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The Plaza


I finally found the photos I've been searching for so here goes.

The house is an Aladdin kit house called The Plaza. As near as we can determine she was built in the early 1900's.

How on earth are you supposed to tag the photos so that they make sense? Oh well.....weirdface
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-- Edited by Peg at 07:38, 2008-06-09

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Interesting house Peg........areyou sure about the age? I am no expert, but it seems to look more like a home from the 30s-40s.....Maybe, it was just ahead of its time....LOL


About tagging the pics, I guess the only way, is if you link the pics from another site and add comments under them.......bit more of a pain though.

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That's your house Peg? Nice lookin' place...the area around the pool is really cool.

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Not at all sure about the age Poncho. Some of the older neighbors told us, 20 years ago, that the house came in by rail around 1908 and was assembled by the owner and some friends. Well, I finally figured out which company made the kit and which model it is but I've been unable to find out when this particular kit was first available. I know it was available in 1914 but I'm not sure about before then. (BTW, the front of the house has been seriously, and badly, altered. It looks nothing like it originally did. I'd like to put it back to "original" eventually.)

I could go to the county records office and try to look it up but given the age I doubt I'd be able to find much of anything. Maybe one day I'll give it a shot.

All I know for certain is that I wish they'd had a level, a plumb bob, and a square when they were putting it together! LOL

The pools and the old trees were what really sold me on the place. Like an idiot I thought we'd enjoy the pools. Boy was I wrong! The pools enjoyed us to the tune of tons of money and upkeep every summer and little time to swim. Now both pools are frog ponds. (Frog legs anyone? LOL) The back pool, the one you see a corner of in the next to last photo, was a recreational pool. It's like 4 1/2 feet deep all over. Originally I'd planned on turning it into a training/therapy pool for horses but the expense would have been crazy so now we're planning on using the hole as sort of a foundation for a garage for my truck and horse trailer. It's hard to explain but the ground there is at the top of a slope so they actually built up the area right around the pool to build it. So, the bottom of the pool is really level with the ground beyond the built up area. If we cut down the bank at one end, for access, the floor of the garage will be level with the surrounding ground. Clear as mud, right?

I'm trying my best to convince hubby to let me fill in the front pool, the one with the tower. I'd like to fill it in, tear down some of the privacy fence around it, and build his new shop right in front of the tower. He has some crazy idea that he'll eventually replace the vinyl liner with cement & tile and actually use the pool one day when he's retired. If you knew my husband you'd understand what a far fetched scenario that is. It will NEVER happen! biggrin

Oh well, if the pool just happens to get filled in one day while he's at work....wink
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  Thats a really nice place Peg,, I wonder  about the level and plumb bob deal,,maybe  one wasn't included in the kit, [JK]biggrin  I would think that any house that old   would be a little out of square and level,,was it a farm house origionally? 

 beautiful country in that area too,, what kind of trees are those?







 

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I've been in houses before they were occupied (new) and there's square/level issues. No it wasn't me who built 'em either! Fill the pools? OMG!! I know they can be a lot of expense and effort, but....fill the pools?? Heh,heh I'm just messin' with ya.

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The main part of my house is over 100 years old.....level, she ain't. They do tend to settle some over the years. There are jack posts in the basement where they tried to straighten spots up.

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ROFL! I think you are right.....not included in the kit! Yes, it was part of an old family farm, mainly cotton. The original farm house was located on the edge of the acerage we bought although it had fallen down and was nothing more than a pile of rubble by then. The son of that house built himself a two story house about a quarter of a mile away and then his eldest son built this house for himself about half way between the other two family houses. There was a daughter who also built her house on family land. She was the last of the family and just died recently. Since the original house, and most of the outbuildings, were on this part of the farm we got all the old oaks that predate our house. The oaks closest to the house are what I call pin oaks....not sure of the correct name......they have the small sort of tear drop shaped leaves that are such a pain to rake or blow. The oaks around our barn, closer to the site of the original family home, are a mixture of red and white oak.

Pool has become a dirty word to me. lol The people we bought the house from owned a pool company. Their office was the building that's now my shop so our yard was their showroom. In addition to the two inground pools they had several above ground pools and a half dozen hot tubs set up around the place. I'm still trying to figure out some practical use for the little concrete pads that they put in for the hot tubs. Right now I'm betting that my dog is the only one in the neighborhood who has a "patio" in front of her dog house. te he

I've known since we moved in that the floors weren't level despite the fact that there were a couple of post jacks under the house. It wasn't bad but a ball turned loose in any room would end up rolling towards the center of the house. When I decided to remodel the bathroom and repair the water damage to the floor joists and the main beam under that part of the house I had to jack the house up. Since I had not a clue how to go about jacking up a house I learned on the internet. (Talk about a project that made hubby nervous! LOL) Anyway, I was able to level the entire house some when I set it back down but it was impossible to level it completely without cracking the plaster walls so....she still has a little slope towards the center but not much. I basically used the exsisting cracks in the plaster to determine where to put her. Closing up the cracks pretty much told me when I'd gone far enough.
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You're one sharp cookie with the house jackin', Peg. I've done some of that in my life and I know some contractors who turn and walk away from a job like that...way ta go!  worship.gif

I love that dog house patio too!! Very cool. aww 

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  sounds like you got er covered,, are you a carpenter by chance,, sure not afraid to get your hands dirty sounds like,, quite a handy "WOMAN",,, None of that hands on stuff for my wife ,,, she just gives orders after getting her inspersation  from some Damn TV show. smileevileye HGTV is gonna be the death of me,,



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Really cool Pad, Peg, the entire place shouts - home - welcome & country living.

However, always remember that Pool and Perpetual both start with the same letter - - - LOL

All kidding aside that a a real nice place the those Oaks are to die for.

AJWD,
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