and more opaque).
Heatilator 42" direct vent fireplace.
Electrolux Induction cooktop, 30" oven w/convection and Electrolux exhaust fan.
Grohe ladylux kitchen faucet.
Rohl fireclay, double kitchen sink.
Kraftmaid all wood cabinets - prompt service when a couple of pieces of wood didn't match up to installer's satisfaction.
Trane heatpump- super quiet.
Vacuflo - great factory service.

WOULD NOT buy BiltBest windows again, terrible factory service, seems as though their factory reps are always quitting. We have been waiting since September for them to fix windows!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 4:04PM
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What problem are you having with them, Emily? Which ones did you get?

I know 5 others in 1M+ homes who used the ones like we did w/out any problems. Our GC is currently building a 5M+ home and using them w/o issues.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 7:26PM
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Arroyo Craftsman lighting fixtures -- beautiful and well made.

Kolbe & Kolbe Heritage casement windows

Borrego solar system

    Bookmark   July 13, 2009 at 7:44PM
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Hardiplank siding (primed, painted onsite)
Azak exterior trim
Eagle windows and doors
Brazillon Redwood Decking
Closed cell spray foam insulation
FHP (Florida Heat Pump) ground source Geothermal Heating/AC
Pex plumbing systems
DuraSupreme Cabinetry
American Olean Catarina Marble look ceramic/porcelain tile
Toto Toilets and Airjet Tubs
Danze faucets and shower/tub fixtures
Nutone Bath Fans
Karona solid core wood interior doors
Lennox direct vent gas fireplaces
Triad ceiling and wall speakers
Generac whole house generators
Whirlpool Duet washer/dryers
Miele Dishwashers
Bosch Dual Fuel Range & Convection Microwave
Kitchenaid french door refrigerator

    Bookmark   July 13, 2009 at 9:57PM
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Wolf 36" gas cook top
Wolf Built In Ovens - 30"
Wolf Microwave
Sub Zero 736 refrigerator
Sub Zero 424 wine cooler
Arroyo Craftsman Light Fixtures
Old California Light Fixtures
Schoolhouse Electric Light Fixtures
Kohler kitchen and bath fixtures - including faucets
Fridgidaire Washer/Dryer

Fisher/Paykel Dish Drawers - not large enough

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 7:41PM
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SaniJet tub - whirlpool jetted tub with no piping for old tub water to sit in and mold. These jets are removeable and can be put in dishwasher to clean. The water goes in and gets jetted out with no tubing involved. Love it!
Hide-a-hose VacUFLo central vac system
Gagganau steam convection oven- pricey but oh so worth it

    Bookmark   August 12, 2009 at 10:53AM
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    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 3:02PM
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bump- love to hear more!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2010 at 1:46AM
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back to the top - this is valuable information and saves asnwering these questions over and over.

Please gives updates and add more.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 5:24AM
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Samsung french door fridge
GE 36" induction cooktop
Advantech subflooring
Toto toilets

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 11:01AM
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    Bookmark   January 19, 2011 at 12:07AM
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4 years after building

Bosch dishwashers, washer and dryer
Imperium Central Vac with Hide A Hose
Fully automated Bryant/Carrier HVAC with 7 zones
Monogram refrigerator drawers
SubZero refrigerator
Lutron Maestro dimmers everywhere
Natural slate tiles in the gallery and dining room
Hudson Reed faucets
In floor pool cleaning system
Never MT pumps for in counter dish detergent dispensers

    Bookmark   January 19, 2011 at 9:34AM
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Kohler Farm Sink
Bosch diswashers
Chicago Faucet kettle filler
Price Pfister ORB faucets "secret room door"
Heatilator fireplaces
The Iron Shop spiral staircase

    Bookmark   January 19, 2011 at 10:53PM
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Nottingham Brass faucets from Signature Hardware
Cast iron claw foot tub (also from Signature Hardware)
Blanco Silgranite sinks
Silestone counter tops
Fireplace Xtrodinaire (gas direct-vent with unbelievably realistic-looking logs and flame)

    Bookmark   January 20, 2011 at 11:05PM
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Five years after building:

5-Toto toilets
Radiant Barrier
All interior doors 36" wide at minimum
All hallways at least 48" wide at minimum
granite, KitchenAid warming drawer, two under counter with an ice maker, 48" Thermador range with 12" grill and 12" griddle (next time only 4 burners and a 24" griddle)
Love the raised fireplace
Love having a long Master bath with the shower at the end of the 19' bathroom and sinks at the other end. Now I can shower with privacy and not being 'watched' and my DH can shave at the same time & definitely a separate 'water closet'/commode room!
Zoned thermostats
Laundry with 2 washers and 2 dryers
Low E Argon Gas, triple paned vinyl windows
2x6" framing
50 year shingles
I love wood floors, but would not do Brazilian Cherry again because it is too sensitive to any light and darkens from ANY light source. Area rugs leave 'tan lines' on the wood because light does not hit underneath rugs.

I also love my deep front and back porches.

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    Bookmark   April 30, 2011 at 7:50PM
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We haven't moved in yet, but the things that get my vote, and great reviews from installers are:

PROGRESS LIGHTING. Got these for our basement baths, they were rediculously cheap, and they look great and the electrician said they were made very well.

ARMSTRONG ALTURA LUXURY VINYL TILE: This went in the utility areas, and basement baths. This stuff is indestructible, and looks fabulous. We had them lay it without grout, and it looks seamless.

DANZE KITCHEN FAUCET: Looks beautiful. And made very well so the plumber says.


OFF-THE-SHELF GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: For the basement baths. 48" with undermount sink was $70. Look fab!!

CERTAINTEED IMPRESSIONS SHAKE SIDING: This is probably my favorite thing about the house so far.

STAIRS FROM GARAGE TO BASEMENT: How would we ever live without it.

ALL OUR CUSTOM CABINETRY: Albert (our cabinet maker) you've surpassed our expectations again.

Things I'm excited to try: Microwave drawer, garbage disposal air switch, outlet in vanity drawer for hair dryer.

I'll report later on the geothermal. Keeping my fingers crossed that it's worth the $$.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2011 at 8:31PM
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Bumping this thread for updated info.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2011 at 10:22PM
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Bumping for more!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 9:43PM
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Bertazzoni cook top - works and looks great

Thermador range hood - cheap in the grey market lol

Nuheat heated floor mats and controller

Kohler Poise stainless kitchen sink - makes my cheap chinese one look like a cheap chinese one

Here is a link that might be useful: Bertazzoni

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 11:45PM
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So glad this thread is still here. Did a whole house renovation 8 years ago and just bought a new (to me) house, and about to do it again. Stuff that has held up well and I will definitely be looking at closely again this time around are:

- Rohl fireclay sink (nice and quiet, plenty big to hide lots of dirty dishes in the sink; I might get 2 this time!)
- Pacific Crest cabinets (despite some issues in their shipping (some banged up cabinets when they arrived), the company stood behind their product and made things right and they have held up quite well -- and everyone comments on how nice they look)
- Prefinished hardwood floors (wouldn't get Brazilian cherry again because they are too sensitive to light, but with two 50-60lb dogs running around, they have held up remarkably well, especially compared to friends who had site-finished floors. now I just need to find another wood species I like as well)
- Kohler Vinnata faucet (after all this time, I looked around at faucets again the other day and this is still the most gracefully sculptural faucet profile; also I had no problems with this at all.)
- GE Monogram 36" range, 30" fridge, island hood (the range cooked great and was a breeze to clean, the fridge had no issues whatsoever with the icemaker/water dispenser, and the range, though a real b*tch to install has been a real workhorse around our house; surprisingly had very few issues with these appliances)
- Miele dishwasher (this is the one with the top silverware rack; it was called Incognito back 8 years ago and don't know what it's called now. It cleans great and once we figured out how to use the salt/softener thingy left no streaks on our glasses)
- Kinawa white granite (husband likes the veins in this and I like whiteness, and we this is as close as we can get to white carrara w/o the maintenance headaches)
- Never M-T soap dispenser (what a great tip I got from this site 8 years ago. I give this to friends now, and they think it's genius)
- Air Switch for disposal (another great tip I got from this site; likely ubiquitous now but it's still wonderful)
- Kohler's Memoirs collection stately pedestal and drop-in sinks, and toilet (very classic looking)

Looking forward to another fun remodel

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 5:55AM
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Great to see this thread bumped up for those of us who have not seen it. We are part way through our build, but so far, I am really happy with our windows and window wells -- details below.

1)Our window wells (Wolfa brand from Alberta Canada)-- yes I know that is a funny thing to comment on. However, our window wells let in so much more light due to shape and are cream in colour so they are easier on the eyes from inside and outside compared to standard metal window wells.

2)I am happy with the fiberglass windows we chose -- although they were a big upgrade. I like them so much better than the good qualify vinyl windows we have in the front of the house (our project was a back addition). The mullions on the fiberglass windows are so much thinner than vinyl which gives much more glass. The brand we chose was Thermotech Fiberglass and the windows were triple glazed, but the Fibertec brand ones looked equally as great. Both of these companies are based in Canada go figure from OntarioMom. We also like our partly fiberglass French door from Marvin -- Integrity brand (wood on inside and fiberglass on outside). Our windows were almost warm to the touch this winter. The vinyl ones we have in the front, were colder to the touch.


    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 8:56PM
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How about blinds? Good-quality faux wood ones vs. inexpensive real wood ones? I've heard good things about JC Penney -- what about Ikea? My hubby has Parkinson's, so either we have to get a handyman to install them, or find a place where we can buy and have them install and not get robbed!!! Any recommendations there would also be appreciated!

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 7:29PM
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Which is good brand for kitchen accessories/bastets? also for heavy wardrobe doors which brand hinges to use? Are Hettich hinges a good brand to use for heavy wardrobe doors?

Any good recommendations are appreciated!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 5:19AM
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I lurked here 5 years ago when I did my Kitchen & Bath remodels. And am about to do it again in another apartment. Learned lots of things, I'd like to share.

KWC Kitchen Faucet
Rohl Fireclay undermount*
Rev a shelf trash & recycling pullouts*
Insinkerator cover control*
Liebherr fridge
Bosch DW*
Ikea boxes for cabinets with custom door and drawer fronts from Scherr's*
Old Schoolhouse light fixtures

RH Medicine Cabinet (gorgeous)*
RH (Newport Brass) wide spread faucet
RH Bath Accessories*
RH Sconces*
Kohler Archer undermount sink
Warmly Yours heat mat (underneath the tile)*

*will use these in the new remodel as well. Not using the others for a change in style.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 12:30AM
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eyegolf - I am scouring the message board for current reviews of the Sanijet. Do you still like it? How is the strength of the jets and is it quiet? Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 5:48PM
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