A Notebook About Our Home and Its Surroundings

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Hi! Welcome to House Notebook. My wife and I bought a new house in Delaware. We are very excited to have a new home but have a lot to learn about homeownership. This is the site where we share everything we learn about our new home and its surroundings.


  • Pros and Cons of Living Near a Freeway
    People always consider location when they buy a new home. Different families have different needs, such as the neighborhood, the schools, or the proximity to work and places where they need to shop. Others want to be in a busier part of town. Some homes are located near a freeway. There are advantages and drawbacks … Read more
  • Will Rain Hurt a New Asphalt Driveway?
    Asphalt is a popular material for driveways and roads. It is attractive and holds up similar to concrete, but it is less expensive. Depending on how well it was installed, it may require maintenance every few years, but it is less likely to crack because it is more flexible. The key is to ensure that … Read more
  • Why Do Some Kitchens Have Fluorescent Lights?
    The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house, and it needs to be well-lit. This has always been the case, and over time, people have looked for ways to make their kitchens the brightest room in the house. Some kitchens have fluorescent lights because they light up the space better than … Read more
  • Are Swallows Good to Have Around?
    Every spring, barn swallows come and make nests in warehouses, barns, residences, and other buildings. They are beautiful birds with blue backs, dark orange faces, and a light-colored chest. They have long, pointed wings and a forked tail. Although European legend says that barn swallows bring good luck, they can cause a great deal of … Read more
  • What Does 2.5 Bathrooms Mean?
    Whether you are looking for a new home or you want to rent a vacation home, you have probably seen the term 2.5 bathrooms. People often wonder what that means. It can be unclear and lead people to imagine a child’s bathroom or a half-size bathroom. 2.5 bathrooms describes a home that has two full … Read more
  • Are Kitchens Allowed in Basements?
    People are often looking for ways to enlarge their living spaces, and finishing the basement is a great option. Some people build home theaters, while others make extra bedrooms or playrooms. Some people even consider creating separate living quarters with a bedroom, a bathroom, and a kitchen. Kitchens are often allowed in basements as long … Read more