Our hearts go out to those suffering from the recent hurricane. Its effects put into perspective just how powerful a force nature is and cause all of us to think in new ways about where and how we live. In Western North Carolina, we have many residents affectionately known as half-backers or snowbirds who summer here from Florida.
Originally from more northern areas of the eastern seaboard, they retired to Florida but find it too hot in the summer. Others come here directly. Often, these newcomers want to know how we deal with snow here (it’s rarely a problem, snow events happen only a few times a year and the snow melts quickly). But with the various acts of nature and the increasing load on the power grid, there are sometimes other concerns. Fortunately, our house designs make it easier to withstand a storm or power outage, should one occur.
Especially in the higher elevations or more remote locations, we make provision for a generator in the homes we design. Some clients elect not to put a generator in at first because it does add cost, but they like knowing the home is ready for one to be “plugged in” at any time.
Though we do have four distinct seasons, the weather tends to be quite pleasant here year round. But during inclement weather, this provision for a generator provides an opportunity for and a feeling of self-reliance. Remote areas aren’t the power companies’ top concern, residents in these areas know, and having a generator allows for continuity of daily life with less inconvenience.
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