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Old 09-15-2004, 10:06 PM
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I have been posting here for a couple of years now. Post about some strange types of homes and problems. This board has been a great help and learning experience. I know some of you have had some of the same.

What are some of the strangest subject that you have done?
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Old 09-15-2004, 10:21 PM
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I've done the usual porn house (mirrors, raised platform for the bed, extensive plugs, etc), houses of prostitution complete with beer vending machine, etc.

I guess one of the oddest was a commercial job. I had to estimate the salvage value of a chemical fertilizer plant. Spent the day climbing around rusting piping, etc.
Old 09-15-2004, 11:16 PM
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A pet cemetery, that was interesting.

A mortuary, that was morbid.

A legal brothel, that was enjoyable. :dance: :dance: :dance:
Old 09-15-2004, 11:16 PM
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80 acre island in the middle of a mountain lake (2,000 ft elevation). Owner built a causeway to the island and had 2-25Kilowatt diesel generators in their own 'house' to run the whole thing. One year, the mountain lake (actually a large reservoir) had a low water level and he trenched over to public power........

9,000 sq.ft. 5 story home with elevators, 'widow walks', roman pool filled by natural springs, a radio shack on the top of the island and.....ready?......The entry gates were originally used in the movie 'Gone With the Wind'.............

Beautiful home..........The appraisal.....What a pain..... :cry:
Old 09-16-2004, 08:30 AM
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Two story "Rasta Block" home (about 5,000 sf) that could only be classified as "futureistic" (sp) with no interior doors, a wall of windows with no curtains or drapes, a cistern with a detached orginal two story camp home (about 500 sf) on site as the original homestead on about 15 acres. The "futureistic" home was incomplete with polished concrete floors on the first level and the master bedroom, bath and laundry "balconied" over the kitchen and great room with only pipe rails for a wall.

A single wide mobile home that had been completed enclosed and surrounded by site built additions. The only way I figured it out was the ceiling height and the fact that all the outter parts of the construction were on slab.

One of the few "bermed" or greatest majority of the home "under ground" houses in the Albuquerque market. Totally off the grid. Photo voltic electric system, cistern and a garden on the roof.

Old 09-16-2004, 10:19 AM
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Originally posted by Steve Wyrick@Sep 15 2004, 10:16 PM
A legal brothel, that was enjoyable. :dance: :dance: :dance:
Details would be a plus. :lol:
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Old 09-16-2004, 10:37 AM
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3000 sf below grade (bermed 5 sides), with active and passive solar heating (defunct) and a 7,000 SF foot underground tunnel to the lake boathouse (also mostly underground) with a concealed entrance.

House had two FULL kitchens for food preparation (ostensably origianlly for different types of cooking kinda a animal pet preparation AND kosher thing) ... and side store rooms to contain sufficient food to exist for several decades.

Central circulation of waterfall and pond system, and several other oddities.

Geiger counters aplenty, and purportedly when the new owners took possession they found stores of solid silver in hidden ceiling spaces.

The former owner became wealty through 'inventions' and the rumor mill has it he left the country 1/2 step ahead of the IRS.

Had a few others (converted silos, etc) but that was the oddest.
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Old 09-16-2004, 10:38 AM
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A 16' wide by 148' long two story bunker?
Picture is of the front of the house.
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Old 09-16-2004, 10:51 AM
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legal brothel, that was enjoyable
How much did you have to pay to get that job?

My favorites?

A pole shed made from used material, then a house built inside.
Two old manf. homes connected together.
A feed mill...nightmare
A commercial building on RR property...very difficult
a 8,000 SF home in a 400 ac. reserve, with private lake, horse barn, 4 story, square blocks sitting one on top the other at 45 degrees. The kitchen has a walk in Fridge and two commercial ovens. The owners had been seen by the care taker 15 times in 8 years.
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Old 09-16-2004, 11:05 AM
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an Octogon house; in our area, very difficult, one of only several that I know of;

sort of like doing an igloo in the desert :rainfro:

the road of life is always under construction
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