Originally Posted by harvey_birdman
That sounds divine. Love me some garage space. My garage is more of an old style barn. I've been seriously considering insulating it and wiring some heating in there but I know if I did I'd never leave it.
Over the next couple years I'm going to finish the detached garage. It's drywalled downstairs so it'll have to be blow-in insulation, but I've done that before--it's not hard or expensive. It's got a steep roof like the house, so there's a big loft too. Didn't measure the square footage but I figure finished it'll be 400 square feet or so (with a lot of storage in the knee walls). Add a mini split and it's going to be a hell of a shop.
Originally Posted by HRoi
I would love that too. garage space and water pressure - two seriously underrated features that make a huge difference IMO in the selection of one's home
Right about that. I'm from the country where a lot of houses have well water or poor quality county water that smells funny and stains everything yellow. And you're right about garages being underrated. The appraiser valued the 670-square-foot detached brick garage with the half-finished loft at... $5000. It's definitely true that you need to be careful when buying a house to only pay what something is worth and not what it's worth you personally, but, man, that's ridiculous.
Originally Posted by dah328
Congrats on the new house. While I generally enjoyed the work I've put into improving my house, I don't think I would be very enthusiastic about moving on to another house and restarting from square one.
I've never been completely happy with anything the first time I've done it. So it's a do-over, a chance to correct mistakes and take on challenges you weren't prepared to accept the first time. The big thing, though, is that the old house was at the point where additional work wouldn't add to its value. The new one has a lot more potential.
It's funny the way these things go, too. Home buyers must be a really dumb lot. The house had a new roof, new air conditioners, new hot water heaters, new wood floors in the whole house--but I got a deal on it because of dated lighting fixtures and faucets.