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The Differences Between My Dream House & His


Matt and I spent another weekend driving around to various neighborhoods and checking them out. We’ve begun to narrow down our choices with regards to which areas we want to focus on and that’s a start. We also have been talking a lot about what we want in our next house. I know what I want- everything. Clearly I am so easy to please. But honestly, this will hopefully be our last move. I don’t want to move again. Ever. I want this next house to be the house where our kids bring their own kids to visit at the holidays. I want a forever house. That means I have some requirements. And Matt and I don’t seem to be 100% on the same page with those requirements. Let me give you a taste of what I’m dealing with here.

My Wish List:

Mudroom or space for a landing zone off the garage
Lots of natural light & bright spaces
All hardwood flooring on main level
Large laundry room
Master on main level
5 bedrooms & 3 full baths
Master with large closet & soaking tub in bathroom
Flat fenced backyard with space for a hot tub (a pool would be awesome)
A bonus room or loft
A foyer (I hate walking right into my living room now)
Great amenities in the neighborhood

I don’t think that’s an unreasonable list. Now here is Matt’s wish list:

A man-cave
A wall big enough for a 73″ TV
A 3-car garage

Anyone see a discrepancy here? Basically he wants a frat house. I’m thinking about what will work best for how our family functions. Matt’s thinking about where to store his toys. I married a man-child. So needless to say, our home search might take all 2 years that we’ve allotted ourselves. Of course, those are the things on our wish list. I know I might not get everything on my list. But I do have a few items that I consider to be non-negotiables such as the laundry room, 3 bathrooms, hardwood floors on main level, flat fenced yard, natural light, and great amenities. Matt’s only non-negotiable is the 3 car garage. Which if this house hunt plays out the way I see it going in my mind might not be a bad idea because I’m going to make him live in that extra garage space. 


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  • Jessica

    Our husbands sound similar (as do our wish lists), except my husband doesn’t care about having a big garage. I can pretty much do anything to our house and as long as it doesn’t interfere with his man cave he’s cool with it. As far as houses, he wants to keep his man cave and he doesn’t want a house with any possible structural issues. (I want to fix up an old house so that second one comes up a lot.) In some ways it’s nice, in other ways it’s really annoying. Sometimes I actually want his opinion and it bugs me that he doesn’t have one.

  • Emily Janz

    We are also house hunting. Its the worst. Our must have lists don’t always match up either. I’m done and we’ve hardly started.