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And more with the promising

Hubby did some surfing, and found quite a few outside articles about Bigelow's energy efficiency and building methods. Overall, he's cautiously impressed. (The splashy stuff on the marketing site is all about the community angle, but there's a fair amount about their history and their approach to this stuff too, and it's nice to see it seems to hold up to review.) So far the only negative comment he's found is that they have standard kitchen fans with "the standard problems," whatever that means. If the worst thing people can find to say about them is that something is standard? Hey, liking that. Liking the realistically green overall philosophy for sure.

So far, aside from location (and Aurora isn't really any farther out that other areas we've already been considering), the only thing I could wish for that they don't seem to have is a basement. Looks like they do all slab/crawlspace, no doubt in part because of the energy use approach. We've gotten used to having one, but as long as there's sufficient storage, we've decided it's an acceptable tradeoff for other things.

Tomorrow, go with camera and get fact sheets. We shall see what we shall see. :-)

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thanatos_kalos
Nov. 22nd, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC)
::crosses fingers for you::
kirbyfest
Nov. 22nd, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
Check out what school district they're in. Aurora schools, overall, are not very good; everyone I know who has kids out there has to send them to private schools.

Just a warning. :)
wiliqueen
Nov. 22nd, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC)
On the list of things to check out, but thanks for the heads up.

Anything in particular they dislike?
kirbyfest
Nov. 22nd, 2004 07:37 pm (UTC)
Allegedly, the upper grades are often gang-infested. Now, that's not an immediate concern for you. :) But it speaks to the districts overall, as well as to the quality of teachers the schools are able to attract.

About the lower grades, I haven't heard a lot of specifics; people out there tend to talk like everyone knows why the kids all go private. (And I never had a reason to ask before!)

I ran into this site:

http://www.psk12.com/rating/USthreeRsphp/STATE_IL_level_Elementary_CountyID_0.html

The highest-ranking Aurora elementary school in Kane County is Aurora West-- and it's only #27. I can't figure out how to find how it ranks on a statewide basis, but then I have an antsy Dog of Wonder at my feet who, I believe, needs a walk. ;)

Now, I'm guessing there are probably some parts of Aurora that seep into Naperville schools, or even Batavia. Those are better. Plus, some of the private schools are terrific-- I think there's an Aurora Math and Science Academy that's amazing.

And even if you spawned a mini-Jack or mini-Val tomorrow, you've got several years before they hit school; you could easily move by then. I'm just uber-sensitive to the school thing-- for no apparent reason, given that the Dog of Wonder is not so much with the formal education. ;)
wiliqueen
Nov. 23rd, 2004 06:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link -- will definitely check it out. There's actually an elementary school within the bounds of this development, so I figure they'll give me so info on it, and I can investigate outside sources from there.
gryphons_lair
Nov. 22nd, 2004 07:51 pm (UTC)
Given that this is Tornado Country, I'd be leery of buying a house without a basement, myself.

Other than that, it sounds pretty good!

Oh, and I think the "usual problem" with kitchen fans is that they tend to drip when it rains.
wiliqueen
Nov. 23rd, 2004 06:41 am (UTC)
Given that this is Tornado Country, I'd be leery of buying a house without a basement, myself.

*chuckle* I lived in eastern Colorado for middle and high school. It's not tornado country unless you average a watch a week from June through August, and get at least three or four warnings in that time. And I'm used to basements not being terribly common there, for reasons that have never been entirely clear to me. The soil is a pretty thin, sandy layer, and one person with a shovel can hit sandstone in a lot of places, so that's probably part of it. But bi-levels and splits are very popular -- maybe it's just that they don't go down as far. We had a bi-level.

Anyhoo, as long as there's something with no windows (bathroom, utility room) on the first floor, I'm copacetic with that aspect of it. And modern homes almost never have windows in the bathroom, especially on the first floor.

Oh, and I think the "usual problem" with kitchen fans is that they tend to drip when it rains.

Really? I've never encountered that (unless you count the hail damage to the shingles around our vent on the roof last year). Just that they don't do a whole lot.
gryphons_lair
Nov. 23rd, 2004 07:11 am (UTC)
I've lived in a rental house or two where the kitchen fan tended to catch water in the vent-pipe in heavy rains, causing drips. I wouldn't call it a 'common' problem myself, but it's the one complaint I hear semi-often about kitchen fans, so I figured I'd toss it out for what it's worth.
wiliqueen
Nov. 23rd, 2004 07:33 am (UTC)
Good to know. We were trying to puzzle out what "the standard problem" would be, since the article didn't say.
irish_horse
Nov. 23rd, 2004 06:18 am (UTC)
bonne chance.....
wiliqueen
Nov. 23rd, 2004 06:44 am (UTC)
Merci!
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wiliqueen
Nov. 23rd, 2004 07:35 am (UTC)
And such a fetching tinfoil hat is is too. :-D

Thanks!
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