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Old 02-15-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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Thanks a ton!
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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If I had a do over I would not have the back of the house facing West, gets the afternoon sun and that is where most of my windows are..made it hot the first year till we got solar screens and then some days the backyard feels like the face of the sun. I like my limestone..out of style or not!
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:23 PM
 
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I wanted to add that the maintenance of limestone also depends on the direction your house faces (among other things). We have a limestone house, which I love. But the front faces east and gets very little sun. As a result, it mildews very easily because water and moisture don't dry out as quickly. So we have to power wash it every year. I have not noticed a difference in heating / cooling.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:29 PM
 
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I've heard this mentioned a few times here and luckily our house has them (though we never thought about it while we were house shopping): Exterior hose faucets on all four sides of the house.
Agreed. Also electrical outlets.

And I second the sprinkler system. Worth every cent.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:36 PM
 
Location: KYLE TEXAS
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Our home is stone and we love it
the stone house shown in post 12 is i would say sterile , if the accents eaves door frames etc were painted a contrast color it would show better.
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we have red accent and some landscaping along the frontage and on the sides and it shows great .there are many homes in the area stone /brick or just plain hardy board without any landscaping just lawn IMO those are the ones which are bland

the stone does need to be cleaned regularly
for those dark stains brush some bleach on first and then hose down it works for me .
or you can if you choice leave some of them on to give the home some charactor and age
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:51 PM
 
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Thanks! Should we insulate the garage?
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Volcano
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Thanks! Should we insulate the garage?
Depends on what you intend to use the garage for. If you're just going to store your car and lawnmower and some cat litter, you won't need it. On the other hand, if you're going to have a workshop out there and plan to spend cold winter nights working on your toothpick models of famous buildings, then it's something to consider.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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What exactly do you mean by insulate the garage? There are insulated garage doors (foam of some sort sandwiched between layers of steel) that I hear work very well for preventing your garage from getting too hot or too cold. I have never had one and not sure on what the cost difference is.

Do they not insulate the sides of the garage during construction? I guess I never thought about it. I would definitely insulate any part of the garage that shares a wall with the house (although maybe that is standard, too?).
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:53 PM
 
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Well I guess we will just be keeping cars and lawnmower there ...... will have to ask the builder on what standard is in insulating the garage door with common wall with the house.

Also whats your take on Uba tuba granite with brown cabinets?

Thanks!
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:02 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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Uba tuba is dated and is very popular with builders, I'd go with something else if you can. But I wouldn't lose sleep over it.
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