tell me about your home

(133 Posts)
MrsBucketxx Wed 16-Jan-13 13:46:35

As I'm feeling a bit jealous that everyone seems to live in bigger homes than me tell me about yours

This is mine here

I would love something with more space but I can only dream at the moment.

MrsBucketxx Wed 16-Jan-13 14:20:56


InNeatCognac Wed 16-Jan-13 14:36:44

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MrsBucketxx Wed 16-Jan-13 14:48:01

My ideal would be a home with a seperate play room for the kids something I could shut the door on at the end of the day and have a grown up sitting room.

InNeatCognac Wed 16-Jan-13 14:50:10

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MrsBucketxx Wed 16-Jan-13 14:53:01

To right or, even better an annex for the kuds stuff and the house for me.

RCheshire Wed 16-Jan-13 14:55:16

We're renting a 3 bed place (1 toddler , 1 baby) and are desperate for more space. I think our expectations are a lot higher than our parents - our family of four grew up in a 1970s estate detached (2 dbl bedrooms, 1 box room), and yet we seem to think we can't manage without at least one additional reception and 4 double bedrooms!

Toys overflow, particularly with toddlers I think when all toys are massive and garish. And whilst the en-suite is ours, the main bathroom is entirely full of ducks/buzz lightyear/hippo toothbrush/octonauts/bath colouring crayons...

Downstairs I'd ideally have a large kitchen diner with utility and playroom off. And then two further receptions. Somewhat greedy.

HormonalHousewife Wed 16-Jan-13 14:57:38

Dont be jealous.

I live in a 1930's art deco style house. I love driving home and turning into the driveway. I love the character and the space we have, we have this fantastic stairway thats like something out of Downton abbey which DD prances down trying to do ladylike. I havent been in half the rooms today and probably won't - BUT My house is old and huge with corresponding massive heating bills.

I would love to have a lovely little cosy pad where I wouldnt bat an eyelid at banging on the heating when I'm home alone during the day.

I need want a new kitchen though

MrsBucketxx Wed 16-Jan-13 14:58:36

Our parents didn't have masses of toys though did they,

I need a lottery win

maxmillie Wed 16-Jan-13 15:10:23

I am very lucky as, after years of renting, I now have the luxury of both a separate playroom and a separate office. They are not massive rooms but I can't tell you how much difference it makes - esp MY office where I can get my stuff out, shut the door, and no little fingers mess with it.

If anyone is looking to move or extend and you have young children, I thing playroom would probably make the most difference to quality of life.

i would love to live somewhere as nice as that.

we live in a 2 bed terrace which is ment for students... we are surrounded by students... we (now) hate students!! grin

fancy swapping? grin

Kendodd Wed 16-Jan-13 15:26:07

My house is old, old old old.

Big though, but still old, really old.

PaperFlowers Wed 16-Jan-13 15:34:45

We live in a 2 bed terrace too (1.5 bed really) and I would love to live somewhere like your house. It is warm though.

QueefLatina Wed 16-Jan-13 16:06:50

I live in a 3 bed terrace in the middle of a big city. It was built in the 1840's. It overlooks a park and it is painted yellow. All the houses on my street are painted different colours!

The house has 7ft sash windows, lovely to look at but draughty. I have the heating on but I can see my breath its so cold!

We have coverted the cellar into a tv room with massive sofa and tv. Ground floor has lounge, kitchen and utility room and small back yard which we've made into a kind of patio garden. Small but no lawn to mow. First floor has 2 bedrooms and bathroom, secon floor has my office and room to knock through for another room but we don't need more space really.

We bought the house for peanuts because the seller was a landlord who was in debt and needed a quick sell. We have renovated it as much as we can (it's listed and in a conservation area so can't do much), including spending 2 summers scraping bitumen off old parquet blocks to lay them on the ground floor. The other floor have sanded boards. The walls are varying shades of grey.

I love my house but I wish the front door didn't open into the lounge. I long for a hallway!

I would love a bigger house, one with 2 reception rooms so I could knock one into the kitchen to make a massive kitchen/lounge area. Ideally I would like fewer rooms but bigger rooms. However, with one DC who is 16 we maybe should downsize, depressing for me at 33!

Meh, bigger houses need more cleaning anyway!

MrsBucketxx Wed 16-Jan-13 16:25:08

I think its cause I downsized from my lasthome I yearn for that space,

I had nightmare neighbours, its more peaceful and less spacious.

Goodwordguide Wed 16-Jan-13 17:10:17

We're in a small 1920s 3-bed - about 950 sq ft - it's lovely but we are bursting at the seams with three young DCs so are in the process of buying a large 5-bed Georgian place - it will triple the amount of space but I'm very scared at the prospect of tripling our bills, especially heating - current house is very cosy.

Can't wait to have more space though - top of the list is space for guests, either to eat or to stay, plus a study for me - preferably with a piano smile

We're in a 1940's ex RAF semi detached 3 bed (well, 2.5 really).
I do like a lot of things about it, it is very light and airy and very well insulated so doesn't take much to heat up. But I can see it getting too small for us as the DC grow (currently 3 and 1yo).
In an ideal world, we would have another reception room (currently living room and kitchen diner), a downstairs loo, a guest annexe, big enough bedrooms for us all, maybe a couple of hobby rooms and my ultimate dream, a laundry room. So, where's that lottery win? grin

WeWishYouAMerryNameChange Wed 16-Jan-13 18:59:38

We're just waiting to complete on a house that is 3 bedroom 30's semi, but with an annex (large living room, utility and bathroom). I can't wait to have this seperate playroom that I can shut the door about and forget. We currently live in a 30's semi without the annex and although the rooms are a nice size there is absolutely no storage space.

There should definitely be more house built with more living space and less bedroom space!

Angelfootprints Wed 16-Jan-13 20:50:39

OP I feel EXACTLY the same as you.

My house is a tiny, tiny bit bigger than yours but just 3 beds. I cannot imagine how they fitted 4 into the same space in your house.

Im tiered of no space in this house, I yearn on a daily basis for more. 1 reception room drives me mad. I would love study, utility room, kitchen diner, playroom and a bigger sized room for dc2.

The problem is the area is perfect, we just love it. The only way get more space would be to move well away from here.

I try and focus on the postives and improve what we have ( it is a beautiful, cosy , peaceful home , safe beautiful area, and cheap to run) but still in the back of my mind how small it is and I cant quite settle.

Do you think you will move op? What part of the counrty are you in?

By the way I think your house does look really nice, the outside is very lovely too.

Skivvytomany Wed 16-Jan-13 21:01:18

I live in a 2 bed ex council house, we've split one of the bedrooms so its now a 3 bed and put a downstairs w/c in a big cupboard. Got a front and back garden, in an ok area. Its way too wee for all of us, there's stuff everywhere and I'm not keen on it. To me it's a house but to my children it's a home. We are saving as much as possible so we can move to a bigger house in 4 or 5 years. I dream about having a five bedroom, detached house with a driveway. I do have great neighbours though which is a bonus.

KateDillington Wed 16-Jan-13 21:10:04

Your house looks AMAZING.

I live in a rented two-bed house and sleep in the lounge.

Don't get divorced and then lose your job. sad

Kendodd Wed 16-Jan-13 22:06:05

My house is 300+ years old, with a woodburner at each end. We have livingroom, dining room, playroom/study, kitchen, untility room, five bedrooms and three bathrooms. The rooms are all large and we are very lucky to have good size windows and ceiling height for a house this old. It's in the country and the side of my house is about six foot from a river. We live in the south west and were very worried we might flood recently, we didn't even though the fields on the other bank all flooded.

The best thing about my house is the airing cupboard. It's a walk in cupboard with the hot water tank and all the pipes runing through it. I dry my washing in there.

Having an old house is hard work though, I'd love a brand new house.

This thread is a bit show offy isn't it? I think your house looks fine, probably bigger and better than most people in the country have.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 16-Jan-13 22:26:39

I live in a seven bedroom Georgian house in a small village. It's too big and cost every bean we have so we can't afford to renovate it. Or heat it for that matter <shivering>. Love it, though.

Good point about different expectations from our parents generation. I grew up in a cramped bungalow that you couldn't swing a cat in. My dad walks around this place shaking his head and muttering.

redwellybluewelly Wed 16-Jan-13 22:51:27

Would love to live near a river (I'm borderline obsessed by them, suspect I was some kind of fish in a previous life) but completely understand the flooding worry.

We live in a small 1930s semi. The frint living room and upstairs have original dimensions but no fireplaces sadly, high windows with inset stained glass and secondary double glazing. This morning there was ice over a foot high on inside of each panel.

But downstairs. Oh wow. The previous owners effectively doubled the ground floor by adding a beautiful timber extension which we use as a playroom/family room and the kitchen is also much bigger now.

We love it. Needs a lot of maintenance as previous owners simply didnt bother after building work completed and we're finding a few jobs were done badly. But its heaven after our old two up two down!

myron Wed 16-Jan-13 23:45:17

Ours is a large 1970's neo georgian 5 bed/3 bath - about 3200 sq ft. We have completely renovated/extended it in the last 12 mths. Sitting room with French doors onto patio, study, cloakroom, utility, boot corridor and then 45 ft x 18 ft open plan area of kitchen, dining space plus a family area with triple aspect windows and bifold doors into garden/patio. Having done all this work, this is where we plan to live for the long term. I love the location, we are 50 yards away from a beautiful heath and best of all, it's on a generous 1.5 acre plot.The only downside is that the garden is a jungle and the funds have run out so I need to get out there come spring to start taming it with my own fair hands.

Devora Wed 16-Jan-13 23:58:09

I live in a badly modernised 30s semi with 5 bedrooms. That sounds massive, but the rooms are small - one is really a cupboard, which is what we use it as. Nice things about my house: lots of storage, big garden, lovely area, great neighbours, light and sunny.

Bad things about my house: no hallway, living room is like a waiting room (straight off the street, open stairs allow all heat to rise to the top of the house), no original features, crappy kitchen, crappy bathroom.

But mainly I'm grateful for the location and for the space. Before we lived here, I was nearly 20 years in a 2 bed flat so I do feel your pain.

ironhorse Thu 17-Jan-13 00:06:49

we live in an old victorian house built in the 1840s. lots and lots of space in all the rooms as theyre quite big, main bedroom is 5m square, livingroom is 7mx6m all with 3m ceilings etc. etc. hall is quite big and very high ceiling for a house, 5m tall - the worst thing is trying to heat it - its not so bad just now as it isnt too cold but previous years when it was cold was a nightmare, we were in bed with our clothes on to try and keep warm and heating was on all the time. lots of tall windows all round the house and luckily we live on top of a hill overlooking the river in front of us, we can see right up and down it and as far as the eye can see. the heating issue pales into the bakground in the bigger picture - wouldnt want to live anywhere else.

TheSecondComing Thu 17-Jan-13 00:15:16

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Bumblequeen Thu 17-Jan-13 00:19:08

1930's eot house with two double bedrooms and one single box room.

Quiet road
Pretty front and back garden
Modern house - very low maintenance
Large kitchen diner with full size dining table
Original features - fire places
Large loft
Understair cupboard for hoover/hardware/food items when we do a bulk shop

box room as third bedroom which accommodates an adult bed
No osp
Slim hallway
tiny bathroom
Average size living room

Walls are magnolia and ceilings are white. It really does give an illusion of space and high ceilings. We -I-- am a minimalist so try as possible to keep items off the floor as this closes the room in.

DD's toys are in her bedroom, she brings them into living room for the day and back up they go.

I would love a bigger bathroom - why oh why did I overlook this when viewing?

I would love a second reception room/playroom for dd. This way all her toys could be kept downstairs. I can not cope with my living room being swamped with toys day and night. I feel guilty as I have friends who are more than happy to have their dc's toys stored all round the house.

I would love a second toilet and off street parking.

StupidFlanders Thu 17-Jan-13 01:01:12

I think this thread proves that you can't have it all!!!

I love my house, it's big (4bed) and will soon be doubled in size! It's modern and easy to keep clean, I have lived in older houses which never sparkled no matter how much I scrubbed. It's perfect for us but I still love the thought of a large old house full of antiques!

DumSpiroSpero Thu 17-Jan-13 01:13:10

1930's semi. Extended sitting room, decent size separate dining room and a kind of oversized galley kitchen (long but wide enough to have units down both sides and a reasonable bit of floor space in the middle). 2 double beds and large (8x10) single bedroom which will become spare room/office in the next month or so as we moved DD into the biggest bedroom last year. Full bathroom and 2nd wc next door confused.

It works for us and after 10 years we have almost done everything we need to in the way of renovations - just our room, wc and garden to finish.

echt Thu 17-Jan-13 04:17:09

I live in a shed. It's a late 70s/early 80s timber-built shed. With a tin roof. This is Australia, so all bedrooms fit a double bed and have fitted wardrobes. The nice thing, and I can see the OP's gaff lacks this, is a second living/sitting room area downstairs.

Another good thing we have is doors, and this is because the design is older. Lots of Aussie homes are horribly open-plan, with tiled and/or timber floors which, coupled with no doors is a frickin' nightmare of noise. We can close the doors between front and back, and have a life!

What do I like best? The front room which has floor to ceiling windows down one side, about 20 feet, which looks onto the side passage, about 5 feet wide, full of plants, mostly of the house kind you can grow outdoors here.

Not so good? No hallway, so nowhere to park shoes, hats and coats which doesn't involve a trip across the carpet.

ripsishere Thu 17-Jan-13 04:39:34

We live in an open(ish) plan flat on floor 19. We have a lobby with iron gates on the front. The living/dining room is a reasonable size, the kitchen is tiny- I've got four cupboards, a sink, a worktop cooker and a fridge freezer next to the dining table.
Three bedrooms, two are a decent size, the other is large enough for a double bed but since we put a desk into it, you have to sq-e-e-z-e yourself in tightly to get round it. I have an outdoor kitchen too. Least said about that the better.
In England we have a 3 bed 194's semi with ORP. It's OK, it has a big garden but only one toilet/bathroom. Just before we moved here, we were about to investigate having the garage knocked through and halving the 'through lounge'.

AndABigBirdInaPearTree Thu 17-Jan-13 06:34:09

We live in a 1600sq ft 1960s bungalow that is 10-15 mins drive from the ocean. 3 1/2 bed 3 bath. Largish eat in kitchen and medium living rooms and family rooms. Completely half done unfinished. Love our neighbourhood though, very quiet surburban neighbourhood with everything within walking distance.

dinkyhilly Thu 17-Jan-13 06:42:25

we live in a terreced house in the muddle of a big town we hace 3 small bedroom one bathroom there is 3 children atm and 2 more arriving In 12ish weeks. I would love a bigger house and were looking

kitsmummy Thu 17-Jan-13 06:54:10

We live in a 150 year old house that used to be a pub. It has a river running right in front of it and is all beamed and stone walls inside. It has 3 bedrooms which are all very big and downstairs it has a kitchen breakfast room, utility, cloakroom, big front room, dining room and playroom. There is also a cellar.

We have a lovely big garden backing on to fields; every day I think how much I love it and how lucky I am.

CheerfulYank Thu 17-Jan-13 07:17:23

Mine was built in the '30s.

It has an entryway and then a smallish living and dining room, a teeny kitchen, and a pointlessly large bathroom. Then upstairs there are three bedrooms (2 small, one tiny) and a half bath which we've never used because the toilet doesn't work. This is the year we're going to fix it tho! smile

I wish it were bigger but tbh I'm not a great housekeeper so it's probably just as well! Someday I'd like to renovate the basement into a sort of play area/family room, but it's very damp so I don't know if we can.

MrsBucketxx Thu 17-Jan-13 07:57:09

Angel, I will be moving I'm not anywhere for long (longest place of my own was three years) but we need to wait for three years to qualify for another mortgage, working for ourselves the bank need 3 years accounts.

I'm in Worcester, which seems stupidly expensive for what you get.

The bedrooms annoy me I have two doubles and two tiny ones, its not like the two smaller ones can be knocked together as they are at oposite ends of the house, and the bathroom is tiny, the ensuite feels bigger its crazy.

ILikeBirds Thu 17-Jan-13 09:39:40

We have a 1950s ex-council house, 3 bed. Houses with the same layout are dotted around the country.

Love spacious rooms and solid walls. I like the fact we have a hallway and none of the rooms are 'through' rooms. I love my pantry. Only wish is we had room for a separate shower in the bathroom.

I love my house but not the heating bills smile

It's a four bed 1920s house on the outskirts of the City - lovely big garden, two bathrooms, sitting room, dining room, conservatory & playroom. Kitchen was done up really well by previous owners.

But it's a frickin nightmare keeping it warm atm....

Ilikebirds I agree about the 'through rooms', much more cosy smile. There are a row of houses all the same as mine along our street and I think mine is the only one that hasn't had all the rooms knocked through front to back (discovered by snouting through windows obvously!).

OP just had a nose at your house - doesn't look small at all to me smile

Hullygully Thu 17-Jan-13 09:56:25

Which one?

SomeBear Thu 17-Jan-13 10:12:56

We're renting a 1970s semi - it was a bog standard 3 bed with a hall, lounge/diner and undersized kitchen downstairs but has been extended to the side so now has a bizarre utility room (which is bigger than the kitchen) and an extra bedroom upstairs. There are 5 of us and it's the first time the DCs have had a bedroom each. Unfortunately the original 3rd bedroom is too small to take a regular sized single so we'll be forced to re-think in the next 12 months when DD2 outgrows the short bed. The house we rented prior to this one was a tiny new-build where the girls had to share a room so small they had bunkbeds, 2 chests of drawers and could just about walk between the two.

Every single wall has painted textured wallpaper, the bathroom is genuine 70s avocado and the garage leaks but the rent is just about affordable. I hate the town it's in (don't belong here, it's the middle of nowhere and I've not made a single friend in 3 years) but the schools are good and it's convenient for work.

In an ideal world I'd have an Edwardian townhouse somewhere scenic. Or a large Victorian double fronted house. Ideally, I'd love to be able to see trains from lounge.

Hully OPs house is linked in her first post...


MrsBucketxx Thu 17-Jan-13 10:23:36

Thanks badtaste.

Hullygully Thu 17-Jan-13 10:24:05

I meant which of my homes do you want describing?

MrsBucketxx Thu 17-Jan-13 10:26:15

Lucky you hully ,

Any, both or more?

I knooooooooow Hully. Was just being deliberately thick smile

<bored today, can't make a decent snowman>

And PS tell us about all of them - each and every one smile

Thornintherose Thu 17-Jan-13 10:28:07

I live in a cold 2 bed flat with a leak (roofer has canceled 4 times now) and mould and mice. Rent in London with noisy neighbours above, right and left and I still pay £1200 a month. I can only dream of a 3 bed house. sad

Hullygully Thu 17-Jan-13 10:28:10

oh soz badtaste

rubyrubyruby Thu 17-Jan-13 10:36:30

I live in a detached house in a perfect location.

I don't like the actual house much and we want to move but can't find anything.

Bumblequeen Thu 17-Jan-13 12:26:11

Thorinintherose £1200 for a 2 bedroom flat!! London prices are something else.

MrsBucketxx Thu 17-Jan-13 12:39:05

Its crazy. You could get something massive here for that.

3 bed victorian terrace.

Through living/dining room, galley kitchen, downstairs bathroom.

I love the size, the bedrooms are big and the downstairs living space is great. I wish we had an upstairs bathroom. I really love the location. We don't have a driveway which would be great but it is very easy to get parked on our street.

Mrsrobertduvall Thu 17-Jan-13 12:46:44

Have a four bedroomed detached 1930s house, with through lounge, office (mine), huge kitchen and a loft extension which is dh's office. Utility room, bathroom, ensuite and separate toilet.

I'd love more space..have 2 teenagers, and would like a bigger bedroom and dressing room for me.
However, as house prices are so silly here, that would cost about £1.2 million sad

Badvoc Thu 17-Jan-13 12:57:18

3 bed - originally 4 bed - detached.
The previous owners knocked the smallest bedroom into another to make 3 double bedrooms and turned the garage into another reception room and utility and WC.
Conservatory and pretty big back garden.
Been here a year now.
In that year the house has needed a new boiler, all the kitchen appliances - hib, oven, ffreezer etc - replaced due to not working at all or properly, new sink and worktops (cracked ceramic sink) and now needs a new conservatory roof.
Am struggling to feel the love ATM sad
We have decorated all downstairs and it looks good now but it's just cost is so much money...feel very down about it.
On the plus side its a quiet area, ds1s friend lives round the corner and the village is nice.

ChooChooLaverne Thu 17-Jan-13 13:02:20

3-bed rented flat here. I wanted a 2 bed but this was the same (exorbitant) rent and I use the tiny spare bedroom as an office which is a bonus. I wish I could afford to buy a place of my own but separation, lack of funds and living in the south east make it nigh on impossible.

Funnily enough though, it's probably about the same size overall as the three bedroom house I grew up in that housed five of us - there's only the two of us here and we've got too much stuff. I love it particularly in the summer, not so good in the winter as it has huge leaky windows so it's freezing.

MrsBucketxx Thu 17-Jan-13 13:02:53

Where are you mrsrobertduval, somewhere like surrey,

We've got a 1930s semi with an extension above the garage (we're a family of 4). There are 3 double bedrooms and a box room (that I use as an office although DH seems intent on colonising it as a 'gaming room' hmm).

There's a bathroom and separate toilet (that we only use as a cupboard at the moment as the plumbing is dodgy so you wouldn't want to use the toilet). We're going to knock it through into one good size bathroom. It would be good to have a downstairs toilet, but it's not the end of the world.

Downstairs we've got a dining kitchen with French doors out to the garden. There are 2 reception rooms (which FIL is in the process of putting oak floating down in as I type). Neither is huge, but they're decent enough sizes. The front room is a TV watching/evening socialising room. The back room is going to be a playroom, place to go where there are no screens. It has a sliding door to the bak garden that we're going to change to French doors.

We've put a utlility area in the back end of the integral garage, which means it doesn't have to take up space in the kitchen. It's cold in there though.

DH has been making noises about a loft conversion (so he can have a 'gaming room'). I'm ignoring him.

Portofino Thu 17-Jan-13 13:04:59

We rent a terraced townhouse just outside Brussels. On the ground floor there is a garage, downstair loo, and then one big open plan kitchen/living/dining room with french doors onto a small garden.

On the first floor there are 3 reasonable sized bedrooms, a loo, separate bathroom and a shower room (not ensuite). Then there are stairs to 2 attic rooms which at one point had a lodger in but are currently empty.

We need to downsize really and move closer to french speaking secondary schools, (live in a Dutch speaking area) but our street and neighbours are lovely and the kids all play out front together.

sherbetpips Thu 17-Jan-13 13:13:48

We moved to a 1950's detached 4 bed last year. Not the most lovely looking house but it has room! And storage space! and lots of cupboards. Only downside is a tiny garden but with the weather we have had......

Lafaminute Thu 17-Jan-13 13:34:59

We moved from a one bed flat in London with neighbours above, below and either side of us to a FIVE bed in the middle of nowhere. (we also acquired a couple of children and a hairy dog along the way to help fill the space). While I DO appreciate the space - especially on wet days, the childrens toys are still EVERYWHERE and the house is never ever clean. There are 3 shower room s and two bathrooms - by the time I've got around to the fifth washroom, the first is ready to be cleaned again. And that is before I even think about hoovering and washing the 3,500sq foot of floors. At planning stages the cleaning/tidying/maintenance aspect of this size of house began to dawn on me but it was all too late at that stage. Add to this the fact that we cannot afford to buy more furniture (so it's just marginally more furnished than a 1 bed flat) as we are too busy trying to cover the similarily huge mortgage while operating as an informal guest house because we have spare rooms and live in a pretty area and I'm a sahm with nothing more to do than clean, cook and tidy for my long forgotten friends...fancy a house swap OP?????

pinkcardi Thu 17-Jan-13 13:44:44

We are about to move into an early victorian townhouse. It has 4 bedrooms over four floors and a big garden (for here 60-ish ft is big). I absolutely cannot wait to get the keys.
However I'm worried about the mortgage (the London property market is absolutely crazy and it scares me how much we have spent. Sometimes I wonder if we've done the right thing). I'm also worried that it'll cost a fortune to heat, that we won't have enough furniture, that I'm going to be annoyed with all the stairs (previously came from a flat)

MrsBucketxx Thu 17-Jan-13 13:47:27

Id love that lafa, apart from the high mortgage. Just proves everyone wants something they dont have.

Getoutofmygumboot Thu 17-Jan-13 13:50:04

Your lucky you have a house, it's quite selfish of you to be jealous of people with bigger houses confused

Lafaminute Thu 17-Jan-13 13:54:40

well this is it - I spent my time in my 1 bed dreaming of "finding" more rooms (that I just happened not to have noticed before!!). Now I dream about shrinking rooms or having an army of staff grin It's all about aspiring to find the perfect dwelling though, isn't it?

Winternight Thu 17-Jan-13 14:00:53

Op you have a 4 bed detached house. Well jel envy

MrsBucketxx Thu 17-Jan-13 14:26:34

You can't please everyone getout, its meant to be lighthearted and a bit nosy.

impty Thu 17-Jan-13 14:35:24

4 double beds, 2 with en suite bathrooms, 1 family bath. 3 receptions. Clockroom. Kitchen and utility. Garage. Large garden to the rear goes onto woodland. 10 years old. Well insulated etc.
In a lovely area...
Love this house but it cost a fortune sad Mortgage is massivesad sad
plus I have to clean 4 loos grin sad grin

impty Thu 17-Jan-13 14:39:55

Clockroom?? grin grin That would be bizarre!!

rubyrubyruby Thu 17-Jan-13 14:42:03

OP isn't being selfish.

You can twist that any old way you like tbh.

Troubleintmill Thu 17-Jan-13 14:49:22

Our house is a but like your new one pinkcardi! Not in London though...oop north. Its lovely but the stairs are a bit of a task. The kitchen is in the basement and the dining room and siting room are on the 1st floor-up 2flights of stairs! Hence we only use the dining room at Christmas...a huge waste. There are too many rooms for us and it takes hours to clean but I know we are very lucky to have a house, let alone a huge one so I won't complain further. All your houses sound lovely and aslong as you love them and they are homes that's all that matters surely!?

softpaw Thu 17-Jan-13 14:52:32

Just moved from a 2 bed 3rd floor flat,in highly desirable commuter belt area,to a 3 bed Victorian semi in the,it's a longer commute,and I'm miles from a supermarket...but am I happy,looking out at the overgrown garden and thinking about the spring?

CheerfulYank Thu 17-Jan-13 15:03:11

We bought ours (1300 sq feet, huge back yard) for about 67,000 pounds five years ago. Immediately afterward prices plummeted further. You could practically get a lake home for that now, or at least something much bigger.

I'm not bitter. grin

noisytoys Thu 17-Jan-13 16:21:44

I live in a 2 bed converted flat on the end of a parade of shops. It's the only flat on the block that isn't above a shop but still the same size so about the same size as most 3 bed houses round here. Big rooms. No outside space though so it feels claustrophobic at times. We are hoping to move to a 2/3 bed house in the next few years. It will be more expensive but all ours and we will have a patio or small garden

mrscog Thu 17-Jan-13 16:48:34

We're in a 2 bed terraced new build. Walk in to a narrow hallway, small kitchen and downstairs loo and stairs off the hall then in to a fairly large (by new build standards) lounge/diner. 2 reasonable sized bedrooms & a small bathroom upstairs.

We'd like more space before we think about a DC2, but for the three of us it's fine plus the mortgage is nothing compared with renting.

I just hate the lounge diner - my next house will be a kitchen diner. I've been looking at new builds recently and loads of them are still building in the lounge diner format - I bloody hate it. I'm in Worcs too (in fact have met OP <waves smile>) and there seems to be a major aversion to kitchen diners here!

MrsBucketxx Thu 17-Jan-13 16:57:57

Hi thats one of the reasons we bought this one I hate the lounge diner arangement. The barratt homes up the road have more bedroom space, but havea lounge diner,

Waves back mrscog

mrscog Thu 17-Jan-13 18:10:33

Were they they the B.... Road ones? If so they were the ones I was looking at! They clearly have never had to do finger foods with a 10 month old with a beige carpet!

MrsBucketxx Thu 17-Jan-13 18:25:59

its just off the b road. but mine is further up that road near the island at the top.

barrats had more square footage but didn't work for us.

MusicalDoodle Thu 17-Jan-13 18:44:47

You know when you are driving out into the 'inner ringpiece' of the 'arse end of nowhere' - lots of fields and country lanes ... and suddenly there is a row of 1930s council house terraces ... brick at the bottom, rendered at the top....That's me on the end.

My house is big (4 bed), cosy, smells of dog and is a bit scruffy round the edges ... just like me really grin

Angelfootprints Thu 17-Jan-13 18:53:15

Yes what is with lounge diners in the newer houses ?why, oh why?

ForeverProcrastinating Thu 17-Jan-13 18:53:24

We bought our 250+ year old cob (= horse shit, mud and straw) detached 3 bed cottage 7 years ago, it's in a quiet spot yet 3 miles from town (SW). Warm in winter (log fire), cool in summer but needs some tlc now. The roof used to be thatched but the tiles they put on in the 50's made the whole house sag, so it's got internal beams holding it up - I kid you not. Great garden, neighbours have a fab swimming pool that we use in the summer.
I am seriously tempted by a Redrow home, I would give anything for a straight wall.

HecateWhoopass Thu 17-Jan-13 18:57:17

Little 2 bed semi in the derbyshire dales.
Tiny kitchen! Bathroom upstairs and shower room downstairs. Little back room. Small living room. Garden front and back.

MusicalDoodle Thu 17-Jan-13 19:04:42

Oh and it hasn't been a council house for years - and needs a lot of work but a lot of stuff we could do to it (new windows, new lean to) wouldn't make it be worth any more - because it is what it is.

But it has a lot of space and is perfect for our 12 million 3 1/2 dogs

Our home is a bog standard 4bed (3+box room) new build. The rooms are so ungenerous that my Turkish rug practically covers the entire width of the lounge. It has no utility room. It does have an added conservatory, if we ever lived in it again, I'd rip that out and replace with a proper room, maybe extending the kitchen out at the same time, but that would eat into the titcy backyard somewhat. Thankfully someone else is suffering the blandness enjoying it right now.

But where we rent, it is an extremely odd layout. Ground floor apartment Our bedrooms are too narrow by about 5 feet and we can only have the bed longways in the room, with only room for 1 side table, not 2. DS2's room is teeny, DS1's room is at the front and he is always woken by homeless going through the recycling looking for cans, or racoons trying to get in the garbage, or some other noise. At the back there is an odd room that you walk through to get to the laundry which looks like a tack on as it's cold. The landlady also put a loo in there which is so small, when I sit, my leg touches the wall. We'd like to move, but we have a garden which is hard to get and we don't know how much longer we'll be here to go through the pain of a move. There is a coat cupboard as you walk in the front door. Great. If you go around the wall behind it, there is another door, open that and there is a separate cupboard the depth of a mattress! So just a door randomly in the wall that's of no use! In fact it is of use, we've stored a spare mattress in there!!

Samnella Thu 17-Jan-13 19:48:01

3 bed end of terrace -2 doubles and one box room. Extension with big kitchen/diner and utility but tiny lounge and DS room is 6x7 ft which drives me mad. I would like a bigger lounge and 3rd bedroom or maybe even a spare 4 th wink. But I love the feel of my house and the fact its the only home my DCs have known.

Mrsrobertduvall Thu 17-Jan-13 20:20:42

mrsbucket we are in SW London hence ridiculous prices for not that much

Bumblequeen Thu 17-Jan-13 21:04:40

Samnella DD's room is roughly the size of your ds's. The saving grace is she has an adult's single bed, lots of shelves and under bed storage. There is no space for dd to play on the floor in the room.

FiveGoMadInDorset Thu 17-Jan-13 21:10:13

I live in a farmhouse, 5 bedrooms (3 of them big enough to fit superking beds and 2 single beds plus furniture), 4 bathrooms, dining room, sitting room, study, kitchen/diner, huge utility room and then and annexe, playroom, bathroom, bedroom. Dates from late 1500's lates part is 1700's and is a bugger to heat. Not as big as the house I grew up in though.

JuliaSqueezer Thu 17-Jan-13 21:30:32

1990s Detached
Sitting room, dining room, dining kitchen, loo, hallway
Four double bedrooms, one en-suite, family bathroom
Gardens front and back, garage, double-width driveway.

If I had to improve it I'd like the back garden to be a little bigger but other than that we're happy. At the moment there's only two of us here so we have plenty of space and it's easy to clean and heat. Compared to where I grew up it's a palace so I really do appreciate it.

frankie4 Thu 17-Jan-13 21:42:18

We have just moved to a house very similar size to yours and I have felt really lucky to have a nice sized house. I don't understand why you aren't happy with your house - it's new, nicely decorated, 4 bedrooms, ensuite.

There will always be people with bigger houses, I have friends with big houses that have rooms they never use and they just use the kitchen an tv room. Try to be happy with what you have, or find friends with a variety of house sizes!

Roseformeplease Thu 17-Jan-13 21:49:38

Huge Edwardian house. 5 bed, 3 bath and the wonder that is two sitting rooms ( one for each generation) and a study. Lovely big garden and amazing views of the sea. But......a long way from anywhere and property here is very cheap. On my salary anywhere else we would be lucky to have 3 beds. We have an open fire (fireplaces in every room but blocked) but are saving for a wood burner to help with costs.

MrsBucketxx Fri 18-Jan-13 07:15:41

I know what you mean frankie there are lots if positives in this house, but I know in my heart its not my forever home.

Fivegomad I'm well jel envy

HDee Fri 18-Jan-13 07:36:42

MrsBucket, I guarantee there will be far more people on here with less impressive homes than yours. Many will be in grotty, mouldy homes with landlords who don't give a shit, or in council homes with crack addicts for neighbours, or temporary accomodation....

TBH your OP comes across as as bit of a stealth boast. 'Come and look at my lovely house. It's brand new, perfectly insulated, blah blah...tell me about yours so I can feel even better.'

In fact, 95 % of the posters on this thread have also come on to say how great their homes are. Boasting about their 5 bedrooms/3 bathrooms for example. Not a single one still lives in a bog standard council house, rented from the council. Not very representative of the MN demographic at all I shouldn't think.

MrsBucketxx Fri 18-Jan-13 07:48:33

Hdee its meant to be light hearted.

HDee Fri 18-Jan-13 07:56:12

It might be light-hearted if you weren't whining about living in a house which many people reading this could never aspire to living in.

Bumblequeen Fri 18-Jan-13 08:09:06

Mrsbucket How big are your friends' homes? We often measure ourselves against those around us.

A 4 bedroom home is big to me even if all 4 bedrooms are not doubles. I know new builds are not generous with room sizes and storage space- is this the issue?

VestaCurry Fri 18-Jan-13 08:14:18

Tin shack hmm

MrsBucketxx Fri 18-Jan-13 08:50:51

Hdee biscuit

MrsBucketxx Fri 18-Jan-13 08:56:01

Infact I would say most of my freinds houses are smaller.

This feels tiny because I gad to downsize massively from our last home, a home I loved but the neighbours where a nightmare, with threats of violence etc. It wasn't like I had any other choice but to leave.

Im annoyed with myself that we took a low offer to get out and could only afford something of this size. Thats not the case now but we can't move yet, ill get there in the end.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

pansyflimflam Fri 18-Jan-13 09:45:07

1930's, 5 bed. Living Room, Play Room, Dining Room, Kitchen and Utility Room. Two bathrooms and sep. toilet downstairs. Garage and 2 outbuilding. Sort of middle sized garden and a drive. It is lovely and I would rather stick pins in my eyes than live in a new house.

pansyflimflam Fri 18-Jan-13 09:45:55

It is also by the Sea. Do you feel better now? No, probably not.

Pinot Fri 18-Jan-13 10:03:12

We have a 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom detached house with utility room, study, conservatory and games room. 150m from a large park with lake and resident swans.

I still can't believe we live here, tbh.

This thread is hilarious, I just wonder how many of these `homes` actually exist <apart from in someones head>

Pinot Fri 18-Jan-13 10:06:24

Dreams grin Mine is true. I never lie <lies>

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

rubyrubyruby Fri 18-Jan-13 10:07:07

Travelling around there are lots of houses like this so why would they not be inhabited by MNers?

Pinot Fri 18-Jan-13 10:09:46

Mine is as I described. Promise to the baby cheeses.

I will only be a true believer if you post series of photos with yourselves in them [grins]

Beer, I have loaded up my (£2.99 from £2.99land) sledge with DIY stuff and am on my way round to fix wall.

Flatbread Fri 18-Jan-13 11:22:45

Part of the problem is that in UK, property values are based on number of rooms not square footage. Hence lots of tiny rooms and inadequate closet space etc. in new builds. It is a really bizarre system!

We have a lovely three bed/ three bath. Room sizes are not huge, but not too small. It is an 18th century farmhouse on a hill, so great views, but lots of cold wind as well.

Angelfootprints Fri 18-Jan-13 11:25:43


Could you add a conservatory on to become a playroom?

HDee Fri 18-Jan-13 11:31:40

My first home (away from parents) was a two bed, tiny council flat. Nasty area, hideous neighbours, but I was so proud of it and loved it.

I remember meeting a friend in the library once and taking her back there. Not sure she had been in a council place before because she looked seriously unimpressed.

Flatbread Fri 18-Jan-13 11:54:02

I know what you mean, HDee. My first flat without roommates was at university. It was a small one bed, but with nice views of the river. Best of all, it was right next door to my department, so I could roll out of bed and attend classes.

I still think of it with affection. It might have seemed grotty and cramped to some, but for me it was the best place ever!

MrsBucketxx Fri 18-Jan-13 13:52:19

can't add a conservatory cause of stupid covenants plus id have no garden left.

dreams im not lying im really not.

Goodwordguide Fri 18-Jan-13 16:17:37

My first flat was the grottiest two-bed above a cash machine on a main road - we had to step round the drunks in the doorway to get in, the window in my bedroom wouldn't shut, it had mice and a chain-smoking flatmate - but I loved it!

Being in the middle of a major house move, I am obsessed with where and how other people live - nothing to do with envy, just straightforward nosiness grin.

DewDr0p Fri 18-Jan-13 16:51:33

4 bed stone Victorian semi.

It's a beautiful old house but needs a lot of tlc which we are struggling to afford at the moment. Lovely big square rooms. Kitchen is a bit dark and needs replacing but has room for a table. I love my pantry though! It's freezing at times. With a bit of money to spend on it (new kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, curtains, roof etc etc) it could be stunning.

We may need to move this year and will not be able to afford anything half as good and I feel sad

fussychica Fri 18-Jan-13 17:07:09

Drastically downsized to a 2 bed detached bungalow with large conservatory and good sized rooms other than a tiny kitchensad. Lovely area. Warm & cosy but still needs a bit of work. Not sure if we'll stay or move on when the work is done.

HeyHoHereWeGo Fri 18-Jan-13 17:20:49

Mine is tiny. 3 bed. Small kitchen. Dining room stuffed with furniture. Lounge. I bath. Much much smaller than anyone else I know.
But it is so so warm. I love it and forget that it is ever cold outside til I step out. Love it.

digerd Fri 18-Jan-13 18:09:02

Mine a 2-bed 2 reception semi bungalow. Just me in it. Infact my 4 other neighbours are single occupants, built in 1961. In a cul-de-sac. Don't drive, so convenient shops round the corner, Drs, chemist, post office. Bus stops with 4 buses an hour. Canal at back of garden trees and large field at other side of river. Location excellent. Beds both at back of property.

FiveGoMadInDorset Fri 18-Jan-13 18:17:14

dreams you can google mine if you want to on the web as it is a B&B.

MrsBucketxx Fri 18-Jan-13 18:24:39

Do you have a link?

FiveGoMadInDorset Fri 18-Jan-13 18:25:58

I will PM you as otherwise it is advertising.

MrsBucketxx Fri 18-Jan-13 18:28:55

Thank you :D

I believe you both smile just an old cynic! They both sound lovely! I've always fancied running a B&B but I'm not really a people person grin

You said that you own another house and rent it out ( on another thread). Can't you sell that and add the money together to get something bigger mrsbucket?

BikingViking Fri 18-Jan-13 18:37:45

I love my home. It's a 2 bed open-plan flat but very well insulated so we can walk around in t-shirts in the winter if we want to and our heating is only number 2. It takes max 1 hour to clean and is lovely and light throughout with light wooden floors. We have a balcony where we can eat outside in the summer and a massive communal park/garden with different play areas and bbq areas etc (no roads to cross to get there!) We're only renting but I've just extended the contract for another 2 years and the landlord has fixed the rent for that period grin

Angelfootprints Fri 18-Jan-13 18:42:14

Oh, I would love to see your home too fivegomad!

MrsBucketxx Fri 18-Jan-13 18:47:00

If only it was that easy, we are currently having to gut our rental property after the current tenant has left us with a major damp problem from not airing the house properly. Leaving us having to replaster, and a specialist damp company to fix it.

Its going back on the market but we can only afford to do this for so long, I know we should keep the deposit but we are not. As it wasnt really deliberate, I just have to wait thats all.

RCheshire Fri 18-Jan-13 19:39:34

Painful rents aren't just in the SE. Our 3 bed/dining hall/galley kitchen/lounge/bath/ensuite semi in the NW is £1600 pcm. It's a nice house (altho needs money spending on it) in a beautiful spot, but we do want more space now.

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