Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
I watch a lot of HGTV, and so often, I’m like “OMG, WHY?!” I think it would be helpful to start a thread on things that you would never buy for practical reasons. I want to be prepared when I renovate my first home! Mine are:
1. stainless steel anything: so hard to clean! everything leaves spots on it, even water, and you have to use a special cleaner on it. who has the time?
2. double sink: too hard to wash giant dishes in these.
3. waterfall shower: I mean, if you like low pressure, go for it. it seems like it would take forever to rinse out your conditioner, and would waste a ton of water!
4. LED lights in fridge: they are not bright enough, and cast a depressing blue-grey hue (or at least the ones I’ve seen so far do).
5. hands-free kitchen faucets: I hate them in public restrooms, why would I want one in my home? also: the more complicated something is, the more things there are about it that could break. why add electricity to something that didn’t previously need it?
what are yours? don’t list things just because you don’t think they look good – this is for practical advice 🙂
Post # 3
I hate my energy efficient dishwasher (it’s like therapy writing this lol) because it runs for an hour. I wish I just had one that got the job done faster, but this came with the house. I do love my double sink though!
Post # 4
Just one for now:
White, fluffy, pillows.
I get that they look luxurious but they are WHITE, which means they will soon look dirty and grey AND they are fluffy. If someone spills something on them it will matt the fur and I doubt that they wash well so you’ll have egg/tomato sauce/hot chocolate in them for forever. – YUK!
Post # 5
I hate those dumb sitck-on vinyl deals that say things like “Always kiss me goodnight!” Your house is not a Nicholas Sparks movie. I think they are super tacky!
I also hate “Accent” walls! Paint the whole damn room or don’t! Don’t just paint one measly wall a dark color because you don’t have the balls to paint the entire thing!
Those are more decorating choices than design ones, but they really irk me!
Post # 6
@nerdybird: With the double sink, doesn’t that just depend on how big each side is? Can’t you get a double sick where at least one side is the size of a normal sink?
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
@orchidblooms: I love the idea of anything being efficient, but it never occurred to me that it might mean it has to run longer. good to know!
we have a side-load washer that takes an hour, and you absolutely cannot open it until it 100% finishes. even if it’s mostly finished and has spun long enough – nope, still won’t let you open. so that sucks if you forget something or if you’re in a big hurry.
Post # 8
I would never buy:
- A home filled with wood side paneling. Seriously, it is a pain to remove if it covers the whole wall. We saw one house that was completely covered in it..ugh.
- Houses with completely tiled floors throughout (if you don’t like tile). Yet another strange thing to see. But it is a pain (and sometimes expensive) to remove and re-surface.
- Houses with linoleum on the walls…yes, people have done that! (Apparently popular in some 50’s homes.) Huge pain to rip off and re-surface.
- Houses with carpet in the bathroom. Just removing the carpet may not necessarily remove years of stinch, grim and potential mold.
- Houses that need an entire kitchen or bathroom gutted…unless you have a big budget and desire to renovate. Kitchen and bathrooms are the most expensive to remodel.
- Houses with “fatal flaws,” as in things you can never change…right next to railroad tracks/airports, power lines in the back yard, busy street, bad drainage/low lying area for flooded.
ETA: Sorry, my mind is in house buying mode, so I was thinking more about the physical aspects of a home….
Post # 9
I would never buy a front loading washing machine. We have one now and I hate that I have to leave the door open in between washes to prevent it from smelling and I hate that I can’t open it mid-cycle if I’ve forgotten something.
I would also never buy glass top tables again… DH bought them before I moved in and I hate having people over to eat because people get self-conscious about their fingerprints all over the glass! I also have dust all over them even half an hour after I’ve cleaned them.
I have to disagree with nerdybird tho… I couldn’t live without my double sink! I’m a huge multitasker and it also helps me wash large loads of my baking supplies after I go crazy in the kitchen.
I also couldn’t live without my giant/ 3 foot wide drawer in my bathroom. I open it, do all my make up, throw it all back in and shut it… no clutter!
Post # 10
Side by side refrigerator. It is so hard to find anything in there, the people I know who have one HATE it as it is always so crowded.
Bathroom with a shower stall only. How the heck do you shave your legs? Give the baby a bath?
Kitchen cabinets with glass doors. I have cabinets so I have a place to hide the mess.
White carpet. Always looks dirty. Unless you have white clothes and short white hair and white sheets/towels, etc, there is always black/multi colored line. Maybe I need a roomba.
Post # 11
@Miss Leopard: I hate the decals too!
Post # 12
@kerensa: my shower stall is separate from the spa bath tub. Shaving is a nightmare (i’ve only taken 2 baths and it’s not built to shower in!). It will be on the TOP of my mind to make sure any shower stall in the master bath also has a built in bench or foot pedestal. I’m seriously not the gymnast it requires to shave with a leg hitched all the way up to the eyeballs!
Post # 13
Those vessel bathroom sinks that look like salad bowls sitting on a counter. The house I grew up in had one and it was soooo impractical. They’re harder to clean, take up more counter space, and nobody ever seems to buy a faucet tall enough for one.
Post # 14
@kerensa: We took out our tub because we never use it. We installed a walk in shower. I love it . We have this fold down teak seat on the back wall. (This is the website pic not ours.)
I also have double stainless steel undermount sinks- they are deeper than regular sinks and can handle anything I own,and stainless steel appliances which I love.
What I wouldn’t buy? A house on a corner lot so the front and side yard are basically useless- no privacy.
Post # 15
I don’t own a home/have never owned a home, so just bookmarking this for now so I know what to look for. 😛
@nerdybird: @orchidblooms: @AllieBee12: A double sink is a total *MUST* have for me, too! I’ve only ever lived in *one* apartment that didn’t have one and I haaaaated it.
Post # 16
Shower/bath combos. Anything with a shower curtain actually, I hate shower curtains.
Electric stovetops. They are terrible.
White carpet. It gets dirty really easily.
Mirrored cupboard doors. I don’t like seeing my reflection as I’m turning on lights in the middle of the night.
ETA: I forgot the because…