Skip to comments.A Home Renovation by Frank Lloyd Wrong
Posted on 10/25/2013 10:02:30 AM PDT by dirtboy
A satirist embraces his drafty, creaky New Hampshire homemainly because no one else (maybe the kids?) would want to buy it
We love our 18th-century New England house the way we love our children. Love can never be fully explained. But the kids are cute and do what they're supposed to do most of the time. The house is completely inexplicable.
It's roomy and has a magnificent view. "Roomy," when describing an 18th-century house, means there are all sorts of rooms nobody uses because they're freezing in the winter, stifling in the summer, too far away up creepy old staircases and harbor mice. These are the rooms with the magnificent view. We live in the kitchen and the back parlor where the TV is.
And "magnificent view" is another way of saying a house is badly sited, exposed to all of New England's wide repertory of terrible weather. No sane 18th-century Yankee would build a house facing windward on the slope of a ridge where rain runs down into the cellar from one side and snow piles up to the eaves on the other.
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P.J. ping. You can thank us for never getting a historicable house.
These houses also are notorious for bad window and flat roof leaks
I shudder at the thought of the utility bills. Mine are bad enough, in a 10-year-old, energy-efficient (for its time) tract house in the South.
Old badly-restored N.E. Colonials have their OWN problems, but window and flat roof leaks aren't them.
We almost restored my great-aunt's grandfather's old Southern farmhouse, but it cost too much for a couple of newlywed twentysomethings to move it from Hancock County GA. Shame cause it was a gorgeous, true "Southern planter home" - not the Hollywood Tara, but something more like this:
This is another family home - former farmhouse that was moved into town. The OTHER side of the family were townies from the gitgo - this is THEIR house, much more ostentatious:
I like the "true" farmhouse better.
When they bought the place it had been derelict since the Spanish-American War. I have a photograph. As a restoration project, it cried out to be burned down for its nails.
if it is so bad, why did you buy it?
If Wright was so wrong, then what does that say of PJ for buying it?
Northerners sure are crazy.
P.J. is a hoot.
Come spring, we had our first sub-$100 electric bill in 25 years -- and come summer, we had our first season without breaking the $300 barrier - when we would often go over $400.
Heat-blocking window treatments can really make a big difference. My parents put up awnings in Florida.
Oh, they do....being here in the desert, I can crack open one of the shuttered windows and feel the heat come pouring through the double-paned windows; so for sure they're maintaining the A/C where it belongs - inside the house.
It’s great that you did that.
If you really want to save energy and lower utility costs in the summer, in the desert, get smart! Get a swamp cooler, great for everything but those 100+ days, and costs a tenth to run that of an A/C.
Funny that I should read this tonight...battling the start of either the flu (or the “boil water advisory” issued too late) I was laying around watching TV. I watched HGTV and yelled at the idiots, living in ridiculously over priced peices of crap (on Love it Or List It) STAY in the aforementioned crapholes instead of moving.
Love the kitchen (an island w/a sink!!!) and pumpkin pine flooring in PJ’s home, but wouldn’t want his drainage, HVAC, water (did I mention I’m living under a boil water advisory?) or rodent issues.
Someday (shakes achy fist at sky!!!) a newly built McMansion for me!!!
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