2017 Home Decorating Trends

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Lyn Zecchino

Subject: Bathtub faucet

I bought new bathtub hardware but I need the whole mechanism put in. I've called 3 plumbers and none have called me back. I'm hoping to find someone who can do the job.


Subject: 2017 Trends

I am hesitant to go too smart with my home. I do not want hackable technology opening my garage or my doors and windows. Smart technology is changing so quickly, what is installed today will be completely outdated in a few months - like your phone. Instead of smart, I would rather invest my dollars in something more timeless.


Subject: Decor trends

The key to longevity in any decor or color scheme is not blindly following the "trend", but instead, selecting a mix of items that you love. The reason the Tuscan trend looks so horrible now is because a) it was never attractive to begin with (all dark tones, no variety of metals or textures, too few accent colors) and b) it was WAY overdone. In the suburbs and furniture stores, for years, that's all you would see. Such styles are inevitably going to burn out. And merely substituting gray for everything that was beige or brown is not the answer, either. That's why you are seeing pieces of cognac leather or metallic gold mixed in with the grays, and the more neutral tones of wood or wood-look floors.


Subject: Regarding utility shed

We need some info on building a utility shed in our back yard. What materials are available,/best, foundation needed?, costs, etc. How do we creat/submit a site plan for city and HOA to approve?

Jan Roberts

Subject: side tables

No matter what site I'm looking at I notice a complete lack of side tables next to chairs and sofas. Don't people offer their guests something to drink or snack on anymore? Sometimes there is a coffee-type table, but usually too far from the seats to be useful. What gives, and I being gauche offering my guests something to drink?

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.