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Old 05-30-2007, 01:02 PM
 
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Ok I see. Well I will just have to see what the budget allows for.

Thanks as always for the help.
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Old 06-01-2007, 10:09 AM
 
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Mike/Socketz,

What insulation numbers is Darling giving you?
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Old 06-01-2007, 04:43 PM
 
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R38 in the horizontals then I believe something lower in the verticals.

Most energy is lost through the roof, so they typically put higher end insulation in the cieling and more standard insulation in the walls.

Your in Frisco, so there may be energy codes that ALL builders need to follow. For instance I believe in 2007 that it is mandatory they put Radiant Barrier in the home. The gal at Highland in Cobb Hill told me about this...
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Old 06-01-2007, 05:02 PM
 
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R38 in the horizontals then I believe something lower in the verticals.

Most energy is lost through the roof, so they typically put higher end insulation in the cieling and more standard insulation in the walls.

Your in Frisco, so there may be energy codes that ALL builders need to follow. For instance I believe in 2007 that it is mandatory they put Radiant Barrier in the home. The gal at Highland in Cobb Hill told me about this...
OK Thanks. Not sure where I will end up but we shall see. Are you getting 14 seer cac?

Also is radiant barrier as good or better than the stuff they spray in the ceiling? I cant remember what it is called.
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Old 06-01-2007, 05:20 PM
 
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They are both Radiant barrier as that is more of the general term used for products that radiate heat away from the home.

Kool-Ply is what you'd get if you bought new (~1500 bucks, but it is said to save $100 a month). The spray on type is not as efficient and cost alot more to install because the home is already built. It is the only option you have for pre-existing homes.
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Old 06-01-2007, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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Actually I've heard of a roll of aluminum foilesque product that is available for existing homes as well. I'll have to research them all before we do our attic.
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:38 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Wow that much for a media room?

What kind of upgrades do you think I would need? Do you mean carpet pad and stuff like that?
You will want to spend the money on the best carpet pad they offer. This will help the life and wear of your carpet A LOT! As socketz said, upgrade to the 16" tiles instead of 12" for any tiled areas like the entry, kitchen and master bath unless you do wood in the entry and kitchen (and wood in hallways and main living areas is also nice). The upstairs baths don't have to be 16". Not only are the 16" or wood expected they also help the room look larger. Do NOT put carpet in any part of any bathroom. The previous owners of our house put carpet in the vanity areas of all the bathrooms upstairs, yuck! While the bathtub and toilet areas are tiled the vanity areas have carpet and where do you think the kids stand when they get out of the tub and think they are dried off? On the carpet.

As for the media room by city codes if there ARE windows it MUST have a closet. Since there is no closet depicted on that those may not be windows. Ask for sure as it could just be a roof inset even though it is not dotted or a wall column. Since the room can be converted to a media room think about how you would want it layed out if it were. You may want to put a large wall of closets on the far end that can later be used to store media equipment and speakers. Or two closets on either end of the far wall w/ built-ins between. The closets later could be used for media equipment and the shelves of the built-ins removed for a screen.
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Old 06-02-2007, 06:51 AM
 
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Also, I checked and Media Rooms are less than what I had mentioned (less than 15k). I had remembered the 25k because I was looking at Game Rooms with a bath upstairs when I was researching 1 stories.

Definitely smaller tiles work in the secondary areas/baths. You just need to be conscience of the entrance, that area gets critiqued heavily when you sell.
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Old 06-02-2007, 11:50 AM
 
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Oh man you guys are killing me with these upgrades
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Old 06-02-2007, 12:12 PM
 
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Oh man you guys are killing me with these upgrades
Don't forget to paint the garage floor w/ that special stuff that takes like 5-6 days to do and goes on in stages. Best to do it BEFORE you move in, lol. Even the mere thought of having to clean out EVERYTHING in our garage now, scrub the floors, and do this process is enough to keep me from doing it.

Hmm, what other upgrades can we come up with?
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