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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#21  Postby I'm With Stupid » Apr 13, 2010 2:37 pm

devogue wrote:
Paul G wrote:The UK Progs are awful.

"Yes I'm looking for a period property with period features, Martin loves his period features but I simply don't do beams. I just can't do beams. Any Particular period? PERIOD PROERTY! I WANT A PERIOD PROPERTY! But no beams. Janice simply can't do beams, she finds them vulgar and they interfere with her painting. I like this one, it ticks all the right boxes and is fantastic for my karma, but I spy a fucking beam. I simply can't do beams. Is this a period property by the way?"

Fuck off.


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I hate that "period features" thing as well.

I'd love to put a sanitary towel on a mantelpiece in some flat and tell those poncey bastards to check it out. :plot:

They'd probably mistake it for a piece of modern art and begin pondering the intentions of the artist.

Reminds me of Dylan Moran on visiting the houses of other couples. "This is the smeg fridge in the smeg kitchen...the whole house is made of smeg. We're made of smeg, aren't we Roy?" :grin: Along with, "I can't relax here. These people have no pubic hair anywhere. We have pubic hair on the ceiling."
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#22  Postby james1v » Apr 13, 2010 2:38 pm

My home is a Victorian mid-terrace, good sized rooms (3 double bedrooms), high ceilings, original fireplaces and bags of character. I renovated it myself, i plastered every wall and restored all the original features. Just one thing left to do, and its a biggie, convert the enormous loft space to a further bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

When thats done, i may sell up and find another doer-upper. Or just stay, and finally put my feet up and rest! :coffee:

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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#23  Postby Paul G » Apr 13, 2010 2:40 pm

http://www.periodfeatures.net/

Just found this.

Period feature = Stuff that looks old and will impress your ex uni pals at the next dinner evening.
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#24  Postby Paul G » Apr 13, 2010 2:41 pm

james1v wrote:My home is a Victorian mid-terrace, good sized rooms (3 double bedrooms), high ceilings, original fireplaces and bags of character. I renovated it myself, i plastered every wall and restored all the original features. Just one thing left to do, and its a biggie, convert the enormous loft space to a further bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

When thats done, i may sell up and find another doer-upper. Or just stay, and finally put my feet up and rest! :coffee:

:cheers:



Original features don't sell, call them period features. What's with all the detail anyway? As long as it's old I'll buy it! :dance:
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#25  Postby devogue » Apr 13, 2010 2:43 pm

Period feature = Stuff that looks old and will impress your ex uni pals at the next dinner evening.


That is so true it hurts.

And when they have dinner everyone has a lovely aura of "this is what successful people do".
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#26  Postby I'm With Stupid » Apr 13, 2010 2:44 pm

The only thing you need to impress my uni friends is a dedicated bar. If you can afford a pool table and Sky TV, even better.
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#27  Postby heyjude » Apr 13, 2010 4:12 pm

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Yeah, but you're living in a country that others pay thousands to visit. Presumably also earning quite a bit more than the average local?


Oh yes, very true. And things are cheap here and we are okay. Can't save or anything, but we have no complaints. Like I said.. I am much happier than he is and we live in a small apartment and don't worry about money. $ don't buy you happiness... and neither does a big house and fancy car ;)
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#28  Postby I'm With Stupid » Apr 13, 2010 4:27 pm

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Yeah, but you're living in a country that others pay thousands to visit. Presumably also earning quite a bit more than the average local?


Oh yes, very true. And things are cheap here and we are okay. Can't save or anything, but we have no complaints. Like I said.. I am much happier than he is and we live in a small apartment and don't worry about money. $ don't buy you happiness... and neither does a big house and fancy car ;)

I've got an interview to go to Vietnam on Friday, so I might be in the same boat soon. I'd be earning about the same as I could in the UK, but with none of the living costs. Except maybe the odd flight home.
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#29  Postby heyjude » Apr 13, 2010 4:40 pm

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I've got an interview to go to Vietnam on Friday, so I might be in the same boat soon. I'd be earning about the same as I could in the UK, but with none of the living costs. Except maybe the odd flight home.


Good luck! Living in Asia is... challenging. I have learnt an immense amount. Perhaps more about myself than anything else. I'm not the same person I was 3 years ago.. and that's fine. We're heading to Adelaide soon and I can't quite imagine being back in the West. That seems like a fairy tale utopia right now! I'll be doing it very differently this time... a simple life is a good one for me :)
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#30  Postby iamthereforeithink » Apr 13, 2010 5:15 pm

To me, living in a huge villa, where your closest neighbor lives a mile away constitutes a nightmare scenario. I'd much rather live in an apartment building with lots of friendly people, who you could call on if you need help in an emergency.
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#31  Postby amyonyango » Apr 13, 2010 7:11 pm

The direction of this thread reminds me of how I felt about my time at uni.

I decided to go to Luton Uni (now Uni of Bedfordshire) and many people screwed their noses up at the thought of me living there as it's not exactly known for it's quality lifestyle! But, you know, I look back at my time there and despite the social deprivation/crime, I really enjoyed living there and it was, of course, down to the people I met and the experiences we shared.

Also, think about the best nights out/parties you've been to. Going somewhere "posh" is no guarantee of a great night out, and often the best times are simply getting pissed with your mates in the back garden with some good tunes to keep you going. Bliss!
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#32  Postby locutus7 » Apr 13, 2010 7:23 pm

Then there are the international episodes of House Hunters that follow American couples looking for quaint houses in London, France, Italy, etc.

Except they spend the entire episode complaining about how small the rooms are and how outdated the kitchens are. Some even make comments about less than mansion-sized houses like, "this is simply unlivable." Then they ooh and ah over period details before demanding to see larger houses.

Frankly, and I am American (although I lived abroad for many, many years so I'm not typical), most Americans when house hunting abroad cannot understand how these unfortunate foreigners tolerate such sub-standard housing. Children SHARING bedrooms!!! No granite countertops??? No media rooms!!! Must be socialism (*_*)
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#33  Postby I'm With Stupid » Apr 13, 2010 7:48 pm

Well we all know that to an America, "luxury" is another word for "making something bigger." Just look at their cars. ;)
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#34  Postby devogue » Apr 13, 2010 7:50 pm

I'm With Stupid wrote:Well we all know that to an America, "luxury" is another word for "making something bigger." Just look at their cars. ;)


Just look at them. :popcorn: :naughty2:
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#35  Postby amyonyango » Apr 13, 2010 7:50 pm

devogue wrote:
I'm With Stupid wrote:Well we all know that to an America, "luxury" is another word for "making something bigger." Just look at their cars. ;)


Just look at them. :popcorn: :naughty2:


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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#36  Postby locutus7 » Apr 13, 2010 8:45 pm

We only have one car - a Mini Cooper S - which really stands out in the sea of SUV's and muscle cars. People think it is cute but not functional. We think it functions quite well, and looks good in front of our tiny townhouse.
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#37  Postby Tbickle » Apr 13, 2010 8:47 pm

devogue wrote:
I'm With Stupid wrote:Well we all know that to an America, "luxury" is another word for "making something bigger." Just look at their cars. ;)


Just look at them. :popcorn: :naughty2:


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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#38  Postby Warren Dew » Apr 16, 2010 1:45 am

locutus7 wrote:In the US there is an enormously popular TV show called House Hunters. Each episode shows a person or couple looking at three houses with a real estate agent, and ultimately buying the one they like best. (there is an international version as well).

This show displays interesting personality traits and trends, and I wonder if people in other countries have the same preferences and budgets. Here are some of my observations after watching 10 years of the show (Americans only):

1. Apparently, there is no such thing as a "starter house" for Americans any more. Newlyweds and other young people expect their first house to be their dream house.

2. Americans want BIG. The single most common remark by buyers, which is in every single episode, is "this room is too small." Rooms are never big enough. Moreover, houses are never big enough. It is common to see a couple with no, or one, child looking for 4 or 5 bedroom houses, with media rooms AND bonus rooms AND home office rooms.

3. ALL home buyers expect the big 3: "granite, hardwoods, stainless." Granite kitchen counters, hardwood floors, and stainless kitchen appliances. No variation is acceptable.

4. Most couples, especially younger ones, want houses with "character." They are rebelling against their parents' suburban tract homes, yet when they are shown older homes with"character", the buyers invariably complain that the rooms are too small, and they end up buying the newer large McMansions (just like their parents' houses). The American search for character is interesting.

I'm thinking maybe television is not the best way to figure out how the real world works.
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#39  Postby iamthereforeithink » Apr 16, 2010 2:00 am

You can harbor those dreams if you live in Texas or Arizona. In the Boston area, its a better idea to change the channel or switch off the TV.
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Re: Your House and Your Personality

#40  Postby NineOneFour » Apr 16, 2010 3:46 am

locutus7 wrote:In the US there is an enormously popular TV show called House Hunters. Each episode shows a person or couple looking at three houses with a real estate agent, and ultimately buying the one they like best. (there is an international version as well).

This show displays interesting personality traits and trends, and I wonder if people in other countries have the same preferences and budgets. Here are some of my observations after watching 10 years of the show (Americans only):

1. Apparently, there is no such thing as a "starter house" for Americans any more. Newlyweds and other young people expect their first house to be their dream house.


Good luck. These are also people who think they are going to graduate and automatically make six figures. They are delusional.

2. Americans want BIG. The single most common remark by buyers, which is in every single episode, is "this room is too small." Rooms are never big enough. Moreover, houses are never big enough. It is common to see a couple with no, or one, child looking for 4 or 5 bedroom houses, with media rooms AND bonus rooms AND home office rooms.


These people are idiots. I actually bought the smallest house I could find in a decent neighborhood - and it's still 3 bedrooms. I get to pay less taxes and also get to pay less heating and cooling bills.

3. ALL home buyers expect the big 3: "granite, hardwoods, stainless." Granite kitchen counters, hardwood floors, and stainless kitchen appliances. No variation is acceptable.


Fools. Silestone is better than granite. Stainless steel isn't worth the price. And fake hardwood is much better than real hardwood.

4. Most couples, especially younger ones, want houses with "character." They are rebelling against their parents' suburban tract homes, yet when they are shown older homes with"character", the buyers invariably complain that the rooms are too small, and they end up buying the newer large McMansions (just like their parents' houses). The American search for character is interesting.


Sounds like in a search to be different, they end up being the same.

Anyway, are these trends the same in Europe, Aus, etc. Please comment. I put a link to the House Hunters HGTV but it may not be accessible. If anyone can help with that, please do.

http://www.hgtv.com/house-hunters/show/index.html


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