In your ideal dream, do you picture yourself retiring in a BIG, FANCY house or a SMALL, COZY house?

Bignuf Bignuf
Watching an older couple on House Hunters it struck me how different people define their comfort and "success" as they retire. SO...what do YOU envision, if it were the perfect world for you...and all went "as planned"? The big house, with the impressive front and the pool/tennis courts, whatever, out back, or the tiny love cottage, with the white picket fence and pretty rose bushes? What is YOUR "ideal" plan end?? Where might it be????
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I want to end up in that Mansion.
-BillD , Peggi , darthkitt3n , Jon S , little miss kinky
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I want to end up in a BIG house, but not the opulent mansion.
Bignuf , Teaser , slynch , Princess-Kayla ♥ , bdvnt , dv8 , Pink Jewel , Errant Venture , JessCee , The Curious Couple , Lummox , Sir , solitudinarian , Hallmar82 , MissBre , SweetSouthernGirl
16
I want a smaller, easy to keep up with, cozy place.
AndroAngel , ToyTimeTim , Vanille , pollux , Ash1141 , allybee , wetone123 , Kkay , SMichelle , kadytheredpanda , ily , indiglo , PassionQT , Princess Zelda , Jul!a , Howells , MrWishyWashy , acessorie , Ansley , Ryuson , Love Perpetua , mmike1900 , LavenderSkies , Cherrylane , married with children , EJ , l'amour , ghalik , Sir , MissBre , joja , LoveYouLikeThat , lovekink , Sundae Sparkles , KyotoAngel
35
Other?
Redboxbaby , P'Gell , gehuwd , sktb0007 , RonLee , Starkiller87 , Rossie , A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) , Lucky21 , Greenleaf , Gracie
11
Total votes: 67 (65 voters)
Poll is closed
10/16/2011
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AndroAngel AndroAngel
I need 2-3 bedrooms, a living room, a room I can convert into a "library". An average size "family" home will be good for the two of us and future dogs. I'm going to need an office, a dungeon, and a library, after that, I'm good.
10/16/2011
Rarity Rarity
I want something a little bigger than small because I plan on having a few children and pets with my partner, but I can pass up on a tennis court.

Once they're grown up we'll kick them out of the house and I'll plant my rose bushes.
10/16/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
If I was a billionaire I would go for the the mansion but in reality I just want a nice house in the woods, not to big not to small. It's my garage that will have to be big to hold all of my hobbies.
10/16/2011
Vanille Vanille
Small cozy place for just the two of us.
10/16/2011
Princess-Kayla ♥ Princess-Kayla ♥
I want a good sized house. Not super small, but definitely not a mansion. Just something with like 2 stories.
10/16/2011
Redboxbaby Redboxbaby
We are in the house we will retire in. We have always wanted to live where we are now. The only way anyone is getting me out of here, is in a coffin!

This house was built in 2004. We remodeled the main part of the house last year. We now have my husband's dream kitchen. The only thing we have left to change (after our son leaves home) is add on a third garage for toys, and turn the two bedrooms on the opposite side of the house into another large master suite (for guests).
10/16/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
We have several ideas of where we'd like to retire.

My Man wants to supposedly live in a trailer "near water." I told him I wouldn't want to live in a trailer, because they attract tornadoes!

At one point we were looking to build a log home, but the economy hit us really hard. I don't know if we'll ever be able to do that. But, I do love them.... until I found out that spiders love to live in the cracks between the logs....

I also would love an old Victorian Queen Anne Style house. But, we've owned two older "fix up" houses, and My Man says there are things he just can't do anymore, related to house rehab. And, not having any sons, it would be difficult. Also, My Man is terrible if we have to hire anybody to do anything in our house. He likes to do everything, but if we have, say roofers or plumbers (for the septic, or well, he can't do those. I refuse to let him. I Topped from the Bottom to get my way on that.) He hangs around the work men, getting in their way, "helping" offering helpful advice... basically acting like a three year old.

I would LOVE to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright house. But, My Man has heard they usually need major renovations, and some of the materials used for the newer ones were substandard (especially some of the concrete used to form things.) He says the place would be a money pit. I LOVE Wright, though. There are so many in our area, I would love to live in one.

So, I don't know where we will live. We'll probably stay here, (because we're under water on the mortgage now, so it will be years before we can even think of moving) I really don't know.

We need at least three bedrooms. (What if our now non-existent grandbabies come to visit? Or a grown child needs a place to stay? Or we just have overnight guests?)

I need two bathrooms. NEED. I need a home library. We have too many books to not have one, and I love the library we have now, even though it's an old downstairs bedroom, opened up and shelves and bead and board pine siding all over. I also want a BIG bedroom, and maybe a family room off the kitchen. I'm all over the place. I don't know.

I want a place where our then grown children and their children (if they decide to have any) will always feel welcome.
10/16/2011
-BillD -BillD
I would definitely go for a large mansion on the beach. But I'll take a box on the beach over a mansion anywhere else.
10/16/2011
chicken12 chicken12
Give me a mansion with a jacuzzi tub and an indoor pool!
10/16/2011
Ash1141 Ash1141
Small one story cozy home. And another house on the beach. Lol.
10/16/2011
wetone123 wetone123
I want a cozy place on the beach with a jacuzzi and a pool!
10/16/2011
RonLee RonLee
How about a small technologically advanced energy self sufficient house. With the opulent amenities that I want.
10/16/2011
Kkay Kkay
I want a medium sized home. Something that is far enough out of town that I can feel comfortable with myself, but close enough by that it's not a hardship to get the things that I need. Two-three bedrooms, office space, a fully decked out kitchen, and a detached workshop where my partner can set up the vertical mill that is to his idea of the perfect home what a wood-fired pizza oven is to mine.

Oh, and a greenhouse.
10/16/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
I want an industrial building or old brick warehouse type building to turn into my dream house. Very open lofty type place. Lots of work room for projects. Just very minimal and wide open. It has always been my dream.
10/16/2011
starklover starklover
Quote:
Originally posted by AndroAngel
I need 2-3 bedrooms, a living room, a room I can convert into a "library". An average size "family" home will be good for the two of us and future dogs. I'm going to need an office, a dungeon, and a library, after that, I'm good.
I agree
10/16/2011
SMichelle SMichelle
Knowing how much work it can be to keep up a large place, I'd like something cute, and tiny.
10/16/2011
Rossie Rossie
It really depends on how much money we have by the time we retire. If we have lots of money, I'd prefer a large house with an entertainment/movie room, a large den, a large kitchen with a good-sized breakfast room, AND a maid. If we cannot afford a large house, then a nice condo within walking distance to lots of restaurants would be good.
10/16/2011
kadytheredpanda kadytheredpanda
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Watching an older couple on House Hunters it struck me how different people define their comfort and "success" as they retire. SO...what do YOU envision, if it were the perfect world for you...and all went "as planned"? The big ... More
I just want to be comfortable, ideally with a lover. If there's an extra bedroom we could just convert it into a study/library for all I care.

Besides, cottages are adorable. They're so widdle! ^^
10/16/2011
dv8 dv8
I want a 4000 sq ft. home with extra rooms for a library, office, music room, man cave and workshop. Unfortunately, homes aren't that large in my neck of the woods.
10/16/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
I've a thing for architecture, and I've designed my perfect house, in my head, countless times. I'd like to draw your attention to an architect in New Zealand, by the name of Rodger Walker, who designs unique buildings, that aren't traditional. Rather, instead of having a box and dividing it up into boxes, like normal, he gets the boxes of each room and then puts them together, so that it looks quite non-conformist. That's what I think up. Though, in my dreams, it's always a fairly large, yet cosy house.
10/17/2011
A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople)
I want to end up in a penthouse. I am used to living in apartment buildings and it would be weird for me to live in a house on the first floor.
10/17/2011
indiglo indiglo
Small and cozy (with big closets), with a nice fenced in yard for the pets, and a decent sized screened in area for the bird to enjoy the outside too.
10/17/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I don't want somewhere huge, but I don't want a tiny house either. I don't want us to have to take care of absolutely everything, and the stuff we do have to take care of I don't want to have to take forever or be overwhelming. Not to mention I'd love to get an RV and just travel around the country with my husband. I have no idea if that'll ever happen, but I'm hopeful that it will.
10/17/2011
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
I'd be happy in a decent sized log cabin!
10/17/2011
The Curious Couple The Curious Couple
I'd love to live in a big house, but nothing huge.
10/17/2011
acessorie acessorie
I want to be in my house Im in now. 4 bed 3 bath. Just enough room for my kids and one day grandkids to come visit!
10/17/2011
Love Perpetua Love Perpetua
Small house, big yard
10/18/2011
Lucky21 Lucky21
Really it depends on how many rugrats end up in that dream. I'd like nothing better than a small place for the two of us, but since that isn't happening, but a mansion seems like a bit much. Actually, when we were house shopping, we looked at a couple of foreclosed smaller mansions (old ones around 4k sq ft) and just couldn't dream of paying the heating bills.
10/18/2011
Peggi Peggi
Just give me a mansion in the middle of nowhere please
10/18/2011
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