Green Bay Packers Man Cave In Madison

October 21st, 2012 · No Comments

Madison, Wisconsin home with a man cave.  He loves his Green Bay Packers.

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Should be a lot of fun packing it up when the house sells.

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Old Homes In Iceland

October 21st, 2012 · 7 Comments

I went on vacation to Iceland for a week in late August & early September.  Of course, I’m always interested in homes.

The Skogasafn Museum in Skogar, Iceland (south Iceland) is chock full of old items from the 1800s to 1900s.  They also have old houses for visitors to check out.  I’ll share a few with you today.

Many of the older homes in Iceland are built with stone walls and sod roofs.  This is the entrance to a communal room, where residents ate, slept, & worked.  It was built around 1895.

old sod roof home house Skogar Iceland

From the front door, we look to the right and see two beds.

old sod roof home house Skogar Iceland

Then to the left, we see two more beds.  Short length too.  Really short.

old sod roof home house Skogar Iceland communal sleeping room

Panning further to the left, we see the opposite side of the room, with another adult bed on the right, and a baby’s bed on the left.

old sod roof home house Skogar Iceland communal sleeping room

Looking to the left again, we see a preparation table.

old sod roof home house Skogar Iceland communal sleeping room

Many of the rooms/homes were built in a line.  There might be a tack room for animals, a metal crafting/smithing room, and living quarters.

old sod roof home house Skogar Iceland

This is a separate kitchen/cooking room from 1880.  I can’t imagine how they did it all, especially in Icelandic winters when it’s dark 21 hours of the day.

old sod roof home house Skogar Iceland kitchen 1880

This farm house was built in 1919.  Common in southeast Iceland and east Iceland, farm houses had the cowshed (middle section) under the bedroom and main living area to keep it warm in winter.  This home was occupied until 1970, then restored in 1989 for the museum.

old farm house homestead home built 1919 Skogar Iceland

Another view of an older Iceland home with stone walls and sod roof.  Iceland itself is very green.  Lots of sheep and horses.  And glaciers and waterfalls.

old house homestead home Skogar Iceland sod roof

A more modern kitchen, from the early 1900s.

old house homestead home Skogar Iceland kitchen 1900s

Nice looking well-maintained home built in 1898 in the big city of Reykjavik, Iceland.  Notice how the two small upper windows are open?  I found this at almost every house and apartment building in Reykjavik.  And this is when late August temperatures are around 54 degrees F (12C).  A home owner told me that electricity is super cheap in Reykjavik.  Their electricity comes from thermal heat (volcano heat!!); steam-generated power plants.  And the homes have radiator heat with hot steam.  The owner said his electric bill is about $40US/month.  The houses can be toasty warm, so they open windows to cool them down.  Water is hot, hot, hot.  Almost scalding hot.

home house built in 1898 Reyjavik Iceland

Tiny house in Reykjavik, Iceland.  I saw this while walking around town.  Squeezed between two other homes.

small tiny home house Reyjavik Iceland

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They’re Growing Stepping Stones?

October 20th, 2012 · 4 Comments

I’m scratching my head.  Are they trying to grow stepping stones in the garden?  Why so many?  This is in the front yard.  Buyers will say, “Let’s walk up to the garden and admire the stepping stones”??

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Real Living

October 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Some homes are too sterile and lifeless, perhaps.  This one is full of life & maybe bacteria?

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Graffiti Damage

October 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Thanks, hoodlums, for ruining this house.

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No one can see your tagging inside, so what’s the point?

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Jerks.

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Messy In Tempe

October 19th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Uh, you’re selling your house.  Uh, you might want to tidy it up.  Right?

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The master bedroom.

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Another messy bedroom.  They get points for consistency?

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Looks like a nice house otherwise.

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Clutter in the kitchen.  Yes, buyers could look past the clutter and appreciate the home’s good features.  However, reality is most buyers would prefer clean and tidy and will associate clutter with the sellers not caring about and not caring for the house.

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Vinyl Funeral Planned

October 19th, 2012 · 2 Comments

This vinyl floor died long ago.  Let a buyer deal with it.

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Animal Kingdom

October 19th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Four different homes with a love of animals.

Wild elephant on the loose!

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African safari!

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Roosters, hens, and pigs.

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Giant ladybug!  Quick, get the Raid.

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The Big Show

October 18th, 2012 · 4 Comments

I saw snippets of colorful paint online and had to rush over and see it in person.  Enjoy.

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Will buyers wrestle with their decision to buy this home?  Can we pin them down to make a decision?  Do the photos paint a picture?  Did the sellers put on a big show?

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Delightful sponge paint with faux arches in the bathroom.

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The Kitchen Is the Hidden Object

October 18th, 2012 · 5 Comments

It’s a reverse hiding game.  Instead of trying to find certain objects in a kitchen, the objects are hiding the kitchen.  This was the only photo of the kitchen.

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