What do you prefer a New or Old House?

posted 2 weeks ago in Home
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Team old house! Ours was built in 1926. They used better building materials back then and have tons of character. 

 

In my area we have houses that were built in 1840 that still look beautiful meanwhile the early 2000s bulids are falling apart. 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

New! I love newer, big, modern houses, especially West Coasty ones. Forgot what they’re called. Spanish? 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Old!! I drool over well maintained older homes. I grew up in the Midwest in a city where there was hardly any new build, and I just love the character of older homes. However, for my first home purchase, I would not be opposed to a newer home.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

If I had the choice I would absolutely want a brand new house. However right now we live in a very old house. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

I appreciate aspects of both. My in laws have an old Victorian (almost 150 years old) and I love the high ceilings, high quality wood finishings and the spirit of the place. Unfortunately, the maintenance on a super old house can be a lot (especially if they haven’t been well cared for by previous owners). Watching fixer upper shows has forever instilled in me a fear of what might be going on behind the walls.

My ideal is a new home that carries over many of the established best practice design sensibilities of an old home, but with a more open concept interior, better energy maintenance and with green building principles (an interior solar wall, a living roof, modernized cellar/storage space, triple paned windows and comprehensive grey water system, to name a few.)

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

We have a Victorian house & I wouldn’t have it any other way.

We have beautiful high ceilings, stained glass windows, wooden floors, huge doors and beautiful bay windows.

We live in an inner city  leafy suburb so close to neighbours but worth it for location. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Can I have the best of both worlds with a nicely renovated old house? That’s pretty much what we’re buying right now 🙂 I live in a tropical place and the old homes are nice and breezy and actually designed for the climate (but most are falling down – you have to be lucky to find a well maintained one) whereas the modern homes are nasty concrete blocks where you have to run the aircon constantly and they practically touch the neighbours on each side. I hate them! 

I’ve actually found the old homes to be smaller than the modern ones though – we had to search to find one that would fit our kingsize bed! But the land sizes are much bigger. 

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