Post # 1
DH and I are taking the plunge – we’re buying a house! This is our first real home (although I did inherit one, but it’s just sitting vacant until I figure out what to do with it), and we’ve narrowed it down to a few. I really love two of them, and want to move forward with one soon. We need to get inspections, paperwork, etc going. I prefer one, DH prefers the other, haha.
House #1 has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with an office. It also has a second living area/den on the second floor, and a fully finished basement with a wet bar. It’s backed up to a forest with a huge covered balconey. Large yard as well. It’s about $120,000 more than house #2, and has two less bedrooms. We wouldn’t exactly be house poor, but we would have pretty sizable mortgage payments.
This house has 5 bedrooms, with one semi-attached to the master (great nursery!). It also has a soaking tub, which is great, and I love all the windows, as well as the study with the french doors. However, it’s got a “newer” and “lighter, airier” look, which isn’t my favorite. And it seems too big. Also, no forest backyard. 🙁
Also, house #2 has no granite in the kitchen. It sounds stupid but I always pictured my house having granite (although my mom says it’s a pain to clean!).
What do you ladies think? Do you like either of these? Should we keep looking?
Post # 3
I personally like the look of house #1 better. It has 3 br (which is nice but it depends on how many kids you want, if any) and 3ba which is great. I really like the dark wood in the kitchen and that fireplace is amazing. I also like the 2nd floor living area (would be a great playroom) and the fact that the basement is finished is a plus because that adds to your living space. Also it backs up to a forest!
Downside- it’s A LOT more than house #2 and has 2 less bedrooms.
That said, house #2 is also nice, more bedrooms (which is always a plus), nice size kitchen and with some paint I think i’d like it better (it’s just too plain right now and light) plus the price is $120k less than other house and seems like you are getting more rooms.
Downside- no forest, “boring” but can easily be fixed with paint and decor.
ETA: I know you want granite and you can always install it, I mean house #1 is $120k more, you can easily add the granite that YOU want in house #2 for way less than $120k
ETA AGAIN: After looking at the photos again I like house #2 better. I just noticed the separate dining area and I like that more than house #1 where the kitchen, diningroom and living room are all crammed into 1 space. So I would go with house #2!
Post # 4
I know what the difference in price between the two are, but what is price 1 and what is price 2? And how does that compare to your combined annual income? For example if your combined income is $80,000 a year, then something 2-3x your income is reasonable, whereas something that’s 5x more is not.
And personally, I have also found granite to be a pain to clean.
ETA: My personal taste has me liking house 1 more, but without knowing more, it’s all based on appearance (emotion) and not cost (logic).
Post # 5
I like the interior of the second one better, but I don’t like houses that have huge garages right in front like that. So just pick the one you like best!
Post # 6
@Bazinga: You chose the one that I want! 🙂 I agree – the look is just much nicer. It doesn’t look as much like a carbon copy house as the other one. I want a unique house. And you can’t add a beautiful forest backyard to a house, you have to find a house with one. Thanks! 🙂
Post # 7
How long do you want to stay in this house? 5 years? 10 years? forever? I like the look of house #1 but it would be a 5 year house for me and that sounds expensive for that.. Think about your future and what you want longterm.
Post # 8
I think which one you pick will depend on how long you intend to stay in it and what your future plans are. House 1 is very nice, but if you want to start a family you may outgrow those 3 bedrooms. You could convert the finished basement into bedrooms, but that’s an extra cost on top of an already large mortgage. House 2 isn’t as pretty, but it’s a house you could grow into and live comfortably in for much longer. I would add some color to the walls because that is a lot of plain white walls for such a large house, but that’s not an expensive fix. And because house 2 is so much cheaper, a kitchen reno wouldn’t be out of the question either.
Post # 9
I like house #2 better…it has the elements that I personally consider important for a family home, a big one being a sizeable eat-in kitchen.
I also hate dark kitchens, and prefer hardwood to carpet, so I am totally biased.
If the granite countertops are a big thing for you, why not just add them later? You’ll be saving 120k after all, so I can’t imagine your husband would disagree with plunking down some money for counters.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I would just go for the cheaper house and put granite countertops in. Except for the forest thing, I think that with a few smaller improvements (like staining the kitchen cabinets) you could come up with a look that you like just as much.
How many kids are you planning to have? If you only want one or two, the smaller one might be more manageable in terms of cleaning.
Post # 11
Aesthetically, I love house #1. But you cant really go wrong with either choice!
Post # 12
I like the cheaper house better. But pick what you love!! Imagine what you could 120k less in mortgage payments
Post # 13
i usually don’t like newer construction but house #1 is really nice! i love that stone fireplace and the balcony. i also love that it backs up to a forest. there wasn’t anything in any of the pictures of that house that i didn’t like. i really didn’t like anything about house #2 (especially the color of the kitchen cabinets!!).
Post # 14
@LittleCricket: The first house is listed at $440,000 and the second is $320,000. But I really think we could get the price down on the first! It’s been on the market for over a year!
@sara_tiara: Yeah, that’s a good point. I guess adding granite would be a fraction of the $120,000 difference.
@MeiFrancis: We’re thinking two, but DH has a strong history of multiples in his family, ahah!
Post # 15
@calibee79: OMG I know, I HATE that color of cabinet! I’m so picky about wood colors, and that is like painful for my eyes!
Post # 16
I actually like number 2 better. It has a much larger kitchen which could be made into your dream kitchen for much less than the $120 K price difference. You can’t change the size of the kitchen in house 1 but you can change the furnishings in house 2 and it is super easy to add granite if you are still set on having granite. I like the fact that number 2 has a formal dining room as well.
The only thing I like better about house 1 is the back yard and the wet-bar in the basement. Does house 1 have a basement? Is the backyard really bad or does it just not back onto a forest?