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FIND YOUR DREAM HOME OR APARTMENT
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We had air conditioning in the 60's...and so did EVERY house of every person I knew.
Ivy will indeed invade the concrete between bricks and eventually cause it to chip out, creating all sorts of problems.
Single story houses are indeed easier to maneuver around, but the reason hoses were built double storied originally, with bedrooms upstairs is because heat RISES and with a heat source opposite the staircase, bedrooms could be kept somewhat warm in winter months. In hot climate areas, basements were built because rooms underground tend to stay BELOW 70 degrees naturally.
Solar in the 70's was EXPENSIVE and not all that effective really. Which is why it fell out of favor. Today's soar is a whole different world, many applications capable of providing ALL the power needed for a 2000 sq. ft. home in the summer and a large portion of it's needs in winter. (Thermal heat is also available in many parts of the country...but it is expensive to set up)
Bottom line...if you are going to build a new home from scratch...specify 2x6 exterior walls (some areas already have out that requirement into the building code), use an exterior wrap on the walls ahead of siding, place ALL the insulation you can into the walls before putting up interior wall board. And make the wall board thick stuff...not the 1/2 inch...pony up for the 3/4 inch. This will give you about 8 inches between your interior and the outside elements. BEFORE putting up the wall board...run ALL your potential phone lines, cable lines, internet lines power lines through the walls. This cuts down on the number of holes in your walls, thereby fewer holes for interior air to leak out or exterior air to get in.
Make sure your concrete pad (if that's your foundation) is double sealed ahead of the pour...especially if you live in cold climates. This will help to keep your floors warmer. Concrete absorbs water from the air, so be sure that the sides of your foundation are sealed as well.
If your home will have a crawl space, not only do you want your floor-hoists to be filled with insulation, but spend the money to have the joists sealed as well. (think of this as a ceiling for your crawl space. Again, helps to keep the cold air from working it's way into the floors. (crawl under any house with a space, and you'll also see insulation hanging down. It happens over time.
In a home with crawl spaces, your water pipes and heating duct pipes will be below the joists anyhow, so the "ceiling won't affect them. But...have BOTH water and heating ducts insulated as much as possible. Keep control of the heat in those systems...no reason to let it out.
The above can be expensive to put into your new construction, BUT...unless you're cursed with fidgety feet, and don't plan on staying long, the pay-back will be excellent in your monthly heating/cooling bills. And even if you do have fidgety feet...the resale value of a house so well insulated will be better than a similar home without these "extras"
They are also a wonderful nurturing environment for neighborhood rodents and provide easy access for neighborhood felons to access second story areas, unnoticed.
These issues were apparently not addressed by the Oxford studies.
Like the style. Does not scream I AM RICH. In fact, it doesn't scream anythig. The newest homes scream so loud that it would keep me up at night. Tasteful homes without being cookie cutter ads for biggest, richest and I dont have to see other family members for days are a waste of space. There's plenty of room for living but the shag carpeting had to go.
Wow! Some people have real anger issues! Over an article about houses from the 70's?
$ucks to be you..