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WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater

Olympia homeowner David Williams along with former MGM and Paramount studios' set designer Thomas Polidori offer their thoughts during a July 10th tour of the basement area which was turn it into a replica London street from the 1930s, including an Art Deco theater, faux storefronts, cobblestones, manholes, neon signs etc. Scaled down from an actual period commercial movie house a state-of-the-art theater featuring digital access to most any film caps-off the experience.

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Making movie magic out of a 3,000-square-foot basement

When David Williams was a kid sneaking into movie theaters for lack of money, he vowed to his buddies that one day he’d have his own theater. Now a successful businessman, he does — a period Art Deco cinema in his 3,000 square foot Olympia basement, complete with 187-inch screen, electric recliner seats and a 16-foot neon marquee.Oh, and a replica 1930s London street to go with it.

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Living Smart: 5 Kinds of roofing shingles to choose from

It's important to consider the pros and cons of several different types of roof shingles and the relative cost of each roofing material, as well as consult with a local roofing contractor to determine which shingles work best for your house and in your part of the country. Here's a look at some commonly used roofing materials:

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Hobbies: Turn seashells into nautical succulent planters

Succulents are the perfect plant because they don't require too much attention and they can be planted virtually anywhere as long as it's sunny! Plus, they come in so many varieties, each one chic and unique. This DIY brings a little bit of the beach into your garden by turning seashells into succulent planters.

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Plumber: Kitchen faucets have two-in-one options

Q: Dear Ed, I live in an apartment with a small kitchen sink. I want to upgrade my kitchen faucet and have read your past columns about installing a separate beverage faucet to deliver filtered water to the sink. Since I can only fit one faucet, do they make a kitchen faucet that also has a built-in filter option? I don't want to add any attachments to my new faucet.

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Coffee tables by AndTradition show the mixed-materials trend done right

Mixing materials, particularly in unlikely combinations, is an appropriate interior-design trend for the Internet age. After all, many of the online tools favored by design-obsessed people - Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram - are inherently collagelike, allowing users to pull together a range of images, ideas and inspiration from various corners of the web and organize them in one place. Why not, then, boldly combine disparate elements when decorating the rooms of your home? Or, for a lesser commitment, go for a single, statement-making piece of furniture that does just that?

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Home Fix: Questions on skylights

Q: I have Wasco-thermalized skydomes on my roof that have never been completely watertight. Rather than being flush-mounted at the roofline, they are mounted on boxes similar to dormers and elevated from the roof. The inside of the box is clad with Sheetrock, and the exterior is Dryvit. The tops of the boxes have been flashed to prevent moisture intrusion where the dome fits over the box, and the box is step flashed and counter flashed at the roofline. All the skydomes are new, as is the roof. Despite all this, I still am having occasional problems, i.e. drips or damp spots on the interior walls. My roofer has given up, and I have become somewhat resigned to the occasional drip.

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WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater

Olympia homeowner David Williams along with former MGM and Paramount studios' set designer Thomas Polidori offer their thoughts during a July 10th tour of the basement area which was turn it into a replica London street from the 1930s, including an Art Deco theater, faux storefronts, cobblestones, manholes, neon signs etc. Scaled down from an actual period commercial movie house a state-of-the-art theater featuring digital access to most any film caps-off the experience.
Steve Bloom sbloom@theolympian.com
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WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater

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