We bought our house almost 8 years ago. We had been living in a gorgeous little rental flat in Todmorden for just over a year but had decided to relocate to Manchester. There wasn’t much opportunity to rent in the area we moved to and if I’m honest we didn’t really consider it to be an option. We wanted to buy. I had been brought up on a diet of buying and selling houses, of relocating and upgrading our home. I had moved house seven times by the time I was 13. As a result of this I think my own attitude to house buying as “Live in it for a few years, do some work on it, sell it and buy a bigger one” – which is all well and good, except the backside fell out of the property market just as we bought our first house. This – coupled with us starting a family, getting married and me leaving my full time teaching post – meant that moving house again wasn’t going to happen any time soon.
Eight years later we’ve refitted the bathroom, extended and refitted the kitchen (though I’m already researching cheap kitchens) and built a two storey extension on the side of the house adding a playroom, downstairs toilet, utility room, shower room and two bathrooms. Although there’s still plenty of work to do to finish this off, we’ve taken our house to it’s limits now. Our house is now big enough for our family of five.
Will we live here forever though? No, probably not. We have a long term plan to move – an idea of when we think we might be able to afford it. I might already have a little wish list of what I’ll be looking for in our next property.
1. A proper hall way
When we were looking to buy our house, if the property was one where the front door walked straight into the living room, it was struck off the list immediately. What we actually have is a square space big enough to open the door into with the stairs directly ahead and the dining room to the right – the dining room acts as a corridor to the rest of the house. My dream house has a proper entrance hall – light and spacious and preferably with all the rooms leading off the hall way (Much like my little sister’s house)
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2. A big, sunny garden
I was lucky growing up that we always had a big garden, it was something Mum and Dad actively sought out in a property. Although our current garden is actually a fair size, it doesn’t really get much sun and it’s position across the back of the house means that we don’t see it or benefit from it. Most of the sun for us comes at the front of the house and I do feel a bit of a wally sat in the front garden for all to see! I’d love a large back garden with space to sit and relax in the sunshine.
3. Bi-Fold doors
To go with that beautiful sunny garden, I love the idea of modern aluminium bi-fold doors to welcome the outside in! Our playroom has french doors which open onto the garden but I do so love the idea of a whole wall of window / door joy. Every time I see Katie’s pictures of her new extension appear on instagram it just reinforces my desire for bi-fold doors!
Happy Tuesday. It’s a day of work for me and I am feeling productive. This is such a lovely space to have breakfast in the mornings and it makes me feel all happy. Bizarrely until recently I was never a flower person, (bar daffodils in spring which are my favourite and which I always have in the kitchen) don’t get me wrong if someone bought me them I loved them but I think because our house was so cramped I could never find anywhere that would do them justice. But I love having them in the house now. Our new extension tour is on my blog today if anyone fancies a nosey. Have a lovely day whatever you are up to. ?
4. An office space
I’d love to have my own workspace. I work from home and this usually means I’ve got piles of blog related paraphernalia lying around the kitchen or dining room making the place look untidy. It also means I work on the sofa with my laptop on my knee. My own little home office space with a desk and plenty of storage would be a dream!
5. Large bright living spaces
As I mentioned earlier, most of the sun comes in the front of our house so our dining room and the front two bedrooms are beautifully bright. The back of the house however is like a cave. I’m constantly bemoaning how dark the house is and we almost always have the lights on. Our kitchen has two lovely big windows as well as a skylight and as I mentioned the french doors in the playroom but the living room, which is sandwiched between the two, doesn’t have it’s own source of natural light, it steals from the kitchen and playroom. We have considered remodelling the kitchen – knocking down another well and refitting with a new kitchen from Kitchen Warehouse – but for now I’m obsessed with trying to make the house lighter and brighter with paint and furniture. Of course, in the long run I just want a house with more windows! Give me all the light!
So that’s it, five things I’ll be looking out for when we buy our new home . . . eventually!