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If you could change one thing about your house...

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startwig1982 Mon 16-Jun-14 14:19:13

...what would it be?

If there was a magical house perfection squad, what would you want them to do? Only one thing allowed!!

I would ask for a larger kitchen, preferably twice the size of our current one. How they'd fit it in, I don't know, but then that's why they're magical!

pleaseaffixstamps Mon 16-Jun-14 14:20:34

I'd have a garden, then we could have a dog. (Sadly am at the top of a block of flats, which isn't very suitable.)

deakymom Mon 16-Jun-14 14:21:10

knock down the wall between the loo and the bath

Mouldypineapple Mon 16-Jun-14 14:22:22

Make it tidy and free of clutter, then work some magic on me too so it stays that way!

Best1sWest Mon 16-Jun-14 14:22:42

A downstairs loo. It is of the era when bathrooms were only upstairs. We've had countless builders look at it, scratch their heads and say it will cost us a fortune due to the drains etc.

AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore Mon 16-Jun-14 14:23:02

Everything. (that's one thing right? grin)

Seriously though, I would like the walls redone - as in the nasty old wallpaper and lining paper removed, the crumbling walls replastered, and have it all fresh so I could start all over. Wishful thinking.

Mouldypineapple Mon 16-Jun-14 14:23:48

Or make my DD's bedroom big enough to at least fit a proper sized bed into! And all the clutter... Seeing as I won't then have my first wish fulfilled.

ChickenFajitasAndNachos Mon 16-Jun-14 14:24:40

Self cleaning would be good.

startwig1982 Mon 16-Jun-14 14:24:55

Stamps you're allowed anything cos it's magical. I'm sure they'd be able to put some struts or something up --talking so much rubbish--grin

melonribena Mon 16-Jun-14 14:25:19

I'd love a cupboard under the stairs! I have nowhere to put a Hoover, washing basket or bits like that

owlbegoing Mon 16-Jun-14 14:25:29

Move ndn's balcony so it's not next door to my bedroom window.
6 a.m. wake up calls from cigarette smoke aren't great sad which means the bedroom feels like an oven as I can't open my window sad sad

DrFunkesFamilyBandSolution Mon 16-Jun-14 14:25:46

Aside from moving all neighbours within a mile, same size bt a house not a flat

SweetPeaPods Mon 16-Jun-14 14:26:06

I really wouldn't know where to start to pick one thing.
Maybe just the whole house a little larger, so that would make the bedrooms and kitchen bigger.
Magically always tidy and self cleaning!

ExCinnamon Mon 16-Jun-14 14:26:30

I want a fairy to wave her wand over the garden to make it wonderful.

Not to change a single plant in there, but to remove all the old slabs of crumbling concrete here and there and the patio, and create a new patio, path, raised beds and a summer house at the bottom.

RelocatorRelocator Mon 16-Jun-14 14:26:47

I'd like the For Sale sign to say Sold please grin

Lucked Mon 16-Jun-14 14:26:58

I would love a massive kitchen diner with snug area and access to the garden.

chickydoo Mon 16-Jun-14 14:28:01

Another bathroom

rinabean Mon 16-Jun-14 14:30:23

Make it detached! Or at least a semi with just the nice (QUIET) neighbour.

HolyDrinker Mon 16-Jun-14 14:31:35

Side access to the garden. We live in a terrace and DH is a cyclist so we either have bikes in the hall (getting pulled over by the toddler) or wheel marks on the tiles as he hauls them through the house to the garden. Drives me crackers.

Oh and obviously a lovely, big family kitchen with room for a dining table, a little squishy chair or sofa and my many many cook books.

stooshe Mon 16-Jun-14 14:34:03

More storage and a wider hallway. Then again, the British obsession with how many rooms as opposed to how much space means that most buildings, including new builds are not built for modernity, even if they look modern.
Oh a personal balcony would be nice, but I do take advantage of the fact that I live at the end of the communal balcony so nobody has to pass my front door (I thank God that everybody is civilised on my landing, it wasn't always like that).

Vintagebeads Mon 16-Jun-14 14:36:30

I would pick it up and stick it in a field 2 miles down the road.
I am sick of living in an estate its so much more annoying in the summer too.
But I love my house. smile

MrsKCastle Mon 16-Jun-14 14:37:27

Double the size of the living room.

It's pretty small for a family of 4 and we''re using a foldaway dining table. It would be lovely to have a proper dining table AND space for playing.

runningonwillpower Mon 16-Jun-14 14:38:30

A room big enough for an enormous dining table to seat all those people I'm never going to have round for dinner anyway.

hiccupgirl Mon 16-Jun-14 14:42:41

We live in a 60s terrace - they were built with passageways and each other house has the extra upstairs space over it and a slightly wider garden. We have one without the extra space so I'd own the passageway so then I'd have a bigger 3rd bedroom and be able to extend the conservatory over the kitchen without losing the side access.

Or a downstairs loo!

rallytog1 Mon 16-Jun-14 14:43:30

I would be its owner.

AdoraBell Mon 16-Jun-14 14:45:02

Ownership, we need To sell it.

Other than that I'm happy with it.

readyforno2 Mon 16-Jun-14 14:47:10

It wouldn't be a flat and would have direct access to the garden.

footballagain Mon 16-Jun-14 14:47:17

I'd love a dog/mud room!

HemlockStarglimmer Mon 16-Jun-14 14:47:48

I'd alter the ground floor so instead of the sitting/dining room I'd have a kitchen/dining room.

Have a brand new non-fitted kitchen with no more cracked tiles on the floor.

Have a brand new bathroom with tiles to the ceiling, a slipper bath and a shower.

May I have all three please?

Plomino Mon 16-Jun-14 14:49:28

I'd like a bathroom that works properly , doesn't leak from anywhere and is an actual pleasure to use , rather than the godawful bodge job which is the last thing we have left to change .

TheDietStartsTomorrow Mon 16-Jun-14 14:50:45

I'd have a cellar dug up that runs the length of the house with 4-5 steps leading down to it from both the back garden and front garden. Both entrances would be through a double set of glass patio doors so light would stream in from both sides.

I'd keep it empty of furniture except a snuggle sofa and bookcase in a corner and keep it for al DCs indoor football, car games, sit on cars etc. it would give them all the space they need and keep the rest of the house clutter free. It would also keep light bulbs intact in the rest of the house.

MrsStatham Mon 16-Jun-14 14:50:48

An upstairs utility room with 2 washing machines, a tumble dryer, an airer, an outside drying area and room for an ironing board to be permanently up.

ElizabethLemon Mon 16-Jun-14 14:51:22

I would have the carpets ripped up and replaced with beautiful wooden floor boards.

Hattifattiner Mon 16-Jun-14 14:53:14

I'd like my house to be self-tidying. I think it would be lovely if it wasn't full of Too Much Stuff.

TinyTear Mon 16-Jun-14 14:54:04

Move the neighbour

OldBeanbagz Mon 16-Jun-14 14:55:56

I'd like a garage for our ever expanding collection of bikes!

crazykat Mon 16-Jun-14 14:58:18

I'd love an extension on the back to create an extra room downstairs and make the boys room big enough to fit two beds I. Rather than have I put ds2 in the bottom bunk straight away.

Change our living room/family room ... not quite sure I can make these count as one thing ... might need a bit of magic there too grin I'm thinking a wood-burning stove, a wooden floor with some lovely Moroccan rugs that sort of style.
We do have a chimney and floorboards so in theory these things could be possible.
If it has to be one thing let's just say get rid of the tatty old carpet and sand our wooden floor-boards.

tilliebob Mon 16-Jun-14 15:01:58

I love my house. We extended it about 5 years ago and did it just how we wanted it.

Only thing I would change is to have the mortgage paid off gringringrin

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Mon 16-Jun-14 15:02:10

I'd like a gate in my garden wall so I can go into the park when it closes at night with a cup of tea and just the foxes for company. It would be a little bit of blissful London peace and quiet.

I'd settle for an enormous basement so I could dump all of DH's bike stuff out of my sight though. and then I'd tunnel into the park

MrsLeonard Mon 16-Jun-14 15:06:35

make the whole house twice the size it is.

Ragwort Mon 16-Jun-14 15:07:42

Change the shape of our living room - it is long and thin like in so many modern houses and is just awkward - feels a bit like a doctor's waiting room grin. The actual size is good (ie: floor space) but just wish it was 'square' rather than rectangle IYSWIM.

I would also like to re-do my bathroom, have got the ££S but not the motivation to organise it. grin. Wish my DH enjoyed DIY.

fakenamefornow Mon 16-Jun-14 15:10:36

I would pick it up and move it to London.

Georgethesecond Mon 16-Jun-14 15:12:06

I would twist my house slightly to the right so the back garden got the sun for longer, instead of the front where it is no bloody use to me.

Xcountry Mon 16-Jun-14 15:15:58

can I change two? The asbestos in the loft AND the lead piping everywhere there is plumbing.

NutellaLawson Mon 16-Jun-14 15:16:08

I want a cellar. There are some lovely houses a few streets away that have cellars but I'd need at least a 300k mortgage to buy one (that's not their price, that's just the difference between those houses and mine). Somehow, on 22k a year salary that won't be likely.

Thurlow Mon 16-Jun-14 15:17:00

The back door. We're in one of those extended two-up, two-down terrace houses, so the kitchen and bathroom are an extension on the back. I don't mind that layout (downstairs bathroom has its advantages with young DC) but it means it is a tiny wee kitchen. Only the back door is in the middle of the wall in this little galley kitchen meaning we hardly have any workspace at all - while in the next door dining room there's a window which looks out over the back door hmm

It's insanely stupid. Turn dining room window into nice back door, brick up current back door, gain another five feet of cupboard and worktop space in the kitchen. But that's one of those jobs that would cost £000's that wouldn't actually go onto the house price.

Arrowfanatic Mon 16-Jun-14 15:58:19

I'd want a finished kitchen and bathroom rather than the permanent "under renovation" and leaking bathroom we have now.

E954 Mon 16-Jun-14 16:14:42

We've done a lot of work to our house over the years and have pretty much sorted out all that is possible (extensions/knocking down walls/general improvements), within reason, and it has made a big difference.

My #1 impossible wish (at the moment) would be for a wider, longer drive so we can fit all three vehicles (car each + motorhome) on the drive with room a good gap before the pavement.

I could easily add another 10+ impossible wishes but none of them are worth the hassle and expense of moving so we are staying put and I really appreciate what we do have now.

SourSweets Mon 16-Jun-14 16:17:39

I'd like to own a house. That is my big dream!

Dancingwiththedrummer Mon 16-Jun-14 16:21:18

It's a toss up between double in size or change from bungalow to a house

Probs go double in size as I'd do anything for a dining table and dishwasher lol

MaryPoppinsBag Mon 16-Jun-14 16:21:19

I would extend above and behind the garage, giving a bigger kitchen diner, making the dining room a second living room and have a large bathroom upstairs and another bedroom, so we could knock the two small ones together and have 4 double bedrooms.

17leftfeet Mon 16-Jun-14 16:22:05

I would like a garage.

Not for the car, just for stuff

But I live in a terrace so it's not going to happen

I'd move it further down the hill, and onto a side road, so it's quieter. But also I fed up of walking up the bloody hill!

(Also complete renovation would be good)

I would like a nice big sunny garden and more storage. I live in a Victorian terraced house in London, where the gardens are postage-stamp sized. I just don't get how/why they would have built them like this. I know there are the commons and everyone can go there for fresh air and exercise but it is SO not the same as having your own garden where your food, loo, extra jumper, bin blah blah are a few steps away.

I would move it six miles south. Should have paid more attention to LLL before we bought sad

kickassangel Mon 16-Jun-14 16:32:58

I would move mine into the nearby city. It would have to magically shrink to about a quarter of the size, and about 9/10 of the garden would disappear, but I would be ecstatic about that as well.

notamonkeysuncle Mon 16-Jun-14 16:33:32

Its location.
I have a large well set out flat unfortunately its not in a great area (HA tenant).
So I'd move it about 2 miles to the left and pop it on the ground floor

mumofboyo Mon 16-Jun-14 16:38:55

Pick it up and put it somewhere else.
Complete redecoration from top to bottom.
More plug sockets. Also, make sure they're in sensible places.
Get rid of the awful pebble dashed walls and just have bog-standard brick.
Install a driveway - I'm fed up of parking on the road and having to close the door as I'm strapping one of the kids in because a car is coming past.
A patio area in the garden and a path leading all the way up. Also, I'd like better drainage so it doesn't turn into a soggy, sludgy mess every time it rains.

In fact, what I'd really like to do is move. I hate this house.

MaliceInWonderland78 Mon 16-Jun-14 16:38:59

I would change it so that either:

The rear garden was south-facing; or

There was an additional half an acre (so that at least come of the garden got the Sun all day)

Mains gas would be nice too!

MammaTJ Mon 16-Jun-14 16:49:23

I would like a proper back garden that felt like ours. We have a bit of front garden, which is obviously very public and a side garden that just doesn't feel like it belongs to us. It is overlooked by rude and abusive neighbours.

HandbagsandSnotrags Mon 16-Jun-14 17:02:42

Move it about a mile so we are closer to dcs current school and preferred secondary.

Need another bed & bath to be our dream house, but if this one moved could sell it for enough to get the forever home.

Fuzzymum1 Mon 16-Jun-14 17:17:24

I would add a utility room with a loo. My kitchen is tiny so i would like a separate utility and would also like a loo downstairs.

I'd have the downstairs loo under the stairs to make the 'dining' part of the kitchen bigger

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