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House-hunting

Discussion in 'Personal' started by bombaysapphire, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Having sworn that I would live out the rest of my days in my current house, Mr BS has persuaded me to look around for something that would suit us better. We have picked our ideal area and have agreed our wish list. What would your essentials be for the perfect house?
     
  2. Spare bedroom (or 2)

    Large bathroom

    Additional loo

    Built in wardrobes

    Victorian or thereabouts in age

    Garden big enough to sit in and have some colour but about 1/4 the size of our current one
     
  3. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    That is one of our main priorities. Somewhere to sit and space for the dogs to stretch their legs but we'd rather be out walking with them than gardening!
     
  4. A New York loft - the opposite of our 17th Century house - although I do love it.
    It's just that sometimes, just sometimes, I'd like minimalism on a grand scale: huge, old unvarnished boards and bare red brick and metal pillars.
     
  5. Not necessarily a perfect house, because we mere mortals have to make compromises, but I like the following:
    detached - can't stand noise through party walls etc!
    decent-sized garden/large patio - so probably not a modern house
    2 or more reception rooms
    biggish kitchen
    garage - for home gym/storage
    loft - for storage
    open fires/woodburners/chimneys
    quiet road (not got this atm, but have got used to it!)


     
  6. How could I forget Cellar/Loft/Garage

    We have all 3 and still need more storage space
     
  7. Current rented house is so close I am almost (almost) happy to say we will stay here forever.
    But if I could find a house in a similar location, very rural, few neigbours, 7 miles from anywhere that also had:
    space for a polytunnel (if we could only rent a bit of the field behind us!)
    bigger kitchen
    bigger bathroom - or just no slopey roof so we could get a shower in
    flat spot/garage for gym
    dry storage space
    Or even any 2 of those, I would seriously consider moving or even buying!

     
  8. Have got a woodburner and massive stone chimney areas in two rooms. I'd still have them if I could.
     
  9. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Plenty of light flowing into the rooms - essential
    Afternoon sun on the garden - desirable
    Enough garden to keep me a reasonable distance from my neighbours - desirable
    No one able to look into my rooms and vice versa - desirable
    No evidence of play equipment in neighbours gardens - trampolines etc - desirable
    Enough rooms to have both sons stay with families - but they can always squash up if necessary - essential
    A kitchen big enough for a table - desirable
    Plain plastered walls - desirable
    Not needing a huge amount of work - maintenance and decoration yes, renovation no.
    Within walking distance of the town - desirable
    En suite with shower - essential
     
  10. marshypops

    marshypops New commenter

    A large kitchen would be lovely.
    A large living room.
    2 bathrooms.
    Enough rooms for present occupees plus 1 or 2 (dependent on visitors).
    A garden at least as big as the one I have now (but actually would love one larger).

     
  11. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    We moved last August and our priorities were minimum 5 bedrooms (for kids) and minimum 2 acres (for horses).
    It made for a difficult find but we ended up in an 18th century converted barn. Lovely, but part of me can't wait for all offspring to leave so we can downsize to a home of more modest proportions.

     
  12. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Size isn't everything!
     
  13. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    It'd be in North Wales, near the sea.

    Ideally a south facing roof to put solar panels on.

    Space outside to park a camper van, not on some hideous slope.

    Three bedrooms and ample storage for Mrs MSB's clutter mountain.

    Not new - I prefer lived-in houses and mature gardens.

    Not requiring loads of work to make it inhabitable.

    Energy efficient, easy to heat in winter

    Not on a main road (done that).

    Cat safe.

    I nice view would be handy but I wouldn't pay through the nose for it.
     
  14. marshypops

    marshypops New commenter


    No it isn't but if you have mainly adults or older children living at home then your home can feel very small even if it is a reasonable size.

     
  15. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Don't buy a barn!
     
  16. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    No chance - I'm not a farmer ;-)
     
  17. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    True. Ours range from 21 and 19 (at uni, but home when hungry, hols or need washing done) to 9 and 10 (at home half the time).
    Have crammed up to 16 peeps in the place before now!
    I'd still like a smaller home for just me and OH though.
     
  18. marshypops

    marshypops New commenter

    I think the one we have now would be perfect for 2, but it contains rather a lot more than that at the moment.
     
  19. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I long for the day when it is just the 2 of us.
     
  20. marshypops

    marshypops New commenter

    I'm counting the days until University, not that that will make much difference as I'm sure they'll return when they're hungry/dirty/tired (delete or add as appropriate).
    :)
     

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