Modern Prefab Houses And 150 Year Old Farm House Woes!
|R1 Residential, a modern prefab house from Green Modern Kits|
|150 Year Old Leaky Farm House:|
The In-Town Ramshackle!
|An early pic of our own modern prefab house!|
Each house site / location scenario and each prefab client is so different!
So out of my hat, because it's the one that has needed thought on zoning and input from the architect this week, I am going to mention The R1 In Moss Beach California.
I will go into more detail, later, on all of these gems. But the reason I mention this one is that the zoning has a few things to navigate, namely, a garage "attached" to the house. The lot also meant we had to adjust dimensions slightly, thus combining spaces, rethinking a few things for the client's lifestyle...
A cool R1 Residential for a Technology Client In California is exciiiiiiting...
prefab passive solar homes BUT navigating a 150 Year Old In-Town Raaaaamshackle House.
|Our beloved In-Town Ramshackle.|
I miss our modern prefab house's energy efficiency / strength / sturdiness / healthy indoor air...! It's not the In-Town Ramshackle's fault, it just wasn't shored up over time, in elements (and it's not past elderly owners' faults, because they had neither stamina nor income to throw at her). Good news is that every year we improve the situation; but it will take lots of time... and money.
|Our In-Town Ramshackle...|
about 100 years ago...!
From a video on 1929 Deltaville.
|She's painting the porch|
to protect the wood...
your throat burns
your eyes water
you seek shelter at your parent's cottage.
CAN WE SAVE THE 150 YEAR OLD IN-TOWN RAMSHACKLE?
After this week... I... don't... know.
So when people call me and talk about their environmental sensitivity to toxins, etc. in regards to our modern prefab homes, believe me, I get it. It's not the poor 150 year old farm house's fault. But stuff happened. It sunk, over time, allowing moisture to trap underneath. Bushes became overgrown against her walls. The roof leaked, and no one could fix it...
Can we fix this old gal?
I hope so, I really do.
We fled to my parents when we smelled the first sign of musty spore-filled anything, and there we will stay, whenever it smells like that.
That is why it is SO IMPORTANT to fix any leaky anything the second you see it. One second it's a pipe in your bathroom, next your roof, then the whole house is gone. It is ridiculous to lose a house. It is always part of caretaking to not let anything slide.
Flirtatious girl that the Ramshackle is, the next day I headed tentatively back and found not a mold spore to sniff. I don't get it.
So... one day, I flee. The next, I embrace.
A lover, I have become, of This Grand Gal. Will it continue in romance... or heartbreak?
Sometimes I think, "OH MY GaWWWWWWSH if I could *snap* my fingers and transform this 150 year old lady, the proud but decrepit In-Town Ramshackle into one of my cool energy efficient made-for-the-next-200-years passive solar homes...!"
But then she'd be different.As I type this, it is dark, cicadas sing, a bay breeze blows, and there is not a WHIFF of mildew in the In-Town Ramshackle.
This old gal is beautiful.
This old gal is beautiful.
Fickle lady... Please smooth out yer skirts and stay.
Mo' Molasses Slaw
Think: In descending order of amounts: cabbage / carrots / onion / tad of garlic / dash of: lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil / and then drizzle it all with (not too much) molasses, cut as fine or chunky as you like.
And here's some pictures of the Pipsqueaks and their Regatta Lemonade Stand:
|Sailors were taking selfies with them, lol...|
|She's showing her back so her friend can get|
a selfie with her boat's logo showing, ha!
The Pips had their first babysitting excursion.
Like the World Cup, it matched formidable opponents:
A 10 and 11 yr old
a 2 and 3 year old.
In the meantime, if you're looking for me, I'll be on the dock.
|Aw, someone needs a HUG!!!!|