Wednesday, 16 July 2008
During this summers trip to California I have a couple of major tasks to complete besides just enjoying life with family OTW. Firstly I have to get my present home ready to sell, not a major task I hope, as it's in a good area and is in good condition.I'm not looking forward to putting stuff in storage however as it is something I've never done before.The second task is however going to be more of a problem...that of buying a new home. I intend to buy in the Napa valley closer to Vinogirl and Vinomaker as I like the area and Princess OTW will have access to family and the vinodogs. The problems will start when I start viewing when I return from Utah at the end of the month. I know quite a bit about most styles of homes in England and have worked on many of the more popular and some of the rarer. I don't want an English style home because...it isn't England, but my knowledge of American style homes is only rather cursory.I have been a householder here and involved (slightly) in a new build here,coupled with a crash course in various aspects acquired through reading and bugging Vinomaker I am I know only too ill equipped for the coming struggle. I am hoping rather like a vulture that the recent property crash will stand me in good stead as regards price but it's no help in the task of actually understanding the finer points of American architecture. As a quick summary I need ...a few acres...a decent house to live in now but a house that will benefit from major rebuild and extension...plus room for a guest house and shop...oh and a nice view!....any ideas?