If You Could Change One Thing In Your House What Would It Be?

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
November 14, 2011 8:46am CST
And don't say your partner! Haha! No, I mean structurally or cosmetically to improve the appearance of your house, either inside or outside. If I could get a builder in here I would ask him to take a look at the arch in the living-room that used to be a wall separating two rooms. In the past someone has decided to partially knock the wall down but the archway is too low, in my opinion. There needs to be a supporting beam going straight across the ceiling. This would create the illusion of more space (as our ceilings are high) and more light too. The new blinds have helped tremendously but the window at the front doesn't "match" the window at the back. They don't actually face one another but an improved archway would definitely be a step in the right direction. Obviously, there are many other things that I'd like to have done in the house but the archway problem would have to be sorted out before the room could be decorated.. When we win the lottery!
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@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
14 Nov 11
Hmm a good question. Well if i could change one thing in my house, it would probably be my bedroom I wish I had a bit bigger room. Because of my stuffs my room looks really small and messy. I am actually comfortable with the mess but not my mom and aunts
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• South Korea
14 Nov 11
LOL I am very much like you too!! And I don't like to throw my stuffs away, even when I know I won't use some of them for like in forever Wow I am interested in the show you mentioned. Will give that show a try. Thanks
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Nov 11
Yes, I got addicted to watching "60 Minute Makeover" but the one thing about that show is that most rooms look the same in shape and size. I'd like to see them do my living-room in an hour..no chance! John doesn't like to throw anything away but he has got a little better. We do have two media units but I hate the fact a load of videos are in them, as we won't be able to watch them anymore on our new telly. If it were me I'd sell them but there again, I still have my vinyl LPs (most of which are at Mum's house) so I can't really nag him about it! There are many items of furniture which double up for storage. Because I trawl the internet a lot I see stuff like this all the time. They call it "utility furniture." Coffee tables, especially have come on leaps and bounds. Some have a top you can slide across or drawers to put your crap in. Many display cabinets have drawers at the bottom, as do sideboards. I saw a gorgeous, gloss-white sideboard in a family-run furniture shop here in Carlisle. It had rounded edges to it to give it a softer look, with practical storage. If I'd had the money I'd have bought it right there and then lol.
• United States
14 Nov 11
There are a few things actually. First I would want my kitchen remodeled. It's an older kitchen for one & there isn't a lot of counter space for another. The second thing I would want to change about my house is I would want to add a screened in porch. My neighbor has one & he & his wife get to sit outside & have their meals on occasion w/out any of the pesky bugs bothering them. I can think of a few other things but that's what bothers me the most about my home & those are the two most important things that I would like to change.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Nov 11
They both sound great ideas to me. I hope you can get both tasks done one day.
@lacieice (2065)
• United States
14 Nov 11
I would enclose 3/4ths of the front porch, making a new room in which to put computers. Right now, we have two desks and computers in the dining room, and it looks like that is where they will stay. We have two big windows in the living room which would become the doorway into the new computer room, and the walls would be mostly windows, expecially on the front of the house. Like you, I will have to wait till I win the lottery or Publishers Clearing House, so I guess I have a long wait.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Nov 11
At least we can laugh about it..although deep inside we're seething aren't we lol.
@GardenGerty (96656)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Nov 11
Let's just start at the top and say roof. That is enough said. Poor old house, I have had roof repaired many times but it is time for a new one, but there is not any money.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
15 Nov 11
The roofs are tiled round here and someone is having theirs replaced at the back of us. The roofers are doing it in stages though rather than the whole lot in one day. That would frustrate me no end!
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• Malaysia
15 Nov 11
i hate the size of my room..it should be bigger then i can place more inside it!!
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@GardenGerty (96656)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Nov 11
Hi 28aretiezz--I have found that no matter how big my place is, I always have even more stuff I want to put in it. I am glad you have visited MyLot, welcome.
• Philippines
16 Nov 11
Hi Janey! Our house is a bungalow type so if I could change one thing, I would make it a two or even a three-story house :) That way, I could add more rooms. I would like to have my own recreational room, entertainment room, library, office, etc in the house. That is quite expensive so I'm just imagining it :) An attic is also a nice idea so I can put all my memorabilia in there :)
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
17 Nov 11
Hello! You mean you actually want STAIRS? Oh no, don't do it lol. Only joking. Your plan sounds lovely. I hope it happens one day.
• Philippines
20 Nov 11
Hello Janey! Yes, I want a round stairs. Oh, I think that's called spiral stairs! That would be lovely! =) And I want a very big library with books that could almost touch the ceiling! Then I will have a built in ladder that slides around! Just like the one in Beauty and the Beast =)
@inertia4 (27385)
• United States
15 Nov 11
If I could change one thing about my house, or in my situation, my apartment, would be a totally new one. I would love to get out of here and get something else, somewhere else. But if I had to, I would knock a few walls down and open up the place. A total re-design.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
15 Nov 11
We'd love to live in a semi-detached house rather than a terrace, as they tend to be bigger with more light coming in. Also, they have bigger gardens at the back (and front sometimes) so I know where you're coming from. I guess you want to move because you say the area has changed where you are? It's not perfect round here, to be honest but at least we're not living next to the REALLY rowdy lot, over the road a bit further down. The Police are keeping an eye on them.
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@inertia4 (27385)
• United States
16 Nov 11
Yes, this area where I am is not the same anymore. I don't live around rowdy people, it all the traffic and noise from all the sirens. It drives me crazy. I never remember this area to be like this. Although it is a main street, but it is worse now then ever before. Forget trying to cross the street, they do not stop. But, at the very least, I have my parents downstairs. This is their house and I live in the third floor apartment. I also can use the yard whenever I want, so when I have the kids we can go out back. This is the concrete jungle.
@brew2x (3096)
• Philippines
15 Nov 11
I would definitely want to add a second floor in our house. Our location is usually flooded whenever they open the water dam while there is a typhoon. It is hard to anticipate if there would a flood or not plus it is hard to try to place important things in a higher location cause they might get wet. Also I want a garden. The space outside our house is made of cement, I want the cement out and have grass instead.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
15 Nov 11
That must be very scary getting flooded. Carlisle (where I live now) is virtually surrounded by rivers and has been known to flood. Many houses were flooded the last time so higher defences have been built. Wouldn't happen now though..no money! I know what you mean about changing concrete for grass too. I love lawned areas and I like to see Mum's bit of grass whenever I'm at her house (she has a large garden) and her cats roll around on it, so they love it too!
@brew2x (3096)
• Philippines
16 Nov 11
I think it is scary for people not used to flood. We experience it at least once every year so we learned to get used to it and learned how to react whenever this happens. It is just tiring to bring things in higher places. My brother park our car in higher location or ground in our area whenever he heard that there would be a strong typhoon, imagine the hassle on doing that and getting the car back after. Other people also do that in our area and it's a bit hard lately to find a safe place for your vehicle.
• China
15 Nov 11
As to mine,more than one thing must be changed.It was built in the late 70s just as soon after Tangshan earthquake which shocked the country and the whole world,so the builders took shockproof factor into account when the house was building, as a result,small windows and rooms feature our house .However I now take it as it is,because it is so old,It isn't worth my while to remake it.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
15 Nov 11
I agree!
• China
16 Nov 11
It is on poor light for the house to have small windows.
• United States
14 Nov 11
If I could change one thing it would be to have another bathroom built. Its me, my husband and our two kids, 8 and 4. We went from having 2 bathrooms to having 1 when we had to start renting and BOY is it a pain in the butt. Luckily there is a laundry room that had been added on with a shower and sink. This is where my husband and I get dressed in the morning while the boys use the actual bathroom. But it never fails, when I have to go there is always someone in the bathroom. Also, it never fails when I go to take a nice, hot, "LONG" bath someone is always interrupting me so they can come in. It kills me! LOL
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
15 Nov 11
I take it you don't bother with a lock on the door? I guess I'm lucky in that I'm never interrupted when I have a bath or shower because, invariably, I'm on my own in the house when I do it lol. It's always awkward whenever I'm at Mum's house. We all want to get up at the same time (sort of) but we can't so I have to wait for Mum to go in the bathroom first...then my Dad and it's me last. If there was an ensuite in one of the bedrooms this wouldn't pose a problem but, to be honest, I don't think there is much room anyway. Some of the residents down that street have moved the bathroom upstairs but that means less space in the bigger bedrooms. This is why my parents haven't gone down that route.
• United States
15 Nov 11
No I don't bother with a lock on the door mainly because I'd hate for my babies to have an accident because I was in there in the bathtub and the door was locked. If they just have to pee then they can go outside since we live so far out in the country. Luckily, since being laid off, I don't have to actually get ready in the morning and the boys have to be up earlier than daddy since the bus comes so early. So right now, we're doing good with the limited space.
15 Nov 11
we live in a council house and i would love to install patio doors or french windows as they used to be known when i was a child. We had them in my childhood home in Beckenham and they were great during the summer. But its not possible to put them in where we live now as we have a radiator on the back wall under the window. ho hum, one can dream.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
16 Nov 11
Dreaming is what keeps me going.
@billant8 (48)
• Greece
15 Nov 11
I would like to have more open-wide verandas. The weather here in Greece is very sunny 8 months a year, so it is a great advantage to have it...
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
15 Nov 11
I know exactly what you mean. A number of years ago I visited the Greek island of Corfu with my Mum and we absolutely loved eating outdoors on verandas. That was in the month of October! Would love to go back one day as I really like the food.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
15 Nov 11
The stairs, I hate stairs and I'd like another solution or to use more of the space and actually make a only one floor house
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
15 Nov 11
I hate stairs too! I have to go up them to the bathroom during the day. Keeps me fit though.
@wulania (1528)
• Indonesia
15 Nov 11
my yard. wa nna large yard and grow vegetables and fruit there, so i can harvest them once.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
15 Nov 11
Yes, I think many of us long to be self-sufficient in vegetables.
• United States
15 Nov 11
I would make my bed 10x bigger since I spend most of my life there! I wouldn't make it so dramatically big but I would make it a bit bigger and comfier so I can rest better at night! The more rest equals the more productive I will be working or myLotting the next day so I need more rest! Once I achieve more rest, I will be more focused and I can earn the maximum amount of money for my time spent here on myLot! :D
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
15 Nov 11
Yes, I agree, sleep is very important. Changing the bedding over regularly helps me but a new bed WOULD be very nice indeed, I must admit!
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
14 Nov 11
Only one thing :-( I have a big electricity problem already for years it damages nearly everything I have and nobody seems to find the problem. I also have a terrible bathroom so if it's only one thing I choose to change that (even it's not my house). I would like to have a hot tub, no water leaking through the walls, no malt. I can do without electricity if I have that I will take a candle with me.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Nov 11
I'm so sorry to hear about your electricity problem. It can indeed affect the whole house. In our case the electrics aren't perfect but I think that's down to the fact a few of our bulbs are slightly different in design. In fact, I would like to change the lighting altogether in here and have those recessed lamps for the ceiling instead of multi-armed things. Like I say..when we win the lottery.
@Dassodils (2013)
• India
14 Nov 11
I would like to change my guest room...I think it's not fair now...I like to change the all settings or arrangements....The all curtains,sofas etc are not seeing in good condition...So If I get some money,I will try to fix some new things in my guest room...I will buy some new wall pictures to attract the guests.... Thank you... :-)
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Nov 11
Sounds lovely!
@BarBaraPrz (19350)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Nov 11
What I'd like is for the house to "straighten up and fly right", as the old song goes. What I mean by that is for a solid foundation/basement under it so that everything is square again. Right now, the back end is sinking. In the spring, a neighbour/friend who does contract work will see what he can do about it.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Nov 11
John refers to this house as "The House that Jack Built" as it's about 100 years old and we reckon Cowboy Builders existed back then, as they do now of course. We haven't got one straight wall and whoever put the dado rail on didn't bother to measure first, as one part looks higher than another bit. If I had my way I'd take it all off and start again with 3ft panelling at the bottom, with another matching dado rail to go with it. That way, I'd know it's all straight! Good luck with sorting out your house problem.
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• United States
15 Nov 11
We live in an old home. My son in law's mom grew up in this home. If I could just wave a magic wand I would make my bedroom bigger so that I would have room for everything and it not look crowded.. and I would also make my closet bigger. I really do like my kitchen and laundry area.. we have a room for folding and putting away right next to the laundry room... it is really nice for ironing and whatnot. I love it here, so that would be all I would change.