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    Roy Terry
    Comment on The "Hardscrabble" Appearance of Some Amish Homes (May 4th, 2015 at 08:13)

    The "Hardscrabble" Appearance of Some Amish Homes

    I had visited, read about, and seen a number of Swartzentruber homes that were pretty crude in appearance, but we regarded our Swartzentruber neighbors’ home as an exception. One day, I asked Peter (the father) about it, joking with him about his having a place that might be too attractive to suit the bishop’s taste.

    Peter explained that as long as the house and grounds remained within the boundaries of the Ordnung, he and Lizzie were free to make it as attractive as they chose. Indeed, I have seen a number of established Swartzentruber homes in the area with exteriors that are quite nice. The bishop’s son, a successful vegetable farmer, lives in a well-built and attractive home next to his father.

    I think we English can forget that the Amish usually purchase old farmhouses that were in pretty poor shape and that even when they build anew, they seldom have much time to devote to cosmetic maintenance, landscaping, and the like. Just like us, the Amish notice the hardscrabble appearance of their coreligionists’ homes. As Lizzie says, “Some of them aren’t doing well.” Others just haven’t had the leisure or money to make needed improvements.

    By the way, when I recently complimented Peter on some improvements he had made to the interior of the house, I asked it they might get him “into trouble.” He laughed and said that they wouldn’t, but if they did, “I can always sell the place to you!”

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on Skylights (July 30th, 2015 at 16:34)


    “Quite a few Amish homes have skylights in the ceiling to let natural lighting in.”
    Erik, I’ve never seen an Amish home with a skylight as far as I know. Would you be able to share any photos of such, please? Do any builders use what I think are called “solar tubes” to have natural light brought into the house’s more central and darker locations if they don’t use skylights?
    Thanks for any reply.

    Hope everybody in the Amish America community is having a good day. I’m more AWOL from Erik’s blog than I used to be but you all are in my thoughts and heart.

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      Comment on Homes (July 31st, 2015 at 11:59)

      Sure, here’s an example from a kitchen, it’s a pretty progressive home in this case: http://amishamerica.com/amish-kitchen/

      Have seen them in bathrooms as well. Solar tubes I believe I’ve seen on several occasions on Amish businesses, for example providing natural light to stores.

      Thanks for checking in by the way, you mentioned you are AWOL but hope all is well and of course you are always welcome here 🙂

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        Carolyn B
        Comment on Homes (August 1st, 2015 at 20:11)

        Erik, thanks for the reply and the link. Happy weekend to you.

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