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Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Thanks, Lyra! We're excited and it's hard to have patience. My husband reigns me in though, he's good like that. It's fun drooling over everything I see on Houzz and Pinterest.

by Zoe

July 13th, 2016, 7:38 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Hidden Netflix Gem Thread

Tacori E-ring|1468375195|4054974 wrote:I just watched series "Marcella." It was AMAZING.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcella_(TV_series)


I was just coming to this thread to say the same thing. Well, we're not too far into it yet, but we really like it so far.

by Zoe

July 13th, 2016, 7:32 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Hidden Netflix Gem Thread

Replies: 277

Views: 5279
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Queenie, I'm surprised at how popular one story houses are here. I think my husband prefers two stories, partly for the "exercise" factor :bigsmile:, but mostly because to him, it feels more like a home. I see his point, I suppose, so I could go either way. We both grew up living in two st...

by Zoe

July 12th, 2016, 3:08 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Unfortunately, a three car garage won't be doable, but I think with a basement, we'll be fine for storage. We'll figure out where to store the lawn mower later. OMG, we'll need a lawn mower! I've never mowed a lawn before and my husband hasn't done it in YEARS. We may have the most interesting look...

by Zoe

July 12th, 2016, 9:53 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Alj, hi! :wavey: The layout you mentioned, Side A -------- Main Living -------- Side B, is one that I love and one we'll consider if it can fit on the lot. That's what the development's model home is, and we I love the separation between the master bedroom/bathroom and the other bedrooms. We'd use o...

by Zoe

July 11th, 2016, 6:42 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

part gypsy|1468271528|4054488 wrote:I didn't read through all the responses, but if you can check out the "not so big house" book I think it has a lot of great stuff of maximizing usefulness of a space.


Thanks, Part Gypsy! I'm unfamiliar with the book but I'll look it up.

by Zoe

July 11th, 2016, 6:18 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Zoe, you are getting really great suggestions! I found out that the more upgrades that we are putting into our house, the more our builder is willing to negotiate a discount on those options. Some of the options then became less in price having it done now, than for us to do it ourselves (or hire s...

by Zoe

July 11th, 2016, 6:17 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Thanks so much, Tyty ! I'm writing down your ideas so I don't forget to mention them to my husband. Telephone , thank you for your advice! We're not sure how long we'll stay but since it will be our first home purchase, we'll plan on staying quite a while. We bought a condo 11 years ago but it wasn'...

by Zoe

July 11th, 2016, 6:13 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

We added lights for every bedroom closet, vented the stove vent to the outside of the house, and wish we'd gone for a 3 car garage so that we wouldn't need a storage shack. Unfortunately, a three car garage won't be doable, but I think with a basement, we'll be fine for storage. We'll figure out wh...

by Zoe

July 11th, 2016, 5:56 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Thanks, Missy! I hope to have separation between the master and the other bedrooms. We don't have guests stay over often, but it would be nice to give us all some privacy. We need to think about whether we want one floor living or two, in addition to the basement we'd opt to have. I don't mind havi...

by Zoe

July 11th, 2016, 5:45 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

iLander, thank you so much for your thoughts! How do you negotiate with the sales agent when they've made it pretty clear that the price is the price is the price, you know? We're hoping to save money by having my in-laws do the wood floors rather than use the builder's flooring people. How do you d...

by Zoe

July 11th, 2016, 5:42 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

December-fire, thanks for the tips! I figured that if I chose a very, very neutral (boring) interior wall color, then any artwork and furniture pieces I choose to hang up or use will automatically coordinate. I can even change my mind and decorate with more blues instead of greens, and it won't matt...

by Zoe

July 11th, 2016, 4:31 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

I love browsing through Houzz. There's so much to look at, I could spend hours on that site!

by Zoe

July 10th, 2016, 3:38 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Thank you, MayK! Choosing paint colors is what I'm dreading the most, but we're a long way from that stage. I'll keep your thoughts in mind. Honestly, as of now, I'm leaning towards just sticking with a very safe neutral like eggshell for the interior walls because white goes with everything. We can...

by Zoe

July 10th, 2016, 1:45 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

NTave, thank you very much for your advice! We know that upgrades would be best suited for kitchens, master bedrooms, and bathrooms. We're not sure what comes standard and what is considered an upgrade, so it's hard to know what will fit into our budget. I do know that white cabinets and a kitchen i...

by Zoe

July 10th, 2016, 1:27 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Elizabeth, those are all good things to think about. Thank you! We don't have kids, so that's not an issue. We're in our early 40s, so accessibility isn't a major worry for us now. It is something to think about for the future though, which is one of the reasons I'm leaning towards one floor living....

by Zoe

July 10th, 2016, 1:18 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Thanks, Missy! I hope to have separation between the master and the other bedrooms. We don't have guests stay over often, but it would be nice to give us all some privacy. We need to think about whether we want one floor living or two, in addition to the basement we'd opt to have. I don't mind havin...

by Zoe

July 10th, 2016, 1:09 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Queenie, we've heard and agree with the thought of doing something when given the chance instead of waiting. It would cost more to wait, and you may not actually follow through with upgrading something in the future. We're thinking about what type of floors to install, and we're thinking of trying t...

by Zoe

July 10th, 2016, 1:00 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

December-fire, thank you so much for your reply! I'll have to think about everything you mentioned and respond again tomorrow. I want a very functional house for the two of us and our pets, not one with a ton of space we don't need. We're looking at floor plans with 2 car garages, 3 bedrooms or 2 be...

by Zoe

July 9th, 2016, 8:09 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Thanks, Callie! I think most of the floor plans we like happen to have a bathroom near the front door or one near the entrance from the garage. We don't have kids but we have pets, so I'm sure it would be handy to have a bathroom close by when letting the dog in from being outside.

by Zoe

July 9th, 2016, 7:50 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Thanks, AnnaH! The house is part of a development, and the builder uses an architect whose floor plans we can choose from. They range in size and style, and there are so many to choose from. The model has several features we really like, and of course it was completely decked out. The sales agent an...

by Zoe

July 9th, 2016, 7:40 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Thank you so much, Tweeter! You brought up things I never would have thought about. A few outdoor electrical outlets is a good idea, and making sure indoor ones won't be blocked is a great tip. I have heard the tip to do as many upgrades as possible while building instead of waiting til later.

by Zoe

July 9th, 2016, 5:16 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Thanks, Kathley! It's exciting but very nerve racking, and nothing's really been done yet. The developers are clearing the land now. We're looking at the architect's (many!) floor plans and trying to choose one that focuses on what we want. It's so hard to narrow it down! We may end up combining a ...

by Zoe

July 9th, 2016, 4:51 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Building a house...what you wish you had known

It feels like forever since I've been on PS! My husband and I have reserved a lot and if all goes well, we'll be building a house in the fall. If you built your house, what are some things you wish you had known or thought to ask during the process?

by Zoe

July 9th, 2016, 4:19 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Building a house...what you wish you had known

Replies: 57

Views: 983
Re: How much autonomy did you have growning up?

My parents were pretty laid back in many ways. In my family, we worked together to get a job done. My sister and I were expected to help around the house (inside and out) with whatever my parents assigned to us. We didn't get an allowance because my parents didn't believe in paying us for the chores...

by Zoe

May 9th, 2016, 2:53 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: How much autonomy did you have growning up?

Replies: 22

Views: 770
Re: What shows have you recently binge watched?

I knew I was forgetting something. We're caught up now, but we started binge watching The Good Wife, and it's so good! Thanks for the reminder, Missy!

by Zoe

March 8th, 2016, 5:08 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: What shows have you recently binge watched?

Replies: 65

Views: 1026
Re: What shows have you recently binge watched?

I'd like to begin watching Modern Family but I can't find the first season on On Demand or Hulu. Another show I'd love to check out is Mr. Selfridge. I love Jeremy Piven.

by Zoe

March 7th, 2016, 4:50 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: What shows have you recently binge watched?

Replies: 65

Views: 1026
Re: What shows have you recently binge watched?

Missy, your comment about Billions made me laugh because that's how my husband and I feel. I really want to like it because I really like all of the actors, but I find the show hard to follow and understand.

by Zoe

March 7th, 2016, 4:23 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: What shows have you recently binge watched?

Replies: 65

Views: 1026
Re: What shows have you recently binge watched?

We watched a few episodes of House of Cards this weekend. We also began watching Blue Bloods a couple of months ago. We're in season 2 now and it's really good. Other shows we've binged and loved: Parks and Recreation, The West Wing, Downton Abbey, Happy Valley, Doc Martin, The Fosters, and Scott an...

by Zoe

March 7th, 2016, 4:20 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: What shows have you recently binge watched?

Replies: 65

Views: 1026
Re: Job dust for DH

Congratulations to your husband, amc! That's great news!

by Zoe

March 7th, 2016, 4:12 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Job dust for DH

Replies: 29

Views: 507