Friday Five – HGTV Edition

Will smama writes: As some of you may know I am in the midst of my first home purchase. It is a new-build and so some of the fun was picking out upgrades and major decor items to my taste rather than walking into a previously owned home that needed to be upgraded room by room (pink and teal tiles in the bathroom, anyone?). As much as decorating is not my thing, I did try to embrace the moment because just how many times do you get to have a do-over on kitchen cabinets/floors/countertops?

And so, my questions to you this fine Friday involve your home past, present or future…

1) If you could, what room in the place you are currently living would you redo first?
I would redesign our master bedroom and bathroom, if I may count them as one room – you walk through one door to get to both – and they both really need it!

2) What is the most hideous feature/color/decor item you have ever seen in a home?
The kitchen of my second home had dirty pine green carpet, maroon linoleum countertops and yellow walls – by far the worst combination I had ever seen!

3) What feature do you most covet? Do you have it? If not, is it within reach?
A full bath and walk-in closet in our master bedroom. I actually sketched out the idea several years ago. We have a bonus room, across from our bedroom, and we could claim it to expand the master and create a real master bath with the removal of just one wall. I would move the laundry upstairs too, so that the Captain could have the whole basement as his workbench.

Alas, we do not have it, and it will not be within reach for a very long time…college costs come first.

4) Your kitchen – love it or hate it? Why?
I don’t love it because it is a small galley-style kitchen. But I don’t hate it, because we have done alot to make the best possible use of the space.

5) Here is $10,000 and you HAVE to spend it on the place you are living now. What do you do?
See number 3!
Since the Captain is very handy in matters of remodeling, we could probably make a pretty good dent in the plan with $10 K.

BONUS: Why do you think there was such a surplus of ugly bathroom tile colors showcased in all homes built from the 1950’s right through the early 80’s?
I wonder if psychotropic drugs had anything to do with it!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. RevAnne
    Jan 30, 2009 @ 08:22:00

    Drugs seem to be a popular answer for the bonus. We have very similar master bed/bath plans. I’m starting to get jealous of all the folks who *could* remodel…it’s always been parsonages and rentals for us.


  2. Auntie Knickers
    Jan 30, 2009 @ 09:45:00

    Ah, to have a handy husband! Not that mine doesn’t have other fine qualities. But, you can’t have everything.


  3. revcrystalk
    Jan 30, 2009 @ 09:54:00

    great play–i LOVE the picture of “your” bathroom. absolutely beautiful!


  4. Sally
    Jan 30, 2009 @ 10:01:00

    Loe that bathroom picture, hope you get to follow through your plans soon


  5. Teri
    Jan 30, 2009 @ 12:16:00

    I love that bathroom layout. I just saw it (strangely enough) in one of the Special Features on the Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog DVD–one of the video applications to the Evil League of Evil was a girl saying she was some kind of Broadway Super Villain, and she recorded it in her bathroom (that same bathroom!), probably for the good acoustics. I began coveting the bathroom then, and still do now that I’m seeing the photo!


  6. Hot Cup Lutheran
    Jan 30, 2009 @ 13:06:00

    great bath pic there… ooo-la-la that would be a retreat in itself!


  7. Purple
    Jan 30, 2009 @ 13:51:00

    Seems like your bath is a really hit…I love it also.


  8. Songbird
    Jan 30, 2009 @ 14:22:00

    Isn’t it funny how much more important bathrooms have become to us?


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