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Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2011-10-14, 04:59 PM
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Views: 5,717
Posted By secretgarden
Thanks Mark & Lynda and homie27. I will give that...

Thanks Mark & Lynda and homie27. I will give that a try next summer.

In addition, I was wondering spray foam/insulate it and finish the cold room would make a difference? It would appear the heat...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2011-10-13, 10:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,717
Posted By secretgarden
Basement Cold Room

Hello everyone,

It's been a long time. We've settled into our new house coming into our third year, we can't complain too much. I have a question regarding the cold room in our basement. This...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2011-04-27, 11:19 AM
Replies: 792
Views: 131,428
Posted By secretgarden
I think it's a good thing to have Walmart or any...

I think it's a good thing to have Walmart or any major retailers around. These big-box retail chains have super brains to study the growth potential in the area before they open up stores. The...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-12-15, 11:20 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 44,576
Posted By secretgarden
We did a combination of both. We used some free...

We did a combination of both. We used some free upgrade dollar our builder gave us on extending the wall/counter cabinets...if you like what the builder offers it's more difficult to extend on your...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-08-09, 10:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,858
Posted By secretgarden
Thanks again everyone. I will keep you all posted...

Thanks again everyone. I will keep you all posted on what happens next. The fence contractor is scheduled to start their work in the next week or two.

Btw, if you have any contractor that tells...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-08-08, 12:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,858
Posted By secretgarden
Thanks for everyone's input (and creative ones...

Thanks for everyone's input (and creative ones like daytrips)! I agree for what we could potentially recover through small claims court it ain't worth the hassle. In our case, all the adjoining...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-08-04, 04:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,858
Posted By secretgarden
Trouble getting neighbour to share fence costs

I was wondering if anyone has similar experience and how they handled it. One of our neighbours told all the adjoining ones that they couldn't afford the fence and therefore they wouldn't pay for...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-07-12, 10:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,882
Posted By secretgarden
Smile Kitchen Upgrades: Granite countertop, backsplash and undercabinet lighting.

Hello all,

Time has come for us to look into kitchen upgrades. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a reputatable yet well priced granite/marble company that can do countertop, backsplash...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-07-12, 10:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,118
Posted By secretgarden
I would pay upfront as much as I could afford,...

I would pay upfront as much as I could afford, then roll the rest to a mortgage. As far as impact on your land transfer tax, there isn't going to be any because builders/their decor centres are now...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-05-17, 06:58 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 56,890
Posted By secretgarden
According to the definition of the linked...

According to the definition of the linked detached, they are neither townhouse nor semi-detached. Is there an "Other" category to choose from? If yours is attached by garage, then the insurance agent...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-05-17, 06:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,085
Posted By secretgarden
You guys are lucky that you get to pay $500 to...

You guys are lucky that you get to pay $500 to get a structural meeting. That wasn't even an option to us. Considering most of the structural changes are permanent and will cost tons to change...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-05-17, 06:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,176
Posted By secretgarden
New home, you should ask your builder to leave...

New home, you should ask your builder to leave that segment of the countertop uncut by telling them you have a slide-in range (our builder agreed to do so). What's going to happen is after you close...
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2010-05-06, 07:17 PM
Replies: 417
Views: 164,590
Posted By secretgarden
Here are the Before and After pictures. It took...

Here are the Before and After pictures. It took us a few hours to put it up and we still couldn't figure out who to close the angle corners. The good news is now that we are over the learning curve...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-05-01, 07:02 PM
Replies: 792
Views: 131,428
Posted By secretgarden
Doing just custom cabinet doors can be tricky,...

Doing just custom cabinet doors can be tricky, unless you are selecting a very generic color such as white from the builder. Otherwise it'd be really hard to match the wood stain on the side panels,...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-05-01, 02:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,085
Posted By secretgarden
Shmeath, I just responded to one of your posts...

Shmeath, I just responded to one of your posts regarding cabinets so let me know if you need any more specifics. I totally agree to only choose those that are very difficult to upgrade after closing,...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-05-01, 02:39 AM
Replies: 792
Views: 131,428
Posted By secretgarden
Shmeath, congrats on your purchase! Foxwood 4A is...

Shmeath, congrats on your purchase! Foxwood 4A is a great model and it shows extremely well with the grand entrance. Why do I know it so well? Because we also bought the Foxwood 4A from Greenpark!...
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2010-04-26, 04:28 PM
Replies: 417
Views: 164,590
Posted By secretgarden
Thanks Patrob. Just imagine leaving the mitre saw...

Thanks Patrob. Just imagine leaving the mitre saw to two nerds to figure out the angles! I will try your way of cuts and post some finished pictures later on.
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2010-04-25, 11:19 PM
Replies: 417
Views: 164,590
Posted By secretgarden
Hey Patrob, this weekend we were trying to put in...

Hey Patrob, this weekend we were trying to put in a few decorative headers at home but were stuck at the top rail. We bought some chair rails (is it the right type?), and tried mitre 45-degree, bevel...
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2010-04-22, 10:30 PM
Replies: 417
Views: 164,590
Posted By secretgarden
Thanks Patrob! You not only have a great taste...

Thanks Patrob! You not only have a great taste but also excellent memory! :-)

We didn't end up replacing the hardwood floor for the entire house yet...there are so many things to do/buy before we...
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2010-04-22, 05:25 PM
Replies: 417
Views: 164,590
Posted By secretgarden
I just located this post, and Patrob your dinning...

I just located this post, and Patrob your dinning room rocks! It's so classy yet doesn't scream "designer". I really like the wall panels and wall color. May I ask what paint color you used for the...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-03-24, 04:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,509
Posted By secretgarden
We went with a few different coverings such as 2"...

We went with a few different coverings such as 2" Venetian wood blinds, Roman blinds, drapery panels, roller shades, etc. to fit each room's decor theme. I am not a big fan of unified look throughout...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-03-24, 03:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,509
Posted By secretgarden
I suggest you go to www.Homestars.com, and search...

I suggest you go to www.Homestars.com, and search under key words like California Shutters or Shutters & Blinds. By putting in a city, you can also read reviews on companies based locally in...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2010-01-13, 11:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,937
Posted By secretgarden
We also bought a detached from Greenpark in...

We also bought a detached from Greenpark in Vaughan. To sum it up, the upgrade prices from their decor centre are rip-offs. You can locate more information on this thread that specifically talks...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2009-10-07, 10:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,068
Posted By secretgarden
I am surprised to learn that your builder didn't...

I am surprised to learn that your builder didn't give you a breakdown list of closing costs. The sales centre gave us a ballpark, but then in one of the appendices of our sales agreement there's a...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2009-09-23, 02:50 PM
Replies: 792
Views: 131,428
Posted By secretgarden
You are welcome. Backsplash is the tile or any...

You are welcome. Backsplash is the tile or any tile-alike material you put on the area between upper and counter cabinets. Backsplash gives kitchen a more finished look, and it's also functional as...
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