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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

WhispersOfWickedness Wed 16-Jan-13 18:43:23

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.

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