Source: Greater Fairfield County CMLS, HOUSES Sold = Single Family, Multi-Family, Condo/Co-Op
For a very long time I have been besotted by Dutch Doors. I mean I am totally ga-ga for them. I find them absolutely unique and charming.
Here’s an example of one…
The origin of the door, and its name, is literally from the Netherlands. Seen in many 17th century Dutch paintings, these doors came to this country before the American Revolution and were typically found in the Dutch settled areas of New York and New Jersey.
Here’s a little history from Wikipedia…
A Dutch door (American English), or stable door (British English), or half door (Hiberno English), is a door divided horizontally in such a fashion that the bottom half may remain shut while the top half opens. Known in early New England as a double-hung door. The initial purpose of this door was to keep animals out of farmhouses, or keep children inside, while allowing light and air to filter through the open top. And when the top half was open they also allowed the breeze, but stopped the wind from blowing street and lawn dirt into the house. This type of door was common in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century and appears in Dutch paintings of the period. They were also commonly found in the Dutch cultural areas of New York and New Jersey before the American Revolution.
I think I might actually even buy a house just because it had a Dutch door
I am a bit behind on my posts this week because I had an energy audit of my house.
What is an energy audit, you ask?
It’s a process whereby energy professionals come and swarm over your house looking for energy inefficiencies of ANY kind.
It was the most fantastic thing I have ever seen.
These guys filled every air-leaking nook and cranny they could find.
They changed all my incandescent lights to LED. I was never a fan of anything other than incandescent because I didn’t want my house to feel like a football stadium at night when we turned on the lights, but I am happy to report LED bulbs have come a LONG way since I investigated them a few years ago.
They put weather stripping on every door and foam insulation around my entire basement where the house meets the foundation.
At then end of the 4 hour inspection, I received a 10 page report about my house. According to the report the minor adjustments that were made to my house will save approximately $1,000 this winter season. If I go ahead and insulate my attic (which was the reason we called for the audit in the first place), I will save another $3,000 in energy costs.
Then, to make the whole thing even better, I will receive energy rebates from the state of Connecticut for up to half of the cost of the insulation installation AND I will get a tax rebate AND the remaining amount can be financed at 0% (yes, you read that appropriately, NOTHING) across 3 years. The amount will just be put into my monthly electric bill for the next 36 months.
The audit cost me $99 and then I bought a few other things like DEEPLY discounted LED lights and an insulation hatch to cover my attic stairs.
All told, the entire visit cost me $400, BUT it will have saved me over $4,000 this cold weather season.
Call your electric company or heating provider for details. I know this is being down across the country.
In the meantime, here’s an ideabook from Houzz that discusses weatherstripping.
Everyone should do this because it is fantastic!
AND, if your house is on the market, let potential buyers know you’ve had your house audited by professionals so it can be made as energy efficient as possible. Talk about a GREAT marketing tool!
Whether it be so buyers can find your home if it’s for sale or perhaps so a service technician can find you to repair something or, God forbid, perhaps so a healthcare professional can find you in an emergency…address numbers are important!
For whatever the reason, if you are going to put numbers up they can be an added decoration as well as an identifier.
Today I am showing many different styles of address numbers. I tried to show many different styles and, trust me, I only scratched the surface of what’s available.
See if any of these strike your fancy and if they do, my only advice is to make sure your selection can be clearly read at a distance. That’s the purpose of putting them up…to make your house identifiable!
So without further ado…
Source - Houzz
Source - 360 Yardware
Source - Houzz
Source – Etsy - Willow Creek Designs
Source - Atlas Signs and Plaques
Source – Etsy - Live in Mosaics
Source - RCH Supply
Source - Weston
Source - Anthropologie
I am starting a new feature today on my other blog, Front Door Freak, and I thought it would work for Gem of the Week as well.
I am calling the feature I Spied.
It all came about because I was at one of my rental properties doing some painting. As I stopped for a moment to take a rest, I looked around the neighborhood and spotted the house across the street.
The owners changed the color of their front door and it is FABULOUS! The color of the house and the color of the door are sheer perfection together!
So fabulous in fact, that I had to take a picture (in case you are reading this and think I am some kind of weirdo, please read this.)
Anyway, this door precipitated this new feature, I Spied.
From now on, whenever I see a door worthy of me stopping to take a picture, I will feature it here.
I promise to try and improve my photography skills
PS – If you see a door worthy of taking a picture, send it to me and I will feature it.