As I look at houses online, more often than not I can immediately skip over most of them as soon as I see a picture or two. There are some things I just don’t like in houses. There are certain features that I really want and there are some features I definitely do not want.
So how about a little discussion about your realistic dream house? And by adding the word realistic I mean within the realm of possibility. There are dream houses and then there are Dream Houses. I’m talking about the ones we could actually afford.
And please no one be offended if someone says they absolutely don’t want X, Y or Z and your house has one, two or all of those features.
So what am I looking for in our next (and hopefully last) house?
Some things are non-negotiables. Central air. Lots of windows and natural light. No depressing views. Three bedrooms and a den/office or four bedrooms. Ample closets and storage. At least one and a half baths. Must have curb appeal.
Very high on my really, really want list: fireplace(s), a screened-in porch or three season room, master bath, wood floors, trees, garden space, already finished basement with ample natural light.
Things that seem to matter a great deal to other people but don’t to me: main floor laundry, three stall garage, decks, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tiled floors.
Deal breakers (as in I wouldn’t buy no matter how much I liked everything else): dark and/or small kitchens (especially galley style that are long and narrow), split levels/raised ranch, dirt basement, no garage, complicated (read: expensive) roofing jobs.
One thing I’ve learned living in this house is that aesthetics inside and out are critically important to my well-being and mental health. I’ve learned a great deal and won’t make some of the same mistakes again.
Well, I’m sure I forgot some things since those are just off the top of my head, but it’s a good start. So what did you look for or what will you be looking for?