I really miss my old house.
Aside from the instant antique charm, it was built with a degree of patience and expertise that is hard to come by in houses being built today.
More often than not, it seems like most modern contractors are simply interested in profits and slap together properties as quickly as they conceivably can. The houses are supposedly “built to code,” but complications start appearing within just a few years of the house going up. My newest house has an issue with the plumbing where the downward slope of my main plumbing line is so off that water back flows into one of my bathrooms instead of all going outside. If I run a shower while my clothes washer is draining, the backflow causes my toilet to gurgle and I smell sewer gas come up. In my old house, I never had plumbing issues despite how old the pipes were. Plus, the air conditioner in that old house was something else entirely. It lasted 30 full years of service before the buyer opted to replace it when the sale was made. I told him it was still working, but he understandably wanted a newer and more efficient system. I still wish I had kept that house, mostly in part because of that amazing old air conditioner. It outpaces the one in my new house in almost every way, from the strength of the air leaving the ductwork to the shorter cooling cycles to achieve the same low temperatures. It might have used slightly more electricity to run than the newer system, but the efficiency was arguably better when adjusting for the weakness of the new machine.