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I'm reading House Lust by NewsWeek's Dan McGinn-

Postby JGropp » Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:40 pm

Now that I've finished reading "House Lust" that's
mentioned below, I've decided it's a book really
worth reading. In said book, the author Dan McGinn
mentions "House" by Tracy Kidder a long-ago tome
that made my blood boil at the time- and still does.
Its portrayal of a supposedly typical residential architect-
what he does and how he does it is grossly inaccurate.
NewsWeek's Dan McGinn has it right- as does my WebSite.
http://jgropp2.googlepages.com/alterationsanadditions


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Here's a great book that I'm just now reading. Here's
a Link to Daniel McGinn the Author's WebPage. Jerry

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Postby SDR » Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:25 pm

I saw the author interviewed recently.

Maybe the 'mirror held up' will begin to show America where it has erred. Finally, with the loan debacle exposed, and with this book, I now understand the use of the term "curb appeal."

Give us a book report, will you, when you've gotten through it ?


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Houses are not a commodity-

Postby JGropp » Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:18 am

SDR- This kind of ad is what makes me enjoy reading
"House Lust" so much. I've never been able to look at
houses as a commodity- to be traded for profit at the
expense of others who have lost their family homes.


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I'll do a book review when I've finished reading same.
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Postby SDR » Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:58 am

I'd appreciate it !


Here's a bit of discussion on perceived value, among other things.

http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewt ... 5148#15148


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Thanks for sending this-

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Jerry Gropp Architect AIA PS


7620 SE 72nd St., Mercer Isl. WA

98040 (206)612-7367

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Re: Houses are not a commodity-

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I admit it, I would almost rather buy tile than shoes.

Postby Modesign » Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:51 pm

I feel as though it makes sense to know what improvements you should make to a home. It gives me great satisfaction when we bought our home a little over 3 years ago, it was run down, the previous owners had not a clue what a gem they had and had to move for job relocation. We bought the home for $55/sq. ft., it's almost 6,000 sq. ft. and I had a vision of what this Atomic Ranch home could be with a lot of work and some money along the way. We have made good use of our space and have had at one time or another family, extended family and friends stay with us. I know the original owner's son and the second owner, it's a source of pride for me and of historic architectural quality. I don't want the Jones house, I want something unique. I look at new built homes in cookie cutter neighborhoods and go Yuck, why? Give me a real architect and a builder with vision any day. As far as foreclosures, I agree no one should live beyond their means and that's exactly what happened to a lot of people: easy loans and I feel sorry for these people. Fortunately, we have 2/3rds equity because we paid cash for our previous houses.
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Postby SDR » Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:47 pm

Thanks, Modesign. Just the description gets my blood going. Congratulations !


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