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Subject:  Re: Open question: What to put into a new house? Date:  3/5/2004  1:39 PM
Author:  sailrmac Number:  47251 of 137384

Earthquake reinforcement (yes even in area's not known for earthquakes).
Basically extra screws drilled from house supports into foundation, extra rebar in foundation and these twisted metal join thingies at all major corners. Costs a couple hundered max when you are building but thousands afterword. Allows your house to give without breaking in earthquakes, high winds, etc and significantly adds to the stability of your home.

Energy saving green stuff. Windows and insulation are a big part of it but there's others (3 foot overhangs, extra breathing in the roof, solar heated hot water, maybe solar electricity, see websites for more info.).

Now the personal preference, non-money stuff:

Beuautiful windows that absolutely maximize any view, with tinting to keep out the sun and add to privacy.

Wood burning stove.

Excercise room.

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