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Porches Are Making a Comeback

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Porches Are Making a Comeback
National Association of Home Builders article by Daily Real Estate News | October 6, 2017

More new homes are coming equipped with front porches. Sixty-five percent of new single-family homes started in 2016 included a porch, according to a Census data analysis from the National Association of Home Builders. It’s only the second time since tracking began that new single-family homes with porches have moved back above 65 percent. For comparison, in 2005, 54 percent of new homes had porches.

Certain regions of the U.S. are showing higher preference for porches. For example, the East-South-Central region of the U.S. had the highest share of new homes started in 2016 with porches at 86 percent.

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The Census data from the Survey of Construction report does not indicate much information about the look of the porches. However, the NAHB reports that the Annual Builder Practices Survey, conducted by Home Innovation Research Labs, shows that front porches on new homes tend to be more common than side porches. Also, most new home porches are open rather than screened.

The average size of a front porch on a new home is about 60 square feet, according to the report. The materials used often tend to be concrete and treated wood. However, some regions—like the Mountain and Pacific areas of the U.S.—tend to favor redwood over treated wood for their front porches.

Source: “Share of New Homes With Porches Back Over 65 Percent,” National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog (Oct. 5, 2017); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 100617

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LOL Friday! Baseball in Heaven…

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Baseball in Heaven

Two old men, Abe and Sol, sit on a park bench feeding pigeons and talking about baseball. Abe turns to Sol and asks, “Do you think there’s baseball in Heaven?”

Sol thinks about it for a minute and replies, “I dunno. But let’s make a deal — if I die first, I’ll come back and tell you if there’s baseball in Heaven, and if you die first, you do the same.”

They shake on it and sadly, a few months later, poor Abe passes on. Soon afterward, Sol sits in the park feeding the pigeons by himself and hears a voice whisper, “Sol… Sol… .”

baseball gifSol responds, “Abe! Is that you?”

“Yes it is, Sol,” whispers Abe’s ghost.

Sol, still amazed, asks, “So, is there baseball in Heaven?”

“Well,” says Abe, “I’ve got good news and bad news.”

“Gimme the good news first,” says Sol.

Abe says, “Well, there is baseball in Heaven.”

Sol says, “That’s great! What news could be bad enough to ruin that?”

Abe sighs and whispers, “You’re pitching on Friday.”

Written by Kenneth Bargers

May 10, 2013 at 8:06 am

I thought about Whitney Houston today! She is missed…

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I thought about Whitney today and she is missed! All day people were talking about her perfection of the National Anthem in 2001 as we listened and compared to Beyonce doing a wonderful job at the Inauguration.

Out of all of Whitney’s amazing vocal performances one of her last recordings, I Look To You, is one of my favorites as she reflected on her journey and life.

Written by Kenneth Bargers

January 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Remembrance of September 11, 2011…God Bless America!

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September 10, 2012 at 10:57 pm

LOL Friday! “You know you’re a redneck when”…

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“You know you’re a redneck when” …

  1. You take your dog for a walk and you both use the same tree.
  2. You can entertain yourself for more than 15 minutes with a fly swatter.
  3. Your boat has not left the driveway in 15 years.
  4. You burn your yard rather than mow it.
  5. You think “The Nutcracker” is something you do off the high dive.
  6. The Salvation Army declines your furniture.
  7. You offer to give someone the shirt off your back and they don’t want it.
  8. You have the local taxidermist on speed dial.
  9. You come back from the dump with more than you took.
  10. You keep a can of Raid on the kitchen table.
  11. Your wife can climb a tree faster than your cat.
  12. Your grandmother has “ammo” on her Christmas list.
  13. You keep flea and tick soap in the shower.
  14. You’ve been involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.
  15. You go to the stock car races and don’t need a program.
  16. You know how many bales of hay your car will hold.
  17. You have a rag for a gas cap.
  18. Your house doesn’t have curtains, but your truck does.
  19. You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean.
  20. You can spit without opening your mouth.
  21. You consider your license plate personalized because your father made it.
  22. Your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.
  23. You have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say “Cool Whip” on the side.
  24. The biggest city you’ve ever been to is Wal-Mart.
  25. Your working TV sits on top of your non-working TV.
  26. You’ve used your ironing board as a buffet table.
  27. A tornado hits your neighborhood and does $100,000 worth of improvements.
  28. You’ve used a toilet brush to scratch your back.
  29. You missed your 5th grade graduation because you were on jury duty.
  30. You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65.

Written by Kenneth Bargers

August 10, 2012 at 8:27 am

LOL Friday! Golfing with an Older Man…

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Golfing with an Older Man

A young man who was also an avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in nine holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone. Not being able to say no, he allowed the old gent to join him.

To his surprise the old man played fairly quickly. He didn’t hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn’t waste much time. Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the young man found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball – and directly between his ball and the green.

After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot the old man finally said, “You know, when I was your age I’d hit the ball right over that tree.”

With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally lay.

The old man offered one more comment, “Of course, when I was your age that pine tree was only three feet tall.”

Written by Kenneth Bargers

August 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

Donna Summer: Rest In Peace – 123148-051712

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Written by Kenneth Bargers

May 17, 2012 at 11:57 am


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