For today’s blog, let’s talk about the typical exterior and interior features of Brookside homes. Even though these homes were built in the first few decades of the 1900s, they never seem to go out of style. Interiors can be renovated and stripped of the original charm (ouch!) —but newly built homes rarely match the strong durable materials used on the outside in the 1920s. (There’s a reason you rarely see new homes built with brick–very expensive!) But like any house, both inside and outside need maintenance. One of the attractions of our neighborhood is the various styles and details you see from block to block–it’s not a cookie cutter area where most homes look the same.
Here’s a short list of the many exterior features of Brookside single family homes:
*Built with brick, stucco, and/or stone, sometimes accented with wood
*Steep peaked roofs (especially in the Tudor style)
*Wide, welcoming front porch
*Detached garage, or basement garage (some have attached garages)
*Sometimes a shared or easement driveway
*Tall trees on the lot with wide trunks, roots can push up sidewalks.
Walking around the inside of the house, you may find:
*Detailed crown moldings
*Arched doorways, small breakfast nooks, large dining rooms
*Original windows, sometimes with leaded and/or stained glass
*Fireplace, sometimes with elaborate stonework
*Stone foundation basement
*Smaller backyard area
*Knob and tube electrical wiring (may be inactive)
*Laundry hookups in basement
Finally, here are common floorplans in Brookside:
*Two Story –all bedrooms on the second floor
*Bungalow—two bedrooms on first floor; one or two bedrooms on the second floor
*Ranch—all bedrooms and living space on main level
Because Brookside offers so many different styles of homes, often on the same block, get familiar what’s offered and how it suits your lifestyle. For example, if you prefer a smaller home and don’t cook much—a bungalow with a galley might fit your needs. The two story floorplan typically has a larger kitchen and more living space on that main level due to all bedrooms on the second floor. Take note of the way the home flows as you walk through–how does it make you feel? Which floorplan best suits your furniture? Some of these smaller bedrooms will not handle a king size bed!
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