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Forum: Ottawa 2018-09-07, 02:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,173
Posted By GreyingJay
WiFi is great and all, but nothing will ever beat...

WiFi is great and all, but nothing will ever beat wired. You can set up wireless meshes and all, but how many neighbors do you have that are doing the same thing? You're all sharing that spectrum.
...
Forum: Building and Construction 2018-05-25, 11:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,323
Posted By GreyingJay
There are many types of products sold in 4x8...

There are many types of products sold in 4x8 sheets. "Plywood" is just one of those.

OSB - Oriented Strand Board, also called chipboard or Aspenite. It's made of chips of wood glued together....
Forum: Ottawa 2018-05-25, 11:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,142
Posted By GreyingJay
Could be a number of reasons. I have no industry...

Could be a number of reasons. I have no industry insights here, just two previous Mattamy builds and some experience with marketing and business.

Contractors and vendors change, which can affect...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-05-14, 10:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,311
Posted By GreyingJay
A year ago I would have said to go check out the...

A year ago I would have said to go check out the model home, but it's been sold and someone lives there now :)

But I will say, the model home sealed the deal for me. The first time I walked in I...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-05-14, 10:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,301
Posted By GreyingJay
I went with Costco (or rather, the company they...

I went with Costco (or rather, the company they outsource to) and paid in the $4200 range. At the time, a neighborhood group buy was advertising something in the $2500-2800 range. Despite...
Forum: Ottawa 2017-11-16, 01:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,842
Posted By GreyingJay
My experience was similar. For those who have...

My experience was similar. For those who have been on the forum a while, I am currently in my second Mattamy new home build (Monahan Landing Phase 3) after my first one in Fairwinds Phase 1.

The...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2016-04-12, 02:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,587
Posted By GreyingJay
That depends entirely on the builder and the...

That depends entirely on the builder and the house type. There is no single standard.

The builder will give you whatever it considers standard, but if you already know what fridge you intend to...
Forum: Ottawa 2016-04-08, 07:05 AM
Replies: 1,363
Views: 351,548
Posted By GreyingJay
Good advice Dan! When I bought my current Mattamy...

Good advice Dan! When I bought my current Mattamy home in August of 2014 the closing date of January 2016 was literally years away, so I figured there was tons of time to sell my previous house. I...
Forum: Ottawa 2016-04-06, 08:53 AM
Replies: 2,603
Views: 546,703
Posted By GreyingJay
Would not be difficult to shorten, lengthen, or...

Would not be difficult to shorten, lengthen, or move those runs to where the washer actually is, if that helps. Not sure where the hoses are going in the picture.

Simi, if you are concerned, one...
Forum: Ottawa 2016-04-06, 08:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,421
Posted By GreyingJay
The company in the link failed to get an...

The company in the link failed to get an inspection, too.

Don't take shortcuts, folks. I am always hearing about people looking to hire guys for cash under the table or just doing it themselves...
Forum: Building and Construction 2016-04-01, 07:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,310
Posted By GreyingJay
Is this a spam link in disguise? :rolleyes:

Is this a spam link in disguise? :rolleyes:
Forum: Ottawa 2016-04-01, 07:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,285
Posted By GreyingJay
It will depend from builder to builder. Mattamy...

It will depend from builder to builder. Mattamy gives you a 2" thick catalog full of hundreds of options and prices and have you add each line item, meticulously, to an agreement of optional extras....
Forum: Ottawa 2016-03-16, 11:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,101
Posted By GreyingJay
Possibly. I put down the cabinet height issue on...

Possibly. I put down the cabinet height issue on my 30-day list, but the warranty people deemed that it was not a "defect" and couldn't change it. They did, however, offer to have their warranty...
Forum: Ottawa 2016-03-15, 01:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,101
Posted By GreyingJay
Yes, the basic granite combined with the standard...

Yes, the basic granite combined with the standard countertops will yield a counter height of about 35 3/8".

The stove I bought starts at 36" and has the ability to raise another inch using its...
Forum: Ottawa 2016-03-14, 03:57 PM
Replies: 1,363
Views: 351,548
Posted By GreyingJay
I can't speak for Dan but typically they can only...

I can't speak for Dan but typically they can only hold rates for about 120 days. So accept your builder's pre-approved rate, knowing that you have no intention of staying with them. Closer to...
Forum: Ottawa 2016-02-29, 12:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,746
Posted By GreyingJay
Prepping a Tarion deficiency document is...

Prepping a Tarion deficiency document is trivially easy to do yourself.

I would not hire a home inspector for PDI. In my opinion that is neither the time or the place. Instead, hire them just...
Forum: Ottawa 2016-02-29, 12:55 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 46,775
Posted By GreyingJay
I got the glass shower in the bath oasis, and I...

I got the glass shower in the bath oasis, and I love it. Just like the model home. Only quibble I have about that is the towel bar placement over the toilet which is not my favourite location, but I...
Forum: Ottawa 2016-02-26, 11:48 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 46,775
Posted By GreyingJay
Welcome to the forum! I'm not in your...

Welcome to the forum! I'm not in your neighborhood but I am a Marigold owner in Monahan Landing. I actually had a post months ago where I mentioned some of the things I was thinking about upgrading....
Forum: Ottawa 2016-02-24, 04:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,229
Posted By GreyingJay
Well the other thing to do is talk to your...

Well the other thing to do is talk to your mortgage lender and ask if they can increase the mortgage value. That leaves you with more money in the bank to buy your appliances, so it's the same thing.
Forum: Ottawa 2016-02-22, 03:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,229
Posted By GreyingJay
Ah true, yes, there is also the advantage of...

Ah true, yes, there is also the advantage of having the cost rolled into the house purchase.
Forum: Ottawa 2016-02-22, 01:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,229
Posted By GreyingJay
Believe me you're not missing anything. The only...

Believe me you're not missing anything. The only advantage to this is if you got a bunch of money as a design center bonus and you couldn't find other things to spend it on like kitchen upgrades....
Forum: Ottawa 2016-02-18, 11:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,345
Posted By GreyingJay
This link explains why you need to be careful...

This link explains why you need to be careful about furnace exhaust flues:

http://www.achrnews.com/articles/87256-flue-design-is-critical-for-furnace-installations
Forum: Real Estate Questions 2016-02-18, 09:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,128
Posted By GreyingJay
I'm no expert but it doesn't sound to me like the...

I'm no expert but it doesn't sound to me like the second agent is worth $9000 more. A video is nice - if it's truly a video and not just the same listing photos set to cheesy music. Staging is...
Forum: Waterloo Region 2016-02-09, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,626
Posted By GreyingJay
Good tips. What I did with my last new home...

Good tips.

What I did with my last new home was ANY issue I had was reported to the builder warranty office first. A few times I got lucky and they decided to come out and fix it as a good will...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2016-02-03, 03:37 PM
Replies: 1,728
Views: 431,402
Posted By GreyingJay
patrob's link doesn't work for me either. It is a...

patrob's link doesn't work for me either. It is a digital hygrometer, Canadian Tire part number 43-5203-6, it costs $25.

Your humidity should consistently be in the 30-40% range, I believe.

You...
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