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  •  This is (regretably) my first time to dive into (7+ / 0-)

    This series...it won't be my last.  Very interesting diary, about a man and a subject that were almost completely unknown to me.  Phrenology, that is...I have dabbled in the other subjects a bit.

    Houses...though...ugh...I know too many houses.  Population is scarce in southeastern Arizona, and houses scattered thinly.  I know of two geodesic domes here...one about 15 miles from me, and one about 20.  I attempted to fix a leaky roof on the first, a dozen years ago or so.  It's still standing, so it wasn't a complete failure.

    My current (and it's beginning to look like last) house actually meets many of your criteria.  Craftsman style, built in 1920, four bedrooms, wood floors, fireplaces, garage.  Pretyy small yard, for the house, but it does have a very large cottonwood towering over the garaage.  The tree is on city property, but it is effectively mine.

    The problem is, the house was built as a duplex.  I bought it, with my ex-wife, to house us on one side, and her mother on the other.  That lasted a few weeks.  Years later, my partner and I decided it should be one house.  That involves large openings through the main, load-bearing wall down the middle...which has involved new structural supports underneath, and new beams to span openings, and much careful planning to keep the whole thing from coming down in the process.

    Being a duplex, it has two kitchens, two sets of plumbing, two furnaces, two electrical systems (one the old knob and tube, the other updated to Romex), THREE water heaters, and two, very narrow, very steep (I have to duck in two places) stairways.  So that is the current project...turning two inadequate stairways into one nice one, while maintaining access to the upstairs bedrooms, and not letting anything fall down.

    At least it's not round.

    "We refuse to fight in a war started by men who refused to fight in a war." -freewayblogger

    by Bisbonian on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:45:29 AM PST

    •  Good heavens, that's a lot of work (5+ / 0-)

      The next time I move, it's going to be into either a small bungalow with a very small yard (which I will plant with ground cover and stuff that I don't have to mow) or a condo in a subdivided older building.  The less work, the better :)

      Thanks, and please do keep reading!  The more the merrier!

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