Bear Bibeault wrote:
EFH, is that your home? It's gorgeous!
Thanks, yes it is. We live in a "neourbanist" development in Maryland; the homes are built in a mix of many different traditional styles. It looks like 100-year old house, but it's actually just 17 years old, so none of the hassles of 100-year-old construction. The houses are close together so you get to know all your neighbors, and you can walk to shopping, restaurants and parks. I really love it here. But the snow, not so much.
Bear Bibeault wrote:Wow, that sounds great (yes, except for the snow). I'm a sucker for traditional styling.
Before moving to TX, I had come close to buying a "painted lady" in New England that had been restored and modernized (but still needed a ton of work). But I ended up in Texas instead (no snow!)
I love old Victorians!!
I have a favorite "painted lady" here in Southern CT. Next time I drive by I'll have to take a pic.... if I can do so without looking like a stalker.
The big problem is that they have a billion tiny rooms... so you have to do some construction to get the modern "open floor plan." Some of the homes around here are from the 1800's.... they have signs on them and everything. To do renovations on those homes the town historic society gets involved and everything (I've been told you need to use all the same nails, but I'm not sure I believe it). I like the ones with Widow's Watches too... we have some of those here in town.
When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
Send some out our way. We're supposed to be having the Winter Olympics here in Vancouver starting next week, and we're having the warmest January in recorded history. They're bringing in snow by truck and helicopter from as far as 100 miles away.
Many major school systems have already made announcements about the next few days.
All major school systems are closed Wednesday, and Loudoun County, Fauquier County, Frederick County (Va.), Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Frederick County (Md.), Anne Arundel and Howard County Public Schools are closed for the rest of the week.
Joined: Aug 16, 2007
Pat, you forgot one thing to announce. I am 'working from home' today.
Vikas Kapoor wrote:You guys must have hearth right? and it's about protection against cold first, work comes second.
We do, but a lot of houses here do not. Most fireplaces actually are poor heaters, they suck in room air for combustion, taking heated air up the chimney.
Ben Franklin invented a stove that was much more energy efficient.
Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Between Chicago, Colorado, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula I have experience with actual 'cold'...
That said, even though it doesn't get that cold here in the Santa Cruz mountains, it does get chilly, and our house was built without a furnace. We do have a nice franklin-stove-fireplace-insert thingy, but we also have to use space heaters in certain spots around the house. We experienced houses without furnaces in fairly cold parts of NZ, but even so, a house without a furnace is a real mind-bender for me.
Another mind bender for me is that in California it's very common to see exposed PVC piping used for outdoor plumbing applications like running water from the well to the house - yikes!
Those are some great visuals of the "snowpocolypse", as they are calling it. I'm jealous actually, whenever i see snow snow packed so nicely I imagine wanting to eat some of it, but at the same time you don't want to disturb it because it looks almost like a work of art after its settled. Very mesmerizing and magical.
Keeping in line with some of the socialist ideologies, maybe Obama should collect some of it and distribute it evenly across the nation so everyone can enjoy it equally