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post #101 of 136
NOOOoooo no no noooo no nono.NO.no. nosir.

I need more character than that!
Anything that can be described with words like "cookie-cutter", or "new", or even "nice" ... don't interest me! Subdivisions are not my friends!

That said, that's just me-- I don't judge people for liking that sort of thing. I just know that I don't.
post #102 of 136
I haven't read all 6 pages (yet), but what defines McMansion? Square footage? Cost? Fancy suburb?

I would like a bigger house. More closet space. I think eventually the boys will probably want their own bedrooms. Right now the twins share.

I think I'd like to design my next house, (dreaming now!), with larger closets and larger kitchen and not as large of a family room/living room.
post #103 of 136
I haven't read all 6 pages (yet), but what defines McMansion? Square footage? Cost? Fancy suburb?

I would like a bigger house. More closet space. I think eventually the boys will probably want their own bedrooms. Right now the twins share.

I think I'd like to design my next house, (dreaming now!), with larger closets and larger kitchen and not as large of a family room/living room.
post #104 of 136
No.

I prefer larger land size and older classier places with character.
post #105 of 136
Yes, I would. Actually, many builders are using "green" materials and using energy efficient appliances and windows. After growing up in an old house, and having a 1911 bungalow that needed and needs a lot more work--I am done. My husband is not handy AT ALL, and I can do some stuff but am getting a little resentful about it since we cannot afford to just hire someone to do all that we don't know how to do.

Growing up, my dad was constantly working on our house and it's beautiful NOW--but we spent our lives in transition watching improvements being done. I totally respect and admire my dad for the work he's done on their house, but I know my DH will never want or know how to do stuff like that.

Anyway, something newish or new appeals to me. I would love to have a totally insulated house with tons of electrical outlets, storage, and a kitchen that I am actually proud of!

P.s. we've NEVER owned a new car either and I'm jonesin for one of those too!
post #106 of 136
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Originally Posted by Essie View Post
My husband is not handy AT ALL, and I can do some stuff but am getting a little resentful about it since we cannot afford to just hire someone to do all that we don't know how to do.

Growing up, my dad was constantly working on our house and it's beautiful NOW--but we spent our lives in transition watching improvements being done. I totally respect and admire my dad for the work he's done on their house, but I know my DH will never want or know how to do stuff like that.
One of the reasons we have a newish house is that my husband is totally incapable of doing anything DIY. Even curtain rods are a huge challange. (To be fair to him I'm no good either.)
post #107 of 136
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Originally Posted by meowee View Post
If you had enough money to afford one, would you ever live in a McMansion? Why or why not?

I used to think I never would, but at this point, if I could find one that was well constructed (and many of them are not) I would. We have a very large family and need a second apt or office because DH WAH part time. Most McMansions here have a studio apartment built in.

I also think a new construction with new windows, siding and heating system will be more fuel efficient than an old house. I love old houses, but I think they're too expensive to heat and keep up.


I would never want to live in one. If I could, I would find 5 families I could deal with buy a big farm and live together as one big happy family. That is my dream anyway. And buy enough land so that our kids could live there when they grew up if they wanted to. It is my dream.....

take care!
jen
post #108 of 136
If I had the money I would rather have 50 acres with a small house on it. I really can't see paying a few million to live 10 feet from my neighbors and have some Association tell me what color my doormat can be.

But I don't really like people.
post #109 of 136
No way. My dream is an old, spooky Victorian (into which we'd probably have to sink a lot of money to make it energy efficient!).
post #110 of 136
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Originally Posted by Blooming View Post
Off topic-

I hear you. In theroy we're not supposed to be able to fit anything bigger then a single bed upstairs. DH jammed a double box spring up the stairs when we first moved in. I think we're going to have to sell it with the house now. (And of course he put a huge dig in the wall while doing it).


So did you just take down the walls and make little reading areas? I dream of having secret passages for my boys to go from one room to another.

One of the things I loved about DS's room was that the dresser was built into the wall when we moved in.

I do have to tell you I am jealous of your bathroom space.
I am dreaming of the day we have the extra cash to put on another bathroom.
No, where the windows are there are little nooks. We put in oak bench seats (with oak dh slavaged from a dumoster and stained),
I made some pretty pillows. There's a built in bookcase as well.

I'm in the process of painting murals on the long walls in each room. A seascape in the girls room and still deciding for the boys. One wants pink with pink floers, the other boy wants a solar system that glows in the dark. Hard to compromise on that one....

The bathrooms... Love them! No waiting, ever!
post #111 of 136
Having spent most of my life living in apartments, condos or tract homes, I don't see what the difference is other than size and age of the buildings.

If it had enough space for my brood, and was affordable, why not?
post #112 of 136
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Originally Posted by iamthesmilingone View Post
replying w/o reading the whole thread-

No, I am very spoiled by my current house and need to be surrounded by character that can only come from a 100 year old house.
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Although my house is not quite 100 years old... only 80 years or so.
post #113 of 136
I wouldn't want one unless we had enough kids to fill it.
We have three and that doesn't warrant a house bigger than the 1300sqft we live in. I think 1800sqft would be my max, seeing I have to clean it. Two toilets and showers is more than I want to clean now.
Now I'd like a two storey house with 4 beds that way we could have my Mom in downstairs bedroom when she visits, and the kids could have friends sleep over once in a while.
post #114 of 136
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I really can't see paying a few million to live 10 feet from my neighbors and have some Association tell me what color my doormat can be.
That would drive me batty.

Having to be right on top of my neighbors and/or dealing with an oppressive HOA would be deal breakers.
post #115 of 136
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Originally Posted by Essie View Post
Yes, I would. Actually, many builders are using "green" materials and using energy efficient appliances and windows. After growing up in an old house, and having a 1911 bungalow that needed and needs a lot more work--I am done. My husband is not handy AT ALL, and I can do some stuff but am getting a little resentful about it since we cannot afford to just hire someone to do all that we don't know how to do.

Growing up, my dad was constantly working on our house and it's beautiful NOW--but we spent our lives in transition watching improvements being done. I totally respect and admire my dad for the work he's done on their house, but I know my DH will never want or know how to do stuff like that.

This!

Though I LOVE older style homes (variety of styles), unless you have the money to hire someone or the knowhow and TIME/energy to constantly fix whatever needs done, its a real pain. DP and I are not handy. I can hang pictures properly, paint really well, and even refinished hardwood floors at one time, but thats all I can really do. DP can do even less.

Thankfully though our house is older, it has been upgraded in so many ways (plumbing, insulation, kitchen, floors, windows, etc) before we moved in. A renovated older home is a luxury IMO that many people including us cant afford.
post #116 of 136
you couldnt pay me enough to live in one. i would feel embarassed to.
post #117 of 136
Yes I would. According to wikipedia's definition of McMansion I guess I do. I had a long post written out defending my choice of home but I just erased it and will say...I do not feel the need to defend my choice of home after all. I chose it because I loved it when I saw it and I still love it. I have friends who live in homes like mine, who live in older homes, who live in apartments and condos and mobile homes, and I don't think any more of my friend who lives in a restored bungalow than I do of my friend who lives in a manufactured home. I hope they don't think less of me for living where I do. Those who say that they'd be embarrassed to live in a house like mine...well, /edit
post #118 of 136
Of course, the huge old homes people love now were the McMansions of their day.
post #119 of 136
No no no no no no no. No.

I live in 1000 sf with a family of 5 and I'm trying to downsize. To an RV. Whole nother thread tho.
post #120 of 136
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Of course, the huge old homes people love now were the McMansions of their day.
A very good point.
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