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    HA! Well.... I went crazy.....

    And with that, ZmanPLAN went crazy and is building a house to be completed in May.
    The papers were signed yesterday and construction shall begin soon (weather permitting).
    It's biggest drawback is that my commute ballooned to 20 miles instead of 4.
    But with that, I am getting a new home with warranty, it is Built Green with energy efficent windows, furnace, and water heater that never runs out and last twice as long as typical water heaters. Also the air filters are hypoallergenic, and there is an air circulation system that heats/cools the house evenly.
    3bd/2bth and because this was one of the last lots, a walkout basement and elevated deck and thrown in for free.
    For about $2000 more we were able to get a new place with all the features described above rather than an older place for the same amount, were a couple thousand in updating is needed.
    This is defiently a good place for resale, but by the sound of it, we may stay in there longer than a typical starter house would entail.
    Pictures may be posted periodically (if anyone is interested), this is a very exciting time and I couldn't sleep last night.
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
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    Congrats. And please DO share your photos. I know how excited you can feel about a new home.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
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    Congrats on the (soon to be) new house.


    Though, is the commute sacrifice really worth it (gas, extra wear&tear, lost time)?
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Congrats, I also bought a new home.


    Top of the line baby
    A guy once told me, "Do not have any attachments, do not have anything in your life you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner."


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    Quote Originally posted by Rumpy Tunanator
    Congrats, I also bought a new home.


    Top of the line baby
    Can you help find me one of those with two additional bedrooms for the little guys?? Thanks!!

    On a more serious note: ZMan, CONGRATS!!! The commute doesnt sound all that bad, then again you are in Colorado, I dont know if you are near mountains or what, but I imagine the snow could get bad?? Regardless, building a new house will be nice, if you and your g-friend make it through that, you can probably make it through anything Good luck and post pics often!! Congradulations!!

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    Quote Originally posted by Rumpy Tunanator
    Congrats, I also bought a new home.


    Top of the line baby
    (whistle of appreciation) Say, that's quite a deluxe model you went in for this time. Roomy and warm from the looks. I'm curious though, don't you find the ventilation qualities of the 200 PSI test corrugated to be inferior to the old 180's refrigerator box? Also, I would think you'd want to go with the new waxed surface carboard models - a little spilled cologne or cough syrup can be easily wiped away and doesn't necessarily mean another trip to the dumpster behind ABC Warehouse after an accident. Just a suggestion.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Zman - that is wonderful news! Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally posted by Rumpy Tunanator
    Congrats, I also bought a new home.
    And in Buffalo, you'll be paying about $5,000 a year in property taxes on it. You're probably hounded by aluminum siding salesmen, too. Try to throw the house away, and you'll have preservationists on your back. "That Frigidaire carton was designed by noted industrial designer and Buffalo native Stan Kowalczakski! It must be saved!" (sorry preservationists)

    zmanPLAN - are you going to be out in one of the little Weld County farm towns that are booming from "drive to qualify" FC/LL commuters?
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    Congrats! Exciting to begin building such a house.

    And pat on the back for going green. While a green roof is not feasible for a house, have you considered using the new type of roofing shingle that is white in colour? It does much to reduce the effect of urban heat island and is such an obvious thing that it should be everywhere.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    zmanPLAN - are you going to be out in one of the little Weld County farm towns that are booming from "drive to qualify" FC/LL commuters?
    Exactly. It is east of Fort Collins and a 20 mile commute to work south of Fort Collins.

    And to answer the gas and traffic issues, the Forester I bought in October gets 27 mpg in the city, and (as for now) the county roads in the area are pretty vacant, and the stretch of I-25 doesn't get too backed up. I'll find some routes throughout the course of building (and driving over to check on it) and fmaybe find a decent (and safe) bike route.
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    Quote Originally posted by zmanPLAN
    Exactly. It is east of Fort Collins and a 20 mile commute to work south of Fort Collins.

    And to answer the gas and traffic issues, the Forester I bought in October gets 27 mpg in the city, and (as for now) the county roads in the area are pretty vacant, and the stretch of I-25 doesn't get too backed up. I'll find some routes throughout the course of building (and driving over to check on it) and fmaybe find a decent (and safe) bike route.
    Your making me miss it out there!! As much as I disliked Laramie, I loved Fort Collins...again good luck!!

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    Quote Originally posted by Rumpy Tunanator
    Congrats, I also bought a new home.


    Top of the line baby
    Sweet, the addition blends in nicely too. I almost thought it was all original. Impressive ventilation system on it too. Not much of a yard though.

    Congrads Z
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    Congrats, ZMP. And yes, we want photos!

    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    And in Buffalo, you'll be paying about $5,000 a year in property taxes on it. You're probably hounded by aluminum siding salesmen, too. Try to throw the house away, and you'll have preservationists on your back. "That Frigidaire carton was designed by noted industrial designer and Buffalo native Stan Kowalczakski! It must be saved!" (sorry preservationists)
    No offense taken. (I like the *Stan* touch, btw.)
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    Congratulations! You move d pretty fast on that one. It took me about two months to find a place.
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    Sounds like you're getting a great place. A twenty mile commute isn't all that awful and at least your car gets decent mileage. I know from friends how pricey housing can get as you move in toward Fort Collins, so I certainly won't bash you for that. Is there some nearby commercial, i.e. grocery stores, restaurants, etc? That would really make it pretty convenient.

    Is the water heater they put in one of those "on-demand" water heaters where it's not sitting there having to keep a tank of water hot constantly. I've heard really good things about those regarding convenience because they don't take up a huge amount of space and give you hot water immediately rather than you having to wait. I think they are pretty popular in Europe, as I recall. Balanced HVAC will do wonders for your heating/cooling bill; we just had that done here at City Hall and the Finance Director said she saw about a 15% drop in the electric bill compared to the previous month with no real change in temperature.

    *sigh* I wish we could have basements down here in Texas.

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    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman
    Is there some nearby commercial, i.e. grocery stores, restaurants, etc? That would really make it pretty convenient.
    Grocery is on way home from work
    Most importantly, there is a liquor store nearby.

    Is the water heater they put in one of those "on-demand" water heaters where it's not sitting there having to keep a tank of water hot constantly. I've heard really good things about those regarding convenience because they don't take up a huge amount of space and give you hot water immediately rather than you having to wait.
    Exactly right, it is mounted to the wall and completes the very same tasks you have described. Even in my small apartment, it takes a looooong time to get hot water, this one will be great!
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    Hey zman, that is great news! Congratulations. Please do share photos

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    Congratulations, ZMAN. It's even great that you're excited and losing sleep over your green house.

    Can't wait to see pics of your green house!

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    Congrats, and hope you're able to bike it to work often.

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    Congratulations!

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    Congrats! Please post lots of pics
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

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    If I have an opportunity with my house, I am definitely putting in one of those on-demand water heaters. That might be really handy in one of those old, historic houses that never seem to have enough closet space.

    I just realized that in my last post I forgot to congratulate you on your purchase! The couple of green builders we have down here in San Antonio do excellent work (seems like their care for the environment, etc translates to care for the customer), so I'm sure yours will be great. I hope you make lots of great memories in your new "Casa de ZmanPlan"! Definitely post some picks as the sticks go up!

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    congrats! Buying a house is the worst and best thing you can do.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    congrats to both posters!

    I am wondering if I should have installed an on-demand water heater when I recently updated mine. It was quite a bit more, I found.

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    Sweet News

    Good job, now, who is the builder? McStain? Village? DR Horton? KB Homes?
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