What dya reckon??

(44 Posts)
Surreymommy Mon 08-Apr-13 23:52:23

Hello all.

First time poster' long time vouyer!!!!

We are currently considering two houses, both in the same road, but very different. The more expensive one (it says under offer on RM but told its not now) is in a slightly better spot, is quite a bit bigger, but has a smaller garden and is not as quirky, although very practical for our growing 4 kids family. It would be a stretch, but doable.....

I have seen you guys help with this kinda a quandry before, and have liked the honest feedback received....

Please do your worst, which one, (if any), do you all prefer??

Thanks!

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-37989577.html
Or
www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-37010185.html

Devora Tue 09-Apr-13 00:00:57

Well, I prefer the first house, but I may just be dazzled by the shiny bling of the second. Try to imagine both stripped out, redecorated and full of YOUR furniture: does the taste gap get a bit narrower?

thebestpossibletaste Tue 09-Apr-13 00:01:17

Much prefer the second, more expensive one. It has a great garden and the rooms look a good size and of a good shape. Cheaper house seems dark and rooms seem smaller?

Surreymommy Tue 09-Apr-13 00:03:57

Thanks, yes agreed that the decor of the bigger one is a bit much......

Stripping it all back, level pegging!!, although just seen that the first one has a north facing garden and the second a south.....another consideration!

Surreymommy Tue 09-Apr-13 00:07:34

I am glad you say it has a great garden, as to us, current garden is 120ft!! (Albeit on a ridiculous slope) - we were worried it was a bit small...

Do you think it looks a bit bland from the outside?...... We prefer older period homes, but where we live they a few a fair between and come with a compromise, like main road, semi, no garden!,

I preferred the first house as the garden has more character. It looks nicer from the front too. This is the first time in my life I have ever picked the cheaper option so maybe I'm overtired and not thinking straight. grin

mumblechum1 Tue 09-Apr-13 00:28:47

Hmm, tricky one; the living room in the first one is tiny but the kitchen is nicer (don't like the clinical, all white look of the second)

The garden of the first one looks nicer imo.

All in all, I think the first is nicer.

herhonesty Tue 09-Apr-13 03:20:35

Instinct says first one.

Jaynebxl Tue 09-Apr-13 06:27:53

The first one has more character but I'd struggle with either kitchen.

Surreymommy Tue 09-Apr-13 08:54:43

Thanks for the opinions so far, interesting that no.1 is ahead - we were leaning toward no2 on the basis of size and potential.

Agreed that the kitchen looks like a dentist surgery, but it's got potential.

Hmmm...,a lot to ponder....

ScoffedAnEggInSixtySeconds Tue 09-Apr-13 09:07:24

Hmm - its a tricky one! I prefer the first house (it seems loved which i know is daft), but if the second one has a south facing garden...

For me its the second one, no question. The south facing garden clenches it. Sitting outside in the sun on a summer evening. Done deal.

Also, the huge big tree or hedge or whatever it is in the front of the first house would put me off.

Surreymommy Tue 09-Apr-13 09:16:11

The second one is rented I believe, perhaps why it does not feel as warm as the first.

The south facing garden could edge it...

Goodwordguide Tue 09-Apr-13 09:18:07

Space and south facing garden definitely win out, especially with 4 children! The decor is nicer in the first but that's easily changed - it's difficult to add more space and impossible to change location and aspect.

I alos prefer period homes but it's probably worth compromising on. Fr me, space wins out over everything if you are a large family.

lalalonglegs Tue 09-Apr-13 09:20:59

I prefer the cheaper one too. It's a better looking house and the layout seems sensible. The garden is nicer too.

Much prefer the second house

haveapear Tue 09-Apr-13 09:38:30

I prefer the first house, it looks prettier. House 2 is under offer is that you Op ?

haveapear Tue 09-Apr-13 09:39:56

Sorry re read your post blush

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Tue 09-Apr-13 09:45:50

Bedroom 5 in that 5 bedroomed house is tiny but I prefer that house to the 6 bedder.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Tue 09-Apr-13 09:46:42

No sorry, I prefer the 6 bedroomed house.

magimedi Tue 09-Apr-13 10:42:57

Thought I preferred the first but south facing garden would win it over for me.

Have to make the most of any sun we get!

TomArchersSausage Tue 09-Apr-13 10:48:15

I much prefer 6 bed house.

Slopey roof on the first house could lose you space.

Surreymommy Tue 09-Apr-13 11:35:58

Ok - so it's virtually 50/50 split......

Still leaning with the 6 bedder - although more worried about it's frontage, the other one may have more kerb appeal - can we make it look better ?

Great feedback, keep 'em coming......

Surreymommy Tue 09-Apr-13 11:39:00

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman - Thanks, why did you change your mind?

I actually prefer the frontage of the bigger house

openerofjars Tue 09-Apr-13 11:49:45

The first house is adorable; I don't like the second one at all.

wendybird77 Tue 09-Apr-13 12:05:43

The second. So much more living space - which means you can all spread out a bit and kids can have lots of friends around, etc. South facing garden means you can enjoy it when the sun is shining. A big garden is great, but a bit over-rated considering how much rain we get. The decor is easily changed. If you want to put money in it I'm sure you can improve the frontage - a new porch with a pitched roof, prettier windows, climbers, etc.

Surreymommy Tue 09-Apr-13 13:24:09

Yes, we will be able to do all of the above to create a better outlook.

Inside, I agree that the extra space is great, but I is it worth the extra cash!.....the bigger one is also hidden away at the end of the cul-de-sac, meaning it feels even more private.

Just not sure if the gap is worth it (even though the bigger one has already reduced by £25k)

nipersvest Tue 09-Apr-13 13:28:46

at first glance, i like the first house. but now i've read about the other having a south facing garden, that is a big plus. having gone from a garden always in the shade to a south facing, it is well worth it, particularly with the uk weather, it's about the only way to make the best from outside space in this country.

myron Tue 09-Apr-13 13:33:34

2nd house is significantly bigger square footage wise bearing in mind that it excludes the garage space in its calc and the sq footage shown in the floor plan of 1st house includes the garage space!

myron Tue 09-Apr-13 13:38:46

Just did a basic calc for you - 2nd house is 51 sq m bigger - so even building a 51 sqm extension to shell will cost you £50K so on per square footage, it is better value for money.

7to25 Tue 09-Apr-13 13:39:30

I vote for the second one.
I have six children, now grown, and square footage trumps everything for a large family. Well maybe not schools.
I prefer no. 1 in some ways but not the "homage to a garage" that is the frontage. I prefer the second, with a bit of work.

Surreymommy Tue 09-Apr-13 14:38:18

Did not think of it in terms of cost per sq ft / extension costs, that does make no2 look a lot better value....Thanks

Hmmm, nearly there I think..... Thanks ladies, any more opinions much welcomed, especially if you take a look at the street view bit - that may help......

Thanks

MammyKaz Tue 09-Apr-13 14:56:47

House no.2 without question. I wouldnt ever have a north facing garden, remember your rooms will be a bit dull too. But have you noted all those bathrooms?!? With 4 dcs I would've thought two bathrooms would be such a luxury & cut down on some arguments - plus you still get your own grin
I've always been given the advice of buy the best you can with as much as you can afford. If you can do it go for it.

kitsmummy Tue 09-Apr-13 15:04:34

I prefer house 1 but house 2 is better value

Surreymommy Tue 09-Apr-13 16:25:13

Thanks all, connected question

If no2, how would you deal with the lounge 30ft but narrowish at 12ft living room.... The fire place is not central, nor the doors to enter.... The room did work that well when we viewed, struggling to picture how to break up the space?

7to25 Tue 09-Apr-13 16:39:07

You could literally break up the room and build a wall between the sets of windows and the patio doors, centring the fireplace and making a den/ games room/ library . The proportions of the room would improve and you could get rid of a sofa or three.

bonzoed Tue 09-Apr-13 18:02:17

House number 2 for having more bathrooms and bedrooms.

Surreymommy Tue 09-Apr-13 20:19:58

Thanks all, we are going to go sleep on it and make our move in the morning, all your feedback has been much welcomed.

Please feel free to keep 'em coming!

Cheers

I like 2 better, I like the larger rooms. I like that the front door has a nice vestibule not at the base of the stairs.
I love the garden, the patio area is nice. No bathroom pics.

VestaCurry Wed 10-Apr-13 04:57:55

In this country, with our climate, I'd go for the house with the south facing garden every time...

Flossbert Wed 10-Apr-13 05:19:57

I'd go for the more expensive one. The garden certainly doesn't look particularly small and if it's south facing it definitely wins. Not sure if you mentioned the ages of your children, but being at the end of a cul-de-sac means more playing out front opportunities too.

Have the agents told you what the offer was that has fallen through?

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Wed 10-Apr-13 09:51:27

Surrey the practicalities of 4 children in the smaller house won it over for me. The bedrooms in the 6 bedder are more evenly sized, I think the bedroom with the dormer window in the 5 bedder would really bug me as I hate dormers with a passion (past life leaky flat roof memories) and that 5th bedroom is long and narrow. Having extra shower rooms/bathrooms will be a bonus when everyone is trying to get out of the door for school/work/college at more or less the same time too.

North-facing gardens do get the evening sun too, you know! It all depends on whether there's anything to block it or cast shade, or how long the garden is in relation to the height of the house. And remember too, the evening sun is in the west, so if that side of the garden is open, it will still be sunny. We have a north-facing garden and there is a sunny spot somewhere all day. Except when it's raining. smile

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