Building materials

Wooden garage doors – the morons at the Home Depot and Clopay garage doors

Beautiful garage doors: http://www.accessgaragedoor.com/access_themes.html —$4-8K http://web4.mymartindoor.com/ Home Depot – no wood doors http://www.clopaydoor.com/r-show.asp?type=Mediterranean Home Depot Unfortunately, I was unable to get a quote.  The morons at Home Depot told me I needed to pay $50 for a “site inspection.” When I told them that I haven’t even poured the slab yet, they told me that …

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Exterior shutters and wooden windows (double hung)

http://www.shutterland.net/exterior-shutters.htm Couldn’t find any prices or online ordering anywhere, no dealer in my area. http://www.myeshowroom.com/search.asp?dealer=22894—various double hung window manufacturers http://www.avalonwindows.com/casement-sgl.php Factory direct sales—no prices online, requested prices through their information request form http://www.hideadoor.com/pg_fullbookcase.htm—hidden doors, I thought they only had those in the movies.

Trusses

http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/harris23.html … Today, in almost all parts of the country, one can go to a local lumberyard with a building design on the back of an envelope, watch the technician keyboard all the critical dimensions—spans, snow loads, roof pitch, and so on into the software formula— and, a few seconds later, watch the printer spit …

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Designer doors, kivas, etc.

http://www.grandriversupply.com/grs/Clavos_Decorative_Nails.aspx Of course Home Depot doors are cheaper.  Very cool online design options.  Hmm, just designed an entrance with two side panels and stained glass for about $1,500.  That’s a lot less than what I saw at Lowe’s recently.  Maybe I’m missing something. Lots of stuff at this site.

Flat roofs—gutters

box gutters waterproofing decks Flat metal roof with 20 year warranty “Twenty-year material warranties are customary for metal roofing systems, which is considerably longer than the standard protection for built-up and single-ply systems. Long-term warranties are sometimes offered for weathertightness on metal roofs, including those with a 1/4:12 slope.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roof “Metal standing seam roofs are …

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Rastra blocks – Mikey blocks – Omni blocks – Ytong ….

I just received my Amazon order with 2 solar books and started to go through John Schaeffer’s Real Goods Solar Living Source Book: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living (Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook) I barely got started, will update with my thoughts on the book once I made it through. …

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