This week’s Let’s Blog Off question is posed to us by the famous (or is that infamous) traveler London, Vancouver, San Francisco and now in Pennsylvania. For someone who seemingly appears to be more home on the road, he states “this time was different. I woke up in a hotel room in San Francisco last Thursday and all I wanted was to be home. It was an odd thing. I missed my neighbors and I missed my passing hellos with the mail man and I missed being known.” So with that said, he goes on to ask what is or does “Home” mean to you?, which in the last month has seen him in places like
As is our custom, we will be including a list of all the participating bloggers at the end of this article. I think this is going to be a pretty interesting mix of ideas & thoughts which I encourage you to check out, especially as some of them are very talented wordsmiths. With that said, I thought I would tackle this from a different viewpoint & that is as a home builder and remodeler.
A Look at the Terms:
A house is defined by BING as a building made for people to live in, especially one built for a single family of occupants, and Miriam Webster’s further defines it as a building that serves as living quarters for one or a few families. A home on the other side of the coin is described by Miriam Webster as ones place of residence; the social unit formed by a family living together; the focus of one’s domestic attention.
Personally, while I think the terms above are pretty dry, the way that most people use them isn’t. For example, I remember a couple that drove a semi for a living remarking that the road was primarily there home. They simply looked at their house as a place to relax when they came home to Alabama to see there family. Quiet simply, I believe one’s “home” is where one feels the most connected, comfortable, relaxed, &/or safe and as shown above it can be more than one location.
What’s in a Name?
When I worked for a few production builders, it seemed like they simply viewed the houses as a building to be put together as quickly & cheaply as possible. I remember when one builder came up with a slogan along the lines of “we build houses that you will be glad to call home.” Without changing their processes or anything else there punch-list items & call-backs dropped by at least 20% if memory serves me correctly – sorry it was about 20 years ago.
When I was discussing this item with a friend of mine in the company he remarked that primarily it was a combination of two factors that came into play. The first one was that the trade contractors seemed to be a little more conscientious as if they were working on their own home instead of just another house. The second one, but also the most surprising to them (which resulted in major cost casings) was that the homeowners were actually doing the recommended maintenance. Along the same lines, maybe it’s just me but I have noticed over the years that the ones that talk about their house as a home tend to also be better maintained &/or knowledgeable about them. Of course, some “houses” are well maintained & should never be considered home…