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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??


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......


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!


SquinkiesRule Wed 10-Apr-13 04:35:31

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.

BaronessBomburst Wed 10-Apr-13 10:20:27

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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