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2 bedroom detached house with a garage or 3 bed terraced without?

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lookingforhome Sat 23-Mar-13 16:18:57

Hi all kind mumsnetters. We are looking for our first family home (2 adults and 2 children), and am thinking of it as forever home - I hate the stress of moving.

We have 2 options in the same area, where houses do not come up too often: 2 bedroom detached town house with a garage. Slightly cheaper.
3 bedroom terraced house without a garage. Would be slightly stretching our budget, but still within.

3 bedroom sounds fantastic, however the first thing I think about is storage! Bikes, scooters, paints, gardening tools, buckets, christmas tree, shoes, toys etc. At the moment I keep many things in the shed and although nothing is permanently damaged, it is damp and cold.

Then I think how I could convert the back of the garage to keep all this stuff and make a nice tiled mud room/utility room and get excited!

Please tell me if I am crazy or not.

I think my boys would be OK to share the room permanently, as they are now, but I may be so wrong!

noisytoys Sat 23-Mar-13 16:21:34

2 bed with garage!! The garage would be so useful especially as the boys get older, their outdoor stuff gets bigger

SirChenjin Sat 23-Mar-13 16:23:49

2 bed with garage every time. A garage is essential for storing all the 'stuff' that families seem to accumulate imo. I like being detached and not having to worry about disturbing the neighbours and vice versa.

cece Sat 23-Mar-13 16:24:25

I'd go detached every time even if meant kids had to share. Plus you could also convert garage to an extra bedroom at a later date..

lookingforhome Sat 23-Mar-13 16:33:37

3 bed would have downstairs toilet, and 2 bed not. 2 bed has windows to all four sides and lovely views. Though the garage cannot be converted to more than a storage/utility room (no windows there).

Glad to hear your opinions as I am leaning toward 2 bed myself. It would be easier on our budget too.

I am embracing myself to post the links..

expatinscotland Sat 23-Mar-13 16:34:20

I would go detached every time!

Ragwort Sat 23-Mar-13 16:35:34

Detached and garage smile

ProphetOfDoom Sat 23-Mar-13 16:36:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ChunkyEasterChick Sat 23-Mar-13 16:37:38

2 bed detached in this instance. Garage is essential imo & you may have possibility to extend etc later on, whereas terraced limits those options.

MisForMumNotMaid Sat 23-Mar-13 16:39:17

Is there potential to go up or out with the two bed?

KoalaFace Sat 23-Mar-13 16:39:24

We've just moved into 2 bed bungalow with garage and bug garden. I DS and baby on the way and we are so pleased that we didn't stretch our budget or compromise on location and garage for a third bedroom.

KoalaFace Sat 23-Mar-13 16:40:22

grin bug garden...obviously meant big but I prefer bug I think!

MTSgroupie Sat 23-Mar-13 16:42:32

I vote for detached every time.

I grew up in a semi. As an adult I live in a flat conversion. I had a lifetime of hearing voices/TV etc from upstairs/downstairs/next door. Never again.

Fayrazzled Sat 23-Mar-13 16:43:04

I live in a terraced house (family of 4- 2 adults and 2 children) and I can confirm a garage is NOT essential, although it may be useful. We manage perfectly fine without one and just a have a small shed. I'd take the extra bedroom every time.

SirChenjin Sat 23-Mar-13 16:43:32

Oooh, I want a bug garden, that sounds like fun!! grin

Post the link OP, you know we you want to!

Fluffy1234 Sat 23-Mar-13 16:44:59

I'd go for the three bedroom house as would prefer to have more rooms for the DC, especially as they get older than space to store stuff.

whosiwhatsit Sat 23-Mar-13 17:02:38

I'd go detached as you can't choose your neighbours.

lookingforhome Sat 23-Mar-13 17:13:10

2 bed
3 bed could not get the link of the exact house, so hope this one will work.

Fluffy1234 Sat 23-Mar-13 17:22:07

Does the 2 bedder have a garden?

ILikeBirds Sat 23-Mar-13 17:24:22

Everything else the same and I'd probably go for the 2 bed, but a 3 bed with garden v. a 2 bed without and I'd probably go for a garden. A third bedroom can function as storage space too.

lookingforhome Sat 23-Mar-13 17:25:04

Fluffy, no only a roof terrace/balcony, but before you ask having no garden is a bonus for me for various reasons. I need some outside space but a garden equals a burden to me and the one that we currently have, we use it 2 days in a year.

Fluffy1234 Sat 23-Mar-13 17:26:37

I think the 3 bedroom one is a lot better. You may outgrow the 2 bedroom quickly.

belfastbigmillie Sat 23-Mar-13 17:28:43

Out of those 2, personally I'd go for the 3 bedroom. I like the way they all centre round that nice little courtyard thingy.

ILikeBirds Sat 23-Mar-13 17:31:12

The thing that would put me off the 2 bed is having the stairs from the entrance into the lounge, then you have to go through the lounge to get upstairs/to the kitchen. So your lounge has to function as a corridor as well as a lounge.

AWimbaWay Sat 23-Mar-13 17:36:03

The 3 bed is nicer. I live in a 4 bed terrace, no garage, 3 dcs, have never missed not having a garage. we have sheds for bikes, scooters etc. and an attic for other stuff. A Garage would just end up being a dumping ground, I'd much rather have a room that was properly used and as they get older I think your dcs will really appreciate their own space.

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