So I’ve had several “discussions” with my wife about the actual function of curtains, and I think the story makes for a decent blog post.

My wife feels that the only function for curtains is as a decorative piece.

They are indeed mostly for decoration in this day in age.

But originally, curtains had several different functions. First and foremost was to cover windows to curtail / prevent drafts. Older windows had none of the insulation and thermal protection that modern windows have.

In the past, curtains were comprised of animal skins or furs. One can only imagine how ineffective those solutions were for stopping drafts.

Over time with the advent of more modern sewing techniques, curtains became both a functional item as well as a decorative item.

Curtains also provide a means to sleep during the daylight hours, provide privacy to the inhabitants of a home, and to muffle outdoor noise.

These days, I think people tend to forget that most existing items / features in a home once had a practical function.

Please check out the following website for a more comprehensive history of curtains:’s%20not%20much%20evidence%20of,dividers%20in%20place%20of%20screens.

During a home inspection, curtains are something that tends to impede our ability to inspect the windows. So for a home inspector, a curtain is more of a nuisance item to be sure.

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Mike McCarty

A Canadian Dormer, also known as a “Dramatic Dormer” is best be described as a very tall, steep sloped “A” Frame Dormer with a window. The high peak ends up being just an architectural feature, and doesn’t offer any additional “functional” space.

Canadian Dormers are an architectural feature that is commonly found in many parts of New Hampshire, but more specifically in the city of Manchester.

There is a heavy French Canadian influence in Manchester, so it’s no surprise that you can find Canadian architectural features in the city.

And as home inspectors, we don’t necessarily need to know the names of architectural features, but as rule, it’s good to know the correct name.

We could just call them just regular dormers and that would be an accurate description. But considering that here in New England we have all kinds of unique and sometimes odd architectural, it’s fun to be knowledgeable for our clients, especially those clients that are from outside of New England.

Be on the lookout for Canadian Dormers as you admire the unique architecture present here in New England!

At First Choice Home Inspection, our established process of inspecting a home helps to protect your investment!

Mike McCarty
NH Licensed Home Inspector # 316
HUD 203k Consultant # 1939

When doing home inspections, we often encounter architectural peculiarities on homes. Especially in New England.

So the other day we came across a house with an addition attached to it. This particular type of addition is known as a “Beverly Jog” in New England.

How the name “Beverly Jog” came about is unknown, but it is suspected / conjectured that the feature possibly originated in Beverly, Massachusetts.

The feature is best described as an addition attached to the original home that has a sloped, shed roof and a cliff-like face. The addition juts out from the home, hence the term “jog.”

Typically, the feature was added to the home to provide an enclosure for interior stairs leading to the 2nd story of the home.

Once in my career I came across a “Beverly Jog” structure that had been moved from 10 miles away and then attached to an existing home. The structure that was moved was literally just a shed! When it was attached to the existing home, it became a “Beverly Jog.” Voila!

Check out these pictures of a few famous homes in Massachusetts with “Beverly Jogs” attached.

At First Choice Home Inspection, our established process of inspecting a home helps to protect your investment!

Mike McCarty
NH Licensed Home Inspector # 316
HUD 203k Consultant # 1939