(Closed) Forever home “Must Haves”

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 32
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Mine are weird, but I have owned a few homes now and I am done with compromise.  5 acres with water on the property (lake, pond, river, stream) 3 Bedroom 2 1/2 baths, Mud room, 2 car garage with enough room in the back to work on stuff, fireplaces, large main floor master, walk in closets, coat closet, office space, seperate dining room, laundry room with lots of counters


  • Butlers panty
  • lots of windows
  • walk in pantry
  • double ovens
  • island with seating
  • very few, if any, upper cabinets (I am short and can’t reach them)
  • 6 burner gas stove with pan filler
  • must be open to great room
  • built in coffee station

Post # 33
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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@tksjewelry:Ooooh I would LOVE it if my stove had a pot filler! Added to my list. 🙂

Post # 35
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Here are our must haves:

  • specific school district
  • 3 bedrooms, 4 would be great, but not a deal breaker
  • at least 2 bathrooms
  • basement space, finished or unfinished, doesn’t matter
  • decent yard space
  • updated kitchen (within the past 15 years at least! nothing outta the 60’s)
  • open or the ability to have an open kitchen, living, dining space

All that in our price range is tough!!!

Post # 36
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We thought our current house would be a ‘starter’ but the longer we are there, the more we are seeing that we might want to do what we can to make it our ‘forever home’.

So…instead of finding a house with what we want, we are creating what we want with what we have. Including: updated kitchen (with a pantry – I want one so much!), hardwood flooring, and updating our current closet situation, where we might have a professional come in to do shelving in the master bedroom. We are pretty simple people…however, if we ever bought another house, the only thing on FI’s list is a garage!

Post # 37
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I forgot, basement with tornado shelter.  Ugh, we have to walk outside to ours now and that will never happen again.  Just freaks me out.

Post # 38
1551 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010
Post # 39
7429 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

– kitchen island with range top (has to be gas) and sink, storage within and also can sit at one end

– double oven on the wall

– at least 3 bedrooms

– at least 2 car garage

– at least 2 full bathrooms

– at least a half acre of land

– master bathroom has a jacuzzi tub and a standing shower with at least 2 shower heads

– walk in closet

– laundry area has to be on the same floor as bedrooms (in the master bedroom would be ideal)

Post # 40
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

  • 3+ bedrooms
  • 1.5+ bathrooms
  • A yard big (and sunny) enough to garden and also have some lawn to run around on
  • Ceilings that aren’t too short.  (I’m 6’2″ and I hate the oppressive feeling of low ceilings.  I shouldn’t be able to put my palm flat on the ceiling!  I’d prefer if I couldn’t reach it without at least being on my toes.)
  • A driveway wide enough for two cars side-by-side (or the room to expand a driveway to that size)
  • City sewer system – we don’t want to have to deal with maintaining our own septic and having weird pipes come up from the middle of the yard
  • A space that could be used for exercising (goes along with higher ceilings)
  • No forced hot air
  • Either doesn’t need any major work, or is cheap enough that we can pay someone else to do it
  • Decent neighborhood with a commute under 30 minutes

Post # 41
5983 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

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@vmec:  Were you planning to cook on a firepit and use an outhouse if you didn’t get a kitchen and bathroom? 

Our wish list: 

  • Location
  • New neighborhood, with quick access to highways
  • Excellent school district
  • 2500 sq. feet plus finished basement
  • Brick/Stone exterior with siding
  • 4 car garage (DH’s request)
  • walk-out basement (DH’s request)
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2-3 bathrooms
  • 9-11 foot cielings
  • jacuzzi tub (my must-have)
  • large walk-in closets (my must-have)
  • coffered cieling in master and dining rooms
  • hardwood floors throughout
  • granite countertops in kitchen and bathrooms
  • archways
  • etc….

Post # 42
1317 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think that in a forever home, the most important thing is location, good foundation, and enough space for growth. Everything else can be “fixed” along the way – but those things can’t.

My list was: 

Large enough for 2 kids, plus a guestroom, a masterbath, private yard, price, family friendly community, convenience to the grocery store, close to nature, quiet, secure and established neighborhood.

What I didn’t get and what made me almost not take our house was the kitchen. A kitchen that was the focal point of the house, a place that tied everything together was on my original list – in fact it was at the top of my original list. But we got everything else and honestly, if we waited we may not be have been able to afford it, or would have been waiting for a very, very long time. It’s our forever home … we can take our time renovating and our place has good bones and enough space so renovating would mean just taking down a wall to extend the kitchen. Well there’s a lot more to be done but we’re taking baby steps. There’s time Smile

Post # 43
1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Four bedrooms or three plus an office

Two bathrooms (and preferably a separate toilet)

Reasonable size kitchen with gas cooktop and decent size oven, lots of pantry space

Double garage

Well fenced yard (we have a dog!)

Quiet location (we currently live on a busy road and it sux) and close to town

Laundry room

Log fire (I have access to free firewood for heating!)

Lots of natural light

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