The hubster and I recently attended our first wedding as a married couple this past weekend and on the car ride home we looked back on all the good things that have happened in the short (almost) 3 years since he put a ring on it: his new job, our big move, Little Miss being born, finding out
we I am not a dog person, getting a new car (and paying it off) and working on buying our first house EVER this summer. It is an exciting prospect that we will be home owners and I can FINALLY paint walls, get rid of ugly tile, and not be afraid to hang a massive mirror and leave holes in the wall. I had always set the goal of owning a home before I turn 30 and it looks like it will be a reality albeit a close shave (I turn 30 at the end of the year) but it still counts!
You can only imagine the debates between the hubster and I for what we want to look for in our “dream” home. And sometimes it really seems like we are buying two different houses (lord knows we can’t afford that!) What are the things we are looking for in a house you ask? Let’s break it down for you (even if you didn’t ask)
My House Wish List
- A Craftsmen style house, ever since I was a little girl I have loved this style of house so it would be a dream to actually own one
- A porch, cause we all need a place to sit in adirondock chairs and sip iced tea
- An easy to maintain yard, my grandma and mom may have green thumbs but I sure don’t (it’s a miracle the plant Padawan gave me for Mother’s Day is still alive!)
- A real dining room, a breakfast nook just won’t cut it for this girl and her dreams of fancy grown-up diner parties
- I would prefer no stairs but if worse comes to worse I will take them but only if they are/have the potential to be grand and wood (carpet uck!)
- Yummy dark wood floors, exposed wood beams, pretty built ins, and a cozy fireplace would leave me weak in the knees and happy to be a home buddy
All those pictures make me so happy! I would LURVE to walk into that house everyday until I am old and grey (or blue, I haven’t decided if I am going to be one of the those little old ladies that still dyes their hair or not yet). I am willing to put in some hard work and a little, ok maybe a lot of elbow grease to make my dream home more dreamy; anyone else dreaming of marble herringbone floors and fireplaces (and I had that idea a LONG time before Young House Love stole it!)
So there are my critira for a dream home, do you want to hear the hubster’s? Just nod your head and say “Of course we do” cause we would not want to hurt his feelings and it helps him feel loved when we listen to his ideas (even if we think they are silly and we veto them down). Love ya babe!
The Hubster’s House Wish List
- A house with LOTS of property so that we could become self sustainable (I think the hubster needs to be reminded who will be home all day and the fact that was stated in my list’s number 3)
- An unfinished basement (I will take a finished basement cause we all know scary things happen in unfinished basement and they scare me senseless)
- Skylights, the more the merrier (Hmmm, I am beginning to think the hubster wants a house full of things his wife is scared of…he knows I will not watch any movies with the “a” word in them so why would I want to have holes in my roof for easier access to me?!?! Crazy hubster)
- A zombie proof compound/property (Proof we are watching too much “Walking Dead” cause zombie proof doesn’t exactly scream “welcome”)
- A hidden room like Batman’s (Ok, I will give him that one cause that would be pretty awesome to have).
- Has a grey water system (I can live with that as long as its for the yard usage and I am not taking a shower in the water leftover from washing last night’s dishes)
Bet Rick would LOVE to find a zombie proof house like the one on the bottom right, it is pretty cool I will admit. A lot less scary looking then ones covered in barbed wire and on stilts (am I the only one that just had the epiphany that zombies can’t climb things, who knew). One great thing about the hubster is that more often than not (especially when it comes to make our house a home) he lets me win. So none of you future guests will have to worry about having to go out and pick your own dinner or de feather it (ya, he is now talking of having our own livestock and chickens. I am not a farm girl I keep telling him) or cross a draw bridge under threat of a flame thrower. I may win most of the time but we agree on some key points:
- MUST have more than 1 bathroom, no way a family of 4 will survive with only one (we tried with just 3 of us and that was a challenge)
- 3 bedrooms is a given, but we would love to have a 4th to use as an office/guest room
- An attached garage. We live in an area known for its rainfall with 2 small kids, no one (me especially) wants to haul groceries back and forth in a downpour
- Has good bones, no major overhauls for us please
- Has an open floor plan (or an easily converted floor plan, cause I would not mind knocking down a small wall or two. Young House Love makes it look like so much fun!)
- Be in a good neighborhood (location, location, location)
So there it is a his and hers look at our next big project: homeownership. Are any of you looking to make this transition in your lives? What are the things you look for in your dream home? Are you with me in something timeless, historical, and full of character? Or are with the hubster in looking for a way to live off the grid and free from zombie threat worries?