What makes your house unique?

Jay H

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Just miscellaneous ramblings on a cloudy tuesday afternoon.

The Small House link that I was checking out and the Small House Society that I found from the tumbleweed link I posted below led me to muse on unique houses. What makes your house unique?

I'll start with mine:

In a sea of aluminum/vinyl siding and modern 2 story houses, mine is log-sided.

Mine is small and cozy.

The previous owner had a "laundry chute" in the kitchen which basically was a hole in the tile (with lid) that led to a laundry bin. The washer/dryer happens to be below the kitchen so that is why it's there. To me, it made more sense to be a "garbage" chute so I removed the laundry bin below and left the chute in and basically put my garbage can below, so to take the trash out, I simply bag the garbage, tie it up, and slide it through the chute. To sweep the kitchen, I simply open the chute and use a broom to sweep all the detritus into the garbage can. Voila! Pretty handy and it's a great idea. I love the thing in fact, think it's a great timesaver and convenient. It's a small chute and probably wont work with large garbage bags but I use those plastic grocery bags and will toss often.

Jay
 

Steve Ridges

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So, do you have to go into the basement to retrieve the trash from your chute? Seems like that would just be an extra step to taking out the trash.

I do like laundry chutes though. I just installed one in our new house. The kids get a kick out of dropping their cloths (and other toys) down it so it actually helps them keep their rooms clean.
 

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I love my house. It has 12-15" thick stone walls, tile roof, a great basement with knotty pine panelling, a wood burning stove insert that heats the entire house, arched doorways, an arched wooden front door that would be perfect for a medieval castle, and a laundry chute.

Best of all, my 80+ year old house is in an entire town of 70+ year old houses, no two of which are the same.
 

Jay H

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Well, in my town garbage pickup is tuesday and friday and since I'm alone, and very environmentally conscious, I recyle/reuse a lot so for me to fill up a small 30gal garbage can, it would probably take a month. So I usually take out the garbage once a week (lest it smells). I haven't gotten into composting yet (I don't have a garden to use it in) but when I do, I'll even have less garbage. So, no, once I throw it down the garbage chute, it goes right to my garbage can which on garbage day, I can drag to the curb. The basement in my house is unfinished and since I don't have a garage, it basically is my storage for my bikes and tools and stuff. So it's not like it's living area...

Mark, That sounds wonderful, I hate many new developments where every house looks the same or purposely looks a little different because of the develpment rules. My house I think dates back to the 50s but it's been somewhat modernized on the inside though and it was expanded at one point to include the dining room area. Used to have a propane stove and an oil tank but it was converted to gas for heat and cooking sometime long ago.



Jay
 

Michael Warner

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Well my new house is a bland cookie-cutter number but it's all I could afford out here on the West Coast. I do like the two massive skylights. On clear nights I can lay down on the living room floor and see the Big Dipper and Polaris. I've been known to fall asleep like that a few times.
 

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My condo is also a 'cookie cutter', but one neat thing about it is, the windows are HUGE! They start at about 1.5 feet off the ground (just below knee level) and stop about 1.5 feet from the ceiling (just over my head).

I really like how low they come. It's neat to open the blinds all the way and have this giant/practically floor to ceiling window pane of glass.

My living room window is 66" wide by 64" tall.
 

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While my house is one of three cookie cutter designs in my neighborhood, as of today I can boast as having the newest water heater on my street...unfortunately, the old one cracked this morning.
 

Jason Kirkpatri

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It's the only place in the world where I live. Sorry, couldn't resist.


Seriously, not much. When you go downstairs there's a squat rack and about 500lbs of plates on one side and a nice HT on the other. With a computer in the middle. What more do I need?
 

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Well if you're going to be snide I'll just have to offer another feature since indoor stargazing doesn't appear to be your cup of tea. My house is built at the terminus of one of the major fault lines in the Seattle area. When you superimpose the geological map with Google maps the little dotted line ends right at the entrance to my street. Woo-hoo!
 

Russell G

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The accute urine smell. Nothing quite like it in any other house I've been in, and most certainly unique.
 

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Another dog owner....


The cool basement with a home theater, wet bar, and pool table (but conspicuously absent is a bathroom!) is what makes my house cool.
 

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Hmmm, my old band used to practice in our singers moms house...it was one of those dingy/dark/musty basements and with the cat litterbox down there, the smell was ATROCIOUS! We actually considered calling the band "LitterBox", but our singers mom was kind of offended that we were making fun of her basement...and considering costs of band rooms, we obliged by not naming the band LitterBox.
 

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What makes my house unique is the amount of dog hair deposited on the floor daily.

Who woulda thought 3 short-coated dogs would shed so much?

It was worse when I had 3 Huskies. I actually had one fiance leave after saying "I just can't live like this."
 

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Hmmh, do they still have their cookies with them? Might be worth breaking out the sledgehammer for some vintage Samoas.
 

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Mine's unique because the one and only Fluffy Pumpkin lives there (along with Katie and Susie).

I also have various metal artworks created by my grandfather the blacksmith hanging on the walls.
 

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...then I should also contribute.

My house has a system for capturing rainwater from the roof, charcoal filtering that water, and storing it in an underground cistern. The most recent green building? Not really, it was installed about 70 years ago.
In the barn I have twin log corncribs. Those date from the 1880s.There aren’t many around.
 

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