1.10.2008

Tardis Updates

I promised feedback on the house-hunting, and in an completely uncharacteristic gesture, I am actually keeping that promise and writing this entry. You're dripping with gratitude, I know.

Sooo, the house I showed you in the last post was, indeed, like a Tardis. In other words, Dr Who, Daleks, and all and sundry of otherworldly creatures were crammed into the 8 year old boy's bedroom.

[note: one distinct plus of having homeowner there when you visit, is appearance of various kiddiwinks for your bouncing 5 year old to play with. Each house we visited had plastic daleks in it. This was the real clincher for Jack, let me tell you. Screw garden space to kick a ball around in, can we intone Exterminate! Exterminate! in machine-like monotone to our hearts content?]


However, for our needs it was not quite Tardis-like enough. While I am getting used to smaller rooms in Engerland, a 6ft by 6 ft kitchen still makes me want to weep, as does a 7ft by 7ft lounge. Nonetheless, the owner and her kids were sweethearts, and made us feel all the better about moving to that area (where? small town in the Peak District)

But there are Tardis's out there.! I present Exhibit B:




Looks quite dinky, doesn't it.? WELL, inside lurks a lounge like this:


And a kitchen like this:


We're quite smitten...

Downside -- that kitchen is on a lower floor to the main living area. Too much of a pain with a toddler? [Plus side: Whole cellar room to expand this kitchen to double it's size and make into attractive kitchen/diner/living area...]

Downside -- rather small garden, with stream running through it. Gorgeous, but the stream is quite low down, with stone walls on each side-- our kitchen would actually open out onto a bridge that goes over it. [Insert image of toddler falling down into stream, hitting head on stone walls, and...]

[Plus side: Trout! Heron that we saw! ]

Nice, innit?


This was the very first house we saw, so we're still looking, and trying to weight the options of quaint smallish house with lots of character with tiny garden and no offroad car parking, OR larger house with offroad carparking, nice sized garden, and ZILCH character.

Any thoughts?

32 comments:

Birchsprite said...

Toddlers (in my limited experience) are pretty resiliant. Also they grow up quite quickly and therefore I think you should go for Character and bags of it. Before you know the kiddies will be fishing for trout and providing you with free dinners! Homes need Character!

MsPrufrock said...

I'm always casually looking at houses, and though I'd love more space, I don't know if I could compromise character. Some of the new builds are on horrible estates and the very thought gives me chills.

Character would almost always win with me.

mamatulip said...

Gotta agree with the above commenter. Toddlers are resilient and adaptive, and they won't be toddlers forever. Go for character!

metro mama said...

I love this place. You don't need a big garden--less maintenance.

Is there a nearby park?

Do you love the neighbourhood? What are your neighbours like?

verybadcat said...

Well, I chose character when we bought our house. I could have gotten something a little bigger with less property (MUCH LESS PROPERTY), newly built garden homes.

I love my house and the creek that runs through the yard and the old stone foundation and the whole cozy little farmhouse thing, and I wouldn't move if I could.

But, but, but. When I think about new furniture and future kidlets and another dog, it occurs to me that one can create character, but without may permits and a big ol' loan, one cannot create more space.

All that said, if you were married to my husband, you would not be offered a choice. Trout fishing in the backyard? Yeah, that would have been all she wrote.

Moondance said...

I was convinced to go for space over character. I regret it daily. You can apply a veneer of character, but it doesn't go deep enough.

Lawyer Mama said...

I love me some character. What's the point of having space if you don't love it?

Redneck Mommy said...

I will agree with every one else...I'd choose character over space.

But don't buy it unless you LOVE it.

kdiddy said...

it's adorable! I want to live in it!

bubandpie said...

I am in exactly this dilemma: right now we're waffling between building new or buying old - and for old the two top contenders are (1) small, affordable, and fully updated or (2) big, character-laden, and full of expensive inconveniences (like windows that don't actually open).

That house looks absolutely enchanting. (What do you think about posting photos - do you have permission from the owners? I was dying to post my photos from the big old house we toured, but then balked at the privacy issue - though I'm not sure how private a house really is when similar photos are already available on MLS.)

slouching mom said...

i love it!

and i'm laughing, because i KNOW you're in England when you're talking about 'lounges'...

mothergoosemouse said...

I love the house. And I actually would love to have my kitchen on a separate floor - it would keep me from shouting about how food is to be consumed nowhere BUT the kitchen.

Nothing out here in CO has character. I'm envious that you have a choice.

lildb said...

your toddler is gonna handle that bridge adeptly. it's a *beautiful* place, J. the expansion potential for the kitchen is v. v. good, and sitting room is gorge. I love the doors that open onto the garden.

doow said...

Had you considered buying a real Tardis? I imagine they come with an amount of character. And a free Time Lord perhaps? For those mornings when the alarm doesn't wake you.

My vote's for character too, but character with *enough* space. Good luck!

sweetney said...

LOVE IT!!! when can we come visit? ;)

The End of Motherhood? said...

My thought: Character over size but location trumps all.

ewe are here said...

Ooooh. Nice family kitchen!

But the stream makes me think about potential flooding issues... and, well, drowning issues.

Kelly said...

Character, character, character. Or so insists my historic preservationist husband. (And, truly, I have to agree.) Newer construction has its perks, but is way blah compared to the charm of something like you've shown here. I was smitten from the pictures alone! Gorgeous.

Mary G said...

One more vote for loving where you live -- as a refugee from a ticky tacky box, I would say grab the stream and put a life jacket and helmet on the moppet until it acquires some sense.
I'm so glad you're reporting in again!

Eleanor said...

What a choice, eh? What a choice! And the fact that you have a choice to make! Wonderful. Just remember to put in a CRAZY offer (seriously ten thou below asking price. All the cool kids are doing it at the mo) everyone will baulk and then you can compromise, blah, blah. But character will be so much more character-ey with five-thou for renovations!

Lindy said...

As you know our inability to choose between character, location and space has paralyzed us for 2 years!! It is only been in the last 6 months that we have decided to stay and extend. Still I wonder if we're doing the right thing... My vote is for space or at the very least the option to extend.

Laura said...

You can't go wrong with a stream in your yard. In fact, when we bought our house a couple of months ago, its stream/bridge combo was a major selling point. Just ask my kids, who spend lots of time--even in this dead of winter--mucking about in the rocky water.

Nancy said...

Great kitchen -- wow. Gorgeous garden.

I'm a fan of character myself.

Mimi said...

I always go for character, but then that's how I got in my current mess. The house you show here is GORGEOUS and the size of the rooms is spectacular. That's the kind of thing *I* would be going for. But I'm not you! So who's to say.

Gunfighter said...

I like the big 'un!

Gigi said...

My house has character, lots of it. This fact comforts me daily as I take my life in my hands pulling out of my driveway into a busy four lane street that everyone seems to think is a freeway. I also think yes! character! every time I drag myself outside in the rain to retrieve the laundry from my detached garage. (Not!) And yet I don't want to move. I'm insane, clearly.

Her Bad Mother said...

As our real estate agent told us when we were pondering putting an offer on our current house (smaller than others we saw, though much larger than our old house), you can add and/or deal with space, but you can't really add special character.

Go for the trout!

(although do make sure that there's room for visitors. sofas are fine. ;))

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