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Is There More Wind Than There Used To Be?

By on February 27, 2017 in Home Construction

As a home inspector, I am always looking at the exterior of the home with regards to how the home has weathered over the years since being constructed and whether the exterior shell is providing the proper protection for the interior elements. My wife hasn’t noticed any difference, but living where we do on top of a small mountain (the top of my driveway is 978 feet...

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What is the purpose of a Cupola?

By on February 25, 2017 in Home Construction

Still on the theme of uncommon architectural features on homes and barns, I was driving past a house the other day with a cupola on top and matching cupola on the barn, and I started to wonder about the origin of the cupola. So after some research, it turns out that cupolas are not just for show. They were invented with a practical purpose in mind. In fact it seems...

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What is a Canadian Dormer?

By on October 14, 2016 in Home Construction

Canadian Dormers are an architectural feature that is common around many parts of New Hampshire. Interestingly enough, if you “Google” them, you don’t find any information on them. But talking to many builders around New Hampshire, the name is appropriate and does apply to the feature. And as home inspectors, we don’t necessarily have to know what many features are...

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What exactly is a Beverly Jog?

By on November 8, 2015 in Home Construction

As home inspectors, we are often confronted with architectural peculiarities on homes. Often times we are left wondering what we are looking at. So today we came across a feature on a house in Francestown, New Hampshire known as “Beverly Jog.” I would describe the portion of the home as simply an addition to the original home with a shed roof. But upon researching...

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Cellar Vs Basement

By on September 29, 2015 in Home Construction

Cellar versus Basement Which term correctly describes the space? Is there a difference between the two terms? There is actually a huge debate raging over this topic as there seems to be no actual standard definition used universally throughout the country. And depending on what region of the country you’re from, it can be called either a basement or a cellar. And in...

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