Okay - making it real involves engagement. So happy to have found this one recently - perfect in every way for one lady who knows her homecraft. I grew up in privately owned homes and owned with my late husband and on my own after his early sudden passing. Later, I opted for a bit to NOT own a home. Ten rents later, I am looking at a home again. "Both sides now" was a popular song but I guess that is how I feel. Experience and several arrangements with varying details taught me well. Doing it so that I can enjoy these last independent years and rent a room then pay an aide to enjoy it as I age...Popular path today.
A quick list to start: cost of operation a big factor Green a big factor - sustainable
- fixeruppers are fine - moneysaving and room to make it the perfect place in renovations.
- yard for healthy pleasure with air, lawn and gardens
- garage not visible from the main front of home
- soundness in construction quality - foundations, framings, roof, siding, chimneys
- plumbing, electrical and heating/AC up to date and even innovative - solar power YES
- floors - same throughout the home with sound underlayments
- walls - open floor plan, with some walls removed to optimize size and flow and light
- ceilings - done nicely and high where possible - exposed beams and light fixtures
- lighting adjustable and solar-powered
- shelves, counters, built-ins : NO sharp corners, for safety - square with rounding off...or