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Which type of home would you live in/do?

  • Build a new home, everything done to your specifications

    Votes: 32 23.7%
  • Buy a home that has had previous owners and we can change decor etc to fit our style

    Votes: 43 31.9%
  • Buy a home that is a diamond in the rough, but who cares, you will change every last thing anyhow!

    Votes: 32 23.7%
  • Buy that white elephant you have seen for years and would someday love to own.

    Votes: 6 4.4%
  • Buy a very old home. You will keep things to period and do what you can to refurbish it.

    Votes: 22 16.3%

Which type of home would you live in or do?

1685 Views 30 Replies 30 Participants Last post by  Gray's Mommy
I am always curious what attracts people to their homes. We love the buy and take apart and put it all back together type properties. We love living in a home first and then deciding what needs to be done based on our own needs. I think if we had a home built, it would drive DH crazy but my family loves doing that. None of his family has. I would love to buy a very old home and refurbish it, but DH draws the line at that!
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Our first house was brand new - never again. It was one of the nicer cookie-cutter development houses and it took years just to get some character into it.

Our current house isn't brand new but it was completely redone before we moved in. I love not having to do anything to it!

When the kids move out, I'd love to get a fixer with DH since I'll have so much time on my hands (even more than now, LOL).
Our current house was pretty well fixed up when we moved in. There are things I'd change, but mostly we just painted and put new window treatments up. The yard is my major project.

The prior house was certainly a "diamond in the rough." It was fun, imho, to do all the work to it. And it was nice getting it to really be "our" house and done the way we liked it. I love doing that sort of thing. With this most recent move though there was no way that we could tackle all the projects (two kids now, instead of one, and no relatives near to help us out, and a much more expensive area so less money for fixing up a house).

I would not buy a very old house (like 100 years old) because I grew up in one and know from experience the amount of work that they take. Our current house was built in the last 50's or early 60's and has updated systems (heat, etc.), insulation, and new windows.....

I've lived in one "cookie cutter" house and it was ok. It was actually well designed and the neighborhood was super. This would typically be my last choice though.
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We had a house built, but I would love an older home that was in good condition.
I grew up in a 200yr old farm house in England. My father did a lot of work to it but because my mom wanted things done, not because they had to be done.

The first house dh and I bought in America was built in the 1950's. I didn't realize that that is counted as quite old here. We had a lot of work which was just too much to do with three young children. At least I learned how to grout, caulk and tile. I would do it again after the kids are grown and left the house.

We are now in an 8yr old house which is gorgeous (IMO). Apart from painting and new kitchen counters the only major project is the garden. That I am leaving until our children are older just because a decorative flower/veg garden would interfere with the games we play out there.
I grew up in a cookie cutter style subdivision in a colonial built around 1970. Great neighborhood and the house suited our family's needs very well but I always even as a child loved older neighborhoods and homes. We were attracted to our current home because all the houses are different since its one of the first areas in our town to have settlement- around 1840! Our home was built post WW2, but looking around our neighborhood, the housing stock kind of tells the story of our history just by looking at the homes. Like we have american 4 squares, victorians, ranches, new larger homes, lustroms (metal home) and the standard late 1950/60s split level. Plus some farm style homes etc. Add in there a few smaller apt buildings and condos plus some coach homes on larger properties rented out and apts over older homes its a nice mix of different types of people.
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This is our second house. The first one was an older house, just a plain blank slate. It was so fun to fix up, without having to do anything MAJOR.
This house is also an older house, its a cabin in the woods. Its tiny... It was also pretty much a blank slate, we have painted, cabineted (lol), waiting for the carpet, etc...
Next time, I don't want to have to do all this work! I love character and good architecture, that why we would design and build our own home. In my dreams...

Originally Posted by MPsSweetie View Post
This is our second house. The first one was an older house, just a plain blank slate. It was so fun to fix up, without having to do anything MAJOR.
This house is also an older house, its a cabin in the woods. Its tiny... It was also pretty much a blank slate, we have painted, cabineted (lol), waiting for the carpet, etc...
Next time, I don't want to have to do all this work! I love character and good architecture, that why we would design and build our own home. In my dreams...
Our first house was a brand new house, custom built for the people we bought it from, although they have never lived in it. It was 8 months old when we moved in January 1979, two months before our wedding. In 1995 we completely renovated it. We lived there until 2001, when we moved to a new town. We lived a 'temporary' mobile home on property we bought and built a totally custom built home that we designed. We moved in on April 4, 2004 (4.4.4) and we've lived her ever since. It's very much my dream home.
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Our house is the one where I grew up; it was built in the '50's, and needed a lot of updating (it looked the same when my dad died as it did when I was 2!). I loved being able to update it based on the knowledge of already living in it - I knew where windows/doorways would make sense, how the kitchen flowed, etc. We love it (though we wish we weren't on a suburban plot of land - we'd love an acre or more).

Our dream though is to buy land and build our own. I want a craftsman style home (that or mission, dependent on where we built). I don't need huge; our house is 1500 square feet, and the only thing I would add would be one more bedroom (I'd like the boys to have their own). It would be one story (dh and I have bad knees, so no stairs would be nice), though I'd love a basement and/or root cellar.
I love designing houses (always wanted to be an architect but my dad talked me out of it), and always dream of actually designing my own house. I know we'll do it some day.
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My dream would be to live in a 100 year old bungalow completely restored, but with updated kitchen and bathrooms, and central A/C. However the community I live in (and love) has houses varying from built in the late 1960's to brand new construction. The section of town I dream of buying into most of the homes were built in the early 80's. Will probably buy there and then have to do some updating, redecorating to make it perfect for us.
The reason I prefer to purchase and live in newer homes is that homes built after 1979 don't have lead paint in them and I have a fear of lead in homes. I would LOVE to purchase or move into a brand new home, but one with a level of character built in, upgrades and such, not a really plain new home. Mostly I feel like new homes would be extremely clean. I'm kind of queasy about other peoples' germs, I must admit, so new is definitely attractive to me.
We bought our first house in 2002. It was built in 1992 in a cookie-cutter neighborhood. It was a good price b/c it needed to be updated. We went with neutral paint and berber carpet through the whole house. Very blah! The house has cathedral ceilings and I really HATE them. The house never seems cozy. There isn't a single tree on our lot. But it was our first house ... you have to start somewhere. =)

We bought our second house in December 2008. It was a foreclosed house built in 1952 that has oodles of character. It's a cape cod with lots of trees on the lot. The interior layout is wonderful. However, we had to gut the WHOLE house. Absolutely. Everything. I agonized over every last decision (paint colors, cabinets, countertops, bathroom fixtures, etc.) and it nigh unto drove me insane. But you know what? I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new house and I'd do it over again in a heart beat. I want to live in this house until I die.
(FWIW, I was 7% under budget. Talk about being a frugal gal.)

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I live in an 89 year old house with tons of character and I absolutely love it! Granted, it's really drafty in the winter and we're looking at installing a pellet stove, but I want to live in this house forever. I feel like it's part of our family.
Our home was built in the 1950's, quite small but fits us completely. What we love the most about it is it's sturdiness and the quality of craftsmanship. We have made several unique updates and we're constantly trying to find new and innovative ways to work with the space we have. I have no intention of ever moving, but if the opportunity comes along, I wouldn't mind the experience of building something small on some private, out of the way land
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If I had the money, I'd build a house. There are things I really want - massive pantry, mud room, big laundry room - that our current cookie-cutter house doesn't have. I cook a lot and would love to choose the layout of the kitchen, the cupboards, ect.
I grew up in an old house, and I always thought my adult home would be old. But we built our house and will probably always live here.

I love it! We have lots of wood with nautral finishes, and we used 1800's proportions, so it looks older without all of the hassle that comes with an antique house. And since we designed it the layout is well suited to our needs. My only complaint is we only have two bedrooms. When we were building we planned on a smaller family than what we'd now like to have. 2 fulltime and one weekender in a bedroom is ok, but I think 3 fulltime would be pushing it. The design of the house and the shape of our property would make adding on really hard.
We bought the diamond in the rough option and painted, refloored, etc to make it what we wanted. But someday, we will build our house just how we want it on a 5 acre plot of our own. It'll be modeled after medieval manor houses or ancient Roman country villas somewhat. We would never buy a new suburb cookie cutter house or build anything from a cookie cutter type house plan, or buy a place previous owners put in all the latest updates they picked to increase the cost.
Our house was built in 1922. I like the charm of older houses, and I love our old neighborhood, but I'm getting a little sick of the maintenance hassles. This isn't our forever house, so I don't want to sink too much money into it's hard to know what to improve and what to leave alone. I think my ideal house would be new construction, but designed by an architect to fit into a neighborhood of older houses.
We've built in the past, and I'd *love* to do it again but it's not in the budget. Our current house is a diamond in the rough we bought 5 years ago and are still attempting to remove all traces of the 1970's from it.
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Our house was a livable pit when we bought it "a diamond in the rough", right? Built late 40s, never had anything done to it--other than the water heater moved outside and new vinyl in the kitchen. Why did we pick it? 1) The price was significantly below our budget, 2) we looked at A LOT of houses that had had mediocre or poor-quality work done (ugh!), 3) it wasn't on a corner, and 4) the lot was on the larger side for this area. Dh got tenure 4 years later, and we remodeled. Added a bedroom and bathroom, redid the kitchen, added circuit breakers (yeah, it had fuses), added forced-air heat. Now it's fabulous.

Before we moved here we had a brand-new cookie cutter house (which we could afford--yes, we all have to start somewhere!). It was a fine house, most of our work went into the veggie garden, which we started and got to be awesome. But the god-awful CC&Rs were so restrictive it was ridiculous.

I grew up in a classic c1970 ranch a la the Brady Bunch. Very cookie cutter, CC&Rs (not as bad as the ones we lived in recently though). The neighborhood has mature landscaping now, but not much character still. That's not allowed per the CC&Rs
My parents still live there. I also think the houses are too big for 90% of the people living there. You don't need 2000+ square feet for 4 or fewer people!
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