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

noisytoys Sun 30-Jun-13 18:11:44

I would love to buy a bungalow but round here a 2 bed bungalow is double the price of a 4 bed detached its insane. There are loads of bungalows too its not like they are in short supply.

CointreauVersial Sun 30-Jun-13 18:12:43

We live in a bungalow, and are a long way from retirement!

But we are in a street of mixed houses; I probably wouldn't have been so keen if it had been in a road of bungalows, because, yes, you do find the typical demographic to be a little more mature. In other words, judge the house on its own merits, location-wise.

The plus sides are (yes) big plot, and no running upstairs to loo/bedrooms etc. Easy to clean the windows too.grin But check the layoit, as you don't want bedrooms too close to living room/kitchen, or you'll spend every evening tiptoeing about and whispering. We have the DC's rooms on a separate corridor, which is handy.

JambalayaCodfishPie Sun 30-Jun-13 18:16:52

My friend has a bungalow as she thinks not having a first floor means she's less likely to die in a fire.

I, however, can't sleep if I'm on the ground floor - I'm always scared by how easily someone could be spying in.

So, there's two weird and totally unhelpful pros and cons. grin

elfycat Sun 30-Jun-13 18:21:26

We bought a bungalow and then had a loft conversion done to give a first floor.

Plus sides to the standard bungalow was ease of access to each room if you tend to dash around before leaving.

Downsides are you soon get out of climbing stairs. It shouldn't make a difference when you are early 30s but no matter how far and fast you straight line walk there are different muscles at work.

Some people say you get more spiders in a bungalow but we haven't found that to be true.

JellyMould Sun 30-Jun-13 18:22:49

I love our bungalow! Lovely large plot, everything close together, easy for maintenance. The only disadvantage, as someone says upthread, that the kitchen is opposite ds's bedroom door and we have to be quiet while he's dropping off. Once he's asleep it's fine. My crawling 10 month old loves it !

Dackyduddles Sun 30-Jun-13 18:24:05

Bungalows often have larger plots, all round for example. Ground size wise you could be better off. Secondly, loft conversions are obviously possible, or build top floor yourselves. Equally what's different to a flat except you won't suffer some heavy footed moron you don't know moving in above you?

I like bungalows. Can be great investment.

We live in a bungalow and love it! We are late 30s with DDs 4 and 2. It's so practical and easy to live in. We have high ceilings and open-plan living area so it feels very spacious. Love not having to run up and down the stairs all the time.

I was dead set against them til we spent a Christmas at BIL and SILs when we all had small DCs. It was just so easy. From then on I was converted!

I can imagine that when the DC are teenagers that we might wish we had a bit more space in between us, but their bedrooms are situated away from the main living area so I think we'll cope!

Mrsladybirdface Sun 30-Jun-13 18:34:13

We've got a Bungalow and love it. Echo everyone else re layout. We have had an extension so our lounge/diner is at the back and kitchen in the middle and bedrooms at the front. We are on a quiet street of mixed houses.

Plus points - Easy maintanence
Bigger plots
Kids can play in bedrooms but you can still keep an eye on them

Negatives - Toys seem to get everywhere (but this happened in my house with stairs)

nemno Sun 30-Jun-13 18:39:53

In addition to points above.

Hoover doesn't need to be lugged up stairs. All lugging easier!
Deliveries to all rooms easy.
Repairs/painting/window cleaning to house easy.

C0smos Sun 30-Jun-13 18:46:03

I live overseas where bungalows are the norm. I was also a bit anti them but now having lived in one I love it.

The layout works brilliantly with young kids, no rushing up and down stairs and we get more use out of the bedrooms as they are so accessible. I'm happy for my now DS4 to sit and watch TV in the lounge whilst I have a lie in as he can call us easily and we can hear him. It feels more spacious as we have a hallway that runs sat the bedroom and opens up into the open plan lounge area.

Gardens also tend to be larger as the run the width of the bungalow. We do have a big roof which seems to always be leaking somewhere.

I think when our kids are a bit older we may move to a house as they are likely to want friends over and we may want to get away from them. Our lounge is next door to one of the bedrooms currently.

I'm not sure we could easily convert it as we'd have lose a bedroom to get a staircase in which kind of defeats the purpose somewhat so bear that in mind.

noddyholder Sun 30-Jun-13 18:47:45

You can make them amazing with a bit of imagination.

intarsia Sun 30-Jun-13 18:52:16

Love ours- easy to extend too - either up or along. Usually have a big hall which is great for indoor football with a foam ball, or for Nerf gun wars!

underthemountain Sun 30-Jun-13 18:59:39

I grew up in a country of bungalows-it is bizarre to read the things people say about them! It meant I always longed to live in a house with stairs though (exotic). Have now had stairs for years and think I'd prefer to be in a bungalow again, for all the reasons mentioned.

elfycat Sun 30-Jun-13 19:03:24

My parents looked at a bungalow but all of the windows had a tiny opening - not a fire-escape in the whole place. It wasn;t the deciding 'No' but they'd have had to replace them all the first week in, and then redecorate/repair every room.

Balance between fire escape windows, especially bedrooms, and small aperture/trickle vent for hot summer nights. It can be done of course.

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

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...

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

*for spiders

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.

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

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.

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!

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

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 22:59:22

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

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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