Let's Be Neighborly-----Show us your front door. OK Me First

fmdog44

Well-known Member
Location
Houston, Texas
Seems no one has a front porch big enough for the entire family to sit out on and enjoy the nice weather. I grew up in a house that had not only a wide front porch but it wrapped around on side of the house as well. Few new homes built provide a front porch and a large back yard for the kids to play. I see many expensive homes like lawyers or doctors would own in my area that have no back yards and very small front yards. Sad.
 

Aunt Marg

Granny Pantie Power!
Seems no one has a front porch big enough for the entire family to sit out on and enjoy the nice weather. I grew up in a house that had not only a wide front porch but it wrapped around on side of the house as well. Few new homes built provide a front porch and a large back yard for the kids to play. I see many expensive homes like lawyers or doctors would own in my area that have no back yards and very small front yards. Sad.
So true.

I recall double, triple, even quadruple lots when I was growing up, and even the most basic of city lots were large. Lots of green yardage for children to play freely, wrap-around porches, verandas that encompassed the entire width of houses, and lots of privacy.
 

Aunt Marg

Granny Pantie Power!
It seems that if there is the least bit of space, someone will build something on it. Sad.
That's what happened to so many of the old double, triple, and quadruple lots that I remember as a young child. Homes right beside one another now, no yards, no privacy, no traditional, classic looks. Not even sad, just downright disheartening and even maddening, because it's been done by greedy homeowners.

If it can be sold, subdivided, or split... "how much can I make", seems to be the general mentality nowadays. Few seem to care about preserving the natural beauty of a beautiful old double (or more) city lot. Myself, I'm all about preservation.
 

JonDouglas

Senior Member
Location
New England
We live in a carriage house addition. This is the front door.

 

hollydolly

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Location
London England
It seems that if there is the least bit of space, someone will build something on it. Sad.
yep that's what happens here, and with such limited space and homes crammed in everywhere cheek by jowl..it makes no sense to keep accepting immigrants, when we don't have anywhere to house them nor the infrastructure to provide for them..it's nuts!
 

horseless carriage

Senior Member
We needed a few provisions this morning, coming back from the store I saw the sunlight on the River Avon.
There are nine rivers which go by the name of Avon situated within Great Britain. The name Avon, comes from the Brythonic language and stems from the word for river, which is abona. Our Avon is referred to as the Hampshire Avon.
This view is not exactly our front door, but does it matter?

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horseless carriage

Senior Member
That’s beautiful horseless. You are close to the river. Does it ever give you flood problems?
It's about fifteen feet above the water level. The foundations are four, reinforced concrete stilts, each set into a concrete foundation of their own. The biggest risk is not so much flooding, as erosion. A dramatic flood probably wouldn't reach the floor level of the house because on the opposite river bank are vast open spaces that are used for recreation, but double up as flood plains when the river rises.

Following a flood the subsiding waters can take the earthworks away with it. That's why the house sits on those reinforced stilts. If you took away all the earth and river it would look like the house is sitting on a giant dining table.
 

hollydolly

SF VIP
Location
London England
We needed a few provisions this morning, coming back from the store I saw the sunlight on the River Avon.
There are nine rivers which go by the name of Avon situated within Great Britain. The name Avon, comes from the Brythonic language and stems from the word for river, which is abona. Our Avon is referred to as the Hampshire Avon.
This view is not exactly our front door, but does it matter?

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it's lovely... but it's supposed to be a picture of YOUr front door...... :)
 
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