What do you like/dislike about your current home design?

  1. Hi all!

    Hubby and I are seriously considering moving in the near future(not crazy about schools here and our little guy will start kindergarten in two years).

    Anyhoo, we currently live in a rambler which hasn't been bad but my dream is a tri/multi-level.

    I don't like having the bedrooms on the same level as the kitchen. And I definitely require the family room just off the kitchen so I can cook but not be separated from everyone.

    I'm interested as to what you all think about your own homes and what you would recommend or warn us about! Thanks!
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   nurs4kids
    Don't buy a fixer-uper!!!!!!! That was my dream..until I lived it. What do I hate about this house? Nearly everything.
  4. by   SingingNurse2
    Do have walls! My living room, dining room & kitchen are all one big L-shaped room and I HATE it. You have to be spotless all the time because anyone who comes in your house can see that dish in the sink or those shoes by the garage door. Also, the sound of the dishwasher drowns out the tv and the heat from the oven will heat up the whole front of the house. It's impossible to heat such a big room in the winter and keep it cool in the summer.
  5. by   aimeee
    Originally posted by nurs4kids
    Don't buy a fixer-upper!!!!!!! That was my dream..until I lived it. What do I hate about this house? Nearly everything.
    Especially if you and your spouse are NOT Mr/Mrs. fix-it! :chuckle I'm philosophical about living with the idiosyncrasies of an old house though. I think its one of those character building things. It forces us to be creative.

    If I were going to move I would now have 2 bathrooms on my must have list, as well as a closet for each person, and a utility closet. The lack of closet space is one of our biggest challenges here. And it really is a pain having to poll everyone in the house about their potty needs before you take a soak in the tub so you won't be interrupted. :roll
  6. by   rachel h
    Oh this is right up my alley.

    B/F and I bought his grandfather's house because it was important to grandpa to keep the house in the family since he had lived here for 50+ years...

    The house has not been cosmetically updated since, oh, about 1965... has a lot of space but no bathroom on the main floor and only one bathroom that is falling apart and needs to be seriously remodeled. Plus there were a ton of belongings left when we moved in last summer that we have yet to be rid of...

    If I had to do it all again, I would:
    1) Have more than one bathroom, and have one on the main floor

    2) Move into a house that doesn't need every single room to be updated

    3) Not buy a house from a family member...for various reasons... it's a pain

    4) Probably have had my house built for me and paid a little more for less headaches
  7. by   RNforLongTime
    I live in the house that my husband has lived in his entire life. The plan was that when we got married, we'd stay with his mom till we got enough money for a down payment on our own home. His mom is almost 80 and my hubby is almost 40. The house was built in the 1910's or 20's. Both are unsure exactly what year but his family has lived there since 1955.

    Anyhow, about a year or so into our marriage when I mention house hunting, hubby gets all mad and is like, We are staying here, I'm not moving anywhere. Now I don't understand his attachment to this house. It's old and very poorly designed. The stairs leading to the second floor are very steep and can be dangerous as there is no hand rail. When I get up to pee in the middle of the night, I have to hold on to the walls so I don't fall AGAIN. I've already fallen down these stairs three times since I've lived there. Last time my mother in law placed a basket of laundry across the stairwell. When I got up later that morning, I tried to step around the basket but ended up missing the steps and really jarred my back out of place. I think I may have fractured my coccyx but never had any x-rays. My butt hurt for 2 months!!!

    Mother in law blamed me cause I shouldn't leave my work bag and stuff all over the steps! Which is NOT true, I just had my work bag and a few books along the wall on the one side of the stairs. She takes NO blame even though SHE is the one who put the washbasket across the steps. "I thought" you'd move it" she said. Well, not when I'm trying to get to the BR cause I gotta pee really bad! (there's no BR upstairs)!

    So, this spring we are going to hire a contractor to come and install a new BR w/jacuzzi tub for me and possibly build a detached garage. Well, hubby hasn't bothered to contact ANY contractors YET!!! If he waits any longer, it won't get done till next year!!!!!!!!

    I compromised and agreed to this arrangement. We ended up buying the house from his mom. But if I had to do it over again, I'd probably refuse. And we'd probably end up divorced over it!

    Oh and the kicker? Hubby doesn't want to spend over $20,000 to remodel! Cause I mentioned that I'd like to make the kitchen a little larger, course hubby says, why you don't cook anyway. Well maybe I would if I felt that the house was mine! But as long as his mom is still alive, she's gonna think of it as HER house. See, everytime I put a knickknack up, whether it's a picture or a nurse figurine, within 24 hours it's been moved to where SHE wants it!!! Ticks me off to no end!!! I mention this to hubby and he gets mad at me for being mad about it! ARRGHH! I can't win! I should just buy my own darn house and tell him when he's ready to cut the umbilical cord, to come see me!

    And don't even get me started on the CATS!!!!!
    Last edit by RNforLongTime on May 9, '03
  8. by   adrienurse
    I live in a small apartment and it is bursting at the seams with my recent pack rat-like behaviour. Too much furniture, too little space as well. The rent and the neighbors are great, otherwise I'd have moved long ago. I also love the fact that I have hard wood floors in the living room. Very goof for my various allergies, and pretty good. I highly recommend them.
  9. by   SingingNurse2
    nurse lou, I can sympathise with you. When my FIL died, my MIL sold their house and moved in mine for 8 months with my 3 year old daughter and I was pregnant. She laid on her butt all day long and when I would get home from my 10 hour work day all she had to say was, "So what's for dinner?" When she moved out we had such a blow out that we did not speak for 2 years. She was such a pill and absolutely drove me insane!
  10. by   Momto3RN
    Originally posted by SingingNurse2
    Do have walls! My living room, dining room & kitchen are all one big L-shaped room and I HATE it. You have to be spotless all the time because anyone who comes in your house can see that dish in the sink or those shoes by the garage door. Also, the sound of the dishwasher drowns out the tv and the heat from the oven will heat up the whole front of the house. It's impossible to heat such a big room in the winter and keep it cool in the summer.
    I hadn't even thought of this! Thanks! I will certainly keep it in mind!

    Nurse-lou, you must have the patience of a saint!!
  11. by   P_RN
    My house is tiny. We closed in the carport about 10 years ago and made it into a magnificent bedroom suite. It is 12x 24 with a 7x7 bathroom, 2 closets and a window seat. We had a metal roof put on last year color is Hawaiian Blue. This year we put a new steel front door with a large leaded oval window in it.

    We paid $10k for the house in '72 and it's been paid off quite awhile.

    I wish it were further from the road. It's on 7 acres but all that is behind and to either side. It's only aobut 20' to the street though. I wish my neighbors across the street would.........go......you know where. Otherwise my tiny house has 2 1/2 baths a huge kitchen dining area, medium size LR. It's all we need.
  12. by   nurs4kids
    Originally posted by rachel h

    2) Move into a house that doesn't need every single room to be updated

    3) Not buy a house from a family member...for various reasons... it's a pain

    4) Probably have had my house built for me and paid a little more for less headaches
    Can not stress these points enough! I made all three mistakes and the first two are just that...MISTAKES!!! The last is my current dream
  13. by   BadBird
    My previous home was a split level 1970's ranch, I hated it, rooms were too small, no storage, and I don't like the living room and dining room being the sameroom. I now own a nice older brick home, beautiful hardwood flooring, rooms are all a good size, cove ceilings, decorative plaster ceilings, Lots of closets and a integral 2 car garage. This house works for us. My list of requirements were a large garage, at least 2 bathrooms,(I have 3), room sizes that were adequate and a lot of closet space.

    My suggestion is don't buy something that you know you don't like and think you can fix up, you never will fix it to your satisfaction.
  14. by   RN-PA
    The house we've lived in for 20 years was built in 1929 and when I tell people, they always say, "Oh-- It must have LOTS of character." ...No, it doesn't. It's a small 2-story (around 1,500 sq. ft.) with a basement and came with only TWO closets! Hubby built a combo pantry/coat closet off the kitchen, added a closet in 1 of the three bedrooms for his clothing, and we're planning one extra for the guest bedroom for storage and better accessibility for my clothes. There's no linen closet and our only bathroom is small-- even has a clawfoot tub, cute, but really takes up a lot of space. Our basement is unfinished and leaks with heavy rain, so is damp much of the time-- bad for storing anything you'd like to keep decent. I also wish that we had an attached garage. I have to come from our parking area behind the house and walk down a flagstone walk to lug groceries and whatnot to the house. No big deal except in bad weather. (The garage we have is just for storage so our cars sit out in all the elements.)

    The positives: We have a great, fairly nice-sized yard compared to many other properties in our town, that my husband has planted with many different plants, shrubs, and trees over the years. It looks especially nice now in the Spring. Also, we redid our kitchen a few years ago, so I'm happy with it. There's a nice sunporch on the front of the house full of houseplants, but I don't spend a lot of time there because the street that runs in front of the house is often busy with noisy traffic. I don't mean to sound so negative about the house-- I'm very thankful for it and it's in a great small town where people are willing to pay for very over-priced homes (IMO) to live here. But, what has recently made me happiest about our home is: We paid off our mortgage last month! Now maybe we can use money to make some more improvements.

    The next home we buy will be for our old age. We have 3 flights of stairs in this one with washer/dryer in the basement and all 3 bedrooms and bath on 2nd floor. We will also want less yard to take care of. And of course, an attached garage would be wonderful!

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