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

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

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

Oops. Sorry for the double post!
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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

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

or perhaps you live in a naice areagrin

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

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 !

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

VirtuousVamp Sun 30-Jun-13 22:59:22

Yes the losing stair climbing muscles is an interesting one I hadn't considered???

Perhaps a tree house in the garden with steps up would work as an alternative....?

Thanks again allsmile

My sister lives in a bungalow for 12 years she loves it though my neice had to get used to doing stairs when she went high school

VirtuousVamp Sun 30-Jun-13 22:30:57

Oooh good point about not having an upstairs to hide away clutter but that may be good for me!!confusedwinkgrin

Oooh I really want this house but DH won't make a decision as there is too much unknown in our life at mo.......!

Crystal ball anyone???confused

fuckwittery Sun 30-Jun-13 19:58:59

I love my bungalow. Loads of space and grounds. One great advantage is if you are in a street of bungalows, your garden is likely to be very private, as no-one has an upper floor to overlook you.
Rooms are very versatile. we are extending to have 3 beds and 2 reception rooms, but a larger family could move here and use as 4 beds and 1 reception room. Kids use their bedroom as a playroom and have majority of the toys in there. No running up and down stairs when you forget things.
You do have to keep bedrooms tidy in the event of visitors, but we have the bedrooms on one side of the house and keep doors shut (apart from kids bedroom for playing). Mind you, when playing they always mess up their beds which drives me mad as a messy bed makes the whole room look messy IMO.
We also have a big hall which I love.
I sometimes miss the tucking away of rooms upstairs and it would be nice when working from home to have a study upstairs, but on the plus side, we have plenty of garden room for a home shed office which we intend to sort out.

With regards to mixed demographics / street of bungalows, I am in a street of 12 bunglalows. We have four families with children (30s and 40s), 2 houses with over 80s, two houses with couples in their 70s, and 4 older couples in their 50s/early 60s with grown up children. So very mixed street!

fussychica Sun 30-Jun-13 19:48:32

Our first home bought in our 20s was a bungalow and we've had several since, including our current home. DS lived in a house for the first time at Uni. If they're detached, as all ours have been, it means a lovely wide garden.

We love them - bedrooms can be dining rooms/playrooms/reception rooms, whatever you want. Highly recommended for all the reasons given already. Not heard about the spider thing - never had an issue.

VirtuousVamp Sun 30-Jun-13 19:38:41

To be fair our current semi detached house has a huge amount of spiders so can't really envisage there being many more possible......!confused

GemmaTeller Sun 30-Jun-13 19:12:19

Love our bungalow, large plot, easy maintenance, can clean the windows myself, large walkabout loft.

Would definately get a bungalow again.

I put conkers by all my doors but the squirrels ate them! Have them in in my 'twig and stuff' bowl now. I though we got giant spiders as we live facing farm fields.

elfycat Sun 30-Jun-13 19:06:21

*for spiders

elfycat Sun 30-Jun-13 19:06:03

MIL has conkers in the corners of the rooms in her bungalow as apparently that deters them. You can even buy conker spray but since you can pick up new conkers for free...

VirtuousVamp Sun 30-Jun-13 19:03:48

Thank you everyonegrin

Some good points!!

Not heard the spiders one!! But the fire and downstairs bedrooms I have considered!

Pleased to hear there are other youngish ones who like bungalow living! The one we've seen needs bringing into the 21at century but I loved it. Need to convinced DH now.....!grin

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