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Old 06-06-2019, 08:05 AM
 
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I guess you'd say we are comfy modern. I don't have a lot of stuff on the walls or decorating the end tables and coffee table. We have two overstuffed couches in the living room with a 75" TV on one wall. We upsized a little bit when we retired. Now we have a one story ranch with wide doorways and door handles rather than knobs. We also have grab bars in the walk in shower. There are handicapped toilets in both bathrooms. We have tried to anticipate anything that might happen in our later years and taken steps to make life in the house easier.
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:07 AM
 
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When I bought it in December 2009, my best friend who did all my remodeling described it as a "chicken coop".


After four years systematically gutting everything and starting over pretty much reconstructing it from the inside-out, it's a 992 square foot single level cottage. From a personal finance point of view, I should have torn it down and built a new house.


When I remodeled, I kept walker/wheelchair in mind. I widened all the doorways and used pocket doors on all the interior doors. I have a 3'x5' shower that could be converted to roll-in in a couple of minutes.






It was great for one person. When my girlfriend showed up, it's a bit tight. The plan is to add a half bath and convert a slice of the garage into an office/studio.
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Kronenwetter Wisconsin
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We bought a reclining couch for our family room. Dang I love it. So nice to relax when watching television. We were going to buy reclining chairs but like this better.
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:26 AM
 
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1950's ranch that we have spent the last year remodeling. We move in on Saturday. It is not open concept, and it wasn't possible to rip out walls. At first I was afraid I wouldn't like it (last 3 homes were open), but the more time I've spent there, the more I am embracing it. Our furnishings are a mix of antiques and mid century modern. I have no problem mixing styles. I retired 5/24 and my husband's last day is tomorrow. The moving truck will be here at 7 am Saturday morning. I can't wait to get started on this new journey.
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:14 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Open concept all the way.
Modern/contemporary.
Plan to spend 20+ more years here.

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Old 06-06-2019, 02:02 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I like open concept house, I had a house with separate rooms and stuff, I like open concept much better. What can I say, I like space, and lots of it. It’s also cheaper to insure, I think that’s one reason why after the housing crash, builders gravitated toward open concept plan.
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Old 06-06-2019, 02:13 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I like open concept house, I had a house with separate rooms and stuff, I like open concept much better. What can I say, I like space, and lots of it. Itís also cheaper to insure, I think thatís one reason why after the housing crash, builders gravitated toward open concept plan.
I understand why people might like open concept houses. I looked at a few of them and they were sleek and modern and sparse in detail. I just don't want to see my dirty dishes in the sink or my toaster on the counter from my front door or the living room. I'd rather have a house that reveals itself one room at a time...even before you come in the door if possible.
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Old 06-06-2019, 02:51 PM
 
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I like open concept house, I had a house with separate rooms and stuff, I like open concept much better. What can I say, I like space, and lots of it. Itís also cheaper to insure, I think thatís one reason why after the housing crash, builders gravitated toward open concept plan.

My house is so small that the only way I was going to fit a real table into it was to remove load bearing walls. I have lots of posts and laminated beams in the house. Fully deployed, I can seat eight but it spills out into the living room. When I remodeled, everything was a puzzle to make it all fit in very limited space.








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Old 06-06-2019, 03:21 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I understand why people might like open concept houses. I looked at a few of them and they were sleek and modern and sparse in detail. I just don't want to see my dirty dishes in the sink or my toaster on the counter from my front door or the living room. I'd rather have a house that reveals itself one room at a time...even before you come in the door if possible.
Thereís a long hallway in my house, you wonít see anything in the kitchen.
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Old 06-06-2019, 03:23 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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My house is so small that the only way I was going to fit a real table into it was to remove load bearing walls. I have lots of posts and laminated beams in the house. Fully deployed, I can seat eight but it spills out into the living room. When I remodeled, everything was a puzzle to make it all fit in very limited space.







I like your house, it doesn’t look small, it looks cozy. Very good for one person.
My space is too big for one, but I like a larger yard. That comes with bigger house in my area.
I like higher ceiling more than bigger space.
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