Do You Know What Your Home Looked Like When It Was Built?

Well, now I know what mine looked like.  My house was built in 1949, and since then it has had several additions built on it.  Nevertheless, when I pulled out the photo that was sent from the Washington State Archives, my husband and I were surprised to see the little tiny warbox that used to be our house.  

We spent the next 30 minutes moving from room to room, trying to figure out the history of each area and what had taken place during each of the additions.  It was so interesting to see our home with no garage, no landscaping, no trees in front, and no fences.  And it used to be so small... 

It made me wonder, would anyone buy a new construction home this small today, even if the small size was reflected in the price?  As Americans we have really forgotten what we(or in my case, my parents), grew up with and expected out of a home 50 years ago.  I actually did grow up in an 800 sq ft house, and come to think of it, we were always cramped for space(can you say 'Jack and Jill' closet?) But it forced us to spend time in the same room together, for better or for worse. 

I am aware of the statistics, and how the average American home has grown, and how even first time home buyers have come to expect at least 2 bathrooms and three bedrooms in their very first home. Not that I'm knocking that in any way.  Our house in 1950

The people who bought my home in 1950 and lived there for 49 years apparently decided not to purchase the 3 bedroom model next door; instead, they added an addition to the home each decade they were in it, until this 800 square foot home became almost 1900 square feet of rambler, all but swallowing up the backyard. Now everyone in my family can escape to their own oasis, for better or for worse.


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Comment balloon 5 commentsLisa Bosques • November 03 2007 12:31AM


My sisters home was built around 1850.  She has some really cool pictures of her home.



Posted by Jeff Kessler, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Austin Homes, Realtors over 11 years ago
Interesting. I would like to see what it looks like now that would be an interesting comparison! Thanks for the post Danielle
Posted by Todd and Danielle Millar, Sixteen years of excellence! (Glenn Simon Inc.) over 11 years ago
Have you thought about framing the old pics of the home.  I love old houses they seem to tell a story.
Posted by Ginger Magoon, Bryan, College Station Texas Real Estate (Remax - Bryan College Station) over 11 years ago

Hey Lisa; Very cool you could come up with an early photo of your home!

The first home my wife and I ever bought was built in 1925. I tried to get an original photo from the archives at the local library, in Everett, but I had no luck. They did have alot of old photos of homes, just really none in our neighborhood.


Posted by Harold Miller, Everett Home Inspector (Miller Home Inspection) over 11 years ago
What about posting a current photo... you're leaving us hanging!
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

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