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tell me about your home Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 9013 posts
May 8th '17

So, we're in the process of buying our first home. the options are enough to make my head spin.

I guess what I'm asking here.... what's your bedroom set up like?
If you have an upstairs and a downstairs, are all your bedrooms on the same level? if they aren't who do you have up/down?

I found one in particular that I really like, it's four bedrooms. it has a master upstairs, and   bedroom and two on the lower. it's making me anxious, because would I force the boys to share the one on the upper level? I don't know if I trust my 3 yr old downstairs. Even with a baby monitor. I'm sure he'll grow up and be fine. but still.

this whole thing has me super anxious.

also, tell me some things you like about your home or things you wish your home had.  or other things I'm probably overlooking at this point.

we have less than 6 months to find, buy, move. so, i'm definitely feeling rushed. yikes.

Awkward 5 kids; 2 angel babies; St Cloud, MN, United States 4642 posts
May 8th '17

We have a 4 bed 2 bath home. 3 bedrooms are on the main level and one is in the finished half of the basement.
When we moved in we planned for my oldest to have the downstairs bedroom but he was too afraid to stay there. About a year ago Dd decided she wanted to try sleeping down there. She loves the privacy and having her 'own' bathroom.
I wanted an open floor plan but ended up with a separated kitchen/living room. I hate that part of my house. I also really wanted a largge living room. We have a family room down stairs and a small living room upstairs. I would still much prefer one large room. The family room downstairs has just become Dd's extra play space.
Our next home will have a big family area. We get crowded and I wish I could watch the kids play while I do stuff in the kitchen but it just isn't possible

.Bubbles. 3 kids; United States 1718 posts
May 8th '17

We have 2 bedrooms downstairs and a massive room upstairs that serves as a 3rd bedroom. DH, myself and DS sleep downstairs, and the girls sleep upstairs. The sleeping situation works for us. My biggest complaint is that we only have 1 bathroom. Also, we have very little counterspace in our kitchen and a tiny, tiny fridge /freezer combo. In order to actually put a new fridge in, we have to tear our cabinets and cupboards, so we're just dealing with it. Another complaint is our leaky basement. If you buy a house with a basement, make sure it's really, truly waterproofed. We can't finish it, because we can't get it to stop leaking. Otherwise, I like our house. It's in a historic neighborhood and it has character. We're just outgrowing it.

Thinkaboutit 4 kids; United States 2511 posts
May 8th '17

We have 5 bedrooms. We have a large master suite and two bedrooms upstairs. We currently all sleep upstairs. My older girls share a room, my 2yr old son has his own and the baby lives in our huge master closet, lol. I wish the master suite was a little smaller..... downstairs we have a playroom and office. If you get a two story, a laundry room upstairs is a must. Also, I love our mudroom to keep shoes, coats and backpacks organized and love our oversized garage. Check out how well maintained the potential neighbors houses/yards are, especially next door. Listen for barking dogs/street noise. Find a good home inspector (don't just go with the one the realtor tells you about) and be prepared to pay 400-500 for an inspection....it's worth it! 

marmarissa 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Ottawa, ON, Canada 8256 posts
May 8th '17

We have 3 bedrooms,  all on the same floor.  My biggest complaint is that our bathrooms don't have ANY drawers, which is strangely inconvenient and one of those things I didn't realize I would miss.   The other thing I wish I realized is that the layout of our house looked MUCH bigger before we put furniture in it (duh) and is something I'll keep in mind when we buy again.   We were in a rush when we bought our house also and I have a ton if tiny complaints that I'll remember next time.

Addi&Aria'smama 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Florissant, Missouri 8261 posts
May 8th '17

 We have a 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath. It's a ranch so everything is on the same floor. I think I would prefer a 2 story. Our youngest likes to sleep with her door open and we wake her up being in the living room. I also wish we had a full second bath. I didn't care much when we bought the house but now that dd2 is almost potty trained getting the bathroom to shower alone is proving difficult. Someone always has to pee when I am in there. 

My next house will have a big kitchen and be open concept. I hate that our house is separate. I want to put a hole in the wall but dh says that's too expensive. 

Also if the people you are buying the house from are contractors or construction of any kind RUN. The guy who lived here before us ran his own contracting business. We were stupid and thought no one would put crap in their own house. Everything he did is for show. Behind the walls is a hot mess and something is always breaking. 

Austs_Momma Due June 30; 1 child; 1 angel baby; CD, NY, United States 3814 posts
May 8th '17

We have a raised ranch /split level... but I honestly kind of hate it. I didn't want this type of house... but it's what was in our area and price range at the time... lol. All our bedrooms are together at the end of the hall. I love the location, and yard, mostly. 

i think the things I hate will be more useful to you.

Things I hate about this house, which I didn't realize or overlooked until we moved in... there isn't a pantry... I can't wait to redo the kitchen or move. I have no where to keep non parishable items, chips, cereal... those type of things. None of the rooms have lights attached to a switch, they're all pull string ceiling fans, the switches are hooked to outlets (with the exception of the kitchen, dinning room, & bathroom, and hallway.) there doesn't seem to be enough outlets in the house, for instance, none in the hallway for the vacuum or night light. Even the bedrooms, and living room are limited because of the light switches controlling some outlets. The back porch, also doesn't have an outlet which would be nice to have (downstairs does under the porch though)... no storage space at all. Each bedroom has a closet, the master two... the bathroom has a linen closet, which doubles for all the cleaning supplies, vacuum/mops/broom. There's an attic for storage, but honestly it's kind of a pain for me. The lower level of the split level was used for storage until we recently finished it and made it into a family room. (So we had to get rid of a ton of stuff), there's one closet down there, under the stairs, so it's limited on what you can put in there, and DH has is packed... we had a full bedroom type close in the bathroom downstairs, but we took half of it away, and put a shower in. It was just laundry, toilet and sink before.

Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 9013 posts
May 8th '17

Quoting .Bubbles.:
We have 2 bedrooms downstairs and a massive room upstairs that serves as a 3rd bedroom. DH, myself and DS sleep downstairs, and the girls sleep upstairs. The sleeping situation works for us. My biggest complaint is that we only have 1 bathroom. Also, we have very little counterspace in our kitchen and a tiny, tiny fridge /freezer combo. In order to actually put a new fridge in, we have to tear our cabinets and cupboards, so we're just dealing with it. Another complaint is our leaky basement. If you buy a house with a basement, make sure it's really, truly waterproofed. We can't finish it, because we can't get it to stop leaking. Otherwise, I like our house. It's in a historic neighborhood and it has character. We're just outgrowing it.


                           We're looking in the same neighborhood we currently reside, and they are all century old homes. So, I understand the basement issue. I for sure want to check out the basement real well. It's been pouring nonstop for like 2 weeks now, so now is the best time IMO to go look. I love the character and charm of hardwoods and the moldings, my main points are bathrooms that aren't gross and a decent kitchen. our current kitchen has literally 2 cubboards. STORAGE, is big too. A linen closet and a pantry are on my list. ugh. this whole process is eating me alive.

Nikki ♥+3 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Colorado Springs, Colorado 14632 posts
May 8th '17

My husband and I have our room on the upper level and our kids are downstairs. I would have preferred to be on the same level but we ended up buying a split level home and the layout is...different. lol The only things I don't like about the house are minor like paint color and flooring in some areas. For some reason the previous owners decided the living room needed to be painted purple, yellow and red Unknown As for things I really like, we have a basement we turned into a playroom and family room which keeps the kids clutter all downstairs. 

Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 9013 posts
May 8th '17

this is the home.... everyone, tell me what i'm gonna hate about it. lol, the bedrooms look like they are off the kitchen and off the "dining are".... the one would be a toy room, is my guess.
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the garage ^^ holds 6 cars, so it's like a dream for SO. and the driveway is large enough for his work vehicle to come home.

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we clearly would have to buy a stove and fridge. i'm also assuming laundry is in the partial basement, which would suck. but idk. this is the first I've come across in our price range. ooh, and there's a playground right across the street which could be a blessing or a nightmare. but it's a dead end road at the park. 663de118160d68f9a963f65e8efc3982.jpg


Cat.Woman. 2 kids; Gotham City, PA, United States 9783 posts
May 8th '17

We have a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom ranchhome. One car garage. Open concept living room, kitchen, and dining room. 

Eta: The home was a little dated, so we are slowly renovating. We had new floors put in, all new paint, and a new HVAC system. Next is the master bath. 
We also have a nice yard and live on a small street with only two neighbors. The entire neighborhood is very quiet. 

Tσѕнιε 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Derp, WV, United States 10689 posts
May 8th '17

Ours is a one level, 3 bedroom and I bath. I would probably have everyone on the same level if possible until they were older. 

Austs_Momma Due June 30; 1 child; 1 angel baby; CD, NY, United States 3814 posts
May 8th '17

Quoting Have Heart:
this is the home.... everyone, tell me what i'm gonna hate about it. lol, the bedrooms look like they are off the kitchen and off the "dining are".... the one would be a toy room, is my guess.


the garage ^^ holds 6 cars, so it's like a dream for SO. and the driveway is large enough for his work vehicle to come home.


this would be the master closet walkrhru to the master bath? idk the pictures don't really show well.
I feel as if I could easily shove DS2's crib in here for a little while

we clearly would have to buy a stove and fridge. i'm also assuming laundry is in the partial basement, which would suck. but idk. this is the first I've come across in our price range. ooh, and there's a playground right across the street which could be a blessing or a nightmare. but it's a dead end road at the park.




The garage would have my husband sold! Lol.


actually we looked at a house months before we found ours, and it had a huge barn... he wanted that barn so bad. Not for animals, for his toys... he still wishes he had that barn. But the house wasn't for us. 

Austs_Momma Due June 30; 1 child; 1 angel baby; CD, NY, United States 3814 posts
May 8th '17

Quoting Have Heart:
this is the home.... everyone, tell me what i'm gonna hate about it. lol, the bedrooms look like they are off the kitchen and off the "dining are".... the one would be a toy room, is my guess.


the garage ^^ holds 6 cars, so it's like a dream for SO. and the driveway is large enough for his work vehicle to come home.


this would be the master closet walkrhru to the master bath? idk the pictures don't really show well.
I feel as if I could easily shove DS2's crib in here for a little while

we clearly would have to buy a stove and fridge. i'm also assuming laundry is in the partial basement, which would suck. but idk. this is the first I've come across in our price range. ooh, and there's a playground right across the street which could be a blessing or a nightmare. but it's a dead end road at the park.




Totally go and see it in person, obviously. Lol. I found a house I loved... the garage was an issue for DH (one car, if you could even call it that.)... but he could have built his own, new garage on the property. The house looked so much better in photos, and it was full of mold!! I have terrible allergies, especially to mold, and could smell & feel it as soon as I walked in! It was October, and they had windows open which was a huge red flag to our realator. But I could smell it. By the time we left I could hardly breath. It was that bad. DH couldn't smell anything until down stairs 

♥Jessie♥ Due June 14; 5 kids; 2 angel babies; Idaho 14908 posts
May 8th '17

We have a 3 bd 1 ba 1100 sq ft single level. I am not a fan but it was a great starter home. We live in a college town and that drives up home prices. This rinky dink was $147000 and now the market is better for sellers so we could sell for 165000/175000. We are looking to move within the next couple summers. Our girls share a room and the boys share a room. We have a galley style skinny kitchen. What I love is we have a great sized fenced backyard. The fence was important to us with the littles.