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Need kitchen and home color scheme ideas

Are there any books, magazines, or websites that might help the design-challenged pick colors during a complete kitchen remodel or new house construction? We'd like to be able to flip through pictures of various home interiors - most importantly the kitchen but also other rooms - to help us decide on the colors of our cabinets and floors. Google images hasn't been terribly useful.
posted by exhilaration on Nov 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Are excavators ever buried under large buildings to save money?

My brother claims that in large construction projects where excavators dig out underground carparks, the cost of removing the machinery exceeds the costs of replacing it so they are simply buried under all the concrete. Can anyone please point to some kind of evidence? My googling hasn't turned up anything and there's $30 riding on it! Thanks
posted by soymilk on Oct 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Construction ruckus - how do I help my cat cope?

My landlord insists that I be out of the house during daytime bathroom renovation. This will terrify my aged, timid house cat. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul on Aug 27, 2014 - 56 answers

Recommendations for inexpensive still-image, auto-uploading webcam

My organization is starting a major construction project, anticipated to take about 4 years. We'll be using a Nikon D5300's interval capability to capture high-resolution, high-quality images for archival and documentation purposes. We would also like to be able to monitor the progress remotely over the internet by using a webcam or other camera (under $200) that can take good-quality still images and upload them automatically to our server (or email them) via WiFi. More specifics after the click. [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Apr 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Venice, the city built on water

We're planning a trip to Venice. I am fascinated by the fact that they built an entire city in a lagoon and am somewhat flabbergasted that I haven't been able to find a single place in the city where I can see a model or an exhibit that explains the construction. Is there really no place where I can learn more about Venetian engineering?
posted by Swiss Meringue Buttercream on Mar 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Economic way to demolish concrete steps?

We have an old wooden deck at the back of our house that we want to remove and replace with a brick patio. It turns out that under the deck is a solid concrete set of steps. We need to get ride of them. How can we do that economically? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Mar 3, 2014 - 15 answers

CareerFilter: for life or money?

Help me navigate a tricky career dilemma! I have two similar but different offers; I'm qualified for both. In the absence of a choice I'd take either one. One is less certainty but more pay and better long-term, the other feels better but the pay and long-term advancement are poor, i.e. I'd have to change jobs to get promoted significantly. I'm 28. Snowflake details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by a halcyon day on Feb 25, 2014 - 20 answers

Second story rollup doors — why?

Industrial buildings frequently have rollup doors on the second or even third story. The ones in question don’t have a horizontal I-beam or timber to hang a winch or block & tackle from, (like you’d see on a hayloft,) so they’re not for day-to-day loading/unloading. The ones I see in the city are generally facing a sidewalk, not a dedicated open space like a loading bay or parking lot. What are these doors for? The only guess I’ve come up with is occasional installation of equipment that’s too big for a freight elevator. But large-scale machinery usually comes in pieces and is assembled on-site, and the stuff that can’t be (e.g. large pressure vessels, crucibles, this thing) isn’t stuff that’s ever installed upstairs in a general-purpose light industrial building. I’m stumped.
posted by El Mariachi on Jan 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Holes in the wall, concrete behind drywall, shelving disaster.. help!

I'm trying to put up shelves on a wall that, I believe, is drywall over concrete. I made holes for plastic anchors, but the drywall part isn't deep enough for them to fit. Help, I'm about as handy as the two I have at the of my arms! [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Nov 17, 2013 - 8 answers

New Hotel being built in downtown LA

There is a hotel being built in downtown LA, across the street from the JW Mariott. At the corner of Fransico Str. and W Olympic Blvd. What is the name of the hotel? [more inside]
posted by zabuni on Jul 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Building a house. Don't want AV guy to know I'm a noob. Help please.

I have some pretty basic questions that I'd rather ask someone other than the man with the power to charge me out the wazoo if he senses I am clueless. They pertain to wiring the house for cable and phone and internet, and they are as follows: [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Jun 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Advice on a cross-country route from Minneapolis to Richmond

We're driving from Minneapolis to Richmond this weekend, and want to change up our usual route. Will you locals in the major cities along our route provide wisdom/advice on the traffic and construction situation? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on May 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Our roof is being redone tomorrow, worried about cats.

Our house still has its original roof from when it was built in the mid-1950s. It's finally getting replaced tomorrow -- after months of leaks in nearly every room -- but I'm worried about our two indoor cats dealing with it. I know the noise will terrify them and they will hide, but are there other things I should worry about? [more inside]
posted by perryfugue on Jan 15, 2013 - 18 answers

Noise reduction for a concrete box

Hometheaterfilter: How much soundproofing do I need to do in a concrete box? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Need a lawyer recommendation in DC.

Looking for a recommendation for a construction dispute lawyer and/or mediator for a property owner in Washington D.C.
posted by tinamonster on Dec 8, 2012 - 1 answer

Outdoor webcam for construction site?

I need an weather proof outdoor webcam. I have intermittent power and wifi. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by chillmost on Jul 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Plaintext New York and New York City Codes

I'm looking for plaintext or PDF searchable versions of the New York State and New York City Codes. I'm specifically looking for something within the Building Code, but I would also like to have basically every state and local law, rule, ordinance, regulation, recommendation, and suggestion in an actual searchable format. [more inside]
posted by a_girl_irl on Apr 26, 2012 - 6 answers

What are a homeowner's responsibilities on a construction project?

As owner, how involved do I need to be for a full residential restoration construction project? [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra on Mar 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Ikea cabinets or custom built-in?

Should we go with Ikea cabinets or plywood custom built units in our remodel? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Mar 7, 2012 - 22 answers

What type of contractor do I look for?

Paging Holmes on Homes... [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Feb 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Inside: Leak. Outside: Water (ice) coming from under eaves. What to do?

HOME REPAIR: My over-the-range microwave had water in it! I uninstalled it and found a slow drip coming from the vent duct. Then I went outside and saw a bunch of ice coming out from under the eaves. I don't know much about home construction or repair. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jan 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Fie on phi!

Why are most buildings rectangular? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Dec 30, 2011 - 26 answers

Late 1800s architecture terminology question

I'm looking for an architectural term. I'm sure it's one I should know, but I'm blanking on it. To make matters worse, I'm having a difficult time searching for a picture of the feature, because I can't come up with the right term. Let me try to describe what it is. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Dec 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Who can cut a 4'x2' sheet of wood to custom, simple shape.

I need to get a piece of 1" thick, 48"x24" wood cut to a simple pattern. The supplier should accept credit cards and be able to ship. Where can I email this pattern to and have the work done? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Nov 28, 2011 - 15 answers

What are the rules regarding workman's comp and free lance day laborers?

Am I required to carry workman's comp on free lance day laborers? [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra on Nov 3, 2011 - 9 answers

frame job

I am going to build a shed from scratch. Simple construction: plywood over wood frame. I'm wondering if there is a rule of thumb for estimating the amount of framing material you need given the surface area of a building (the walls and and roof, the roof would need more framing material though ( assuming an A-Frame))?
posted by gregg on Sep 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Where do you get reclaimed pallets?

Where do I get a couple hundred wooden shipping pallets in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by annie o on Sep 1, 2011 - 8 answers

minimalist houses with maximum prices

Why are modern/minimalist homes so expensive to build? [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Aug 9, 2011 - 20 answers

Can I put a bathtub in my shower?

My fiancee and I moved into an amazing apartment which has everything we wanted...except a bathtub. The shower is porn-worthy: 2 shower heads, a big window looking over the city, and even a fully-tiled cubby with a step up...and it's 6 feet by 5 feet. The cubby is about 3 feet by 2 feet. [more inside]
posted by bikergirl on Jul 19, 2011 - 26 answers

Can I hang a pull-up bar from my floor joists, or should I?

I would like to hang a pullup bar in my basement. The best thing would be to hang it from the floor joists. Could I drill a hole in the joists to hang the bar, or do I need to use some sort of hanger? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on May 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Whats with these lines in the ceiling?

How was this ceiling constructed? And what are these "lines" running in it for? [more inside]
posted by ish__ on May 15, 2011 - 6 answers

House of horror

What responsibility does a mortgage company have for the approval they granted to a builder (before paying the builder) on a house that is now an utter disaster? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on May 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Please help me not screw up this home renovation project

Seeking advice/tips/what-to-avoid related to a home addition project (details inside). [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi on Mar 31, 2011 - 2 answers

Can I level concrete footings?

Uneven concrete footings for a deck - can they be leveled somehow or do I need to re-dig? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Sep 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Where can I find a black honed countertop supplier (either natural or composite)

Where can I find a black, honed countertop similar to the one in this shot that isn't made of granite? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jun 13, 2010 - 19 answers

Can I use heavy machinery?

How hard is a backhoe loader to operate? [more inside]
posted by wilful on May 4, 2010 - 19 answers

What was this beach construction project?

On the beach I visited in Cancun, there was a continuous construction project, and I'd like to know what they were doing/the process involved. [more inside]
posted by agregoli on Feb 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Tell me how I can hire a contractor without getting ripped off?

Tell me how I can hire a contractor without getting ripped off? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Feb 17, 2010 - 15 answers

Can't Find Stair Nosing

Does anyone know where I can find stair nosing similar to this:? It is for a commercial repair job. Thanks!
posted by lake59 on Jan 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Looking for books on building military castles (ca. Middle Ages-era)

I am looking for resources (preferably books) on how castles were built, say, why stairs are spiralled in one direction and not the other, or what are the pros&cons of circular towers vs. octagonal ones, or the considerations for putting internal and external defence rings, the height and thickness of walls, or the differences between how the castles were built in different countries, etc. Thanks in advance!
posted by noztran on Dec 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Outside Air Filter

We want to add a wood stove to my wife's studio, currently under construction. Is outside combustion air a must or a maybe? [more inside]
posted by ulotrichous on Oct 7, 2009 - 8 answers

Dear Alderwoman, I did not enjoy my drive through a construction site in your ward. Plz advise.

Engineers, construction workers, and lawyers: How can I find out what the specific site safety requirements and statutes are for an under-construction commercial urban development site? Specifically, I'm looking to find out more about site-safety requirements in the city of St. Louis, Mo. [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Sep 20, 2009 - 16 answers

City bulldozes away bikes

So a friend of mine locked his bike to a city-provided bike post... he came back and the city (Toronto) had torn up the entire sidewalk for 2 blocks, including where he had locked his bike. The workers tossed the bikes aside, some still locked to the posts, but some of the posts broken in two thereby freeing up the bikes. His bike was gone. There was no indication from the city that they were going to do this (signs not to lock your bike, etc.). Police have been called but consider it a "stolen bike" issue... now what? Photos and more inside. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jul 1, 2009 - 16 answers

WhiteBoardFilter: Help me construct a standing whiteboard that's BETTER than the one on House.

What is the best way to design and construct a standing whiteboard? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2009 - 5 answers

It takes a crane to construct a crane.

I was recently delighted to learn that my 3-year-old nephew shares my profound fascination with construction cranes. Can you recommend a sturdy yet functional toy crane? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jun 1, 2009 - 11 answers

BRICKLAYING

BRICKLAYING. I need to learn all about how to lay brick; the classic/historical patterns; esp. in the US.; techniques; thin mortar joints; different types of bricks. European precedents.
posted by ebesan on May 23, 2009 - 5 answers

How much can a road cost?

Have you ever cut a road into a densely wooded area? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Mar 29, 2009 - 13 answers

Where are construction setbacks measured from?

When a survey map and the real world differ, where are construction setbacks measured from? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Mar 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Full-length classic rock ready for the construction site?

A friend of mine recently went to work for a construction team. Their current music selection on their field boom box is limited to CDs of Journey's Greatest Hits, Led Zeppelin 3 and 4, and Mötley Crüe Shout at the Devil. "Tragically," they recently lost their Huey Lewis and the News Sports CD as well. We (mostly) agree that these are perfectly fine records, but there's only so much of this one can stand in a 40-hour week. I was going to help out my buddy track down some new music, but all I'm coming up with is Bob Seger, Eagles, and Steve Perry's Street Talk solo lp. What construction-and-hard-work-friendly full-length releases could be introduced to this stack of CDs to make both my friend and his co-workers happy? He works with men in their late 30s and early 40s, so nothing too outré (No Lightning Bolt or Hair Police.)
posted by porn in the woods on Aug 16, 2008 - 55 answers

I don't want to be Tom Hanks in the Money Pit

How to hire and work with a contractor on a remodeling project [more inside]
posted by bove on Feb 25, 2007 - 10 answers

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