Every House Will Have Some Problem

So, we looked at a house yesterday that was amazing.  Big front porch, cute side porch, little back porch.  Tin roof.  Big living room, generous dining room, nice kitchen.  Three bedrooms (argh, they’re wearing me down!  Calling something with a door to the outside a bedroom!) and one bath, work shop, garage, cellar, about an acre of land, kind of but not quite in the country.  A beautiful rehab job, not by a flipper, but by the guy who is living there, so it doesn’t feel ostentatious, just comfy.

The drawbacks I think I could live with are that the lot is long and narrow, so you’re very close to your neighbors, especially on the one side (you share a driveway with them).  It would be a weird commute, to put it mildly, though you could do it either through surface roads or interstate.  I’m not sure where folks who live out there shop.  And the Butcher would have to get a car, end of discussion.

The drawbacks I’m just not sure about.  It’s at the very, very top of my price range and, even with the Butcher’s help, I would feel like I was signing up for yet another five years of having to be very, very frugal with my money.  And I’m not sure I want to go back to that.  I kind of like where we are right now where I’m not thinking “Oh, the Professor wants to have lunch, can I afford it?” or “Hey, Mack wants me to come up and look at this cool thing he saw in Springfield, but can I afford it?”

I don’t want to be burning hundreds just ’cause I can, but I’ve spent much of my adult life watching every penny and I just don’t want to go back to living that way. I don’t want to have to be turning down invitations to do things because I don’t have the money.

The second major thing kind of goes hand in hand with the first.  The house has no closets in the bedrooms.  You could, I guess, put closets in.  But when?  In five years when I get a little free money?  I have to be almost forty before I can hang a dress in my house?  Sure, I could buy wardrobes, but again, when?  In five years?

Or, I guess what you do is buy it and then sell off the back part of the lot and use that money to remodel.  But then you don’t have that awesome yard.

I don’t know.  I’m vexed, folks.

This is, by far, the most “me” house we’ve seen… and frankly, it would be like me to live in a house with no closets… but I don’t know.

To me, it seems like the trade off either has to be “needs some renovation–cheap price” or “more money than you wanted to spend–won’t need anything for a while”.

So, there’s that.  I wish the folks I’ve come to depend on to put on their tool belts and their wrinkled- browed faces of scrutiny were in town and could drive by and say “Oh, hey, B., yeah, we could totally make that work” or “Oh, no, just no.”

But alas.

Oh well.

11 thoughts on “Every House Will Have Some Problem

  1. No closets? I thought the definition of a bedroom (for listing purposes) was a room with a closet. That’s why they say when building to make sure to include a closet in your home office so that when you move you can list it as an extra bedroom.

    The door to the outside in the bedroom thing wouldn’t bother me. Put a little deck off of it with a Bistro set. Then when you get up in the morning you can don a bathroom and go sip your coffee and read a book while being serenaded my early birds, all without ever leaving the bedroom (ok, so I guess you’d have to move your coffee maker into the bedroom to do that, but still).

  2. If the bedrooms are big enough to add closets, it may not be that big of a deal. You might know a couple of guys that would be willing to help ya out.

  3. Although I rent, I live with minimal closet space here, and let me just tell you — DO NOT buy a house without closets in the bedroom. I live in a perpetual state of clothes in the laundry basket b/c I’m so sick of trying to shove stuff in the tiny closets that exist in my bedrooms.

    When I read your account, I hear you trying to convince yourself that this is a good house, but there is the part of your voice (your conscience) that is screaming “No”

    My advice?? — don’t do it.

  4. There is a quick, cheap, and easy fix for the no closets thing (no closets? was this place moved here from NYC?). Put wire shelving up on the walls. Put a track on the ceiling in front of the shelving and hang a curtain from the track. One trip to Lowe’s for the shelving and one trip to Penney’s for the curtain, and a few hours of work.

    BUT: I agree with Beth that it sounds like you’re trying to talk yourself into this one. Don’t do it unless you’re sure.

  5. Just like every night has its dawn
    Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song
    Every rose has its thorn

    Yeah it does
    ~~ the talented Mr. Michaels of Posion

    I found finding a house is much like finding a person. Persons have all kind of flaws, but finding your person takes setting aside a lot of crap that comes with every persons… like sometimes their mouth, and depending if you discriminate on the basis of sex, then there’s that.

    Some homes do all they can to suck you in at first, then they reveal their quirks that you can either love or let drive you crazy. The good thing about a home is you can take a saw to it with little consequence of the law except maybe a minor code violation or two. Try that with a person.

  6. No closets sounds like it was built at the start of last century when wardrobes were the cothes storage venue of choice.

    No house will be perfect but you will find one that warms the heart cockles and feels right despite the negatives. Then you’ll move in and the negatives will drive you crazy, but what the hell, this is the South and you’ll fit in even better then.

  7. Hey, we love our house and it has no closets. There are worse things than having to put metal clothes racks and dressers in your bedroom. :)

  8. If it prompts the Butcher to get his own damn car, it’s totally worth it, although the bedroom with a private entrance gives me a little pause. What kind of joint do you plan to run out there, anyhow?

  9. You can always calculate the cost of wardrobes, and a few hundred lunches, subtract that from the seller’s asking price (or what the seller claims is their absolute minimum, whatever) and make the offer. All they can do is say, “No.”

  10. I’m going to agree with indifferent children – you can always come down on the asking price if it’s that much of a problem.

    Also? One of these saved my life, because I don’t have a closet in my room (one that’s actually useful for hanging clothes, anyway): http://www.garmentrack.com/zgarmentrack.html

    It was less than $100, and while it being open could be a downer for some people, I’m just so happy to have a place to hang things up that I don’t care. And they come in several sizes, so depending on your living space, you can find what you need.

    Everything else sounds fine, really – you’ve thought out the commute, I can’t see the Butcher getting a car as a downside (everyone should have a car! sacrelige!), and the lot size in the back will MORE than make up for having the neighbors close to you on the sides – there are places down here in Fayette County that are like that, and a lot of times, you don’t realize they’re there, really.

    If he can come down on the price to offset the cost of putting in wardrobes or closets, and to compensate for some “free time” money, then I would go for it. It sounds like it’s a winner in every other way.

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