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Old 03-06-2007, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Central Fl
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There are so many threads here with opinions on how good/bad Florida and the snow belt is, just for fun I thought I'd post a picture of both. It kind of puts in perspective the differences.......

House we designed and built and will be selling in a few years.....


Things I'll miss about it.....the acres of lawn to mow, (I like mowing), the fireplace, the deck and pool, the big kitchen and 17' ceilings, the central vac and huge garage, THE BASEMENT!!!!!, the two big walk in attics, etc,etc.......
Things I won't miss......the higher taxes, the snow, the cold, did I mention the snow??

New house.........



I think we will like living there, I love the neighbors, the activities, etc....I hope I can get used to NO BASEMENT, and a smaller garage, not going out into the woods to cut my christmas tree, ........I'll miss a Christmas snow,(a little).......all in all it will be a big adjustment, but one that I think we will like.......it may be hard going to a house less than half of what you are used to......no steps anywhere....it IS a whole different life...it gives one much to think about......

I do think it is cool driving in Florida seeing all those little reflectors on the road....it's almost like driving on an airport runway....

Questions......Do Florida people who own hot tubs just keep them unheated in the summer? How many times a year do orange trees get picked?, Just one?

One thing I did notice about the new house that I don't like.....when you turn on the hot water, it seems to take a LONG time to get hot...I'm guessing that the pipes from the hot water tank in the garage go under the slab, cool down, then come up to your sink....so you have to run a LOT of water to get the hot water to you. Is this common?? If so, I think I'll install individual instant hot water makers, (tankless) for the kitchen, etc.....it seems like SUCH a waste of water.....are ALL florida houses like this?? you would think they would have insulated the pipes when building.....

Sorry for the rambling.....the real truth is that I miss the new house down there, and I hate the cold up here......this forum is like real therapy for me, it helps just being in contact with all of you, and in a strange way, when I am on here discussing Florida, I do not miss it as much.

thank you all.....

Frank D.
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Old 03-06-2007, 12:22 PM
 
Location: central fl
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my daughter is 10 and was born in florida. she has never seen snow until last month. my wife took her to see family in new hampshire. my daughter didnt really equate snow and cold. she told me she likes snow but will only go back to the snow in the summer time. i thought it was funny.
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Old 03-06-2007, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Central Fl
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Curt,
What a great story.....very cute. If it were only that way!!

Frank D.
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Old 03-06-2007, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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It is tough being up here and knowing you have a home in FL. It kills me that somebody else is livig in MY house! :-(

Sun, all the way! Can't help it - 52 years of snow is more than enough.
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Old 03-06-2007, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Central Fl
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NMS,
Just think of them as your "Caretakers"....keeping the house up for you.

I need to get mine rented to help pay for the closing costs, furniture, etc. The budget is a bit tight right now, paying for the upkeep of two houses...some rent would be nice.....

Frank D.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Questions......Do Florida people who own hot tubs just keep them unheated in the summer? How many times a year do orange trees get picked?, Just one?

Sometimes we keep our hot tub heated just in case we want to get in -- but we do turn it down in the summer. (There have been times we emptied it and left it until winter.) And, just in case you lose electricity during a hurricane, we have the hot water available!

One thing I did notice about the new house that I don't like.....when you turn on the hot water, it seems to take a LONG time to get hot...I'm guessing that the pipes from the hot water tank in the garage go under the slab, cool down, then come up to your sink....so you have to run a LOT of water to get the hot water to you. Is this common?? Yes. If so, I think I'll install individual instant hot water makers, (tankless) for the kitchen, etc My husband just said that would be a great idea and he thinks he read where you can get an energy credit for that -- check it out first.....it seems like SUCH a waste of water.....are ALL florida houses like this?? you would think they would have insulated the pipes when building.....If you ever get a water leak under the slab, they (plumbers) would likely run the lines overhead. But most are initially under the slab.

Ahhh....such a learning experience, huh?
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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NMS,
Just think of them as your "Caretakers"....keeping the house up for you.

I need to get mine rented to help pay for the closing costs, furniture, etc. The budget is a bit tight right now, paying for the upkeep of two houses...some rent would be nice.....

Frank D.

I have to admit getting that check in the mail did ease the burden a bit.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Central Fl
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I like the idea of running the pipes overhead....I'll have to think about that a bit...the kitchen wall does not come up all the way to meet the ceiling, so it would be a bit challenging........but I've always liked a challenge.

I'd use 3/4 inch pipe so you would not lose pressure when more then one faucet was on....I'll have to check local codes to see if you are allowed to use plastic, PEX, or just copper.........copper is just so expensive right now.

When I finally move into the house, I plan on re-tiling a lot, doing new kitchen cabinets, countertops, etc.....maybe pop out a window or two and put a small addition on.......definately re-do the lanai room and replace the film-like windows with REAL windows......(do they even sell double pane windows down there??)

When I'm done it will be like a new house....I'm never happy without a project or two....

Frank D.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Naples
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Everyone has different preferences. I personally like overcast days, once in a while. I also like to be able turn off the AC more than a couple times a year. But that's me. I prefer a couple months of snow over 6 months of oppressive heat, running from AC to AC.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:36 PM
 
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Give me the palm trees over snow anyday! Believe me, you'll get used to living without a basement. :-)
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