(Closed) What are your must-haves in a home?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1949 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m interested in this thread too! We’re looking at building as well!

For me: garage (double)

dark cabinets/floors

extra insulation (I know…not fun…but saves $$)

master bath/walk in closet

bigger kids rooms than what comes standard

that’s all I can think of for right now, but we haven’t started looking at all the “options” yet!

EDIT: I also want an actual laundry room and mud room!

Post # 4
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

My must haves are…

  • Atleast 3 bedrooms but preferably 4
  • Atleast 2 bathroons but preferably 3
  • Open concept
  • Modern kitchen and baths
  • Seperate office and craft area (so a finished basement would suffice)

Post # 5
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

lots of storage and a really nice kitchen….oh, and storage in the bathroom!


we’re still renting, but House Hunters has given me some ideas, haha

Post # 6
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Get a central vac system installed before the drywall goes up!!

Post # 7
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

we built a year ago! 

must haves were granite, hardwood, upgraded carpets in bed rooms

should have:

asked for a linen closet!!! we didn’t even notice we didnt have one. such a pain

made our walk in closet bigger

Post # 7
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

We didn’t build, but honestly the layout was most important to us. Since space is at such a premium here the location of the bathroom was crucial. It had to be private enough but not only accessible through the master bedroom or something.

Also, having a semi-open concept kitchen was definitely a must have. I spend a lot of time cooking and I don’t like to feel shut out, so we had to have it open slightly to the living room. I didn’t want it totally open though since I still wanted the kitchen to be a separate room.

I say concentrate on where you want things and save on materials like cabinets, hardware, fixtures, etc.

Post # 8
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Some of ours: hardwood floors throughout, central vacuuming system, hot water tap on the sink (SOOO much more convenient than waiting for the sink water to warm up), room for an office/studio, fireplace. Not “must have” but exposed brick would be nice (which we are hoping to soon reveal on one wall of our bedroom and the sunroom!)

Post # 9
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

When we were looking, our only requirements were:

  • 3-4 bedrooms
  • At least 2 baths
  • Open concept
  • finishable basement (for my husband)
  • fireplace (for me)
  • 1/3 – 3/4 of an acre of land

Other than that, we were open to pretty much anything.

@hisgoosiegirl:  Love HGTV :o) 

Post # 10
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t have a big list IMO. We want 3 bed, 2 bath with a basement and 2 car garage, would love a fire place but not necessary. Everything else is extra 🙂

Post # 11
1109 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re looking and our list of must haves is

– good roof/foundation/septic

– land (1+ acres)

– 3+ bedrooms

– good sized kitchen

– garage

– hubby would say a big corner tub haha

Post # 12
3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I will say first that with the situation we are in right now, we have a very small budget.  We plan to stay in the house we’re looking to buy for somewhere from 4-7 years and then move into more of a very long term home.  This is also due to us being in the area for about that amount of time and possibly moving back closer to family when our time here is up.

 We actually have an offer in right now but our must haves were:

  • Enough space with at least 3 bedrooms and at least 1.5 baths
  • Completely livable but not necessarily upgraded
  • Space for storage
  • Fenced in yard with enough space for our dog and our baby coming in July 
  • A two car garage
  • Quiet surrounding area
  • My husband wanted some kind of project that he could complete in the house

Post # 13
14657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Have bought an older home, which isnt even that old for New England standards at 1990… if this is a forever home for you, or at least a while and you care about maintenance…. put in access panels anywhere you can.  If you put in a jetted tub, dont tile it up, finish it off with wood panel doors, if not, hide an access panel in the closet.  Behind your tub, behind your sink, access panel. And while we’re at at.. since you’re building, make sure you get a layout of your plumbing.   It could save you from tearing down walls and looking for where the problem *might* be years down the road if you ever start to have leaks and drips.

Post # 14
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

we have an heritage older house but what i dream about is…. a big ass kitchen with a kitchen island and lots cupboards to hide stuff as i like clean benchspace and a pot rack thingy hanging from the ceiling

covered rear entertainment area that the house opens onto with big glass doors

big deep bathtub to comfortably fit a 6ft person or 2 😉

double garage with automatic door lifter

Post # 15
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

double sinks in master bath or his and hers bathrooms

kitchen must have ample counterspace and cabinets accessible by short peeps

large open living area that easily hosts small parties

double garage


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