Monday, February 4, 2013

Everyone's Got 'Em


Whether you rent or own, chances are high you've probably admired some things about where you live, and you've probably also wished for some things to be different. Everyone's got 'em, a list of things they like and dislike (or wish they had/didn't have) at their place.

I have many on both lists.  Here's a few:

The Pros
The road is there, you just can't see it for all of the snow!

We have a lot of trees.  I love them.  Out front they are particularly useful too because every single winter someone hits one (in our front yard or at a neighbor's house).  If the trees weren't there, who knows what might happen.

The second thing I think of is the windows. I love that most of our windows move if we want them to open.  You see so many wall-sized, beautiful windows in homes today, but they don't open.  I would miss the fresh air in the Spring, or the cool air at night when Fall is just beginning.




I love big windows as much as the next person,
but I also want the oppt'y to have fresh air coming into the house!

The Cons

I want a big garage.  Our garage houses hubby's car and the riding lawnmower. John Deere is family in this house, just ask my hubby, he will tell you. ;)  I would love to have a garage that held both of our vehicles and the mower.  And while I'm at it, throw in a his/hers designation too (so my side wouldn't get junked up with 'stuff').



The last thing I so wish we had was ample parking.  Our house has a nice layout for entertaining but we don't do it often enough simply because the parking is so limited.  I'd like a space out front that allowed friends and family lots of comfortable space to park.



I often think how wonderful it would be design my own home (hey, I can daydream if I wanna ;) ), but I bet even if we had the luxury of doing that, there would still be things that ended up on each of the lists.

What's on your list(s)?



28 comments:

  1. Oh man ... when we left the East coast we moved back into our condo that we had as a rental while we lived in Philly.
    I went from 3800 square feet to 1200 square feet!
    Half of my house is in storage! It makes me want to cry.
    But ... it's a home and I can't complain!
    But, I also can't wait to buy another house.

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  2. I would like a deck, for Heaven's sake, lol! We are in a 4 level back split, and there is no good place for a deck.

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  3. Hi there, I understand needing a bigger garage(we have a two car but would love a three car). I would also love a new kitchen-I love the size of mine but the cabinets and counters need to be replaced. I try to focus on the blessings and be content.
    Have a great evening.
    Noreen

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  4. I would love a bigger and newer kitchen :) Since I cook and bake so much it would be nice if my kitchen was a little better than it is!

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  5. I want a bathroom downstairs. We only have one bathroom in this house. I'd love more workspace for my husband. We don't have room for a 2 car garage. If it were my choice I'd just add on to the back of our garage. That would give him additional work space.

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  6. I do have a few myself but I'm laughing about your his/hers garage. I agree! I want my half to be neat and none of his in mine :)

    I love the trees too. Shade in summer. Beautifully naked in winter :)

    Mine?
    1 Please put a playground close by.
    2. I want another backyard or two. I just want space for my kiddies to play and be able to knock a ball and it not land over the fence.
    3. Not sure I like the layout of our home. I wanted a front area in the front and not in the back. So that I could sit and actually look out front, but I"m looking out back instead.

    When I grow up, I'm building my own home.

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  7. The good? ummm errrr nothing! crap hole apartment that I hate! haha so that makes everything bad. Hearing people through walls, sauna like, not much parking, not much room, hear through walls, yeah I'm whining hahaha

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  8. Uhm my list is full with the cons. We are renting a house currently and it was really out of our expectation from the first time we rent it. The house is too far from husband's office and son's school, leaks everywhere when raining, water supply is so bad (only run in the morning and evening) and the worst thing of all internet signal is very poor. I sit inside the house with no connection and when I step out side at the terrace the signal goes up and rise. We will find a new house by April and when the rent period is over we will definitely move!

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  9. The kitchen is definitely on the con list...it's tiny and poorly planned. We need a second bathroom as well, or at least a half bath. Plus? No mortgage or rent and a decent-sized yard.

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    1. No mortgage/rent trumps everything else. :D

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  10. I remember when I bought my house - all I wanted was two bathrooms (I grew up in a house with only one) and a dishwasher. I got both of those things and was happy - for a while. Until I realized that the house had hardly any closet space. That's the one thing I'll look for in my next house.

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  11. I always had a 2.5 car garage which was plenty of space for us, but down here garages aren't quite as common. I also like a full finished basement but nope, you can't have that in the south either. :( I like two story homes also. Guess what? I am currently in a ranch. lol....maybe I need to move!

    Your property is beautiful!

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  12. We have new windows on the front of our house. We said we would do three at a time but so far its only been three. I love them because they are easy to clean, inside and out. The other windows are dirty because I don't clean them and I don't like to open them because the screens are messed up. During a certain time of year if I had them open I'd likely have a couple geckos roaming around inside. (It's happened). One was so big I stared at it frozen and made a call to my neighbor to come get it. My husband was deployed. I'd also like a screen back porch because the same geckos don't care if you're sitting out there reading and eating a sandwich. They will still run across the table like they own it. And one time two tree frogs fell out of the umbrella when I put it up. When Christopher was little and trying to ride his things in front of the house or play ball, I wish our driveway was flatter because he or the ball could easily roll down the driveway. I have my dream house in the neighborhood that I stare at when I ride my bike or walk. I'd have a fit if I ever saw a for sale sign because I'd want THAT house.

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  13. When I buy a home (hopefully this summer) a yard with trees is #1 on my list!!

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  14. We're never content with what we have, are we? (me included!) Of course, I'm not living in my dream house and my wish list is loooong!

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  15. I hear ya Rosey!!! There are more on my like list about the home we have now than Do Not Like!!

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  16. I love the location of my house. We live out in the middle of nowhere, so we have a drive to get anywhere, but we have wonderful neighbors and our son is in one of the best schools in the country.

    We have a large walk in pantry, which was one of the selling points on our house. It has 1.5 bathrooms. It's well insulated (extremely important in North Dakota), and has a fairly large backyard.

    We bought 6 years ago, before the housing market went crazy here, so our mortgage payments are low.

    For the negatives, I feel like we are outgrowing it now that my sister lives with us. It doesn't have a garage at all (my husband says a garage is a must have at our next house), and parking is terrible. The kitchen is also too small, and so is my son's bedroom.

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  17. I'd love to have a house to call my own. We are renting for now until we figure out where we want to settle. But renting is fine for now. There's just a limited number of things we're allowed to do to someone else's home. Painting and hanging up pictures and artwork is the extent of our home make over. Haha. Pinterest, although I love it, can be very "dangerous" especially when it comes to designing your dream home. I've been pinning gorgeous kitchens and bathrooms etc., telling my husband, someday I want a house like this! I guess since I love to cook and bake, the kitchen would be my most nurtured room in the house. Plenty of cabinets and counter space, double ovens, stainless steel appliances....the works. Ahhhh to dream....:)

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  18. I want a house that house room for an office space so I can concentrate and get the heck away from the television!!! When my hubby is home he has it on and I hate it :P It would e nice to have a kitchen that I could move around in and cook comfortably in as well....someday!

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  19. Yep, it's true. No house is absolutely perfect unless you build it yourself from the ground up! I do like the fact that our house is newer so the windows work and are insulated and we don't have to do any major repairs to it. But I don't like that it doesn't have much charm. It's pretty builder basic, so we are working on adding some character to the house.

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  20. Oh I'm glad you have plenty of trees, YIKES!!!

    I would have extra bedrooms, a huge craft studio and attic and a basement (so jealous - not many homes have them here) and a parents retreat and a pool! Not much LOL

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  21. I live in a very good neighborhood with very nice neighbors. But my house does not have any storage space! I wish I had a big walk in closet where I could organize my clothes better, and I do not like that my garage is attached to the house. I would rather have it away from the house. But all in all I like my house!

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    1. We're lucky to have nice neighbors too, and I count my blessing over it all of the time.

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  22. I think we got lucky with our house. It was move in ready when we bough it, however, we are redoing each of the rooms to our style, so it's taking a bit of time. However, outside is where the problem lies. We have a lot of trees also, but we live on a cul de sac, so no traffic. The leaves in the fall are brutal to rake and get bagged up! Also, we want a pool, but removing those trees to put one in would cost us about $4,000. Not to mention the other trees in the yard would block the sun from heating the pool. *sigh. I guess we just can't have it all, can we?

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    1. Cul de Sacs are so nice, especially when you have kids/pets!

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  23. Oddly enough, I can relate to all of your cons. Our garage is just like yours. It houses one car (but at least it's mine) and his motorcycle and other things. Our driveway is on a hill and it's gravel - a terrible combo. in the winter. We also have a lot of trees, but they are great for privacy. Yeah, we actually have a house lot right next door that we were going to build a house on. The sale of the house we are in now fell through. So here we are. But I am thankful that was the worst thing that happened over this recession. Thankfully my husband still has a job and I do think some things happen for a reason and this is one of them.

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    1. I've always wondered if people who were on the hills had a hard time in the winter. My son's mother-in-law lives waaaaaaaaay up. Gorgeous home, but the hill would be a doozie to plow or drive on if it wasn't.

      I agree w/you on things happening for a reason. Things usually just work out. :)

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