My parents’ house was built in the 1960s. My grandparents’ house was built in the 1970s. My uncle’s house was built in the 1980s. My grandparents’ house was built in the 1990s. My parents’ house was built in the 2000s. My grandparents’ house was built in the 2010s. My parents’ house was built in the 2020s. And so on.
Sure, some of these homes are more recently built than others, but when I put this to a friend she was like, “Why do you insist on building houses in the exact same year?” And I’m like, “Because that’s how they work on TV.
I don’t know why we care, but my family doesn’t. One of the reasons the house is so expensive is because it was built in the ’80s. My grandfather and great-grandfather used to build houses for the wealthy in the ’80s. My grandfather was a real estate developer who worked with my dad on the development of the homes we live in.
We all know that houses are very expensive and that the average American spends between a third and a half of their gross income on them. The vast majority of homes in the country are built in the 80s so that means that in order to build a house, you’re almost guaranteed to spend a ton of money.
My grandfather was an innovator. He would have his architects build a house with no windows to be sure that the house would be airtight. Then he would have them add a window, which would either be a window with a light above it or a window with a light below it. Eventually they would add one or two more windows and the house would be complete.
So, how are you going to build a house with no windows on it? Well, you can try building a house with no windows with a window that says “I’m a fire hydrant”. But that house is going to be a lot smaller. After all, you need a fire hydrant to start a fire. So what do you do? You build a house with no windows in it.
The above description is almost identical to the one I used to write when I first started writing about city furniture fort. I guess that’s why I call it an “explanation.” I think this is exactly how I built your house.
A lot of people have the “no windows” theory. But the fact is, windows are a pretty essential part of the design process. The reason is because you want to have light sources in the corners of your house. In fact, when I was in college I worked for a company that started out with some clients who wanted a house with no windows. They were looking for a big, open plan living space with all the windows facing in to the backyard.
When I first got the house I was so excited I wanted to paint it. But I did put in a lot of windows and doors that I didn’t even notice until I came to renovate it again a few years later, so I’m not sure I’ve ever fully forgiven myself for not having a window in the first place.
People are always surprised that they don’t have to worry about the windows anymore, but the truth is we tend to think of them as “sitting on the outside” of the house when in reality they are almost always an integral part of the room. Of course, they can be a problem if you don’t do your best to get them out of the way.