Post # 1
On another thread, Bees listed features that were must haves in their forever home. I was surprised at some of the must haves because I’ve never seen houses that had them.
For example, a Canadian Bee listed plug-ins for the garage. That’s not something I have ever seen in the Midwest. Another Bee wanted a tonado shelter…I’ve never seen one of those either.
Are there home features that are unique to your area? I know that I consider central air conditioning to be standard, but I have friends in the UP of Michigan who tell me it’s unusual. WhenI lived in Florida, most houses had a lanai…but they are unheard of where I am now.
Post # 3
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
@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
Something you don’t find here that’s quite common elsewhere is air conditioning!
Post # 6
Wow…I can’t imagine a house without a basement AND air conditioning. If you have no basement, where do you put your STUFF???
Post # 7
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
@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
@o0olibelulao0o: Wait, no basements in Texas? Where do you go for tornados?
Post # 10
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
@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
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
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
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
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
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.