(Closed) Home design, what do you look for?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

most important: kitchen, communal space (open layout), bathrooms/closets (tied).

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

For me, if I was building our home.

Structural integrity (good contractors), quality building products, thermal rating, good HVAC system and all that are key components.

All the cosmetic stuff we can do and ideally one day we will only need to outsource the labor intensive specialty items like laying studs, roofing, plumbing, major running of electrical wires.

To the inside!

  • Definitely an open plan.
  • I want a decent size eat in kitchen for day to day eating. There has to be tons of counter space because we cook a lot.
  • A walk in pantry.
  • A dining room off the kitchen
  • I would rather have a larger “living area” over a great/family room and a  living room.
  • A basement. No basement, no go for my husband!
  • All bedrooms on second floor, I’m not a fan of bedrooms on first floor.
  • Master on one side, kids on the other with Jack & Jill bathrooms.
  • Finished attic.
  • Deck patio with a big backyard with space for some landscaping and vegetable gardens
  • Garage big enough for 2 cars and a work shop space

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

For me a kitchen with lots of counter space and a pantry are really important.  I also like having a mudroom, a lot!  Sturdy cabinets are also important to me because I can my own food and the mason jars get pretty heavy!  Finally, I really like having a bathroom connected to my bedroom.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Next house must have a mud room!!!

Post # 8
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Honey bee

Kitchen/living area are the most important to me. My ideal house would have a large kitchen which looks into the living area. I also like dining rooms attached. I prefer all the bedrooms upstairs, and laundry upstairs would also be a dream come true!

Other things that are important to me are:

  • Lots of windows-I love natural light
  • Huge yard-This obviously can’t be changed when building your house, but the yard is just as important to us personally as the house is
  • Basement and storage
  • Deck or patio off the back

 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Our priorities, in order, are:

  1. Location (safety, school quality, and amenities nearby)
  2. Quality of the build itself. The house must be structurally sound. You would think it’s a no-brainer, but we’ve seen some REALLY shoddy construction during our search.
  3. Number of bedrooms (4 is good) and bathrooms (2.5 minimum)
  4. A basement. Mr. LK must have his mancave. Must.
  5. Plenty of storage space (ample closets in the bedrooms, a coat closet in the entry way, and somewhere to store holiday decorations and the like)
  6. Hardwood and tile floors throughout. Carpet is not our friend. Period.
  7. The flow of the house. Can we accomodate 15 people for Thanksgiving dinner and all of the other times we host?  
  8. A nice space for outdoor grilling and dining.
  9. Natural light. the place must feel light and airy, not dark and cramped.
  10. Kitchen and bathroom function and style. Nice tile, stailess steel appliances, and high end countertops make me swoon. I’m superficial like that. The kitchen must have lots of cabinet space and/or an awesome pantry that is laid out with the work triangle in mind.

 

 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

Finished basement, large kitchen, large master, mud room, big deck, large family room, large dining room, large master bath. OK, so my theme is large! lol I want it all! Really, though, I’ll have to prioritize all of these once we start looking very soon.

Our current townhouse has small everything. It would be great to have a big kitchen and finished basement and nice master bath. That’ll make me happy!

Edit: Must have hardwood floors on entire downstairs level (we have a dog and hate carpet) and must be in a top school district. These two things are a must!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

lots of large windows, mud room, stand up shower in at least ONE bathroom (not all tubs), stand up storage (for brooms and vacuums).

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you have a say over how your house is laid out, I would totally be all over where the bathrooms are located (so they’re private), making sure the master bedroom is upstairs away from any hustle or bustle, having an open floor plan with your kitchen and living room. Also maximize any views you might have with window placement.

Older houses tend to have smaller kitchens that are separated from the rest of the house, since the old school style was to have a servant to cook. Even after servants were a thing of the past, kitchens were still made like that because it still was a status thing to have the cooking all done separately. Nowadays the kitchen is where everyone congregates and it’s nice to have the person cooking (you) actually involved in what’s going on in the rest of the house.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@lovekiss:

Are we twins married to the same man?

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I like

  • open floor plan (esp. kitchen into living room/dining room)
  • wood floors
  • enough kitchen counter and cabinet space
  • window in the kitchen if possible
  • double sinks in master bath
  • laundry on the same floor as the bedrooms
  • bedrooms that are able to be set up in more than one way

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@Gerbera: Hahahaha Mr. LK is a very simple, undemanding man. He is generally a “Whatever makes you happy, honey” kind of guy. So when he requests something, I always put that high on the list. And when he says something is a “must” for him, that’s all he needs to say. And then when he says, “If I don’t get a mancave, I will put the 2,000lb safe in the middle of the living room,” I consider that a VERY strong incentive to give this man a cave. LOL Fortunately, the house we just put an offer on has a great mancave space that put a big smile on his face. WIN!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@lovekiss:

haha. OK. We are definitely married to the same man. Darn it! My husband has a double life! hehe.

I’ve been “fun” searching and would show my husband houses I see to see what he thinks. He’ll look at it and go oh that’s nice….is there a basement? *eyebrow arch* hehe

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