Memorable Automobiles from The Past:
The '37 Ford
The '37 Ford
Note: We had a unique comment yesterday about auto license plates in the UK. Thanks for the insight, Victor.
Most readers know I was a builder for a few years. I have been asked about special requests in houses that seemed strange to me.
I had a man show me the plans he wanted me to build on one of my lots. The house had no closets. We talked a little and he preferred wardrobes or the armoire. It makes the house more flexible. They can be moved to accommodate changes. I explained I would be glad to do that if he could put the price of the house in escrow because if something happened and he changed his mind I would have a tough time selling a house with no closets. Of course I never built the house.
Another, Once the lady of the house requested a ‘garden door’ (sectional glass door) into her bathrooms. She preferred curtains for privacy. I complied, but always smiled at the idea.
One other small one, I always installed toothbrush holders, toilet paper and towel racks in the bathrooms on my spec houses. Once I built for one sweet lady who said she wanted no accessories, holders nor racks in her baths. It was odd at the time, but now that is not unusual.
Oh yes there was one more. On the lot where I did not build the house with ‘no closets’, I did build for a nice couple from the Bahamas. Wall to wall carpet was still the thing at the time, and the wife also wanted the carpet in her kitchen and bathrooms. In my mind I said, ‘ouch, what will this look like in a few years?’ We did it. Years later I was visiting in the home to talk about a possible addition and the carpet looked brand new.
I had to ask, “Do you cook in that kitchen?”
She smiled, “I know you thought I was a little off when I asked for the carpet there, but I am a good house keeper and YES, I cook and even spill things, but booboos’ get immediate attention.” She was amazing.