Public Records - Creepy

February 26, 2012

I'm in a hotel for the weekend for work, in one of those towns that doesn't have much going on 'til summer and in the winter they roll the sidewalks up at 6:00 pm.  So I can't get any work done on the house. Mr. Griffin is in pieces on the dresser, and I have hotel-quality cable TV.  With little else to do, I find myself looking up off-the-wall stuff on the internet.  I have no idea how I got onto this particular line of searching, but I came across some public records about ol' 173.  At first I thought it was pretty cool to find this stuff, then it got to buggin' me that there's so much information out there - for anyone's perusal!  Well, I guess there's not much to be done about it.
So what I found was the Deed, Property and Tax records and this is the information on the very first page:
Property Address
Town Name
Square Footage
Property Class
1 Family Res
Building Style
Old Style
Year Built
School District
Tax Map #
Swiss Code
Parcel Status
Tax Code
Bank Code

# of Bedrooms
# of Full Baths
# of Stories
# of Fireplaces
Heat Type
Fuel Type
Central Air
Basement Type
1st Story Sq. Ft.
2nd Story Sq. Ft.
Finished Attic
Overall Condition
# of Kitchens
Valuation District
Here's a few things I thought was interesting.  First, was the "Building Style".  Looking at my previous post, you probably realize I suffer from a small case of Identity envy.  Seems like the tax assessors were kinda muddled too!  The next thing of note to me was the square footage which came up to 1,231 sq ft, which by today's standards I guess, is pretty small.  Funny, seems plenty big for us!  Of course, what isn't mentioned is the finished attic and a fully functioning basement, complete with laundry room, workshop, and what?  Basement space?  Anyway, 173 certainly lives larger that 1,231.  The last thing that really caught my attention was the year built.  1927.  For years I thought it was built in '29, then I adjusted my thinking to '28.  Well, apparently I was still wrong - 1927 it is!
That's my stuck-in-a-small-town-hotel surfing safari.  Wonder what other scary stuff I can find.

What's Old is New Again

February 20, 2012

173 is a simple house, but there's just something about the simple, classic, old-school lines that I love.  And now it seems 173 may not be quite as old-school as I thought!  I just came across a really interesting article, which lead to some digging...apparently architect Marianne Cusato likes ol' 173!  Okay, maybe not specifically 173, but her design for the New Economy Home seems eerily familiar!
Just a little back story.  When we bought 173 some umpteen million years ago, it was listed as a Victorian.  A Victorian!  Really?  See the picture to the left?  Victorian?  Over the years I did some research and found that there was a style similar to 173 that was called a Folk Victorian, but 173 doesn't have all the gingerbread fixtures that would make it a Folk Vic. I saw one website that called it an Industrial Folk style.  I dunno...I guess I just call it...Kindergarten-drawing House Style.  Okay, on to the New Economy Home (NEH).  Here is Marianne Cusato's vision of a nice, small, modern home:
Thaaat's right ladies and gentlemen!  173 seems to be stylish again! Oh but wait, when you take a tour of the NEH   and compare it to 1928's version - well, 173 doesn't quite have all the "green" technologies.  But I do love that the lines and style of the house is being recognized once again.  

Progress Shots: Mr. Griffin

February 19, 2012

I follow a lot of other people's blogs (see the list on the right?) and one of the fun things other people do is blog about hobbies other than just the house.  I don't do a lot of "crafty" stuff.  I failed cut and paste in kindergarten so a lot of crafts are just beyond me, and I just can't muster up enough interest to take up knitting.  But I do enjoy putting together models (as I've previously mentioned thank you very much!).  So while the latest house projects make painfully slow progress, I thought I'd show a little progress on Mr. Griffin.

So just a couple shots.  The one to the left is pretty cool.  It's just a skull that goes on the book case (of course - the invisible man wouldn't have a visible skull!).  The next pic is just to give a look at the Nomadic Modelers work station while there is mad scientist kind of work going on:

And the final shot for now is just another of the skull:

That's it for now, maybe soon there'll actually be some house progress pics!  Have a great week everyone!

A Great Tool for the Color Challenged!

February 5, 2012

The other day I was trolling through some of the blogs I follow and came across something really cool.  The writer of the Perfectly Imperfect blog pointed out a really cool online tool by Sherwin Williams.  It's called Chip It, and it's a really useful tool for those among us (particularly me) who are color challenged and/or unimaginative.  When you see a picture on the internet that has a bunch of colors you like, any picture, you copy the picture URL and paste it into the Chip It tool and it analyzes the colors and tells you what color paints represent the colors in the picture!
With the front porch project (slowly) progressing, it won't be too awfully long before colors will become a consideration.  Last night I did some searches for pictures with colors I already have out there or colors I'd like to have on the porch, and did some experimentation with Chip It.  Here's a couple examples:
Believe me - for the color-challenged, this is a great tool!  And yeah, I like the yellow door!

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