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Paula    Posted 02-26-2004 at 08:39:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I may get a slab yet. We've had warm enough temps over the last few days to thaw the snow even on south mountain! My builder told me that yesterday I got firrings...firring strips...furring....somethings. The preamble to the slab.

HUZZAH. Of course the slab is stressful in itself since every conduit and pipe has to be exactly where it should be before anything get's cast in stone as it were.

BTW I was watching HGTV last night and this couple and small child were building their 11,000 sq ft dream home! Eleven thousand square feet! Heck I could fit eleven of my houses in it.


Willy-N    Posted 02-26-2004 at 09:45:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wired a 28,000 sq ft home once! It was called the "Grey Stone Manor" even had a indoor theater with seats. The couple had one small child and her bathroom was 580 sq ft! Don't ask how big her closet was because you could live in it. It took a 800 amp service yes 4- 200 amp service panels!! The chandeleer used a electric winch to lower it for service and cleaning. A 2 story water fall that started in the bedroom. A Computerised Diming system you would see at a Oppra Stage for all the lights in the house. Electric/Computer Controled Curtians also. The roof was Copper and the walls were Stone with a long Paving Stone Drive coming up to it. Took many months just to wire it and over a year to build it! Mark H.

Paula    Posted 02-26-2004 at 09:49:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wow! I guess if you put your mind to it you can come
up with all kinds of stuff to buy with your money.


Willy-N    Posted 02-26-2004 at 10:05:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
One thing it did not buy was there happieness! They fought tooth and nail on this project and when it was done they were so unhappy it was sad. It seems they were tring to save a mariage with this place and then when it was done they hated each other?? I think they split up soon afterwords. If I had it to do all over again I would never take on a job like that again! Mark H.

Clipper    Posted 02-26-2004 at 09:03:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
11,000 sq.ft.? Sheesh....nearly as big as our barn! How many stalls they gonna put in that rascal?
BTW:Good luck with the slab....if ya got enuff rebar in there it should outlive you :^)

RichZ    Posted 02-26-2004 at 08:57:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good luck with the slab Paula!!!

I can't imagine why three people would need an 11,000 sq ft house!! Some people just don't know what to do with their money!!!

Paula    Posted 02-26-2004 at 09:28:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think it's a "cuz I can" house, like the civillian hummer
is a "cuz I can" truck. Two things come to mind:

1. What do they do for a living to afford to BUILD let
alone buy an 11000sqft house in Virginia, and how
come nobody told me about this kind of work.

2. Suburban Maryland and Virginia are lousy with these
macmansions. I imagine alot of these people are living
at or beyond their means. The median price for a new
home construciton in Frederick is 300k, and that's your
average 2-3ksqft house. So I can't even fathom what
the bottom line on this 11k house is.

I tell you what, if I had the kind of money to put into
housing those people had for building this massive
house, I'd not have an 11000sq ft house. I'd build a
small subdivision on a few hundred acres FENCED (so
you could run your dogs without problems for instance),
and the most up to date, off the grid, solar powerd, high
thermal mass houses I could create (composting toilets,
grey water recycling, etc).

Then I would take the loss and sell the houses at
reasonable prices decided by the income of the area.
The covenants would be prohibitive (no subdividing, for
instance). The acreage would have a bridle path,
walking paths, fishing, etc.

okay, I'm getting the office all drooly.

Amen...    Posted 02-26-2004 at 09:08:01       [Reply]  [No Email] that.


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