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Honey, I Shrank the House!

August 16th, 2008 (05:59 pm)

current mood: calm

My Livejournal readers may recall that a few days ago I measured my house for an insurance form and was surprised to find that it was bigger than I thought, more than 1,800 square feet.

Suspicious of that figure, I called the insurance company's questionnaire helpline yesterday for a ruling on whether my sunroom counts as a room or as a porch. It once was a porch, but that was long before we moved in 17 years ago. By the time we bought the house, the porch had been enclosed, with real walls. The descriptions on the questionnaire made me think it would count as a room. But I still wasn't sure. In the end, the insurance company said it should be categorized as an "enclosed porch," because it is not heated. So it does not count in the house's square footage.

That puts the house back at where I thought it was in the first place, about 1,650 square feet. That's still larger than the 1,325 square feet listed on the insurance papers. Now to move ahead with our addition and make it grow bigger....