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Old 07-27-2012, 01:11 PM   #1
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Love it or Leave it...

What features about your house would you absolutely want to have in a house, what features would you leave behind and live without?

I absolutely would want to have:
1. The to "die for" closets.
2. A separate shower and tub.
3. Hardwood floors.
4. Butcherblock counter tops.
5. Concrete sink in the bathroom.
6. French doors instead of a sliding patio door.
7. A walk-out basement door.
8. Central Air and central vac with kick plates.

Absolutely do not want to have:

1. No overhead lighting except in the bedrooms (fortunately, that can be fixed in this house).
2. A window over a stairwell that a person of average height cannot open or clean (a little harder to fix).
3. A patio door (one of those sliding ones).
4. A small kitchen that won't hold a commercial stove or fridge.
5. A bathroom vanity that reaches the floor (love being able to clean under the vanity)


What things would you take with you to another house, if you could, and which ones would you leave behind?
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:20 PM   #2
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I'd like to have a tub in my bathroom. The master bath just has a shower.
I love my closet. I love my kitchen and pantry.
I'd like a little bigger family room.
I'd like to have only one floor instead of 2.
I'd like a little bigger yard with a detached garage for DH's "projects"
I'd like an attached garage to park the car in.
I'd like a washtub/concrete sink in the laundry room.
I like my fireplace but wish it was gas.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:23 PM   #3
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I'd like to have a tub in my bathroom. The master bath just has a shower.
I love my closet. I love my kitchen and pantry.
I'd like a little bigger family room.
I'd like to have only one floor instead of 2.
I'd like a little bigger yard with a detached garage for DH's "projects"
I'd like an attached garage to park the car in.
I'd like a washtub/concrete sink in the laundry room.
I like my fireplace but wish it was gas.
Oh yeah, forgot, the laundry tub, prep sink station in the kitchen (what's with this one sink [dual basins] in kitchens--who thought of that?) and an outside sink for washing veggies...all do-able, just have to convince the DH that they are needed!
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:26 PM   #4
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We have spent most of July in reforming our Italian Condo in Puglia. The bathrm is almost finished and the Kitch is next ...

Wood floors; as I totally detest wall to wall carpet and I am highly allergic to it ...

Then, this is a Condo, so no basement necessary. We have a phenomenal open air terrace overlooking the Adriatic ...

Wall to wall closets, with antique wood doors ... Since we live in a modern Loft, which we rent and shall not renew lease; we prefer our sea front home to express ourselves, where as the loft, is in a multi cultural large city Capital, our Puglia Condo is our sea front home away from the Madrid Capital.

Have lovely summer and Ciao.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:29 PM   #5
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I absolutely want a counter-top range with two wall-mount ovens. Just can't figure out where to put them in the current kitchen (or how to convince the DH they are necessary).

I would keep the portable dishwasher over a built-in. Why? I can recycle the grey water without having a separate tank put in or a permit. This has been very handy during our current drought.
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We have spent most of July in reforming our Italian Condo in Puglia. The bathrm is almost finished and the Kitch is next ...

Wood floors; as I totally detest wall to wall carpet and I am highly allergic to it ...

Then, this is a Condo, so no basement necessary. We have a phenomenal open air terrace overlooking the Adriatic ...

Wall to wall closets, with antique wood doors ... Since we live in a modern Loft, which we rent and shall not renew lease; we prefer our sea front home to express ourselves, where as the loft, is in a multi cultural large city Capital, our Puglia Condo is our sea front home away from the Madrid Capital.

Have lovely summer and Ciao.
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Go wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor, with drawers you can stand on at the bottom so you can reach the top cubbies/shelves.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:38 PM   #7
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I would love:

A bigger bathroom with 2 sinks and a big walkin shower
A finished basement
A workshop, not in the current unfinished basement
Massive walk-in closets
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:45 PM   #8
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A farm sink so I can reach the back of it
Wood floors
More overhead lighting. (Maintenance changes the bulbs for me)
Pull out shelves on the lower cabinets
Self cleaning oven
Electrical outlets waist high

Being elderly, bending over can become dangerous. A lot of these apartments require a lot of bending over. It is one of the biggest complaints here with the residents. We have plenty of outlets, but are blocked by furniture and are close to the floor. This is the problem with most of the apartments. Reaching under the cabinets is the most difficult chore.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:48 PM   #9
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I would love:

A bigger bathroom with 2 sinks and a big walkin shower
A finished basement
A workshop, not in the current unfinished basement
Massive walk-in closets
Dawgluver--a lot of what you want is do-able in your current house. The walk-in closet can be replaced by a wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor closet if the room is big enough (or if you can cancel out some space from the adjoining room). I did that. It is better than a walk-in closet because everything is "in my face" and doesn't get buried. I have 2 5-drawer dressers built in. Finish the basement! Not hard to do. And, you might just be able to do the walk-in shower and double sink. I didn't need double-sinks, I don't do "shared bathroom time" with the DH. We got the walls for the shower at Lowe's, poured a concrete base. It is big enough to bath a Saint Bernard (my requirement). And, the soaker tub is big/deep enough to teach a baby how to swim. The only thing we did was cancel out the linen closet (relocated it) and we were able to fit both--soaker tub and walk-in shower, in a very small space. The washer and dryer had to be relocated to the basement (I rarely use the dryer--I use the line or hang the clothes in the basement by the wood stove)--not sure I like that the washer is in the basement since I didn't get a clothes shut, but that is where they had to go if I wanted the shower and soaker tub--the house is small--1300 sq ft. The DH did the work--that probably makes a difference re: cost. But, you might be surprised, you might be able to get what you want in your current house for less than it would cost to buy a house with those features. (And no, I'm not a real estate agent).
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Dawgluver--a lot of what you want is do-able in your current house. The walk-in closet can be replaced by a wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor closet if the room is big enough (or if you can cancel out some space from the adjoining room). I did that. It is better than a walk-in closet because everything is "in my face" and doesn't get buried. I have 2 5-drawer dressers built in. Finish the basement! Not hard to do. And, you might just be able to do the walk-in shower and double sink. I didn't need double-sinks, I don't do "shared bathroom time" with the DH. We got the walls for the shower at Lowe's, poured a concrete base. It is big enough to bath a Saint Bernard (my requirement). And, the soaker tub is big/deep enough to teach a baby how to swim. The only thing we did was cancel out the linen closet (relocated it) and we were able to fit both--soaker tub and walk-in shower, in a very small space. The washer and dryer had to be relocated to the basement (I rarely use the dryer--I use the line or hang the clothes in the basement by the wood stove)--not sure I like that the washer is in the basement since I didn't get a clothes shut, but that is where they had to go if I wanted the shower and soaker tub--the house is small--1300 sq ft. The DH did the work--that probably makes a difference re: cost. But, you might be surprised, you might be able to get what you want in your current house for less than it would cost to buy a house with those features. (And no, I'm not a real estate agent).
Yes, we could do some of these improvements here, CWS. Just have to get off my butt and put up with the mess and inconvenience! I love the house, the neighbors, and the pool, so we'd never sell. Unfortunately, with the window placements, small rooms, etc, there's no room for massive closets. We will have to steal space from the garage in order to build out and enlarge the downstairs bathroom, which is a high priority for DH. The basement houses my workshop and power tools, along with loads of other stuff, we have discussed building a separate workshop, would have to heat and electrify.

Thanks for the ideas!
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