So talk me through the pros and cons of buying a bungalow???

(40 Posts)
VirtuousVamp Sun 30-Jun-13 18:07:41

If you are not retired or with restricted mobility, would you consider one??

It really doesn't bother me but DH is having more trouble getting his head around the idea and round here that removes a huge proportion of available properties!!

So what's the general consensus on MN. Steer clear of them as they are the last stop before heaven or do they provide light, airy, versatile rooms on a large plot.......?????

Can you tell what I think???gringrin

Do we get to see this bungalow?
I would have been more than willing to live in one last time we were house hunting but it was not to be.

MrsFrederickWentworth Sun 30-Jun-13 23:13:25

Check your heating bills. You have more footprint and heat goes upwards

I am a bungalow fan, most of my childhood spent in bungalows in various countries.

But remember, location is everything when it comes to property.

SoggySummer Sun 30-Jun-13 23:18:14

I lived in a bungalow for 7 years growing up and then our first married home was one too;

I loved it. No shit piling on the stairs. easy to clean. easier to keep tabs on the kids when little. Easier to maintain - guttering etc because a ladder reaches it - although the downside is there is more of it.

I miss bungalow living and once we buy our own place again we will definately not rule one out in the future.

The downsides are peoples preconceived ideas - old etc.

Jan49 Mon 01-Jul-13 00:40:23

The thing that puts me off is that I wouldn't feel safe leaving a bedroom window open at night in summer as someone could easily get in. I don't see how you can have a window that lets in lots of air but is burglar proof.

fuckwittery Mon 01-Jul-13 01:58:21

You are right about the window thing, none of ours are wide open tonight but we have a fan and dh never likes it open anyway when v hot due to hayfever.
Our heating bills are v high but old badly insulated bungalow.

The toddler goes mad with joy when we goes to a house with stairs and can be entertained for ages going up and down them. I was worried as a baby she'd never learn to go up and down them but she seems to have picked it up.
We have one internal step in our hall luckily to serve as the naughty step grin

VirtuousVamp Mon 01-Jul-13 08:03:47

Oooh lack of naughty step.... Hmmmmmm. Think there was some outside on the patio - would it be very bad to put them outside in all weathers when the need for a naughty step arises?????winkgrin

Sushiqueen Mon 01-Jul-13 08:10:16

We have the tilt and turn windows in ours which works well.

Just have the naughty chair instead of step wink

amigababy Mon 01-Jul-13 08:11:08

we've lived in 2. The current one is elevated so the front is quite high over the garage (though I'd still leap out if there was a fire, it's not too high)

both had large gardens. Decorating has been easier.
and in Spain we have an apartment, which is basically a bungalow in a block! Sometimes I walk up the stairs there for practice smile

dippymother Mon 01-Jul-13 08:18:26

I was born in a bungalow, lived there until I was 23. Got married and then had a couple of houses for the next 25 years. Definitely struggled with the leg muscle thing to begin with! Have recently bought a converted bungalow (two beds and a bathroom upstairs for my adult children). Their bedrooms are big enough for socialising with friends and as they are upstairs I don't notice noise or mess! In fact, I hardly ever go up there, except to collect washing or clean the bathroom! Our bedroom is downstairs on one side of the house. All the rooms are good sizes, we have a wide plot, plenty of parking, ground floor living areas are good sizes. What's not to like? I love it. My mum still lives in her bungalow, just 12 bungalows in a little cul-de-sac - seems to be a mix of age groups there and plenty of kids playing in the road.

claracluck71 Mon 01-Jul-13 10:49:50

I grew up in a bungalow, live in a bungalow now and just about to move in to another bungalow - so I guess I must like them!

We don't have children, but my mum always said that living in a bungalow is great with kids as they use their bedrooms more for playing as they are still close to their parents. Means less spread of toys and clutter through the rest of the house. They usually have nice big plots too so lots of running about room.

I've never felt unsafe by having windows open when sleeping, but perhaps I'm just well 'ard grin !

VirtuousVamp Mon 01-Jul-13 13:28:13

I have read threads on here about people who won't leave their upstair windows open in warm weather for fear of child snatcher/robbers so I don't suppose it's a bungalow only issue. You have to assess your own limits of risk I suppose. But I hadn't considered that side of bungalow living - not quite sure why as it's pretty obvious!!confusedgrin

In a way I'd feel safer all being on one level I think. Particularly the fire risk! I've friends in Victorian town houses with children right at the top and them in the kitchen on ground floor. But that's my own personal over-active worryconfused

fussychica Mon 01-Jul-13 13:28:31

or perhaps you live in a naice areagrin

VirtuousVamp Mon 01-Jul-13 13:32:57

I have read threads on here about people who won't leave their upstair windows open in warm weather for fear of child snatcher/robbers so I don't suppose it's a bungalow only issue. You have to assess your own limits of risk I suppose. But I hadn't considered that side of bungalow living - not quite sure why as it's pretty obvious!!confusedgrin

In a way I'd feel safer all being on one level I think. Particularly the fire risk! I've friends in Victorian town houses with children right at the top and them in the kitchen on ground floor. But that's my own personal over-active worryconfused

VirtuousVamp Mon 01-Jul-13 13:35:57

Oops. Sorry for the double post!
smile

We are abroad where bungalows are the norm. We've lived in our 3 bedroom 2 bathroom bungalow for 20years, bought it new before the builder finished it. We love it.
I can clean the place in no time flat, no stairs to lug the vacuum, laundry, toys, up and down. Dh is a klutz and tends to trip down the stairs so it will be fun moving back to UK when we have a normal house again. He'll probably break his neck blush

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