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Less than Ideal Houses - Qualified Perceptions
Less than Ideal Houses
Looking at houses has been an adventure. I'm becoming more and more surprised by "what were they thinking when they did that?", though I suppose not everything is an intentional design choice. So far there's been:

  • The maze-like fixer-upper with the doorway to one room that was so narrow you had to go through sideways.
  • The condo with French doors on the bedrooms, one bedroom with tiled floor (like a basement mudroom).
  • The kitchen with no counters. I don't mean "not very many", I mean "none." I will have to watch for "period kitchen" as a warning flag.
  • The kitchen with wall-to-wall carpet
  • The bathroom off of the unfinished basement.
  • The condo with the utterly gorgeous garden out back - that you weren't allowed to go into, it was for the developer's private use.
  • The third bedroom off the second bedroom.
  • The house with an oubliette! The remodeling took out the basement stair, so you can get to the basement via the outside cellar door, or the secret panel in the floor.

Not everything is a priority one bug, but pretty much everything has at least one strange feature that leaves me thinking "What's up with that?

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mister_nick From: mister_nick Date: April 21st, 2004 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
My grandmother's kitchen has wall-to-wall carpeting. I think she puts down complementary rugs/mats in the areas where she's likely to wear out the carpet and/or spill things. I always thought it was weird, but if you can keep it clean it looks nice and makes for a cozy social space, like a second living room. That's where we usually hang out when we go to visit.
From: tirinian Date: April 21st, 2004 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)


I think I only saw two of those. Clearly you're only taking me to the good ones. :-)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: April 21st, 2004 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
You saw 1, 2, 4, and 5. The others were from last Sunday, but I don't think you can blame me for your not having seen them. :)
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: April 21st, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
The french doors to the bedrooms can be curtained most of the time (or not, depending on the concerns of the residents), and could be opened to create more open space during parties if one wanted to be troubled with cleaning up one's room for the occasion. That seems charming and perhaps quirky rather than buggy to me. A tile floor I'd find less nice, but depending on the tile that could be as warm as a hardwood floor, which I think is a feature.

The oubliette's just weird, though. Maybe if there were a ladder and a dumbwaiter ...
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: April 21st, 2004 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I have a kitchen with no counters.
The counter thing can be fixed pretty easily, so I view it as less of a bug than the other things on your list.

(Tile floor would be ok in a bedroom if it came with radiant heat...)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: April 21st, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Though your kitchen has a pantry with counters, and a counter by the sink that you can put a drying rack on. So you're not entirely counterless. :)
rifmeister From: rifmeister Date: April 21st, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

My own pet peeve

I've personally been quite impressed with what they'll call three bedrooms in this town. I saw several where the third bedroom was unbelievably tiny. I saw one where the third bedroom was between the dining room and the hallway, with French doors on both sides. My personal favorite was an area at the top of the stairs which, when we walked through it, the seller's realtor said "Just add some walls and a door, and there's your third bedroom!"
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