Moving into the lighthouse has helped me further refine what I look for in a home!
- a sink dimensional to the bench space: there’s no point in a huge sink at the expense of bench space (ie the light house) and there’s value in small sinks as they take less water (thank you loft)
- gas stoves are wonderful (light house), but 5 burner is overkill for a small kitchen
- air conditioning being built in is SO much quieter than portable aircons. But if it’s ducted, it needs a timer and zones.
- insect screens on the windows – I realise now that the 2 bedder was great for having screens on all openings – making the mozzie bait safe (me!); the loft needed one on the sliding door and I would have invested in one, but moved out before my second summer. Here – the windows all have screens but the bifolds don’t and I notice an increase in bedtime biters if I leave the bifolds open in the dusk hours.
- dishwashers – for 1-2 person dwellings, a single drawer dishwasher is a brilliant idea. The loft had a fullsize one, and I seldom filled it for a load.
- mixer taps! I never thought about the kitchen sink NOT having a mixing tap, and it’s a step more than you really want to deal with when you want to quickly rinse something in warm water.
I still want a bathroom with a window – something none of my past three homes have had.
I always seek out
- pantry. The light house was super shallow and I think this is the optimal style to not lose things behind other things
- linen closet. Somewhere that’s central to all people is better than something that will be steamed up in the bathroom.
And all three have had lifts (something that was on my ‘don’t want list’ when I was buying!). In the two bedder and here, being on level 3, I’ve been pretty thankful to have a lift!