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Old 07-12-2017, 01:54 PM
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Hard question to answer because terrible open-ended and vague question, but:

Is concrete home/garage construction expensive?
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Llama needs front legs.
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I freaking love it .
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Woah, I thought it was large enough for 3 cars. Find the scale button.
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Originally Posted by concealer404 View Post
Hard question to answer because terrible open-ended and vague question, but:

Is concrete home/garage construction expensive?
Honestly, I could tell you that if people understood the amount of increased benefits gained from pouring concrete up to the roof, more people would be doing it. Cost is dependent on so many factors, but its not going to be a staggering amount more than going stick built. Now that I have this program I'll be able to draw up some concepts to show people what's possible. Like a garage built into a hillside or overhanging a cliff. Reinforced concrete can do things wood can only dream of!!

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Llama needs front legs.
Six, the legs are the planter walls/triangles in back of the house. When I first drew it up the legs were part of the house, but the roof lines didn't work out well.

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I freaking love it .
Thanks man!

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Woah, I thought it was large enough for 3 cars. Find the scale button.
I may go crazy and remove the 1st floor garage, then put a drive under garage down below the house. Still playing with ideas.
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Originally Posted by Vashthestampede View Post
Honestly, I could tell you that if people understood the amount of increased benefits gained from pouring concrete up to the roof, more people would be doing it. Cost is dependent on so many factors, but its not going to be a staggering amount more than going stick built. Now that I have this program I'll be able to draw up some concepts to show people what's possible. Like a garage built into a hillside or overhanging a cliff. Reinforced concrete can do things wood can only dream of!!



Six, the legs are the planter walls/triangles in back of the house. When I first drew it up the legs were part of the house, but the roof lines didn't work out well.



Thanks man!



I may go crazy and remove the 1st floor garage, then put a drive under garage down below the house. Still playing with ideas.
Actually, this is very impressive. Although I would imagine any type of "remodel" would be much more costly considering the work required to dispose and rebuild concrete walls?
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:43 PM
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Meh. Looks like an incredible amount of wasted space.

I'm also the type of person that is looking to buy at the moment and if I can't properly setup a 7.1 Surround System in the living room, it's immediately excluded from the process.
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Old 07-13-2017, 12:34 AM
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Serious response:

It wasn't until my 20s I learned that in some parts of the country, it is common to build homes out of sticks nailed together, rather than CMU, rebar and poured concrete. This kinda freaked me out. Then I became a city boy and lived in hi-rise buildings constructed of steel and pre-stressed concrete, and I felt good. Today, at around 11am, I moved into a house built out of sticks nailed together (and in hurricane country near the coast, no less) and I feel weird again.

While searching for a home in Chicago last year, one of the places I looked at was in Marina City Towers. This is a famous building right on the river, which is known for, well, being round. It looks cool as hell, but turns out to be terrible impractical. The floorplans are weird as hell, and pretty much impossible to fit normal furniture into efficiently.

This is true of most non-square home plans, regardless of how technologically awesome they are. See Dymaxion house, et al.
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:41 AM
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Concrete tea candle holders.

Questions;

Would you buy? For yourself or as a gift? What would you expect to pay?

These will be sold in packs of 3,6 & 9. Custom quantities and colored options available as well.

Foundation work has been keeping us crazy busy, but we've managed to make a dozen new items ready to launch online. Just wanted to pop back on here to gain some insight.

Brain - I didn't forget about you. You'll be getting a package in the mail shortly.
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Old 08-26-2017, 11:00 AM
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heheh. thanks!
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Old 08-26-2017, 11:30 AM
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I'd be tempted to buy concrete candle holders if they were tinted and had glow in the dark dust sand or pellets in them, depending upon price.

Would also like life-size glowing concrete llama so I can start a cult.
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You sir need to start an etsy or something.

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Would also like life-size glowing concrete llama so I can start a cult.
In for cult llama
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:33 PM
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$5? Add in shipping, I don't think those will work.

You can buy huge candles that last for dozens of hours for $10 vs just something to put a tea candle in.

They'd need to have some kind of cool design or something to make people like my girlfriend drop money on them.

I'm not trying to be a downer, just being honest.
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these things are cool. they almost feel like plastic -- soooo smooth.



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There's a part of me which, right now, is thinking of all of the many sexually depraved people in this world.

And I am wondering, what sort of coating could be applied to a concrete *****, to render it biologically impermeable?

I mean, if you look at the retail pricing of high-end ******, this would seem to be a very high-margin business.
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Strangely, none of those thoughts entered my mind at all.
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Re concrete house. Interesting idea. Cast concrete has a lousy R value, I know at one point I worked on the ground floor of a building with several basement parking levels with no/minimal doors: that was the coldest I have ever been at work, the floors just sucked the heat out, a few years ago another of the buildings that I worked in insulated the exposed under-surface of the first floor above the footpath for the same reason. You get worse winters (at least some parts) than we do, so this needs to be a consideration depending on where you might be building. I presume you would get the same (ie opposite) effect with hot climates, when the ambient heat-soaked the concrete.

Polished concrete floors have been a thing here, that might be something else to think about.

Lots of precast panel high-rise happening here, don't know but I am told it is lightweight and has enhanced insulation properties compared to traditional stuff. It better, we have had a string of -10 nights here this winter, and pumping heat out through the walls gets expensive.
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There's a part of me which, right now, is thinking of all of the many sexually depraved people in this world.

And I am wondering, what sort of coating could be applied to a concrete *****, to render it biologically impermeable?

I mean, if you look at the retail pricing of high-end ******, this would seem to be a very high-margin business.
maybe he can start with threaded shift *****...
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Brain, thanks for the photos man they look great! Let me know what you think after you get to put some of the items to use. I look forward to the feedback! And yes, shift ***** are happening as well! I made a skull **** for the Camaro but didn't realized it had a special adapter. Once I can get that piece I can start using it and see how it feels.

Joe, interestingly enough, a very similar thought has also crossed my mind. I will be making concrete dicks and already have the .coms purchased. Nothings up yet, but eventually I will launch concretedick.com & prankdick.com. Mostly as a way to send someone something in the mail that will make a heavy statement and be hard to ignore. If they play with it, that's on them.

Right now we are so busy with foundation work its been almost unmanageable. I literally signed more contracts in the last 30 days than we have man power & equipment. So long as I'm upfront with the customers (homeowners/builders), they seem to be willing to wait just to have us. Its been a blessing and a curse, but I'm not complaining.

I did sign up for the construction show in northern CT which is on Nov 2nd and I plan to split the booth up 50/50, half CT Foundations and the other half to launch Absolutely Concrete. Its getting down to the wire and I haven't even ordered the booth items yet, let alone finish designing the brochures, banners, etc.
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those aren't even the good pics yet. :P I bought a sheet of acrylic yesterday to put on top of the black paper for the nice reflection -- still working on the lighting profile, that was just a quick test.
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