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Forum: Building and Construction 2018-11-23, 11:50 AM
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Posted By dvg
Built-in microwave cabinet sizing

I am in the midst of picking our kitchen finishes and wondering if there is a standard size for a microwave cabinet that would allow flexibility for replacing the microwave with a different built in...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2018-11-02, 09:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By dvg
I was planning to install myself - but I did...

I was planning to install myself - but I did further research and Im getting the indication that grass driveways dont work here, it isnt just resistance to change that I was expecting. Marshall homes...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2018-11-01, 04:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By dvg
Grass driveway in northern climate

I will be looking to finish a driveway in the next year or so. Weighing options. Does anyone have an opinion of grass driveways in our climate? You use a substructure to provide the support and...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2018-11-01, 04:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By dvg
good point. will see if they can just upgrade it...

good point. will see if they can just upgrade it for me at a price. Looks like the cost delta is ~ $200 with a 60H
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2018-10-31, 11:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By dvg
HRV bypass for night purging of heat in summer

Im looking for some way to automatically exchange the house air with outside air whenever the temperature outside is closer to the desired temp. IE in summer, would like a way to exchange air at...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2018-10-30, 09:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By dvg
"According to the National Electric Code, any...

"According to the National Electric Code, any device or appliance marked as critical-use must be served by its own dedicated electrical circuit to prevent another device from tripping the breaker and...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-10-29, 03:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,325
Posted By dvg
I had built a new house that closed in 2016 and...

I had built a new house that closed in 2016 and it does not have a make-up air unit. It seems like a needless complication to me if you have any other openings (Water heater fresh air supply in the...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-10-24, 10:20 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,337
Posted By dvg
doesnt everyone in Ottawa pay the same municipal...

doesnt everyone in Ottawa pay the same municipal rate? Sounds like the house in orleans was simply undervalued by MPAC.
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2018-10-24, 10:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By dvg
Possible to put the well pump and the water...

Possible to put the well pump and the water heater on the same circuit, anyway? (forgot I even had to worry about the well pump, would be first house off of municipal water)
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2018-10-23, 05:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By dvg
Now Im thinking I may as well just get the...

Now Im thinking I may as well just get the builder to put the water heater and furnace on the same circuit if possible, and just add one of these in-line:
...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2018-10-23, 04:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By dvg
After a bit more research it seems that the...

After a bit more research it seems that the accepted method would be to put those critical utilities on a load transfer switch like this in order to eliminate the possibility of feeding into the...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2018-10-23, 03:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By dvg
Backup generator - unusual implementation

Wondering if I could provision my house to use a backup generator by putting a 240V outlet in the garage. Would be nice to keep power going to the fridge, furnace, water heater during a power outage....
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2018-10-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 798
Posted By dvg
I dont think there are any tank heaters with...

I dont think there are any tank heaters with efficiencies that high - aside from electric.

They are open to installing one of my choice - these are all options I am researching myself.

I think...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-10-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,337
Posted By dvg
Im comparing with other occupancy ready homes...

Im comparing with other occupancy ready homes with similar upgrades when I say it looks like were up 40-45% - the builder is now building deeper into stittsville (worse location) and is charging more...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2018-10-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 798
Posted By dvg
It turns out the house has to be tankless for...

It turns out the house has to be tankless for energy efficiency standard of the builder so I dont have a choice aside from which tankless unit we get. I found out all the units I listed before are...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-10-19, 11:20 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,337
Posted By dvg
Could be - I think the market has gone a little...

Could be - I think the market has gone a little too crazy so I am looking to "cash out" as it were and am looking at new builds in more rural areas now. I dont think there is a lot of upside left....
Forum: Ottawa 2018-10-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,337
Posted By dvg
This is a single family home

This is a single family home
Forum: Ottawa 2018-10-17, 04:48 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,337
Posted By dvg
Yes, could definitely be that every single person...

Yes, could definitely be that every single person and their agent in my neighbourhood is delusional, even the builder who is now charging 100K more for the house than I paid.
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2018-10-17, 09:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 798
Posted By dvg
Tankless vs tank based water heater

I am looking into a new build house for the second time - this time I am asking that the builder install a water heater and include in the mortgage rather than renting one.

Does the installation...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-10-11, 02:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,337
Posted By dvg
I am astonished at the prices people want for...

I am astonished at the prices people want for houses in my neighbourhood. I am very glad we got on the property ladder when we did. Our house value has increased 40-45% in the past 2.5 years based on...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-10-11, 02:52 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 401
Posted By dvg
Cardel Blackstone - Oxford, Devonshire 2, North Hampton, Oakfield

Looking into the cardel blackstone development and had a few questions...

First, Im wondering if anyone with one of the following models would be able to comment with what they liked/didnt like...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-02-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 726
Posted By dvg
I wouldnt worry about it that much. They need...

I wouldnt worry about it that much. They need those cameras to prevent theft and damage. They will be removed when your builder is done in the area. We had some on my street and while they may not...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2018-01-01, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,030
Posted By dvg
Is it an issue if I remove this insulation? I had...

Is it an issue if I remove this insulation? I had to do so to reroute the duct in a tight space. What are potential issues?
Forum: Ottawa 2017-12-07, 09:14 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,687
Posted By dvg
I just dont see how a blank cheque (Lets be real,...

I just dont see how a blank cheque (Lets be real, thats what this is) can be legally binding...
Forum: Ottawa 2017-12-03, 08:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,944
Posted By dvg
Yes, basement info is on the contract but the...

Yes, basement info is on the contract but the only concequence of doing it early is making sure they have access to whatever they need for warranty repairs.

They just removed it from the plans, It...
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