Better Than Historic or New

The William W. Early House is better than most historicĀ  and new homes in these ways (Energy-saving features in green):

Better Than Historic:

Victorian house with snow

We don’t get so much snow here any more, but usually a little each year. Not often as much as this and this amount never lasts longer than a week. It’s the perfect location with warm weather and a change of seasons.

  • Beauty of the Queen Anne Victorian: “one of the best examples of its type” (according to county historian)
  • New replica tin shingle roof
  • New, safe brick walkway
  • Paint job that’s not pitted – nice clean look
  • Insulation in exterior walls (modern fiber glass sheets – high quality)
  • Added IR-reflecting foil to attic floor in 2011 for improved insulation
  • Electricity up to code
  • Programmable networked thermostats (can adjust temperature when not home so it’ll be right when you get there)
  • Solar panels (use less electric from the grid, sell electricity to the grid)
  • On-demand water heater (no big heater and plenty of hot water when you need it)
  • Energy Star and/or efficient appliances (Miele dishwasher, GE Refrigerator, washing machine and dryer)
  • Fully air conditioned and humidity controlled
  • Large windows with screens can be used in place of air conditioning
  • Insulated attic
  • Fully restored with historic finishes
  • Working original pocket doors
  • New plaster walls
  • All windows are functional
  • Cable internet (and TV) with wifi throughout house and on porches
  • Smoke alarms installed to modern code
  • ADT home alarm system installed

Better Than New:

12 connected panels in yard shows dirt where cables were laid

Installed in 2011 behind outbuildings in northwest yard. Grass has regrown over ground where cables were placed.

  • Exterior higher quality (than plastic or aluminum) and gives better look
  • No annual homeowners dues (there’s a civic association which is optional to join)
  • Invisible storm windows insulate better than double pane vinyl
  • 3 working fire places plus 2 acres of woods that provide plenty of wood for winter
  • Solid construction can last at leastĀ  another 200 years
  • Well (historic well house) hooks up to five hoses for free water to water the yard and fill the historic pond.
  • Tin shingles can last at least 100 yrs.
  • Plaster walls give a better appearance with no joints or nails that can pop through
  • All copper gutters and downspouts
  • City water and sewers, but also historic well provides free water for watering lawn
  • Wood floors can last another 100+ years

Call to take a look at this house: 301-782-9922.



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