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Old 02-28-2016, 10:11 AM   #61
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We bought a new manufactured home when we married 7 years ago,It was OK at the time, but in the ensuing years, we did quite a bit of updating to get it to where we wanted
Replaced the porch decking with manufactured decking
Replaced the tile counters in the kitchen with granite counters and back splash
Replaced the kitchen faucet and added a dish soap dispenser
Replaced the low end white appliances with slate appliances of better quality
Resurfaced the kitchen cabinets and replaced all the drawers
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Old 02-28-2016, 10:27 AM   #62
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We live in a small (1100 sq ft) house which has 2 bed, 2 bath. We recently purchased a prefab backyard shed for my use as a studio to paint (watercolors) and just as a hangout place (she shed!) for me outside of the main house. It has heat, but no plumbing. 8 x 10 feet. I negotiated the price, and DH and I are finishing the interior. It really is a tiny house, built to code, completely insulated and stylish. It will add value to the house when we sell it, as it is effectively a third bedroom/home office. Was very pleased with the company in Seattle from start to finish. Photos Limited Living Solutions Modern Shed
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That's really cool. I'd have to elevate it , though and make it a tree house.
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Old 02-28-2016, 06:35 PM   #64
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That's really cool. I'd have to elevate it , though and make it a tree house.
Under Customer Snapshots on the website, there's a pic of a guy's shed which is "elevated" Customer Not a tree house, but a house on "stilts". I love my shed, and it's not even finished yet. It helped me justify the purchase by reasoning that it will be good for the marriage. Now that he is retired, we can have our respective space. If he wants to watch football, I can go out to my shed and read a book. I'll have a chaise out there with comfy pillows. A win win.
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................. Now that he is retired, we can have our respective space. If he wants to watch football, I can go out to my shed and read a book. I'll have a chaise out there with comfy pillows. A win win.
I belong to a group of people with small fiberglass campers. A surprising number keep them in their back yards and use them for personal space when they need to get away.
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A personal space is nice. But before I get a shed, I need to think of using one of the 5 rooms upstairs first. The smallest one is about 12x12, and fairly cozy.
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Okay - I will admit it right here and out loud. My dream house includes... a bidet. A real one that is a separate fixture.

We had one once in a house we built.

Now that we're staying in our current house for awhile, I'm dreaming about sliding the soaking tub to the right - and there would be enough room. This part of the master bath is over the garage so there would be access to find drains, etc.

And re-tiling the floor and shower while we're at it.

New bathroom counter top and sinks would be nice.
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Okay - I will admit it right here and out loud. My dream house includes... a bidet. A real one that is a separate fixture.

We had one once in a house we built.

Now that we're staying in our current house for awhile, I'm dreaming about sliding the soaking tub to the right - and there would be enough room. This part of the master bath is over the garage so there would be access to find drains, etc.

And re-tiling the floor and shower while we're at it.

New bathroom counter top and sinks would be nice.
And as long as you have retiled floor and shower, and have moved the soaker tub to put in a separate bidet, and put in new countertop and sinks, might as well update the light fixtures, towel racks, and other bathroom hardware to make it a full renovation. Sounds like this is going to end up being an expensive bidet.

I have lived in my Dream House since 7/1/2015, about sixteen months I guess. I temporarily stopped the upgrading process before having a gate put in the backyard fence between our houses, and plan to make that part of my 2017 spending.

When I have that done, I'd really like to have bright motion detector floodlights installed by my back door. Right now there are regular floodlights there but I wish they worked by motion detection. I don't have the foggiest idea what needs to be done for that, but I'll call my handyman and tell him to make it so.

I read the link in your first post, and all the comments, and really there is nothing there that my house lacks (and that I would want). In fact, it mentioned a dedicated broom closet and I have one in the laundry room that is empty right now. I should put my broom and vacuum in it. Right now they are in my coat closet by the front door, because I prefer my coats to be on a coat rack by the back door.

I guess I'm still settling in. But ah, it's still a dream come true for me. Such bliss.
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DW and I agree that our dream house would include a large music room - say 25 x 30 feet so that we could host musical events at the house. Never going to happen, I can't imagine that a 1200 sq ft ranch with an attached 750 sq ft music studio is going to have much resale value and we can't afford a custom build in any of the places that would have enough musicians to make the dream a reality. But it is our dream...
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DW and I agree that our dream house would include a large music room - say 25 x 30 feet so that we could host musical events at the house. Never going to happen, I can't imagine that a 1200 sq ft ranch with an attached 750 sq ft music studio is going to have much resale value and we can't afford a custom build in any of the places that would have enough musicians to make the dream a reality. But it is our dream...
Sounds just about the same size as my detached garage. A detached garage might have resale value. Hmmm! Mine also has amazing acoustics, due to the very high ceiling in there. Maybe you could find/build something like that?
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It's a simple thing, but one of the very best tweaks we have done was adding a "solar tube" to our rather dark kitchen. Makes a huge difference.
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DW and I agree that our dream house would include a large music room - say 25 x 30 feet so that we could host musical events at the house. Never going to happen, I can't imagine that a 1200 sq ft ranch with an attached 750 sq ft music studio is going to have much resale value and we can't afford a custom build in any of the places that would have enough musicians to make the dream a reality. But it is our dream...
I have just 1000 sq. ft., but almost my entire basement is dedicated to 2 separate band spaces complete with drums, amps, PA, etc. I also have a fridge that looks like a Marshall amp...
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It's a simple thing, but one of the very best tweaks we have done was adding a "solar tube" to our rather dark kitchen. Makes a huge difference.
Same here, also put one in the kitchen and it was well worth the money. Fairly cheap also with the solar tax credits available at the time.
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Same here, also put one in the kitchen and it was well worth the money. Fairly cheap also with the solar tax credits available at the time.
They give tax credits for solar tubes? Solar tubes are just round skylights...what am I missing?
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They give tax credits for solar tubes? Solar tubes are just round skylights...what am I missing?
Solar tubes save on lighting bills but add to heating bills.

That said, I love the three I have and would put them in again.
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Again, thanks to those that have shared so many thoughts about what makes a retirement home easy to live in. I think about all the easy ideas have been covered.

I still like a retirement home that's not too big and not too small--and one one level. It is nice to have a basement for additional space for hobbies and guest accommodations.

We have 6" walls that are well insulated and relatively efficient on utilities. My future HVAC changes will be to add Mini-Split heat pumps with evaporator heads and remote controls for each room. They can cut heating/cooling costs in half.

I'm very thankful to live in the middle of the country where houses don't have to be built like tanks, and where we can still afford to own our homes for reasonable building costs.
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Sounds just about the same size as my detached garage. A detached garage might have resale value. Hmmm! Mine also has amazing acoustics, due to the very high ceiling in there. Maybe you could find/build something like that?
That sounds about right... my oversize 2-car garage is 24x28... so attache a 2-car garage to your 1200 sf house, frame it for garage doors that can be added later and build your music room with an eye towards easily converting it to a 2-car garage when you sell. In fact, perhaps even put the garage doors in so you can open things up when the weather is good.

My 2-car garage was about $34k but that included attic trusses, stairs and a floor above the garage. Or you could go with a 2-car garage with smaller bonus music room above... our space above the garage is ~16 x 24.
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They give tax credits for solar tubes? Solar tubes are just round skylights...what am I missing?
It was over 10 years ago when I had it installed so not sure if the tax credits (federal and state) are still available. I didn't notice any difference in heating or cooling cost but I only have one installed, definitely use the kitchen lights less.
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My kitchen light I upgraded to a 4 tube (48 inch T8 32 watt 2850 lumens each) florescent fixture. The kitchen is well lit and doesn't use much energy.
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I had 2 brick facades on either side of the garage door that suffered rotting mortar with the resultant bricks falling out. Knowing nothing about masonry I built the "fence facade" and it came out very nice. Frame;



And fini;



There is a matching one on the other side of the garage -
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