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That's MY House

The House You Want

Is there a house you always wanted? Not just ANY house but a specific house you know of?

For me, my grandmother's house is the one I always wanted to live in. She rented it, not owned it, so when she died, it was rented or sold by the landlord. That was many years ago and I have no idea who lives there now. I know the house still exists because I can see it on Google street view.

Why That House?

I am not sure why that house sticks in my memory more than any other. Maybe because it is the first one I remember. My parents lived a few miles away from her when I was a baby; still within walking distance, as my father pushed me in my pram to my grandmother's house every day while my mother was in the nursing home having my next youngest sister, but I have no memories of THAT house. But we went every summer to stay with my grandmother after my parents moved a few hundred miles away. That house is associated with summer, no school, pocket money, trips to nearby attractions and my grandmother's cooking, which was fabulous.

The house also had a view of a castle, a hill and fields, with an occasional horse for interest. My father couldn't take much time away from business and my grandmother did not have TV, so we roamed the fields, slid down hills on cardboard and went for long walks. Idyllic

The house also had a large inside bathroom, 3 large bedrooms and a pantry under the stairs, with stone shelves for keeping things cool. It was cold in there, even in summer. She had no fridge and meat was kept in a meat safe, a wire cage with tiny holes for keeping flies out, although most produce was bought fresh daily.

I Still Dream Of It

I would still love to live in that house though it probably wouldn't be anywhere near looking like my memories of it, these days. And I know the fields behind the house, where they used to make hay have now been covered over with houses.

Do You Have a Dream House?

Is it real or one that you would love to design?

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VinceSummers wrote on November 7, 2017, 1:17 PM

There is no house I've ever seen or lived in (or been connected with in any way) that I would call my "dream house." I have dreamt about owning a house of large proportions, perhaps of Victorian construction, that is rife with secret panels and hidden passages. I've always liked mystery stories in which some eccentric billionaire invites a dozen or so guests to find something hidden. So I think I'd like some special architectural features such as those to be included in my home.

MegL wrote on November 7, 2017, 1:44 PM

I live in a Victorian house. It has 3 floors, though I wouldn't call it "large proportioned" and as far as I know, there are absolutely no secret panels or secret passages. Though you CAN get into the house next door through the loft! The two houses were built with a shared loft (two shared lofts). There is also a wall that a secret door could be constructed to move from the staircase into one of the lofts. I think my kids had great fun growing up there, although out next door neighbours had to put up with a lot of noise!

melody23 wrote on November 8, 2017, 5:08 AM

My Gran also had an amazing house. It was a proper old fashioned country house where the coal fire heated the water (not great in summer mind you) and it had a beautiful stone wall around the fireplace that would retain the heat from the fire and spread it through the room (again perhaps not great in summer). The house was stunning, but I don't think its the house I loved, like you I spent many summers there and I think its the fun I loved. The house had a lovely garden at the side, but behind the house there was an actual forest that belonged to the property, my cousin and I used to have great fun trying to find the boundary wall for next door, although we were not so keen on the snakes that lived in there! The house was on a wee private road and there was access to a beautiful beach for every house - it was like having a private beach really! We used to canoe over the to wherever the other side of the water was in the summer.

I wouldn't say its my ideal house, its in far to rural a location for me. however if I came in to a large enough sum of money to be able to own a holiday home that is where I would buy one!

MegL wrote on November 8, 2017, 8:07 AM

Yes, there are some great places to bring up children.

nerdieeds wrote on November 8, 2017, 8:16 AM

I am still dreaming of having my own house. When I was a kid, we lived in a nipa hut. No tiles, no concrete. I want to have a concrete house of my own. I am renting now and family house is already concrete but I dream to build them a new one.

MegL wrote on November 8, 2017, 5:17 PM

Hope it happens for you soon.

maxeen wrote on November 27, 2017, 3:18 PM

I have dogs so my perfect house would be anything that was in it's own grounds. It would be ideal if my dogs could race around and make me laugh. I would even settle for a hut if it was surrounded by lovely pine trees and bushes.

MegL wrote on November 27, 2017, 4:31 PM

Yes, my daughter has a fully enclosed garden where her small dog can race around with the children and not get out. He can't be allowed to run loose in our garden as he could squeeze out through the fence.

Secre wrote on December 5, 2017, 7:58 AM

I think grandparental houses hold a special place in our hearts as I would love to live in my grandparents old home... but that was sold near on two decades ago now...