As we speak is the very first day of autumn in Philadelphia. Technically, this isn’t true, however I needed to put a sweatshirt on this morning once I walked to get my espresso, after which questioned my choice to get iced espresso as a result of my hand acquired too chilly. These are the hallmarks of autumn, and so it feels true. That is the primary yr in a few years that I’ve felt like autumn has arrived on time. Often, when I’m sweating exterior the second week of October, I encourage the Earth to present me the falling leaves and the crisp air and the sensation that issues are altering but once more. Maybe it is a false flag and I’ll really feel that method subsequent week. However for now we won’t take into consideration that.
Regardless of Winter famously being a tough season for me due to my constant psychological sickness, I look ahead to it yearly as a result of I like being cozy. I wish to be inside my home, and I like how the act of changing into cozy is one thing you are able to do for your self and others. Making your self a heat drink to carry appears like kindness. Grabbing a giant blanket to drape over your self on the sofa feels such as you care about you. I look ahead to that: having the ability to be good to myself in these small methods. Plus, I actually like sporting my coat as a result of I like having further pockets.
This week the home I’ve for you is maybe the closest you may get to changing into a bear and hibernating all winter, one thing that appears very interesting to me at this level. I might very very similar to a giant nap and to laze round throughout the lengthy, chilly, nights forward. Why not do it in slightly bunker crammed with mild? It doesn’t look like the worst thought!
This week’s home was despatched in by Chris. Up to now, Chris cursed us with the horrible cave home that ruined my whole week, his week and plenty of of yours as effectively. Maybe he’s right here for redemption. Maybe that is an apology. This home is additionally underground so I suppose we are going to simply have to seek out out.
At $315,000, this is likely one of the extra inexpensive homes I’ve seen in years. Rates of interest are going up, I suppose. It’s positioned in River Falls, Wisconsin. I checked out this on a map and it appears to be a suburb of the Minneapolis/St. Paul space. As a result of the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport is one in every of my favorites in America, I select to be optimistic. Right here let’s look:
Ah-ha. Sure. A home for little mice.
One concern I had when Chris talked about that this home was underground was that it could be terrifying and dangerous. That appears truthful. One other concern I had was that it could be cavernous in a darkish and unhappy method. From the skin, although, I can see that there are numerous home windows. We’ve got home windows contained in the arched concrete entries, and there are dome bubble skylights on high of the home. I’m slightly involved about how simply I might grow to be snowed in right here. It looks as if it could solely take a pair toes of snow to make you house-bound without end and to dam out all mild. However then once more, the federal government is doing nothing about international warming, so maybe it received’t even snow right here sooner or later.
“It definitely has a very ‘Hobbit shopped at a Design Within Reach run by snooty and aloof elves’ kind of vibe. But I still find it weirdly charming,” Chris mentioned. “For the life of me I cannot figure out the floor plan to it though, which is very problematic.”
Let’s see if we will determine it out, lets?
Okay, that is clearly the entryway. Increase. Nailing it.
However actually, I like that the door has been reduce to suit the form of the roof. These are the sorts of particulars I crave. If you’ll reside inside a wierd dome home, you may as effectively go as laborious as you possibly can into the dome side. Instantly, you possibly can see what Chris meant by mentioning Design Inside Attain, a famously costly retailer. Each object on this home appears each boring and prefer it prices $5,000. That isn’t my model, however I do see the attraction of it. Having good issues guidelines.
Right here is the view from that very same spot wanting the opposite method.
Does the ceiling appear to be somebody discovered a bunch of actually huge pool noodles and lined them in cement? Sure. Do I prefer it? Additionally sure. I notably like this little aspect desk that mimics the identical form. That’s a very nice contact.
I’m not actually involved in white partitions and furnishings generally, however not less than the white chosen right here is the best one. If you’ll have a smooth trendy little hut, you want a chilly white, and that is the coldest one there may be. Think about when there may be the fabled snow exterior. It will be the very same coloration. That’s cool.
I additionally like that the ground is just not white. Too typically folks deal with white in properties the best way they deal with black clothes which is: if it’s all the identical coloration folks received’t understand that half of these items sucks. This isn’t true. I can inform. And often that’s the reason folks make issues all white or all grey: for resale worth. This house doesn’t appear as involved with that. Is the ground cork? It is perhaps. It is also a stone of some sort like granite. Personally, I feel this room might use a rug.
It appears like primarily based on this different view of the identical room (see the TV.), that the entrance door is down slightly hallway after which we come out on this nice room of kinds.
Based mostly on my understanding of the form of this home (which relies on nothing), I feel this kitchen is down one other little hallway just like the entrance door, however on the opposite aspect of the TV.
The fashionable Smeg fridge screams “staged” to me, as a result of it doesn’t even match into the fridge cupboard designed for the house. I personally don’t take care of Smegs. Although for those who work for Smeg and wish to ship me a free one, I’ll instantly change my opinion. I simply suppose for those who’re going to pay that a lot for a fridge you must get …. extra fridge.
Anyway the remainder of this kitchen is gorgeous. I just like the wooden cupboards rather a lot. It’s a little ridiculous that the oven has a wooden front-piece. I assume that silver block is the place the wooden front-piece for the dishwasher is meant to go.
I’m unsure what’s occurring beneath the counter on the again wall. It could possibly be that the kitchen is wheelchair accessible, however the remainder of the home is just not, so I feel it’d simply be wasted house. I might personally put in some cabinets and one other rug.
Off the kitchen, we have now a laundry room.
That is what the suburbs are good for, to me. That is the profit. If I lived within the suburbs (which I hope to by no means do), I might demand to have a laundry room the dimensions of a New York Metropolis bed room with a deep, deep sink. Lovely.
Let’s transfer on.
Now, sadly, I have to be part of Chris in his confusion. The place the fuck is that this? I do not know the place this room is. I can’t inform if the home is formed like a U or if it’s a huge sq. or whether it is windy like a snake. I feel the later can be probably the most enjoyable however nobody consulted me. If that they had, I might have instructed them that nobody is posting Pelotons anymore, which is how I do know their day within the solar is over, and in addition that this rug is not less than 5 instances too small.
Good room for actions, although. Possibly it could possibly be a craft room, if we will discover the place it’s.
Here’s a bed room:
A half wall is at all times an attention-grabbing selection for a bed room, however it looks as if this bed room is by some means lofted. The place does this home go uphill? What is occurring? What’s beneath it! I flipped backwards and forwards by means of these photographs for a full hour and couldn’t determine it out, so it’s one in every of historical past’s mysteries.
In right here we have now a rug that’s precisely the identical coloration as the ground. Who made this choice? Hearth them.
However I’m not totally towards the open bed room. Certain, it could be a completely not possible home to reside in with youngsters, however not everybody has youngsters. Having the daylight appears extra necessary than having the privateness for the few instances a yr company made it out to see you within the suburbs.
There may be one other bed room on this home, however it appears principally the identical, so we are going to transfer on.
Here’s a toilet.
This bathroom is WAY too near the counter. I might have a everlasting bruise on my shoulder from by some means managing to face up into the nook of this sink. And at 2,236 sq. toes, there’s no purpose for the lavatory to be this small. I do know it isn’t excellent to have a pedestal sink since you lose storage in a home that you just completely might by no means grasp a shelf in, however it’s a must to do it right here. This large picket block makes this toilet appear tiny! There may be one other toilet that additionally appears small, however it too is usually white and cramped.
Right here is one other residing house, although!
That is thrilling to me. I like this slanted window, I like that there’s one other hearth in right here. I like the inbuilt desk. I feel you want one other sofa in right here, or higher, you could possibly proceed that inbuilt cushion platform round and create a customized dialog pit!
General, I dislike this home 300 % lower than I disliked the dungeon, however I’m nonetheless unsure that I might wish to reside right here. I wish to paint a wall and grasp an artwork and have extra issues than this home would enable, however I see the way it could possibly be a gorgeous thrilling place for another person to reside!
This week’s home has been listed on Zillow for $315,000 for 10 days. It’s presently underneath contract. Should you purchased this home, please invite me to go to. I would love to sit down by the hearth whereas it snows.