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3 TIPSFORBUYINGANACREAGE Do you dream of a beautiful home on a quiet piece of land in the country? Perhaps you grew up on an acreage, or maybe you’ve always wanted to live on one. While some of the tips for buying a home in a city or town also apply to purchasing a home in the country, there are a few acreage-specific things you should consider first. Services and maintenance. Even if you’re buying a home with water, sewer and electricity already in place, there are other services you should think about before making an offer. Some acreages – especially if they’re located in a subdivision – come with weekly garbage and recycling collection, while on others you’ll need to handle it yourself. Also find out about snow removal and road maintenance. If your driveway is long, consider how you’ll keep it clear during the winter months. Likewise, if a property has a lot of grass it will need to be maintained. Insurance. Another difference between purchasing a property within the limits of a town or city versus one outside is the distance you’ll be from the fire station. Fire protection is a must, and your insurance premiums may be more expensive depending on how quickly the fire department can reach your home in case of a fire. Zoning. If your acreage-life dreams include a dugout, a workshop or any other major changes to the land, know that zoning ordinances may prohibit certain alterations and additions. Also, just as within a municipality, there may be bylaws restricting the kinds of activities that can take place on a property. It’s best to know the rules before you make a purchase!

COOLROOFS Researchers are looking into how cool roofs may help reduce heat wave exposures in California. Coating roofs with white protectant or installing sunlight reflecting tiles in highly populated urban areas could be one solution. In order for cool roofs to make a difference in the amount of people exposed to high temperatures, a large majority of roofs in an area would need to be converted to cool roofs. Those conducting the study found that if every building in California had cool roofs by 2050, it could bring down the annual number of heat wave exposures from 80 million to 45 million. A ISFORARTDECO As with so many design styles, art deco began as a rejection to a previous trend – art nouveau. Whereas art nouveau was influenced by nature and fluidity, art deco borrowed from more linear design styles such as cubism, modernism and futurism. Originally popularized in the 1920s, art deco embraced manmade materials as well as the use of metals, lacquer and zigzag patterns. One of the most famous North American art deco buildings is so iconic you may not realize it’s art deco at all. New York’s Chrysler Building was completed in 1930 and briefly stood as the tallest building in the world. Clad in steel and decorated with a multitude of metal ornaments, including gargoyles, replicas of radiator caps and eagles, the building is both futuristic and a nod to Gothic-era cathedrals. Other well known examples of art deco in architecture include the Empire State Building, France’s Palais de Tokyo and London’s Hoover Building.

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