Post # 1
Hi all. Now I know picking a house is ultimately a very personal decision as to which one best meet our needs. But just for pretend I would be curious to know your opinion…
My husband and I have been house hunting and we saw 2 that we just love. They are actually about 3 blocks away from each other so the neighborhood and school is the same. They are also both about the same price.
First house is right next to a small lake. It is on the corner lot so it actually has an amazing view of the lake. The current owner bought it 15 years ago and completed renovated it on the inside. It is perfect. Open concept that I wanted with lots of separate living areas (this was important for me because we are planning on living with my mother and I would like her to have her own space). New appliances. The downside? We hated the outside. We don’t really like the look of the house with the sidings which look old and needed replacing. Also it only has one space in the garage and we will have a total of 3 cars, so 2 will be left out in the cold.
The second house is an absolute adorable brick Tudor that we have always wanted. It is not on the lake but you can still walk there. The inside is updated also with new appliances but it is not an open floor plan. Also there really is only one living room. There is a small office that technically can be another living space for my mom it feels very tight. Also the view is basically of the neighbor’s house. But this house does have a 2 car garage which is amazing.
Opinions? Would you pick a house with great view and amazing inside but not such a great curb appeal? Or would you go with the “ok” on the inside house with the outside look that you’ve always wanted?
Post # 3
I picked the lake house… you can always spruce up the outside to give it some more curb appeal later on down the road.
On the other hand, when we lived in Alaska garage space was a BIG deal. So in a way it depends how important that is to you too.
Post # 4
I’d worry about flooding, otherwise the lake house sounds mostly ideal. You could eventually consider building on to either house, redoing the front of the lake house, adding a garage or a family room.
The open floor plan would be a lot harder to retrofit, but even that can sometimes be done. Maybe talk to a builder to get some idea of the long range possibilities.
Post # 5
The lake house.
Location. Location. Location. You can fix up anything. You can’t change the location.
You also live in the inside of the house not the outside.
Post # 6
You’re going to be living inside the house so I would choose the one with the better interior/view.
Post # 7
The tone of your post makes me feel like you are leaning towards the tudor especially saying you’ve always wanted it. But you asked for our opinions soooooo, i would go for the lake house. Open living with separate areas will be vital with kids and will really help your mom feel comfortable and at home. Like PPs said, sprucing up the outside can be done in time and if absolutely needed, you could consider semi-permanent shelter for extra vehicles. There are lots of options available today that aren’t ugly.
I would adore a lake view and with time, value for that type of property will most likely go up and corner lots are always preferable. Also if renovations/ fixing-up is needed, its way easier to live through outside work rather than inside.
Talk with DH and mom and sit on it for as long as you can. I always believe that when your head (intellectual), heart (emotional) and gut (intunitio) all line up, you’ve got your answer. But in the meantime, ENJOY this process, finding, choosing and making a home is to me one of the most enjoyable and exciting things we experience. Picture yourself on a sunny spring morning, on Christmas eve or on a stressful busy Monday supper time, where do you picture yourself? Have fun and follow your 3 instincts (head, heart, gut) and you won’t go wrong. Good luck and let us know (with pics!!! lol I love house porn).
Post # 8
Thanks everyone for your votes/opions. Looks like the Lake House is winning by a mile! We do love it and I really can imagine living there. We are looking at more places just in case. Hopefully we can make a decision soon. So exciting and scary at the same time!
Post # 9
Mosquitos. I don’t know where you live, but I have friends who live near a man-made pond and the mosquitos are absolutely unbearable certain times of the year. I’m not sure if laws allow you to spray or if the neighbours will spray, but that’s something to consider.
Post # 10
I vote the lake house, but I can’t actually vote in the poll for some reason. Trust your instincts, and it’s ok to be scared. Buying a house is a big deal! Also, when I read the title of this thread, all I could think of is The Game of Life.
Post # 11
Depending on the space, you can tear down the old garage and put up a 2 car. Replacing or repainting siding is also far less expensive than a full gut renovation. Also, be VERY careful about assuming you can take down walls, if you’re dealing with a structural wall, or one with electrical running through it, the costs can add up fast! Outside cosmetic is easy to fix, so is a garage. If you don’t like the interior room layout, that’s neither fast nor inexpensive to change.
Post # 13
I would get the lake house and just build a new garage.
Post # 14
I would get the lake house and just build a new garage.
Post # 15
I think the lake house sounds a lot better for you inside. And the location. You can fix up the outside of it easier than you can knock walls out inside The tudor house, I think. Also, having adequate space inside is going to be a huge sanity saver if you’re living with someone else.
Could you get one of those moveable tents to use as a second garage and fit it somewhere on your property?
Post # 16
I would lean towards the lake house. Partly because you can eventually fix what you don’t like but also, would the property value not increase over time? As one PP mentioned, the one thing that I would be concerned about is flooding, but if that’s not too big of a concern, I would go for the lake house.