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Old Oct 19, 2011, 10:39 AM   #1
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Here are a couple archive shots of my house, first just as construction started, and second after completion and moved in. Boy, I sure wish I still had that truck!





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G'day Cal

Thx for showing us your place - it seems to be a 'real-big-joint'
As for the truck ... to us Aussies, US 'trucks' and 'pickups' are huge compared with our 'utes'

Q- is this a topic whereby you are asking for member responses of 'their house & its views'?
<edit> whoops I see from other entries that it is ... I will post some of my own elsewhere <thx>

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Old Oct 19, 2011, 3:52 PM   #3
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G'day Cal

Thx for showing us your place - it seems to be a 'real-big-joint'

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I don't if you have these in Australia but it is a duplex. There are two complete family homes in one building. We live in the unit on the left. The unit on the right is a mirror image of ours. There are 23 of these duplexes in our condominium neighborhood.

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'G'day Cal' (from another Australian)

Yes, there are duplex houses in Australia - some people sub-divide suburban properties / blocks of land to achieve that. Fairly popular in 'middle class suburbs' in some of our larger cities.

It's also a way that many investors aim to maximise their returns on their property purchase - by either sale or rental. A duplex (or semi-detached) house is more common in newer parts of the UK (and eg some suburbs of towns / cities in the Netherlands, etc). Australia still has a lot of detached houses set on larger blocks as the 'norm'.

Thanks for sharing the before and after - I find that very interesting. (Space takes on a very different perspective - depending on if a building is there or not!)

I still find it intriguing that in the US there are so many weather board homes (or whatever you call 'wooden / other material board homes). Brick is more common here in Australia.

I'm not a 'ute' person, but here in Australia I've seen small utes and big utes (eg large Toyota Hilux). But Hummers, they're huge! Ridiculously so.... I drive a sedan.

I hope to contribute for this challenge.

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Very nice set, looks like a comfortable place to live.

Bricks are more common in some areas of the US than in others. I don't think there's any brick homes in my subdivision, and only one stucco home. All the rest are wood or other type of siding. Many other subdivisions/developments are all stucco (better fire-resistant for one). I think the cost of reinforcing brick tends to keep many builders from using it now, which might be the reason I don't see a lot of new residential construction with it. Unreinforced masonry in earthquake-land is a bad idea (they tend to fall down in earthquakes).
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I still find it intriguing that in the US there are so many weather board homes (or whatever you call 'wooden / other material board homes). Brick is more common here in Australia.

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We call it siding and wood is not used much anymore. The siding on this house is vinyl. It is very durable and lasts a long time. Aluminum siding is also popular for the same reasons.

Thanks for looking.

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Good looking house you got there, Cal. I just arrived in Hillsboro this morning on a business trip. I should be pretty close to where you live!
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As noted before empty space does look differently after its occupied.
Wood is the primary material of choice here in the islands despite having some pretty voracious termites.
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