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  1. We used CHWF Inc, and they did a very nice job. Price was fair. Everyone comments about how good they look. I think this co. was an old recommendation from Flipper.
  2. Thanks, do you remember about how much it cost you to get an evaluation and plan drawn up?
  3. We would like to fix some minor drainage problems in our yard, but we don’t know how to go about doing this. Part of the yard is mysteriously marshy all of the time, which could be a leaking pipe or messed up old drain, and areas of the yard pool with water after a rain. It seems that it would be wise to have an engineer write up a survey and do a plan for us, but this might be expensive, and we would have to pay for that before even getting a contractor to do the work. What is the process that most people follow to fix these problems in Houston? I’ve seen a lot of landscaping company ads that list “drainage” as a service, but I don’t know if it’s smart to hire someone without an engineering background to do this work. With as much rain as we can get in Houston, I wouldn’t want any changes to screw up and flood my house or my neighbor’s house. Does anyone have any advice for the best process to follow? Companies you could recommend? Appreciate your responses. Thanks in advance.
  4. I agree - seemed like she had some taste in looking at homes with character and had a better sense of quality and longevity. The guy just seemed nervous and drawn to the new, flashy stuff. It's too bad she couldn't persuade him. They'll probably live there three years and then move on to whatever is "new" then.
  5. Sorry, I know you're doing the best you can. For the record, I don't use "thehaif.com." I'm old school and type in "www.houstonarchitecture.com" each time. All of the forum links on that main home took me to the parking lot place, but it seems to be working now. I'm not sure if that info. is helpful to your troubleshooting, but I hope so!
  6. Ugh. All of the forum links from the main site are directing me to http://www.directnicparking.com/. The new site really frustrates me.
  7. I agree with Random. There aren't many cities in the U.S. where you can live affordably so close to rich cultural areas. The quality of restaurants and variety of cuisine here are amazing. And the people are courteous and friendly, which goes a long way. Since I'm not originally from here, I do feel depressed - or maybe embarrassed - each time I fly in and drive home from the airport. It reminds me of the sprawl, the billboards, the concrete, the haze - just the general unattractiveness of the city. I think, "God, why on earth do I choose to live here?" But I would have a hard time giving up my life in Houston. Plus, even after 10+ years, the lack of zoning continues to offer uniqueness that can't be found anywhere else. Where else can you drive down what appears to be a generic residential street and find such a strange range of architecture, history, cafes, stores, bars ... It's a real-life dreamscape.
  8. You may want to check out Willow Meadows, Meyerland or surrounding neighborhoods. Convenient to freeways, Galleria, downtown, med center, Rice/Village area - lots of shopping and restaurants nearby at Meyerland Plaza, too. Homes are a bit larger with nice lots sometimes. You may need to devote some elbow grease to stay under $300, depending on the neighborhood. School zoning ranges from fair/good to excellent. http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cfm?mlnum=56399484&backButton=Y&Address=4727%20Omeara http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cfm?mlnum=4435009&backButton=Y&Address=5034%20Cheena%20Dr
  9. We've used Vonage for about 1 1/2 years and haven't had any problems. Overseas calls to Europe and Asia are good quality and cheap, and they have some nice services. Monthly cost is OK.
  10. Flipper, what color stain and what type of finish did you use on the wood floors? They look great.
  11. We've been with Startex for about 2 1/2 years now and have been pleased. The best rates are usually posted early spring, but I think that's true with all of them. Anyway, I did a two year contract and now we're on another two year. I think it's about 11 cents. I like that I usually get through to a real person pretty quickly when I call, and the call process - set up or change service, etc. - is pretty fast. When we've had problems, like after Ike, Centerpoint handles everything, just like with everyone else. Good luck!
  12. Our immediate need is only about 70 sq. ft. I don't know how much tiling labor normally costs, so I don't know how much to expect to pay. We would welcome bids to do the whole thing (about 250 sq.ft.) to see if we could afford it all. We don't have tile selected yet but have some ideas. Thanks for your help.
  13. We need to tear out an old linoleum floor, either entirely or partially, and want to put down some type of tile. We may be able to get out the linoleum ourselves, but we're not sure about what is under it. Anyway, does anyone have a good tile person? We're on a tight budget, but this floor may expand into the kitchen immediately or in the future, so we definitely want a quality job. Thanks for your advice.
  14. Booze cruze sounds good to me. What are your thoughts on Silestone? Expensive but low-maintenance. Saw bamboo counters over the weekend on TV. Sort of interesting. Are wood countertops tacky or is the wood/butcher block look timeless?
  15. Greaser, what alternatives do you suggest? We'll be in the same boat soon. Thanks.
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