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Old 2008-10-20, 12:11 AM
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Default Upgrades - What can be done later and what cannot be

I am creating this new thread with the hope that people will like this and will get benift of this becuase my intention is that regardless of the builder we can add what can be done later and what cannot be plus if we can add prices of builder and for afterwards just for comparision purposes.

I have seen few other threads but information is scattered if you see any other dedicated thread to a particular upgrade (like one for hardwood) donot include that item here.

So Mr. Moderator If you like this you can make this "Sticky"
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Old 2008-10-20, 12:13 AM
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Default Fan in the gas fireplace

So in this new thread my first question is:

Can we add fan to the Gas fire plaec later on? If yes do we need professional installer or a handy man can do that by himself? If some one can give the price comparision from builder ? after closing from professional installer and by homeowner?
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Old 2008-10-20, 08:06 AM
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Yes, a blower can be installed to your fireplace after your closing. We purchased ours at Ontario Hearth in Mississauga but you could probably pick one up at any fireplace distributors. Make sure you have your model number with you. The one thing that may be a problem is that some builders don't bring the electrical up in the fireplace box. In this case, if you're not handy someone would have to pull electricity for you.

We were able to do our own. If you're not handy it's best you get someone knowledgeable to do this for you.

These blowers are not cheap, but without it your fireplace will only give you ambiance without the full effect of actually heating up the room. I think it is well worth the money.
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Old 2008-10-20, 08:23 AM
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This thread is not specific to a builder or a location so it has been put into the proper forum and stuck.
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Old 2008-10-21, 12:00 AM
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- Thanks GregS for bringing this thread to the right section and making it sticky, now it is upon users to contribute to this.

- Thanks terry for advice

- terry, I have seen one electri style switch on the side of the fireplace which is used to turn fireplace on and off (seen in model home), I donot know this is electric switch and if yes can we use this wire for the blower as well.

- some one can tell me what will be the good price to install blower in fireplace.
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Old 2008-10-21, 12:10 AM
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What are the door chimes ? are these regular door bells or something else
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Can we replace doors of few kitchen cabnites with the glass doors after closing. From builder it is about 450 per cabnit. How easy and cost affecting is this after closing?

Which cabnites are better Thrmofoil or Oak???
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Old 2008-11-01, 12:17 PM
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Most cabinet shops will convert your doors to glass ones - call for prices to be sure. Don't forget to upgrade the inside of your now-visible cabinets as well.

Thermofoil are cheap (ie: plastic), but goot in damp areas and clean up well- imho, looks tacky in any colour other than white. Oak is a less popular choice these days, with a very prominent grain.
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Old 2008-11-04, 09:16 PM
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Default Fan blower in Gase Fireplace

I have just found that it is very hard job to install a fan blower kit in Gase fire place after closing. I found this from couple of installers. Most said they donot od this only one out of many he can tell only after visiting site and finding out maker and model of the fire place.
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Default upgrades

I have a few questions about some upgrades and wanted to know if it would be better to do it myself or pay the builder.

Does any know the cost of the below items:

heated floors
coffered ceiling
waffled ceiling
maple 4" x 3/4" prefinished vintage line hardwood floor
steel spindles
plaster crown moulding
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