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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Roothawg, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. Scott B
    Joined: Dec 31, 2002
    Posts: 548

    Scott B

    I happen to be in one of the Eichler courtyard style houses, not the C shaped variety though. I have yet to figure how to take decent pics of it.

    My wife and I lived in "loft" places for years. This is the first home I have lived in that has that same feeling of openess.

    Much of the original idealism of our neighorhood seems to have been destroyed in the 70's, but there are still some gems. I keep stumbling athrough more Eichler developments, as I get to know California a bit better. I love the concept of design impacting lifestyle - and these little pockets of homes continue a pretty grand vision.

    I wish some of that still existed in current development. There are far too many OSB and cardboard McMansions being built these days. I just can't see how a vague approximation of some traditional ideal makes people comfortable.

    Maybe I think about things too much...
  2. scarylarry
    Joined: Apr 24, 2001
    Posts: 2,542


  3. DrJ
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 9,418


    You have Heywood-Wakefield!

    ...Jealousy happening here... :) :cool:

    I had a neighbor with a whole house full of that furniture and she packed it all up and moved it to Mesa.
  4. Nik
    Joined: Nov 12, 2005
    Posts: 584


    I'm going to have to join the chorus and say what an incredible house you have Larry. I just showed the pics of it to my wife and told her to take a look at my dream house. How long did it take you to acquire all of the cool stuff you have displayed?

  6. Nimrod
    Joined: Dec 13, 2003
    Posts: 856


    I wanted to bring this post back up. I like old houses.

    Larry...your place is incredible!

    Here's a picture of my little place I bought this last summer. Until I bought it the house had been in the same family since it was built in 1898.

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  7. Rolf
    Joined: Jul 23, 2002
    Posts: 1,835


    You SHOULD show off, that is just an incredible place. Thanks for sharing !

    I guess I have to leave the shop and join my wife to watch HGTV on Sunday :D
  8. kustombuilder
    Joined: Sep 18, 2002
    Posts: 7,754

    from Novi, MI

    Holy CRAP Larry. that is the coolest stuff in the coolest house i've ever seen. WOW!!! i'm SOOOO JELIOUS!!

    do you own the entire building??? what the heck does a building like that set a person back?? i want one!!
  9. Neverdunn 51
    Joined: Sep 16, 2004
    Posts: 150

    Neverdunn 51
    from Flint, MI


    Inquiring minds want to know.
  10. scarylarry
    Joined: Apr 24, 2001
    Posts: 2,542


    My brother and I went in together on the building 6 years ago. He lives in about 1200 sq. ft. of the first floor (1/3). The building was so stinkin' cheap we HAD to buy it! It has a newer rubber roof, broom swept, and not a dark corner in the place/tons of lighting. The realtor told us anyone looking for industrial space wants our sq. footage on concrete and one floor, not 3 floors of wood, sooooooooo, we ponied up the huge sum of 70 grand and here we are.
  11. RacerRick
    Joined: May 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,753


    Damn, larry!

    My little 900 sq ft semi was 200k!

    I think I need to move out to where you are!
  12. 35 Woodie
    Joined: Jan 20, 2006
    Posts: 194

    35 Woodie

    My 1935 woodie lives in an old 1890s carriage house that still has the horse stalls intact. The house is circa 1833. A wooden car and a wooden house....I'm never too far away from a paint or varnish bucket!!

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  13. VonMoldy
    Joined: May 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,555

    from UTARRGH!

    i think i found a new hobby cool old houses...??modernism ones?? I am new to this !
  14. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,690


    Wow, 35, it's like you're living in my imagination!
  15. Hebee
    Joined: Mar 15, 2006
    Posts: 41


    Old houses and old cars- both kool! My house was built in 1928 and is unchanged in appearance. The electrical wiring and plumbing has been update- all else just like it was built. It has a nice two car detached garage built like the house with the original carriage doors. :D


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  16. I wish to thank you for really unsettling the wife....She loves our house but has now seen yours, as everyone else has said "how fucking cool" She has already re-arranged the kitchen (but you still cant see the Kit Kat machine) and has not actually said no to the possibility of seeking out somthing similar over here (at last!!)
    Anyway our house was built as a blacksmiths in 1790 and became a home from some time around 1850, we have the deeds of covernant going back to 1878 when the owner died leaving the property to his children as long as his wife lived there till she died. the house went through a few owners and was used as an annex to a local hotel for a while (during which time Briggs Cunningham stayed here!!) . It was hit by a german bomb (destroying the workshop totally) during an air raid on a shadow factory a mile or so away during WW2. A real bad extension was built on the front in 1968 buy the architect who lived here at the time (nice for 68 not so nice style wize now) and the house looks like a 60's house from the front but a cottage from the back.
    We got it after it had been empty for 4 years and was a mess to say the least......lets just say brown gloss paint on the bedroom walls and a brown and orange bathroom.......
    exuse 9 year old son playing beat the flash!!!

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  17. richydab
    Joined: Feb 19, 2006
    Posts: 107

    from UK

    I'd love to show you pics of the house QueenBee and I were having extended: it's a '30s house up a road so narrow you'd struggle to get a '59 Lincoln up....

    However, thanks to our bloody builder (and all UK HAMBers will know what I mean) he's taken TWO - yes, TWO bloody years to complete a one bedroom extension and put the bathroom upstairs.

    He didn't call the building inspectors out at each stage of the work he did (foundations, walls, stircase and roof) so now we have a completed house that it would be illegal to live in..... But it does have a 30-mile view of the Welsh coastline.

    And yes, we've run out of money as a result!
  18. my sympathy you know why I did all the work my self!!!

    I forgot to mention DAVE....he's our ghost....he switches the TV on and off messes with the video and DVD players, stomps around up stairs, opens doors and worst of all moves my shit around the house so I can never find anything.
    He is an old man with a beard who laughs alot (he has been seen) We also have a boy who stands on our drive and laughs (he's been seen too).........Really this is not a joke. But it's not a bad haunting so it may be a bit annoying (Dave will put the TV back on once he has turned it off if you ask him to) but a really pleasent place to live.
  19. UKAde
    Joined: Nov 13, 2002
    Posts: 502

    from Oxford UK

    had trouble sending a pic of my in laws place but if you want a look goto my webshots page and look at the castle and austin folder

    this is realy my in laws place near Oxford UK initialy buit around 1600 it has a moat and two draw bridges

    this realy is old !

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  20. richydab
    Joined: Feb 19, 2006
    Posts: 107

    from UK

    Cheers Paul for yr sympathy - been on to Llanelli trading standards but you know what civil servants are like.... hopefully we'll have a result by the end of the year, if we're lucky....
  21. Dungeons? Sub-sub-basements? Anyone bricked up in the walls? Crazy Uncles chained up in the attic? Colonel Mustard in the drawing room with a talleywacker?

    How then are we to know that it's really an English castle?
  22. 2muchstuff
    Joined: Mar 17, 2004
    Posts: 302

    from Eastern KS

    Here's my house - built in 1869 by my great-great-grandparents on homesteaded land. The front porch was added around 1910 when my great-grandfather married. I still have quite alot of furniture and family heirlooms. 6 generations of my family have lived here. BTW that's my '55 Victoria in the shots.

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  23. Chebby belair
    Joined: Apr 17, 2006
    Posts: 830

    Chebby belair
    from Australia

    If you haven't seen it, you should check out a mag called Atomic Ranch, full of mid century American mrvels
  24. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,689


    Dude, I am diggin' a moat around my house tomorrow. Where's my shovel? That is kick-ass!
  25. 2stuff,

    That looks like a stone house. Very nice looking. Any tornado stories?
  26. 2muchstuff
    Joined: Mar 17, 2004
    Posts: 302

    from Eastern KS

    It is a stone house, built by my Irish ancestors. Oddly enough, I've never seen a tornado my entire life here in Kansas. I saw several in Oklahoma, including the OKC F5 in 1999. I did have a tornado follow down the creek bottom about 300 yards south of the house one night in 1997, but didn't have any building damage. That one picked up a 1200 pound bull 1/2 mile away and dropped it into the hay field in front of the house. The bull didn't survive.
  27. Is stone commonly used in your area or did your Irish forbearers bring the idea from the old country? What kind of stone?

    Sorry to hear about the poor bull.
  28. I could not find one that did not require a huge renovation. So I built one to look old.
  29. Retrorod
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 2,027


    Here is mine, just a crap tract home built in 1967 but it's almost paid for and it's comfortable.......just need to enlarge the garage.

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  30. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,137


    On most of the homes built before 1900 they were stone. There was a lack of good local building lumber back in those days. The stone is common in ledges close to the surface. The stone is a Kansas Limestone, which is noted for its workability and durability.

    How do I know? Because I work here:

    (Shameless plug)

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