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November 10th, 2003

House Must-Haves

While my wife and I are still a few years away from buying a house, we’ve started to put together a mental list of things we want for our new place. Some of these things… okay, almost all of these things… aren’t essential per se, and we could do without them. But it’d be nice to have them.

  • Dishwasher. I grew up in a household with a dishwasher that was never, ever used. And I never had one until we moved into our current place. I have no idea how I survived without one.
  • Good soaking bathtub. A nice, big bathtub that encourages a nice, big bath. With jacuzzi jets, too.
  • Double sinks in the bathroom. Again, this is something we haven’t had until recently. How wonderful! Two sinks! One for each person! Huzzah!
  • Double sink in the kitchen. Because I like to wash lettuce in one half while the other half is full of dirty dishes.
  • House-wide water filtration. Our landlord at our previous place was just putting this in as we left, natch. But it’s a nice idea, not having to worry about Brita pitchers or what-have-you.
  • Fireplace. We haven’t used ours yet, but I still like having one.
  • Fully-furnished garage. This, to me, is the real indulgence. But a few weeks ago, I was watching a home show on TV and the garage for a particular house was shown. It had a full tile floor where cars would park, hardwood floors elsewhere, a bathroom, good drainage, and was completely heated. I want.
  • Roomba. I want to see my watering can be moved by a small electronic vacuum, too.

That’s all I can think of. What else do I need?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Monday November 10, 2003 -- 3:17:47 am
A STOVE..... the kind with the grill in the middle and the top is all glass so that you can't spill anything down inside. Wipes clean in a jiffy. Ya Hoo. I've never had one and probably will never have one, but they are nice to look at... at Home Depot.

FROM: Kate
DATE: Monday November 10, 2003 -- 9:41:41 am
A washer and dryer. It sucks to have to pay for clean clothes all the time, plus making that extra trip.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday November 10, 2003 -- 9:45:41 am
Oh, sorry Kate. A washer and dryer are a given here.

A flat-top stove is a fine idea, too.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday November 10, 2003 -- 10:18:30 am
A Chillow in every Pillow! A Chillow in every Pillow!

Walls in '08: Helping America to sleep better, one household at a time.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Monday November 10, 2003 -- 10:22:48 am
what? You live(d) in Chicago and didn't remember how important closet space is?

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday November 10, 2003 -- 10:32:44 am
Uh, given? :)

"Given" is the new cop-out. Join in! It's fun!

Actually, our current place has a ton more closet space than our old one - a walk-in closet would be quite nice.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday November 10, 2003 -- 6:49:41 pm
In every dream home, heartache.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday November 10, 2003 -- 9:27:40 pm
I would prefer brita over the household water filtration system because brita is very cold when kept in the refrigerator. No pipes will get your water that cold.

FROM: jk
DATE: Monday November 10, 2003 -- 11:07:36 pm
Gotta have heat lamps in your bathrooms! That's a decision I don't regret.

I also maximized closet space by having one section that's double-hung....I know that's a window term, but you know what I mean. Perfect for many many shirts!!

Make sure you have a sump pump; when your builder says "I guarantee a dry basement", she's lying.

Pocket doors in smaller rooms make a huge difference. They are well-worth the cost.

I have a garbage disposal but NEVER use it. I didn't have one growing up, and I am afraid of it.

You can save money by NOT upgrading your faucets. The standard ones are just fine, and who really cares about them anyway? My builder told me about one client who spent $32,000 on faucets. Other things that you REALLY need add up so quickly, so spend your $ wisely.

FROM: jk
DATE: Monday November 10, 2003 -- 11:09:03 pm
One more thing: in your shower, a seat is great so your wife doesn't fall and gash her leg while shaving. The seat is great.

FROM: Huyen
DATE: Friday November 14, 2003 -- 4:25:17 pm
Ryan and I dream of Power-flushing toilets... I think you should flush as you do walk-throughs.

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