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03-06-2010 06:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: house front porch question addition

I’ve posted this on the home refurbishers site, but know that not all of you frequent it.

Here's the link to the same question on home refurbishers

Looking at a house to buy, but I’m having trouble identifying the type of house. Can anyone help.

The house was built in 1940

2 beds, 1.0 baths, 1,600 sq ft

If I purchase, I would like to put a front porch and add on to the house in the back. Being such a unique design, I decided to look up exaples of this house online to see how changes / additions to the house would look like. Unfortunately I cannot find any since I can’t positively identify its style. Does someone recognize it. It does not fit to any of the houses around it. Its the only house like it.
I’ve identified the roof as being 36:12 pitch roof. I don’t think its a cotsworld style, and although the pitch indicates its a mansard pitched roof. I doesn’t match to the mansard style or the emperial style that is associated with theses roofs.

So can you identify it, or maybe you have some suggestions of front porch additions. Adding space to the back and making it visually appealing tooks difficult, any ideas…..

Thanks in advanced.

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#1 posted 03-06-2010 07:16 PM

When I was in the design stage for the house I live in that I built I went through a lot of books. Go to a book store, like Borders, and look through the books on houses. You will find your style house and my see how to add what you want.

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 09:15 PM

The basement would be a perfect location.

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 06:42 AM

A fellow refurber has identified it as an English Revival. I can see the similarities, yet this high pitched roof makes it stand out.

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#4 posted 03-07-2010 09:28 AM

How about Tudor?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 03-07-2010 04:05 PM

Looking up Tudor I encountered that they are both right. Its a Tudor / English Revival. I guess they are somewhat interchangable. Looks like a Tudor with less flair or closer to english revival with Tudor tendencies.

TUDOR REVIVAL STYLE, ca. 1910 – 1940
The Tudor Revival style was an other popular national style of the early 20th century. These dwellings are based upon medieval house forms of England and were built in America from 1915 to 1940. These house forms have high pitched gable roofs, multiple gables on the main facade, and are generally of brick and stucco construction. Doors are often set within rounded or Tudor arches while windows often have multiple lights in the upper and lower sashes. In gable fields stucco and wood are often combined to create the appearance of a design known as “half-timbering.” Examples of the Tudor Revival style are scattered throughout both the Elgin and Spring/Douglas Historic Districts such as the dwellings at 1031 N. Spring Street and 50 N. Liberty Street.

Link to pdf of English/Tudor Revival

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 12:35 PM

I would love to say yes….. but no. Seller didn’t take my offer. He forgot we were in a recession. Pretty much wanter full price which which is the same price houses were selling for back in 2006 – 2007 when values were inflated. Also the city read an article in a paper somewhere that said that we were the number one city with undervalued homes so they jacked up the price of homes a standard price of $25,000 without no real appraisal. I’m glad the get their information from newspaper from states that don’t even live here, God forbid this city do its own appraisal of its own market. So yes I’m a little disappointed. Also the seller is a little weird, took the house off the market shortly after my offer, apparently not really wanting to sell it. This is the 2nd or 3rd time he’s done that according to records. Yet the house sits vacant and he’s now paying what I offered in another mortgage payment. I don’t get it.

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#7 posted 04-04-2010 12:45 PM

Not a happy ending story. What about build a new house of your own design & specs on other location of your preference.. You could include a big workshop in the basement.. Isn’t the value of land now has dropped as result of recession?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 04-04-2010 02:59 PM

All I can say is that working on that roof is something I would never want to do.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 04-04-2010 03:17 PM

Arnold, that looks like it needs some electrical work too- that shot of the basement with all those extension cords? Tsk, tsk,tsk.

richgreer, that was my thought- that’s a roofer’s nightmare!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 04-04-2010 04:53 PM

Prices for land should be the same. Remember, the land factory closed down long ago. (Although Hawaii may be the exception). You can build or rebuild a house on it as many times as you want on it, but you only have one piece of land.

Agree, I was concerned with the roof, would have cost a lot more than the typical roof.

I do have 11 acres, but not sure if I want to live there. I bought it as an investment, but may reconsider. Would need to invest some more money to get it ready for a house. Or I could sell it now and reinvest it into a bigger house.

Ah decisions, decisions…....

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#11 posted 04-04-2010 09:20 PM

Some people have a problem with reality.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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