I've been thinking quite a bit about the perfect home for my family. Our present house is a duplex. We bought is 8 years ago while housing was still rising, thinking we would be here for 4 or 5 years at most.
Then the housing crisis hit. We were lucky, we never went upside down on our mortgage, but we have several neighbors who bought after us, who are. Prices had risen so quickly, that in the course of a year the value of our home had risen by almost a third. It then dropped by as much the following year. Hubby and I sat in our home and thanked our lucky stars that we still had equity, a job and an affordable mortgage. We started to look at our home as a more permanent place to live. I still continued to dream of more land and a single family house, but was content where we were.
So, where to move? I've always wanted a woodstove. Last year we stayed at a friend's cabin with a woodstove and the rest of the family fell in love as well. During Wednesday's blizzard we lost power for 10 hours. All I could think, was that if we had the stove we'd be warm and I could cook. Instead we just put on more layers and ate PB&J.
Hubby and I have a few differing opinions on homes, but overall are in agreement. While I love older homes, they just wouldn't be practical for us. We are certainly not the fixer upper types. Hubby is good at a lot of things, home improvement is not one of them.
So a newer home. Not a McMansion thank you. Our current house is relatively small and I'm not looking to get a much bigger house. The fireplace is a must, so that we can get the woodstove. Hubby wants central air, I couldn't care less about that, but will look for it.
Lastly is land. We currently have about 1/3 an acre, with much of that shared. Since a large portion is also unusable as a result of a septic tank, that doesn't leave too much. I do all the outside work myself, so it has to be manageable for little old me. A bigger garden is of course something on the wishlist. I'd also like more chickens, with meat birds added to the mix as well. Beyond that, I'm not sure. Goats would be lovely, but I'm not real confident of my ability to care for them properly. We'll have to see.
All of this is just in the thinking stage. We aren't in a perfect position to sell for another year. In that time, my thinking could change drastically. For now, I'm clearing out excess and trying not to think about dismantling my garden and packing up the 300+ canning jars in the basement.