Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Idaho Charmer

As I was driving north going from Boise, Idaho to final destination in western Oregon I passed this little bungalow. Isn't it sweet? I like the little lean to the left and the vines growing on the roof.

You would not believe the looks I get as I pull to the side of the road. Sometimes, backing up. Sometimes making a lovely three point turn. Sometimes pulling over and running back.

On this trip it was just Nessa and I. She is very accepting of my stopping and starting. As long as she can get out to water the grass every now and then.

I'm thinking this house was built around the 1920s. I found this one that looks a bit like it. I didn't find one exactly like it but I have to say I didn't go through the whole site...yet.

The Antique Home website has some great historic home plans. I think I spent two hours just wandering around their site. I'll be back.

Have a lovely day.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Oregon farmhouse

As you drive up I-5 from Salem, Oregon to Portland this house sits of to the right. Surrounded by trees and wildflowers.   JR and I could never afford this place. It is much too upscale.

Top 10 reasons why "we can't afford that"
5. window with glass
4. sturdy porch pillars.
3. no visible holes in the roof.
2. gutters

and the number one reason why "we can't afford that"

1. it doesn't lean

Happy house hunting

Monday, April 1, 2013

Texas Plantation

I thought I should title this post; "we can't f'ing afford that."

Texas plantations dotted the east Texas landscape. Typically, built by slave labor and local materials many of these homes stand today.

This one sits on a little used road near Independence, Texas. Chances are the plantation grew cotton and was self-sufficient. After the Civil War many of the plantations used convict labor to keep them going. 

 I particularly like the double porches. These are very typical for Texas plantations. It does look like the porches on this home have been embellished at a later time in its life. 

While this is not a house that we could afford it is very lovely.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

House in the Third Ward

In the beginning, Houston, TX (1836) was divided into wards. There were 6 of them. These wards were geographic boundaries. Sort of like neighborhoods. Typically people lived near where they worked so the wards tended to be fairly diverse; politically, economically and ethnically.   

After World War II the white residents moved from the third ward to the suburbs on the other side of town. Leaving the third ward to a largely African American population. In recent years the third ward has gone through its ups and downs but seems to be on a upswing as more people take pride in ownership and develop a sense of community.

Architecturally the third ward is like most of the Houston neighborhoods, eclectic. A street of Shotgun homes could be bordered by McMansions. Retail businesses could sit along side public housing. Older beautifully restored stately homes from the time before World War II can sit side-by-side their dilapidated brethren.  

This home sits smack dap in the middle of the third ward. I would by no means consider this section up and coming, which is just what we could afford. We are more the up and went kind of people. I do like the bones of this place. It has a nice size porch for sitting (very important past time in the south) and a generous lot. I especially like the tree out front. I think with new windows, roof, probably plumbing, heating, air conditioning, doors, floors and fixtures this could be a fine house. Its central location, quick freeway access and its being inside "the loop" made me drive around it a couple of times. 

Plus, you all know what a sucker I am for a house that leans a bit.

happy trails,

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Auto Lodge

When automobiles gained in popularity for family use, the concept of using the family car for vacation travel came into vogue. These families needs places to sleep and eat. Some vacationers chose to camp in their car and the first tent/car combo was born. Others wanted a real roof over their heads and the first auto court came into existence.

Entrepreneurial land owners on the nations highways and byways built these motels on their property. 

They evolved into a certain style. The style consisted of a single room cabin with a connecting garage type place to pull the family car into. There would be several of these connected to each other surrounding an open court yard or parking lot.

During the depression and World War II these auto courts fell out on hard times.
This is an example of a motor court on Route 66.

Many of these old motor courts dot U.S. highways. Some have been kept up, some have been re-purposed, and some have fallen into disrepair.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day

This old cabin wishes you a
Happy Valentines Day!

Okay, so the cabin doesn't really have the animation or conscience thought to wish you a happy Valentines day but since I've voted myself to speaking for old houses I've decided that this old cabin would wish you a Happy Valentines Day if it could.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Housie in the photo

How much is that housie in the photo
The one with the waggley sash
How much is that house in the photo
I do hope that housie's for sale

I took a trip to California
And found this poor sweetheart alone
If he has a door and a window he wouldn't be lonesome
And the housie would be a better home


How much is that housie in the photo
The one with the waggley sash
How much is that housie in the photo
I do hope that housie's for sale


I read in the papers there are robbers
With flashlights that shine in the dark
My housie needs electricity to protect him
And scare them away by being lit up like a park


 How much is that housie in the photo
The one with the waggley sash
How much is that housie in the photo
I do hope that housie's for sale

This house is located in the deserts of Southern California, on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is not an "old" house. I'd say it was built in the mid 1950s or 60s and could have been built as late as the 1970s. It looks to be a ranch style home. Sort of like what I grew up in and I imagine many Americans grew up in. I could probably draw this floor plan without a guide since these types of homes were so prevalent. They became very popular post World War II up to the 1970s. Because of this house' decline all the embellishments have gone away, making it impossible to determine the decade that this one may have been built. 

The elements are taking their toll on this place, wind, rain, extreme heat and probably extreme cold in the winter. It also looks as if its owners abandoned it and a lot of it's contents for better things because the place is littered with old stoves/ranges, furniture and general stuff. 

Original song "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window?" written and composed by Bob Merrill in 1952. Famously sung by Patti Page. Totally abused with re-write by Michele R.