Friday, August 3, 2012

So Many Choices

I love so many house styles.  After buying, fixing up and selling several houses in the past we are getting ready to buy our final house (hopefully).

So, now we have to decide on the style we are looking for.  Do we want a farmhouse?
large white farmhouse with black shutters and a white picket fence

Country French Style?
Home Transformed with Provencal Style

Arts and Crafts Style?
The quintessential bungalow is modest but artistic.

Ranch Style?
Uncomplicated and informal Ranch houses evolved from several 20th century styles

What style house do you live in?  Would you change styles if you could?
Welcome Home,
Penny

50 comments:

Frances Garrood said...

I live in a very traditional Georgian terraced town house. And I love it!

Paula said...

I live in a late 1950's Cape Cod and like it very much. If we ever build at the lake I want a Craftsman bungalow. If I ever moved I'd want an old farmhouse with a lot of land.

Hibiscus House said...

We live in a Farmhouse and having lived in other types of homes I can sya No I would not change and love it very much.

Gretchen said...

Well, you know my house Penny and it's really not much more than a small cottage. I would probably choose the same style house again (maybe with a formal dining room)if I could get a do-over. I can always fix the outside to look like I want it to but I can make it bigger (well, at least not easily). I can't wait to see what you decide to get. I do highly recommend a one story house.

Lorrie Orr said...

Our house is very much a product of the 80s - typical suburban. But we love it. However, if I had my choice, I'd go with Country French. Mais oui!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

If I could pick a house I would pick a cottage, bungalow...but it would no have to have a first floor master bedroom....

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Well, our Home was built as far as we know in 1879. We live in a small town, so I guess it would be considered re~muddeled Victorian. But as far as your pictures show it would be a farmhouse. I would change a thing, except we are a year from being empty nesters and so a smaller Home might be better. Love the Arts & Crafts style!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I would change styles. I would love an old farm style house with old wide wood floors and a farmhouse sink in the kitchen and a claw foot tub in the bathroom.

Donna said...

We live in a small cottage, but I would love that farm house!
Can't wait to see what you choose, Penny.

Hugs,
Donna

Vee said...

Let's see, I'm 5@^%)* so I am thinking of one floor. Just one and ease of getting in and out of the house. I may be feeling a little old. Now when I was a young woman, I wanted a very big house and I was blessed with a big old house with a second floor, two attics, shed, barn, a dining room, four bedrooms, an upstairs laundry room, a veranda, a sunroom, basement, et cetera. Gasp, I'm getting exhausted just remembering it all. I wouldn't want that today. Have fun with the decision making! (Yes, I'd trade in my Haven for something on one level. John is tired of all the climbing.)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I would love to find a `60's ranch house, something very contemporary and open on the interior. I guess I'm just ready for a one story home. Enough of going up and down stairs all the time, and we aren't getting any younger or spryer. Actually I like many house styles. Hard to choose just one... sigh... good luck!

Kelly said...

I live in a southern style traditional even though it isn't decorated in a traditional style. The floor plan is very traditional (not an open concept). I do like it. I would get rid of so many stairs though. You can't get into our home without stairs! I have a front porch and plan to always have a home with one. My husband and I will one day downsize to a ranch with a basement floor plan (for ease in old age) but it will be a southern style cottage. It will have a large porch and interesting mixed siding (cedar shake, board and batten etc.) We will replace square footage with more quality items in the home (such as nice trim, flooring, electronic wiring etc.) Can you tell we've already discussed it? We will probably live in our current home no more than 5 more years. My husband will retire soon and we will have the freedom to relocate. Good luck on your final home planning. I know you want to be careful with what you choose.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I bought my ranch style in 97 . we have a 8/12 pitch roof instead of the hemp style in your sample.
I have to say I'd choose it again for many reasons..
1 level - no stairs in case the day ever comes that stairs would be difficult to climb and folks- that day does come to many more than we realize.:)

Becuase its simple in style I can do many front porch style of furniture and they all look good.

Inside also allows and goes well with any style furnishings might be making my sing at the moment.

so yea, I'd choose a rancher again.

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

I would take any of those houses over the one we are stuck in now. So small. Thought we'd move up in five years. Bought in California in 2003 and now it's worth less than half the price. If, I could pick, I'd say the French Country style. I'd love to think I could actually have a dream house! So exciting!!!!!! Can't wait to see what you get.

Elyse said...

hi penny!

we live in a small cape and i love it. my only change might be to have a second cape near the beach. someday ...

happy summer wishes

xo
elyse

Janet said...

We live in a ranch style home...I really like having everything on one floor. I would, however, love having a finished basement/bonus room.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I love the farmhouse...sigh, did you see those curtains on the deck blowing in the breeze?

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Pondside said...

I love the farmhouse and the arts and crafts. The French inspired house leaves me cold. We live in a Quebec style stone house and I wish I could take it with me to a smaller property!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

We live in a center hall colonial. My favorite one was the country French style home!

gena said...

We've lived in an 1850's Victorian for 25 years. Before Lavender Hill, we lived in a 1900 Dutch Colonial. I like old houses!

As tempting as new and "done" is, I can't imagine leaving Lavender Hill. We have 3 finished floors (and a finished basement) and a sweet little guest house. I love my Lavender Lady!

Have fun picking your newest adventure!

gena

Catherine Holman said...

We live in an old three story dutch colonial. It's becoming a bit much for us at this age and have thought about moving. My husband would like a ranch with everything on one floor. I just want something with a little more character. It may be a few more years until the economy changes before we make that big step though.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

OK, I've got it - a Cape Cod(story and a half) style with a big front porch....with master on the main, and a basement. That was our 2nd house....perfect! You've got to have a master on the main. We are in a bigger Cape Cod - now, wish we had master on the main...we could stay forever. Linda

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I would love a farmhouse with a large front porch! Second choice would be a ranch. Our next home needs a master on the lower level.

Miss Jean said...

I love the farmhouse style, but at my age the ranch would probably be the wisest choice. One story and all.....

Mary said...

Penny I'm having problems opening your blog tonight - took about 1/2 hr. and then opens with BlogHer videos in a huge format. Just thought I'd let you know in case more people mention this.

Love the farmhouse and think it would be perfect where you are located - and you've done farmhouse before! Of course the French Country I'd love to have here in the city suburbs.....you know how i would decorate it!

But when I think about the coming years living on one floor seems much more sensible.....here in my little cottage I do at least have the master downstairs. I would like larger rooms, a pantry, and a real laundry room but know I'll get none of these in this house! I am planning to do wide plank wood floors as soon as I can stay home long enough. Who knows though, perhaps a move to a condo on one level and no garden is in our future....will have to see what happens.

Hugs - Mary

Sandi McBride said...

I can see you in a Craftsman style house with no problem, Penney, it is just YOU! Since I am now allowed upright longer tha 15 minutes every 2 hours I am having a ball playing catch up in blog land...so glad to see you!
hugs
Sandi

Sharon said...

We live in a newer ranch with a split floor plan and a full unfinished basement and a bonus room. All I need is on one level which is great since I'm facing my second hip replacement. Our former home was a tri-level which had two sets of stairs, although not full sets. I love that country french look but wouldn't like the stairs!

Penny said...

I am looking forward to seeing what you end up with Penny. I will be keeping my eyes open for a house for you. What fun.
Hugs, Penny

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Right now I would go with the Farmhouse. I think it's cozy and warm yet can also be very sophisticated and simple. Can't wait to see what you end up with. How is the new blog coming?

podso said...

I love a cape cod house---and the ones you have proposed are all beautiful but perhaps the arts and craft style would be my choice....but at this stage of life there is always the stairs to consider in a two story house as we age and our knees get tired!!

see you there! said...

Our house is a very small Arts and Crafts style - I call it the poor man;s version. Like the house but wish we had more room.

Have you decided to buy not build Penny?

Darla

Karen Harvey Cox said...

It's hard to decide when you have lived in so many different styles. I was talking to my daughter about that last night. We certainly have lived in a variety of home styles. Yet, you know Penny, it's not the style that I remember fondly, but the feeling I got when I walked into the front door. That feeling that you are home.

Karen

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Penny, I am partial to farmhouses! Thats what we have lived in for 18 years. This is our 3rd home and by far my favorite.
I'm sure a home will let you know that you are it's owners!
Happy hunting!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I hope you find your perfect dream home. Our favourite homes have been older ones with character.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

We live in a ranch which is good for our age but I would love to have a farmhouse with a big kitchen! In a beautiful setting, of course!~Patti

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Penny,
They are all so pretty and there is something about each one I love! We live in a Ranch Style home I enjoy it because its all one level no stairs for my old body LOL.
My dream home would be the Country French set on beautifully landscape acreages with lots of beautiful wood work inside and brick floors (a girl can dream) but since I am getting older I would have an elevator installed.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Cindy Riggs said...

Love your blog. When you walk into your new home you will know it. Follow your heart... Am a new follower. Come visit and follow me.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love the farmhouse the best, but it probably too large for only two people. My house is small and narrow, like most city homes are. I'd actually like a bigger home someday and I want stairs to keep me active! When I'm much older I'll think about moving to a small, one level house. :)

Mimi Sue said...

I'm not sure what our style is but I call it cottage. So fun to plan a new home! Mimi

bj said...

I want all the comforts and charm of a farm house, ONE LEVEL...no stairs to climb..wrap around porch full of hanging ferns...large kitchen with a table IN the kitchen, next to the medium sized dining room..farm house sink..sleeping porch...wide plank real wood floors...
*heavy sigh

BUT...the question is...what would YOU like.?

Debbiedoo's said...

Choices, choice choices...I love so many different styles. If I was looking today, I would go with a Bungalow style..they are just so charming to me.

Adrienne said...

I live in a ranch style home - I've lived in an arts and crafts style home. But my heart longs to live in a farmhouse! Won't happen. Not at my age. Need everything on one level for the days that will come when I won't do stairs.
~Adrienne~

Lynn said...

I live in a ranch style home, back in my 30's yea I would have loved living in a two story home, but now in my late 50's nope I will keep my home with no steps except for the basement...

PAT said...

We are in Traditional and going to Cottage, if all goes the way we would like for it to.

I do love that farmhouse photo though!!

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

We are buying a lot, and building close to my husband's office, and it's an old neighborhood where the houses are craftsman style so that is what we are building. Looking forward to it. And as for your bear, we had a house in the mountains of NC, but just sold it in December, and bears were a real problem there. We started carrying pepper spray. I hear that will stop a bear in it's tracks if it got sprayed.

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh I dearly love the farmhouse Penny, what are you leaning toward?

Sarah said...

Penny, I love the French country style. Our home was built in the 30s, multi level, and stone. Not sure what the style would be. It looks a bit English to me. ;-)
Good luck with your decision. Exciting!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Well I love farmhouse style but to be honest our next house will be a one story with not such a huge yard. I'd rather be out seeing the world than having to maintain a big yard and clean a big house!

Daffodil Hill said...

So excited to learn you'll be buying another house! I can't wait to follow along! I couldn't decide. It would be fun to live in all of them! Good luck!

Eileen said...

My house is more Craftsman than anything else. It's lacking the built-ins of a true Arts & Crafts bungalow, but it has many of the other features. The more I work on it, the more I love it. We may decide to sell it one day, but I'm sure we'll be here for at least a few years.