(Closed) Spinoff: What do homes in your area have that are unusual elsewhere?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Definitely a basement in the South! Haven’t ever been in one! We designed a few custom ones for clients but that was about it, basements are very few and far between as far I know.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Porkchop: haha I grew up in CT and moved to Texas and was surprised that they didn’t have basements here!!  I miss having a basement, you basically double your squarefootage by having one!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Something you don’t find here that’s quite common elsewhere is air conditioning!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We don’t have air conditioning here in Santa Monica, CA and our hot water heaters have straps so they don’t fall over in an earthquake!

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Neva: I live in the midwest and we have plug-ins, I make sure to plug my truck in if it is going to be below zero.  And friends that have diesel trucks, they have to plug theirs in when they come here or the fuel gels.

Around here it is also common to find atomic shelters in older houses built in the 50’s.  I have had friends that bought older homes and went to redo backyards only to find out they had to take out a forgotten atomic shelters. There are not a whole bunch, but they are there.  Probably because of living with STRATCOM so close.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@o0olibelulao0o: Wait, no basements in Texas?  Where do you go for tornados?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I could never imagine NOT having a basement or Central AC. Half our basement is finished but the other half is where we store so much crap haha.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@Porkchop: Ahhh a basement! forgot about those…been in the south a long time now haha! we have ‘bonus rooms’ instead. basically just a big room, usually on the second floor – too big for a bedroom (doesnt have closets anyway) we used it as a ‘play room’ when we were younger.

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m from the Midwest but live in Washington (state) now. The things that surprised me about homes here while we were house hunting were:

  • No air conditioning (doesn’t get too hot/humid for more than a week or two in the summer)
  • No basements (too wet)
  • Cluster mailboxes (Most neighborhoods we looked in had these. I thought this was odd and don’t love it, but it is kind of nice that you need a key to open your mail and don’t have to worry about mail thieves while you’re away for a few days)

 

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What is a plug in??

I was looking at home in TX, I’m shocked by how master bedrooms seem to always be on the first floor there.  All the bedrooms are normally on the second level that I’ve seen in the northeast.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We call them Florida rooms but I think most area’s call them a “solarium”??? Certain areas probably have houses with “gingerbread” but I imagine a lot dont

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I do not know a single household with a basement.  Most people store their stuff in their garage here and park their cars in the driveway.

Became an issue for us when we moved into our current house…NO GARAGE ARGH!!! haha;.  Although it meant we went majorly into dehoarding mode.  WHICH WAS AWESOME.  My Fiance was keeping all these old computer components as a just in case.  But how many old hardrives, ram chips, mother boards, key boards, monitors (list goes on and on) does one grown man need???

They all went bye byes 😀

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

By plug in I just meant an outlet so you can ‘plug in’ your car.  Anyone who has a vehicle here without a block heater and wants to drive it year-round IMO is stupid.

I don’t really know what would be odd elsewhere.  AC isn’t very common here.  Oh, I’ve heard that chest freezers are a very Canadian thing (although I’m not sure if people usually move them with them, or if they come with the house).  I know that appliances being moved/coming with the house varies by region.  Depending on the move, sometimes you get screwed over a little that way or might end up having to sell some appliances.

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