(Closed) Forever home “Must Haves”

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 17
1443 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

-A fireplace
-Fenced back yard for our dog
-Two stories
-Kitchen with lots of counter space
-Storage room for Christmas stuff and crafts
-At least 3 bedrooms
-A garden tub!! (okay…this one might be a “want” not a “must”)

Post # 18
2977 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

  • Finished basement suitable for recreation/man room/play room for kiddos
  • yard
  • Ample strorage (closets, attic etc)
  • 2 car garage
  • 2 or more bathrooms 
  • Large enough living room to accomodate an upright piano (DH plays)
  • Large, modernized kitchen w/ counter space
  • NO cheap wooden paneling upstairs (my parents have wooden paneling in their finished basement and it looks lovely and cozy, but it’s really nice rich wood)
  • Good school district
  • Good electrical and plumbing and sturdy fountation. No sump pumps, hillsides pushing against the structure or flood dangers
  • Off of a busy/noisy street

DH and I purchased a townhouse almost 2 years ago, but we were so close to putting in an offer for a gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 bath single family house with a finished basement and 2 car garage. It even had a deck. It was truely our dream house we thought we could live in forever. 

However, it was a good thing we brought my Father-In-Law along with us b/c he noticed step cracks in the foundation in the garage that the owners were trying to hide with shelfing. Also another downfall was there was barely a yard, just a deck, a few feet of grass then a steep hill, which likely pushed against the house causing the step cracks. We thought we could live with the hillside, but the damage it was causing to the house was the deal breaker. Be sure to check for structural integrity when looking for a house, not just “how pretty it is”.  

Post # 19
5669 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We live in a wonderful school district in a really nice neighborhood so we definetly sacraficed on the house but our must haves for our starter home was a yard, three bedrooms, at least 1.5 baths, and at least 1200 sq ft.

Now living there I do dream about my forever home which must have:

Double wall ovens and plenty of cabinet and drawer space. I have to put all of my utensils in one drawer now and I can never get it open. I fight with it daily. And I want a large eat in kitchen. With DH and I our immediate family is 22 people. It’s so hard to have our siblings over nevermind a holiday.

Next is walk in closets- I can’t wait to be able to hang up my clothes and put things in drawers without stuffing them to the max.

I do want 5 bedrooms. If we could afford our dream house we could afford 4 kids, and I don’t want anyone to have to share a bedroom.

And DH loves his fireplace so that will be a must.

Large yard, I have two dogs and would also love the room to put in a pool.

The house we live in has gas heat, central air, laundry room, and all of the basics and is in a nice neighbordhood so I would just like basically more living space.

Of course I would like a lot of luxury items but my forever house must have large kitchen, closets, and land and be in a nice location and good schools.



Post # 20
4885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

 At least 2.5 baths

Walk in closet in master

3 car garage, or space to build garage 

1 acre of land

Views – preferably of mountains 🙂

Great kitchen. I love to cook and need space and appliances


Workshop or space to build workshop (for both of us – me: jewelry, him: everything else)

Big master shower

To be completely honest, Fiance and I are getting an RV when we retire.  We want to be nomads and not have a mortgage on top of it.  It won’t last forever, but for at least 5-10 years I imagine we’ll be on the road 🙂


We’re currently eyeballing this house in Estes Park, CO.  And making plans that  are terrifying and exciting all at once.  This is our kind of Forever. 

Post # 21
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

My Must Haves:

1) Quiet Neighborhood/street

2)  Good structure/foundation

….everything else, to me, is changeable and customizable… but you it’s hard to change the neighborhood and I hate living on a busy/noisy street! 

Post # 22
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lovekiss: FI and I just built a house, but didn’t have unlimited funds so we had to prioritize. My advice would be to think about things you can’t change. Obviously, decorations, paint color, finishes, etc. can be changed so I wouldn’t focus on that when you are house hunting. 

A good example for me was putting 9′ ceilings in the basement. It makes such as difference to have that extra food and something that can’t be changed. I wanted this so I gave up a half bath. We can always add that later (we made sure we had space for it) and don’t really need it now. 


Post # 23
1504 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I could probably compromise on a lot of things, but I absolutely need:
1) Lots of counter space or an island in the kitchen
2) Lots of storage space like cabinets, closets, and/or an attic/basement

Clutter drives me batty!

Post # 24
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Owning a forever home is probably my biggest dream in life (along with my family), so I am kind of picky and nervous about that. I’m sure we’ll end up getting a starter home, and I think ultimately we’ll build just because of my specifications.

I want:

*Enough bedrooms that all our kids have their own room with a spare for guests

*Good school district

*Master suite with walk in closet and our own bathroom

*Two stories *Mancave *Office/homework room for the kids

*Large, well equipped kitchen — DH and I both enjoy cooking and do it a lot, and I can just see it being a central family hub

*Open layout between kitchen/family room area

*Dining room — I really want to host holidays


*”Enough land for a horse” and the barn that goes with it


*Fire place

*MUDROOM — Seriously, seriously, need a mudroom for DH to take his dirty gross work clothes off without messing up the house. (I’m talking farm manure, diesel fuel soaked, dirt encrusted boots and pants, etc.)


*Secluded but close to town

*Central air


*I really want ALL windows to have the split panes, and I want the rooms to have windows all around. I hate it when you have those kind of pretty windows at the front and then a mismatched dinky little window off to the side. And a nice front door, while we’re at it!Mixed stone/siding exterior

It’s kind of a generic list, but let’s be honest here, I’m just really picky. I also realize I’m probably going to need to win the lotto to make it happen as I envision it! I’ve thought about it a lot.

And my ultimate unrealistic but deseperately want it anyway: an acre or two of pond for fishing and swimming!


KristenGettingMarried, that place is stunning!

Post # 25
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Here is my list:

  • Stone/Brick  Exterior (however I would have been okay with all Brick )
  • 2 storey detached home (we ended up with 3 as we have a loft)
  • Dream Kitchen with lots of counter space and island
  • Good Size Great Room that is open to kitchen
  • At least 2500 sqft
  • At least for 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bath
  • Dining Room
  • Pool Sized Lot (we ended up with 56 * 148 Lot.  Over 80 feet in our backyard)
  • I wanted to allocate a good amount of money to spend on upgraded features (however, alot of these could be changed after)
  • Good size master bedroom with walkin closet and ensuite
  •  car garage
  • The most important feature – be in a safe neighbourhood!!

I agree with other poster about picking things that you can’t change later. 

Post # 26
2747 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Must Haves

  • 3 bedroom or 2 bedroom + office space
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 2 car garage attached
  • low maintenence yard
  • counterspace
  • located between our work
  • storage and closet space
  • good school district
  • quiet street
  • central air

Post # 27
3373 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Must haves:

Garage (no one I know has a garage in the city, but DH is an athlete and we NEED a garage or at least a walk-out basement for his stinky, dirty gear)

4 bedrooms (master bedroom, girl room, boy room and guest room)

Huge kitchen with gas stove(!!!), double ovens and lots of counterspace

DH really wants a jacuzzi in the master bath to soak sore muscles and I’d love it!

Walk in master closet. I’m the most organized person ever so I love closets to organize!

My dog would really like a little patch of grass to pee on. She’s pretty much an indoor dog, but she likes grass. I’d love a little backyard with a patch of fenced in grass so I don’t have to walk her. Maybe Too Much Information, but as a city dog she poos on concrete.

Post # 28
7605 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Our must haves were:

– 3 bedrooms

– at least 2 bathrooms, one with a bathtub

– a garage

– detached house

And our “preferred” things were:

– unfinished bsmt (FI is a contractor/carpenter and we want to put in a jacuzzi tub, giggity)

– 2 storeys (plus full basement)

– near the highway

Luckily, all of those things worked out and we love our house which is only a few steps from the lake!  It’s so good to make these lists, it really helped us save time and narrow things down.

Post # 29
597 posts
Busy bee

– Close to the highway but not close enough to hear it!

– Two bathrooms

– Move in ready

– No carpets
– Drinkable tap water
– No weird quirks/floorplans/saunas in the basement that would make it hard to sell

Post # 30
4753 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

kitchen, closet, bathroom.

Post # 31
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I love our house right now… it would be my dream house, if it weren’t for three things:

1. We need to be in a better school district eventually.

2. I wish I had a double oven.

3. I wish we had a fireplace.

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