Sunday, 13 April 2014

Why does everything have to be Wow & bigger & more

In the last 6 months, between family, friends & neighbours I've been surrounded by people having building work or home improvements done. Now this is probably very admirable, people can't afford to move so are upgrading their homes, putting an extra bedroom in the loft, adding a conservatory to be used as a playroom.. There is of course nothing wrong with this, we did lots of work on our house when we bought it, we had double glazing fitted & we had a kitchen fitted as the existing kitchen was being used as storage for a DJ & had decks & thousands of CD's but no units. We also turned a rather large downstairs toilet into a study/small bedroom, turned a large cupboard into a downstairs toilet & fitted an en suite shower room to one of ht bedrooms, as there were 8 of us moving into a 3 bed house.
What I find amazing is the work that some people seem to find necessary, huge kitchens for people who never cook, an entrance hall with Wow factor for people who never have visitors & an en suite bathroom for all 4 children as obviously the children cannot be expected to share a bathroom even though they are all under 10. All this costs money & so many people are adding to their mortgages to pay for this work or taking out loans. I worry about how some people are going to manage.

4 comments:

Frugal in Derbyshire said...

I must say I get a little concerned that children have to have their own bathroom etc. How will they ever learn to share or wait for their turn or consider others?

Scarlet said...

I didn't have my own bedroom for most of my childhood, let alone my own bathroom! Hubby shared a bedroom until he left home aged 21, when he moved into the house that we had bought. He got a few months of having his own room, then we got married and I moved in!

Kearnygirl said...

I always shared a bedroom with my sister. Before she was born, I had to sleep on a pull out chair (I was under 5 years old then). I never had my own bathroom. Then after that, I got married and share a room with my husband. Still no en suite bathroom! People seem to be so spoiled and have to put themselves into debt for these things that they think they need. I am from the US and I'm not sure you have this tv program but we have a program called "House Hunters" over here and most of the people who are searching for a home want at least 4 bedroom (sometimes it's a couple with no kids!) at least 3 bathrooms, etc. etc. I don't get it.

Deb said...

I really don't get people who think a three bedroom 1.5 bathroom house is too small.
We moved out of a 5 bedroom 3.5 bathroom house(it was in our budget)when the children (2 boys) left home.
I didn't like it at all. There was too much to clean and we were scattered all over the house . . . rarely together. The previous owner had 5 children and built the house for functionality.
I was happy to move into a one bedroom cottage. I had to get rid of a lot of stuff and the cleaning is much easier to handle not to mention the property tax and maintenance costs. Do people even think about these things when they buy a home.