Trouse: Urban Dictionary defines trouse as "a term utilized in the real estate appraisal industry to describe a trailer which has been added onto and may or may not resemble a site built home." Trailer + House = Trouse. Welcome to Vermont.
My house is a combo platter of a trouse and a stick-built house, stuck together like a wonky duplex. The trouse was torn down last week but here are some pictures I took on October 10th for posterity. They start with the back of the house, which faces east, and go counter-clockwise.
In the first picture you can see a black door resting against the back of the house. If you look past the blue chairs you can see what looks like a hole - that's where the door was and there was a REALLY old kerosene tank in there that fed the trailer furnace. My mom and I removed the door and used a reciprocating saw to cut the opening bigger so the fuel company could get in there to pump out and remove the tank. When the trailer was just a trailer the tank was outside. Trousification (I just made up that word) put the tank under cover and behind a door.
Fun fact: the guy who came to pump the tank discovered a screw in the bottom of it. He figures there must have been a pin hole in the tank so someone (Yankee ingenuity?) stuck a screw in it and siliconed the crap out of it to plug the hole. He said he's heard of it being done but never seen it, then he took a picture.
Here's the front of the trouse - it faces west. I painted the window trim a couple summers ago - everything in my house that's not nailed down is painted that turquoise color. And, apparently, some things that ARE nailed down. This was the first year I've been here that I did not plant any annuals. I was expecting the demolition to begin sometime in August so it didn't seem like a worthwhile way to spend money. Turns out demo was two months late and I got my "dirt under the fingernails" fix transplanting a crap ton of plants I wanted to save. More on that later.
I am happy to say the view from all of these angles is totally different now. A pile of rubble is SUCH an improvement and it only gets better from here.