Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #6 - House Wish List

Today we're meeting our real estate agent to look at houses. Yes, having 3 children under 4 isn't enough to keep me busy!

My dear husband has been commuting over 2 hours a day for about 5 years. Understandably so, he's had enough. I love looking at houses. It's fun to look at different places and imagine how our family would live in them.

I have a tendency to get excited about something in a house (a pantry for example) and forget about the other things I would like to have. It's a perfect time to write a list of things I'd like to find in a house. I'm very realistic (and just a bit spoiled), but I do understand the concept of a "Wish List". I don't expect to find all of these things, but a few would be great.

1. Laundry Room that's not in a basement. I've been washing clothes in a basement for 13 years and I'd like to stop carrying that laundry basket up 2 flights of stairs.

2. Mud Room. Any place other than right inside the front door to take off our shoes would be great.

3. Closets. Any kind, anywhere.

4. Foyer. It would be great to have a little area to serve as a buffer before you enter the living space. Just enough room to put a little table and a few decorative things.

5. Family Room. I like the idea of an open space floor plan with a family room off the kitchen.

6. Gas Stove. I feel a little silly listing this one. I am not a cook, but I do know from past experience things just cook better on a gas stove top.

7. Pantry. Never had one so I think it would be a great thing.

8. Manageable Yard. I would like space for the kids to run around and enjoy a summer's night bbq, but not something so huge I loose my husband for a whole day while he mows the grass!

9. Good Public Schools. As a former public school teacher, I am a huge advocate for public schools.

10. Neighborhood Playground. An easy place to take the kids. A great place for them to make friends - and maybe meet some new friends for myself as well.

11. Hardwood floors. I like the look and they're easy to maintain.

12. Bathroom(s). We have one full bath now. Right now it's fine because the kids are small, but as they get a little bigger it'd be nice for them to have their own bathroom.

13. Natural Light. Love, love, love windows and natural light!

What do you love about your home?

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kay said...

Good to see you out. Hope K is thriving. You've got a good list. I am a cook, and a gas stove is the best ever! Hardwood floors are wonderful--talk about easy maintenence! I have great closets and a to-die-for pantry, and my laundry room is okay.

Good luck with the house hunt--have fun.

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Amy said...

I love that we live on a quite circle with a dead end just across the street. The neighborhood kids are always playing together on our street and in the dead end while the parents stand around and chat. It is wonderful.

Carissa(GoodnCrazy) said...

Advice for Laundry room...get two! Ha, ha. But seriously, we had a basement(dungeon is more like it) laundry room. And I insisted on getting a house with a second floor laundry. And now I traipse up and down checking and changing the laundry. Even though it would mean dragging clothes and linen down a flight, I would choose laundry on the main. Because
1) I don't hear it and forget about it upstairs.
2) I'd rather fold clothes down where everyone is (usually with hubby while watching a movie--so we drag it all downstairs anyway!)

How's that for a long opinion/comment? Good luck house hunting. (I'd take a mud room too btw!)

Anonymous said...

You would love my house, and it's for sale, but I don't think we're in your hoped-for neighborhood.

I'm here:

Anonymous said...

We have many of the things on your list, Alana...and the folks who lived in our home and renovated it did such a wonderful job, but for the life of me I can not understand why they put in one of these electric cook-top stoves!!! It is such a pain! I too would love a gas range!

Good luck on your search...let us know how we can help you!

JessTrev said...

Good luck with your househunt - I agree with so many things, love my gas stove, wish I didn't have to go (outside) to my basement to do laundry, love wood floors, sunlight, good public schools. Glad your poor DH can reduce his commute -- that's actually tops for us. Quality of life = living closer to work, walkable to the school is *amazing* if you can pull it off, densely populated=lots of kids and walkable to stores/playground is awesome, too. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I love having a kitchen that isn't a straight-shot galley kitchen.

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Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Um, pretty much every single on your list is on mine!!!

Going Crunchy said...

Um, beware the hardwoods. Mine are maple and scratch easily and I have to mop all the time. Darker hides things more......;-)

Mud room- - -I would give a cheer for this one!

Anonymous said...

Although we didn't mean to chose our home for its great energy efficiency, we've learned that it's basically a green house by accident. It's southern facing, has deciduous trees shading it in summer and a small vestibule in front that serves as a mud room/entryway and keeps the outside air from entering. We don't use air conditioning because our home stays so cool in summer and our heating bills shows that it's really well insulated. Great luck on your search!

Smiler said...

It's always a great idea to have a wish list. I tend to do them for everything. There are several things I like about my apartment. It's positively huge for just me and my cat, love the hardwood floors (for me that's a must) and the skylight in the bathroom actually brings a lot of light to the rest of the place too.

happyhome said...

Great list. When we moved to Texas a year ago, we had just three days to find and purchase our home, so the luxury of looking for just what we wanted was not there. However, the Lord led us to the perfect home for us and we couldn't be happier.

I think the thing I love the most about it is that it has plenty of square footage for our family and yet still has a coziness about it. Oh, and I LOVE my kitchen. When we walked in on the third day of looking, I knew within seconds that we had found "the one"!

Good luck with your house hunt.

Anonymous said...

We're in the Maryland burbs and have everything on your list except the gas stove, although I do have a gas fireplace! But, I would like to downsize since we've got 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths! It was great when the littlest was a baby (baby stuff is HUGE!) but now I could do with less house. Be careful what you wish for! ;)

Anonymous said...

I love this post...I love looking at new houses. (The actual move, well, that is a bit different, but all the looking and choosing and visualizing is a blast!)

In my home, I love:

1) The natural light
2) The window seat in my daughter's room
3) Our shower (it has a seat) and tub
4) Our cul-de-sac is ALL kids
5) The red brick
6) Our laundry room is huge
7) The kitchen

Oh...I'm sure there is more!

Good luck with your hunt! Have fun!