Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Builder Materials

Note: This post is being published in raw form so you can see where we still need assistance. If you can complete or correct the information here, please let us know! Without a joint effort, this probably won't improve beyond this state.

Last Update: 7/3/15

If you've ever tried to perform a repair or renovation on a house after it was built, you know how difficult it can be to get information about the original materials.

This page will be used to consolidate the list of materials, models, sizes, and colors used by M&S when our community was built.

Please help us by providing information about materials you may be familiar with!



Magic Collection Floorplans (Miller & Smith Marketing Brochures):


  1. Paint (McCormick Paints, http://www.mccormickpaints.com)
    1. Interior (walls/flat): McCormick Cool Platinum 05 Flat
    2. Interior (trim/gloss): McCormick Tempo Interior semigloss acrylic enamel in white shadow
    3. Exterior Front Doors (all by McCormick):
      1. Brown: Deep Forest Brown
      2. Green: Foxhall Green
      3. Blue:
      4. Red: Farmhouse Red?
      5. Black: Black?
    4. Exterior Porch Trim: Colonial White?
    5. Fences: White
    6. Garage Doors (*** painted to match trim, not standard colors from manufacturers ***):
      1. Various shades including Amber White
    7. Rear Trim:
      1. Various shades including Amber White
  2. Windows (MI Windows & Doors, http://www.miwd.com) - note that sizes are probably wrong
    1. Energy Ratings
      1. U-Factor: 0.34
      2. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): 0.29
      3. Visible Transmittance: 0.51
    2. Rec Room: Window: 3500 series: Single Hung Vinyl: (34 x 77)
    3. Rec Room: Patio door: (71.5W x 79.5H)
    4. Foyer Front Door Sidelight: (6W x 63H)
    5. Ent Room: Window: (34 x 79)
    6. Great Room: Window: (34 x 77)
    7. Great Room: Patio Door: (71.5W x 79.5 door; 71.5W x 23H window)
    8. Side Stairs: Window: (38W x 39H)
    9. MBA: Window: (34 x 69)
    10. MBR: Window: (34 x 69)
    11. BR2: Window: (34 x 69)
    12. BR3: Window: (34 x 69)
  3. Roof, Brick, and Siding - Select Construction 703-898-2347
    1. Shingles: Moire Black
    2. Ridge Vent
      1. Aluminum
    3. Roof Metal:
      1. Medium Bronze
      2. Hemlock Green
    4. Brick Base: #114 with Standard Gray Mortar
    5. Siding (Front, Side, Rear):
      1. Vinyl Siding: Desert Tan, Monogram D5
      2. Vinyl Siding: Savannah Wicker
    6. Shutters
      1. Brown: Deep Forest Brown
      2. Green: Foxhall Green
      3. Blue
      4. Red: Farmhouse Red?
      5. Black: Black?
    7. Gutters and Downspouts: Dark Bronze
  4. Decks
    1. Approved deck shapes and dimensions differ for end units and interior units, but are each about 120 square feet
    2. General Guidelines:
      1. Deck supports: white posts with a footer at the bottom
      2. Header beams: Straight, left to weather or painted a muted color 
      3. Railings: White vinyl with 2" x 2" pickets
      4. Decking: Variances can be approved
    3. Dimensions
      1. Interior Units:
        1. 14' x 11.5' rectangle with 9' x 9' triangle cut off interior corner
      2. End Units:
        1. 13' x 10' rectangle with 2' x 5.5' rectangular notch at the fireplace
  5. Flooring
    1. Carpet: Shaw
    2. Hardwood: Shaw
      1. Berkshire 3 ¼” Oak Plan (Saddle Color) – ¾” Solid Wood Nail Down is discontinued but may be available in another name. Builders Floor Services 703-569-6000 is the company that did all our floors.
      2. Per Kevin at Builders Floor in October 2013, not all of the flooring in our neighborhood was discontinued but they did buy out the discontinued stock so that shouldn't be a problem in the near term.
      3. Per the builder, Lumber Liquidators may also be able to match flooring samples.
    3. Laminate: 
    4. Tile: Various from distributor T.A.C. (Manassas, VA)
    5. Houdini I
      1. Foyer + Bath Tile: approx 140 sq. ft.
      2. 2nd Floor (not including Powder Room): roughly 1000 sq. ft. prior to waste margin, 260 linear feet of quarter round not including fireplace
    6. Merlin
    7. Houdini II
  6. Kitchen
    1. Appliances Warranty GE 800-432-2737
    2. Cabinets - Signature Woodcrafters
    3. Counters - Signature Companies
    4. Refrigerator niche:
      1. Can fit units 35-3/4"W x 70-1/4"H x 36-1/4"D
    5. Under-cabinet microwave:
      1. Typical unit: General Electric JNM1541DM5BB Space-Saver [PDF manual]
        1. 1500W
        2. 1.5 cu. ft.,  29-7/8"W x 16-13/32"H x 15-1/4"D
    6. Garbage Disposal
      1. Typical: Badger 1 InSinkErator with 1/3 HP DuraDrive induction motor
  7. Bathroom
    1. Frameless shower door - installed by Falco Industries 301-499-2666
      1. 6" Back to Back Handle - Model CHG-6BTB
  8. Plumbing - Installed by The Bryant Group 301-670-2700
    1. Hot Water Heater
      1. Typical unit: Bradford Model M-2-XR65T6FBN [PDF Service Manual | PDF Parts List]
        1. 65 gallon, 65000 BTU Natural Gas
  9. Fireplace
    1. Warranty Fireside Hearth-N-Home 800-441-0212
    2. Heat & Glo SL-750 Slim Line Gas Fireplace
      1. 36" width
      2. Direct vent with logs, fan kit, Skytech 1001-A remote control
      3. Has IntelliFire ignition system (with battery back-up using 2 D-Cells for operation when power is out)
        1. Uses intermittent pilot ignition (IPI) instead of a standing pilot light
        2. Saves gas because it uses an electrical spark only when needed to light the gas
    3. Upgrade: Manufactured stone face: Veneto Fieldledge
      1. Raised hearth with slate cap; surround floor to ceiling
      2. Stone ledge mantel
      3. Mounted over 1/2-inch plywood, with studs behind
      4. HDMI cable runs from a jack in the wall underneath the window, down to the basement, and then up and behind the fireplace to a jack for a TV mounted over the mantle. 
        1. Cable is probably at least 15-20 feet long behind the wall and cannot be easily removed or replaced.
  10. Garage
    1. Garage Door - installed by Door Pro 571-261-3100
      1. Manufacturer: Amarr
      2. Note that many of the doors appear to be painted and this may cause an issue with color matching on homes with two doors (end units) unless they are repainted
    2. Garage Door Openers
      1. Typical:
      2. Upgrade:
        1. Liftmaster Model 8550 Belt Drive Garage Door Opener
          1. DC motor, 900 Newtons
          2. Battery back-up, automatic closing feature
  11. Landscaping
    1. Mulch:
      1. Shredded Hardwood (c. $2/bag)
      2. Acceptable alternative: Preen Mulch Plus, Chestnut Brown (colorfast with Preen weed barrier, c. $5/bag)
    2. Shrubs (Stadler Nurseries, Frederick, MD 21703):
      1. Thuja Occidentalis "Emerald Green", 6'-7'
    3. Trees (Apex Grounds Management, Windsor Mill, MD):
      1. Public Street:
      2. Common Area: Holly
    4. Plants:
      1. Big Blue Liriope
      2. Juniper
  12. HVAC - Installed by ARS (Laurel, MD) 301-927-7100
    1. Exterior Unit: Distinctions by Amana
      1. Goodman Model GSX130481BB [PDF repair manual]
      2. 4 Ton, 13 SEER Condenser, R-410A Refrigerant
      3. 208/230 VAC, 60 Hz, Max Fuse Amps or Circuit Breaker: 45A, Min. Circuit Amps: 26.4A
    2. Interior Unit:
      1. Evaporator Cooling Coils
        1. Goodman CAPF4860D6DB, R-410A refrigerant [PDF repair manual]
      2. Furnace: 
        1. Goodman GKS90905DXAE Single Stage PSC Upflow Furnace [PDF repair manual]
    3. Filters: 20 x 25 x 1
    4. Duct system is split into three parts:
      1. Front of house (second floor above garage)
      2. Rear of house (first and second floors)
      3. Third floor
  13. Electric - Ceco Electric 410-995-6270
  14. Fire Sprinklers - Livingston Fire Protection 301-779-4466
  15. Custom Wiring (if selected) - Advanced Wiring Group 703-488-9850
  16. Home Warranty (paid by Miller & Smith, HBW Builder #8802-6444)
    1. New Home Warranty Insurance Company, A Risk Retention Group
      1. www.2-10.com/homeowner, www.myhbwonline.com, 800-488-8844
      2. ATTN: Warranty Registration, 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, 10375 E. Harvard Ave. Suite 100, Denver, CO 80231
    2. One Year Workmanship/Two Year Systems/Ten Year Structural
    3. Booklet Defining the Warranty: HBW-307 9/7/2010
  17. Utilities
    1. Electric - BGE 410-685-1400
    2. Water - Howard County Govt. Bureau of Utilities 800-828-6439
    3. Gas - BGE 410-685-1400
  18. Street Paving
    1. Street paved by M.T. Laney Company Inc. on 10/8/12
      1. 5400 Enterprise Street, Eldersburg, MD 21784
      2. 1-800-720-PAVE/410-795-1761
      3. www.mtlaney.com


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1. Paints


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi! Just wanted to add that the trim/baseboard paint and color is McCormick Tempo Interior semigloss acrylic enamel in white shadow. Hope this helps!

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