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BEFORE AND AFTER

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And, yes, that’s an updated version of an old farmhouse-style galvanized roof. They’re somewhat popular down here as they last darn near forever and can save 1/4 on your summer months’ (May – September) electric bills. For us, that should mean over $400/yr savings. Good for the environment and for my wallet.

14 Responses to “BEFORE AND AFTER”


Comment by
Tim Haas
March 17th, 2008
at 8:00 pm

That’s a lot of money to spend to have silk leaves and blossoms glued to your trees. Wouldn’t nature have put her own there in due time?


Comment by
Not June Cleaver
March 17th, 2008
at 8:06 pm

Wow! Nice how the new roof makes the sky look so much more blue.

I sure wish I had a porch on the front of my house. And how nice to see the Bradford Pear is blooming. That means spring isn’t far away for us here in Virginia.


Comment by
lori
March 17th, 2008
at 11:05 pm

What are these “leaves” and “blossoms” you people speak of? Foreign substances of some sort? Why do you not speak of “wintery mixes” and the like?


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
March 18th, 2008
at 3:25 am

You folks never heard of “marketing”? 🙂

The pear trees have been in full bloom for a week now. The one in the pic is just starting to leaf out at the top. Trees across the street have started to drop petals already.


Comment by
Andrea
March 18th, 2008
at 7:52 am

Here I was thinking you got a lawn. I’ve heard of those – they’re green, right?

Steel roofs are popular up here too. Snow slides right off ’em. 😀


Comment by
Traci
March 18th, 2008
at 11:02 am

Ah! brings back memories of growing up listening to the rain hit the porch roof. I wanted to get a roof like that when we needed one a few years ago. Couldn’t find anyone here in DE that installed them on regular houses…. mostly just commercial buildings. We ended up spending $10 grand for a regular shingle roof without so many pitches & cuts.


Comment by
Rob
March 18th, 2008
at 11:28 am

Sorry – no ‘get out of guilt free’ card for you. You still burn a crapload of fossil fuels to heat and cool about 2-3X the size of house you actually need. Look at that dang mansion – how many of you actually live there? $400/yr out of how much?

And what’s up with wasting all that water just to farm grass? Isn’t that a bit wasteful just to have an estate pleasing to your elite eye?

Rob
[evil conservative]
[no AC and lots of south facing windows in small house]
[doesn’t water yard]
[bought first compact flourescent bulb in 1992]
[smart aleck]
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Comment by
Tim Haas
March 18th, 2008
at 11:31 am

I’ve been there. What you don’t realize, Rob, is that it’s only 7 feet deep. They live laterally.


Comment by
COD
March 18th, 2008
at 1:08 pm

OK, I LOL’ed at Tim’s comment. But really, the liberal homeschool crowd would be disappointed in Daryl. We were unwelcomed from the local eclectic homeschool group for being too material. I guess they were offended by the 53″ TV in my basement.


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
March 18th, 2008
at 1:52 pm

Sorry – no ‘get out of guilt free’ card for you. You still burn a crapload of fossil fuels to heat and cool about 2-3X the size of house you actually need. Look at that dang mansion – how many of you actually live there? $400/yr out of how much?

And what’s up with wasting all that water just to farm grass? Isn’t that a bit wasteful just to have an estate pleasing to your elite eye?

We rarely run the furnace. During the winter it’s set at 64 ‘F. The AC will be set at 78 throughout the summer months. And the house isn’t as large as it looks in the photos– 2600+ sq ft for 6 of us. So, no mansion.

Electric bills during the summer months can run up to $350/month. It’s brutally hot here.

Finally, the only water the grass ever gets is what the FSM sends it. The vegetable garden, OTOH, will be drip irrigated.


Comment by
Rob
March 19th, 2008
at 11:51 am

Curses! His anti-guilt armor is too thick! I must go find easier pickings in more liberal fields.


Comment by
Nance Confer
March 19th, 2008
at 7:05 pm

Environmentally correct? Who cares!

I’m just jealous!

It’s a beautiful house!

Compared, mine is “nice.” Not even really. . . more “lived in” . . . but we might pay it off some day! 🙂

Enjoy!

Nance


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
March 19th, 2008
at 7:54 pm

Thanks. We like it. A lot.


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
March 19th, 2008
at 8:04 pm

Oh, the best feature of the house is the 5 acres it sits on.