I was thinking that it would be great to finally live in a home with no risk of tree disfigurement.
In several of the locations I have lived in the course of our life, falling tree limbs during thunderstorms caused drastic roof destruction to the building.
A few of those instances occurred during a tropical storm in addition to which I was frustrated that I would have a moldy attic from the rain pouring down through the hole in the roof. As lucky as I was to only need new shingles in addition to having only very low water damage, it was a stressful situation with a lasting impact on our mental health. You can’t control this all of the time, however I set out to try to only live in houses where I could avoid problems with falling tree debris. So when I found this home that had really no tree coverage, I was ecstatic to say the least. I was thinking that I had finally ended our search for the perfect beach home for my drastic storm season here in the southeast. But, when the first summer time rolled around in our new house, I realized I had overlooked something massive. During the times living in homes with lots of shade, I took for granted how much it screwed around with my energy expenses for the good. Once that shade was taken away, I had an outrageous electric bill from increased air conditioner use. With the sun beating down on our roof all day and night, it made the home warmer in addition to this harder to keep cool even under the best circumstances with the strongest air conditioner money can buy. Maybe I should have appreciated our shade when I still had it, but now I can’t get it back.