Friday, September 25, 2009

One Question Friday










Every Friday I’m going to ask a question. The questions I choose might be ambiguous on purpose. The goal is to have you answer the question according to your beliefs, where you’re at in life or a circumstance that might have recently impacted you. The only thing I ask is that you provide an explanation for why you answered the way you did.

It is my hope to understand you better through this and also to gain a greater understanding of humanity and how people make decisions.


And now for the question:





OLD or NEW homes?












*photos by flickr

30 comments:

  1. Old. Because of the character, because of the potential and story.

    Have a great weekend, Wendy.

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  2. All I've ever owned are old. Love the charm and character. Many flaws at times and always work to do, but worth it. :O)

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  3. Always old...we live in a farm house that's a bit over 107 years old. It's built to not only last but weather the storms of life and, thus far, has done the job with grace. It's solid, extremely well built and we have the history of the house and farm. Hopefully, deed changes will ensure this small farm stays the same for generations to come.
    First time visitor from writing group; enjoying my visit. I think part of the C. S. Lewis quote in your sidebar has been left out...? That's now how I remember it but could be wrong as memory is a poor servant.
    God's blessings on you, yours and the work of your hands and heart.

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  4. Thistle Cove Farm, you were spot on about the quote...I'll have to make some changes and pop it back up. Your memory isn't that poor! :D Glad you are enjoying your visit.

    I'm so tempted to share my answer and break my own rule of not doing so...but will*fight*temptation...
    ~ Wendy

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  5. I would love to have a new house built like an old house. I love the old Victorian style homes, but after living in old homes all my life, I'm kinda tired of all the upkeep and all the remodeling needed and all the extra work that comes with owning an old house.

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  6. Can I pick renovated old? Seriously, I love the architecture of old homes, but not the leaky pipes and sagging floor boards.

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  7. I love the look of old, the character and the quirks.. but new comes without someone else's baggage.
    Have never had new, so we cherish the old with lots of cleansing prayer and anointing oil

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  8. I have never had the opportunity to live in new. So I will say Old for now. I do love the character of older homes. However, I would love to someday live in a new home and design it to have character.

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  9. Old homes! My husband and I lived in a 111-year old Victorian for a few years. It had so much character. We also enjoy fixing up older homes, but with kids that's a challenge. Maybe sometime in the future.

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  10. I could honestly go either way. The first home we bought was brand spankin new! We loved it! It was so clean and fresh and we REALLY loved knowing that we would always be that little home's "original owners." No matter how many families live there -- we're the original owners and caretakers of that home. BUT -- we LOVE old homes too. They have such charm and character and they just seem to be built more solid. Plus, I love to redesign and redecorate -- which is a perfect fit for an old home! :) We've lived in both and been extremely happy in both! :)

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  11. I've thought for a long time my preference would be for a newer house, simply because I perceive them more easily maintained than the 60+ yr old house we have. Our home is just old enough to need something fixed all the time, but not big or old enough to have classic or historical features.

    Yet we do have mature trees sprawling over an acre adjacent to farmland. Apples and pears and grapes litter our yard. We didn't hesitate to knock out walls for a custom addition with a wood stove that has proven to be my favorite feature in my home. Most interestingly, all my kids' friends who live in newer homes thinks our old cozy ranch is way cool and love to be here.

    Maybe, just maybe, the grass isn't always greener ...

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  12. I like Eileen's answer - renovated old. Character, charm, and mostly quality. They just seem to have more personality than new.

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  13. I want to say new because I don't want to be frustrated with repairs, fixing stuff, things leaking, breaking, etc. but I do love the charm of older and I like established neighbourhoods.

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  14. Like Janna, I say old because they have more character. We lived in a thirty-year-old house for the first twelve years of our marriage. Sure, we suffered with cramped closets and broken everything, but I loved that house. We built new three years ago, and I do love my house, but it's not the same as the old one. We live less than a mile away from our old house, which is now a church. It makes me want to cry. My kids miss it, too.

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  15. New because they're less work and leave me more time for the things that I really enjoy! Like my family and writing!

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  16. Old for sure especially rambling old Victorians out in the countryside. If it wasn't one of those it would be a log cabin. Victorian because sometimes I like to get all "gussied up" and have afternoon high tea and other times I like to sit barefoot cozied up in front of a big field stone fireplace.

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  17. Old!! We just bought our first home this past year and we got it from the original owners, built and purchased in 1952. I love the fact that the house came with "history" and stories... The kids of the previous owners have come over and told us where the trees came from, who slept in what rooms, who got locked out and which window they had to "pop" to get back inside. Makes me love God's gift of this place even more!

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  18. Both?? No, I'd say new because I like having a pantry, big closets, and a master bathroom. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  19. NEW HOUSE SMELL! It's almost up there with new car smell for me. We lived in an old house in Florida (remember the rat story? yep, that house). I LOVE my new house, especially my new big tub. ;) Have a great weekend - hope you get some R&R!

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  20. Hi Wendy - thanks for stopping by my blog - it's nice to 'meet' you! This is actually a funny question. We just finished building our home, so 'new' for me. While I love old houses, it was a thrill to design and order everything in my new house to my specifications. I know a lot of people enjoy remodeling older homes, but I feel like most of them are money pits. I'm very happy with my new house, everything looks and feels new and works the way it's supposed to. Except for the pool. But that's another story.
    ;0)

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  21. Even though I love the charm and character of older homes, I'm a fan of newer ones for several reasons. First, I know my family made the stains. Second, I know the plumbing will work. Third, I know there won't be any mold issues and the roof won't leak. Fourth, most come with AC. And fifth, they usually come with an open floor plan, which means lots of light. That being said, I'm a fan of gutting an older home and making it new on the inside.

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  22. I love the old. But can I please have a new one that with the looks and charms of the old? Allergies, and "handy-man" challenged.

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  23. NEW! NEW! NEW!

    Thanks for dropping in on me Wendy. I love everything brand spanking new- and BIG. We built our home from the ground up. It feels so special to hand pick your brick, flooring, backsplashes, everything is custom fit to us.

    Frankly, old creeps me out. I know God does not give us a spirit of fear. But I am scary! Creaky floorboards and lurking shadows would send me over the edge.

    Blessings to you...

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  24. After seeing all of the problems my brother-in-law had with his old house, I've been converted to preferring new houses. But I love the charm of old, and I admire people who have the ability to keep up an old place. I love driving through old neighborhoods and looking at the architecture.

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  25. Can I say old house with new fixtures? I must have a dishwasher. Ha!

    I love Victorian homes with gingerbread and staircases and molding and large doorways and parlours and libraries. Libraries! YES!

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  26. New. :-) My home is new and all I ever lived in growing up was rental houses, trailers, or apartments. I really love my home and I really, really love that it's clean. :-)

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  27. Hi Wendy,
    What a great question!
    I am so indecisive so here's my answer. I hope I am not bending the rules.
    Old but only is you can renovate it to be air-conditioned and up to speed on all safety codes.
    New-only if it looks old, with lots of character.
    Reproductions are my personal favorite and that's what we built 3 yrs ago. A reproduction farmhouse, new but people stop us and ask us "How old is your place?" Ah, success!
    xo

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  28. I love old houses, such charm and character. I have lived in old and new. We built our current home in 1987 so it was new and is now old. Our very first house was built in about 1940. The downside of old is the repairs and small closets, can you say, almost non-existant closets?
    Diane

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  29. i know I'm late to respond to this question but I had a few things to say so why not!

    1. NICE TO MEET YOU {via blog} Thanks so much for stopping by & for your comment.

    2. Like I said to Catherine, Young Life is such a small world and it makes me smile with delight to hear of fellow Young Life-r's out there. It truly is a huge encouragement to hear about partners in the mission.

    3. It's intimidating to write to a writer. I feel inadequate to have you all read anything I write!

    4. I choose old houses! They do have more wear & tear & more to fix up over time BUT I just adore all the little intricacies that older homes have. I live in a 20 year old house which is too old to look new but too new to be charming & have character. It's my mission to try and find ways to give our new home {new to us} some details that make it more personal.

    Thanks again!
    Jen

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