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If money was not an issue, what would your dream home be so it could make life easier to deal with your asthma?

I want a rancher. We currently have a townhouse that is four levels. I am so done with going up and down the steps all day. 

I want hard wood floors. I am so tired of carpet. 

NO skylights! In the beginning I loved them. Now, all I see is escaping heat or air. 

I also want built in book shelves. Between my husband and girls, we could open up a few libraries. 

I also want the basement finished. 

I also want a hospital grade filtration system built into the house. Not sure if that is possible but a girl can dream right?

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  • Shea

    Melissa, I definitely did the same thing after asthma– I was in a very old rental with all sorts of issues that seemed to make my asthma worse– so I just dreamed of a home: new, simple, small/easy to clean, no carpets, good insulation to kerp all the heat, molds, pollens out… And I did eventually (thanks to my parents) get this new manufactured home. It might not be another persons dream-home but it certainly is mine and I do better in it than anywhere else–it is my little sanctuary. So dream away! I do need to change my air filters I think, it has been a few months… I am thinking of what kind to buy–I know they have a lot of allergy filters out there. My old landlord told ne not to use then because it was harder on the ac unit, so at my old place I used the reusable one and just washed it. In my new home, I have lived here since March,  I bought two filters and am on my second one, but I didnt buy any sort of special allergy one. 

  • Melissa G

    Shea, what kind of AC unit do you have? I have dear friends who own an HVAC company and have a child that is special needs. I will ask him what kind of filter is best to use for allergies that won't compromise the unit. 

  • Melissa G

    In my dream home, I want a medical supply room off of Bekah's room. I want one room to house all of her supplies. Right now they are in three different locations. 

  • LK

    Our heating and cooling company suggested installing this Platinum IAQ system to improve our indoor air quality.  

    I need to read up more on it to see how exactly it might help.

  • Shea

    Thanks for the info, I love to hear what is out there for the future and just to know. I have like $0 right now to make any big purchases and the ac unit in my home is new (not sure on what type it is– just a normal one with one air intake place where I keep the filters, I just picked up a 3M allergy air filter (I also have 2 room-sized hepa air filters and a HYLA vacuum/purifier too) so I think that combo should keep me pretty clear inside. It says on the air filter package that it has good airflow and it is not the biggest allergy rating one, but it does have a good allergy rating and carbon to absorb odors as well. 

    Melissa, a medical supply room sounds handy. I don't have too many supplies myself, just some nebulizer solutions, and a backup battery pack, my 2 nebulizers, and my masks… and it fits in my closet and in drawers in my room. But if you've got a lot for your daughter and family, having a space organized for it is a great idea.

  • Melissa G

    My daughter has a central line (portacath) and a feeding tube. So unfortunately, we have a ton of supplies. It took a long time to get this organized and get in a routine with storing the supplies. 

  • Shea

    Melissa, Im glad you have a good system now, and good luck on getting the room one day so ot can all be in one location. 

    Part of my dream is to get a non-fabric couch– leather or dome leather substitute thst is wipable eould be great. I hate vacuuming my couch and chaise lounge. I bought them at IKEA on sale over 6 years ago and they are comfy and my son loves them and never wants to get rid of them but… Ugh. Maybe they will make new covers for this type (that us the only plus is that I can wash the cushion covers but theyre a pain to get off and back on). I feel like itd help our dust mite allergies a lot to have a wipable non-fabric couch or cover. 

  • Pljohns

    Let’s see-my dream house-definitely a rancher-we have 14 steps to get into the house from the garage and 8 on the front of the house but the walkway goes uphill to get to the stairs. Thankfully the only thing on the upper floor is the boys bedrooms and a bathroom.  We have a finished basement, which is great in bad weather, but it’s DH and DS’ computer room/movie watching room and it’s 14 stairs down to get there.  

    I’m lucky in a way, 5 years ago we went out of town for a 3 day weekend.  Apparently shortly after we left, the supply like to the 1/2 toilet on the main floor ruptured.  We got home to 36,000 gallons of water going through our house.  We lost everything on the main and finished basement floor (even ruined the garage doors and openers).  The only good thing to come out of that-AMAZING insurance that covered it 100%.  Within 24 hours, we had a debit card with $10,000 on it for living expenses.  They paid for everything-dogs to stay at kennel, cell phone bills, eating out-everything.  At least when that happened, we got to “redo” the house.  I have no carpet on the main floor at all now, hardwood and slate now, new leather furniture in the living room, new vaccine cleaner and everything-I mean we lost EVERYTHING-except the boys stuff that was on the second floor.  Anyway, we go rid of carpet, got easier to take care of flooring and all new walls, ne AC unit, new duct work-everything.  When they found out I had asthma, they dried out everything to what is required by law plus 5% to make sure there was no chance of mold growing back.

    So, back to my dream house-flooring I have now, but an extra bedroom on the main floor, no stairs AT ALL, good AC/heat unit, whole house generator-we lose power a good bit, laundry room instead of a closet, a bigger bathroom with more storage for all of my med, nebs etc and (I know this will sound crazy) but a small refrig in the bathroom-but built it sort of-to store my meds in so I don’t have to go down 14 stairs every few days to get meds out of the refrig in the basement-oh, and one more thing-a postage stamp size yard!  The kids are grown now and I’m tired of trying to keep 3/4 acre cut.

  • Melissa G

    I hear ya on the steps Lynn! there are times I don't get stuff done because I just don't want to do the steps again. 

  • Shea

    I am hoping to teach Tommy to do the lawn for me one day. I dont have a ridiculously big yard or anything but it is enough. I can do it right now, but I have a feeling in 10 years I might not be able to. I hope I can– maybe Ill even be stronger then– but either way its good for him to learn to help with the household chores. It gives a good sense of accomplishment and if you want a house with a yard– and not get stink eyes from neighbors and tons of snakes and bugs– then hes gotta learn he will have to do the lawn. 

    In my old job, I was running up and down stairs all day long, and it was such a good workout– I was in really good shape and never went to the gym– so that is a perk at times– although I am sure I could not do that now with asthma– when I am not 100% (which is most of the tine) stairs kick my butt. So I completely understand tbe desire to live in a home with no or very few stairs.

    I have a friend who works at closets by design, and I thought of her when you all mention a desire for organized med space– Ill have to ask her if she has ever done that in a big closet. 

    A backup generator sounds very nice. I have mine that will run a few appliances in case of emergency– I like that better than a whole house back-up because I am more concerned about the type of outage that would occur during a hurricane and might be long-term and difficult to get gas so Id wa t it running a bear minimum of appliances for a maximum amount of time. I just have less faith in emergency shelters and the government takes time to get things smoothed out after hurricanes. I am still trying to get the hurricane fabric for the windows– it is on back-order snd I think I might not get it this hurricane season– so hopefully we wont get a big hit where I am at :/ — the only good thing is I have relatives in 3 nearby cities that are dander-free, so as long as the roads are clear enough, there are options of people who might have power/shelter if we got hit hard. And I live in a non-flood zone so we wouldnt have to wait for floods to recede where I am at so the power should be able to get hooked up quickly. 

    The only other thing I can think of tight now is that I want a perfect allergy-friendly food garden in my yard. I want to build it up high so its easy to weed. I want to grow some food staples. It eould help with food costs and make me feel empowered. I am thinking of using my front screen room ti do this because I can have a fan on in thete and it'll be protected from birds, aninals, and bugs in there. I just need a few tables to put on the sude that gets sun. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Ooh, love this topic! 

    I'm forevermore griping about my home — it's very small (and one level, but it does have steps to the front and back porch. If I ever found oil under the petunias, I would make the following changes:

    • a kitchen with
      • a commercial sized stove 
      • a BIG wall oven (I currently have a 24" wall oven, and it's too small to cook more than one thing in.)
      • TWO dishwashers — cooking from scratch takes a lot of dishes!
      • Built in freezer drawers (think a pull-out drawer like on a French door fridge, but under a counter)
      • a dedicated water heater
      • lots of counter space with marble counter tops
      • vinyl laminate flooring
      • deep drawers on the base cabinets, or pull-out shelves
      • a place for my stand mixer, coffee maker and blender
      • an outside door
      • MORE LIGHT and windows — it's a very dark little hole.
    • All hardwood floors or vinyl laminate throughout the house
    • An indoor laundry center — right now, my laundry room is off my garage, and it's cold in the winter and hot in the summer. 
    • A slightly bigger living room so that we would have more seating and be able to change around the furniture
    • A shower added to my half bath so that we would have two full baths — or at least two places for people to shower/bathe.
    • A third bedroom so that we have a guest room option. This house has a spot for three bedrooms, but the third bedroom was a teeny-tiny spot that I turned into an office.
    • A place for sewing and crafting — I would do more of this type of thing if I had a dedicated spot. I guess I could figure out a way to devote part of my office to that, but it IS a tiny spot.

    All that being said … my house is paid for, so I should show it more love than I do. Probably half my problems would be taken care of if I purged half the stuff I have in this place that I never use!

  • dory2005

    This is a great topic! We have a rancher (so no stairs), and we put hardwood floors throughout the house about ten years ago, and updated the central AC, but I would love to have a generator. I try to keep my two portable nebs charged, but it would be great to have a backup. I'd also love more space for my meds. They take up an entire drawer in my dresser, and between my neb, neb supplies and meds, they take up the all the space on my dresser since I use them so much every day. My back up neb, two portable nebs, extra neb meds take up two more drawers, so closet space is at a premium in our house. 

     

  • dory2005

    Melissa and Lynn, Haha! It’s fairly small (1500 sq ft), so when all three kids were at home it was *cosy,* but now that it’s just the two boys, DH and I, it’s not so bad. But we could use a new kitchen, but we decided the hardwoods were a better investment for my health, and it was definitely the best money we’ve spent on the house.  

  • K8sMom2002

    Dory, I'll bet those floors are lovely! And I can't imagine 1500 square feet with three kids. It's enough to have three PEOPLE in an 1100 square foot house!

    A generator or a solar panel would be SO nice … guess I'd better get busy planting petunias so I can find oil under them!

  • Melissa G

    That would have been a hard decision, hard wood floors or a new updated kitchen. Breathing is kind of a necessity, so hard wood floors would win…..

  • Melissa G

    In my dream home I want a chef, so I won't have to cook anymore or meal plan. A girl can dream right?

  • Shea

    I would like a robot, like on the Jetsons, that cooks and cleans but that you dont have to worry about them being a psycho or stealing or if your paying them enough or too much… Just a nice simple rechargeable amazing chore robot. That us affordable. I already have so many helper machines: dishwasher, washer/dryer, air purifiers and vacuums, TVs, video games– but a chef/maid robot would rock!

  • Pljohns

    I like that idea a lot Shea-or maybe just a replicator like they have on Star Trek?

  • LK

    Oh. my, haven't thought of those old Star Trek shows in a very long time!! Yes, a replicator!!  We can just tell it what to make and Voila!  It's ready!!    

  • Pljohns

    I wonder if the make such a thing to clean house-just speak it an poof-it’s done!   In reality, I think they do-it’s called a MOM

  • Pljohns

    Yes! Instead of “beam me up Scottie” you could “beam someone to Mars”. I volunteer MIL to be the 1st one!!

  • Melissa G

    I agree on the robot and the teleporter! It would make going away a lot easier than packing and driving for way too long. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Love the way you guys make me laugh! 

    My dream home would have cabinets that have been coated in an easy-clean material. 

    Also, I might spring for a copper sink. I was watching a NOVA documentary about how copper surfaces might be a new weapon in fighting bacteria in hospitals. Fascinating!

  • Melissa G
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Love the way you guys make me laugh! 

    My dream home would have cabinets that have been coated in an easy-clean material. 

    Also, I might spring for a copper sink. I was watching a NOVA documentary about how copper surfaces might be a new weapon in fighting bacteria in hospitals. Fascinating!

    Umm, totally agree on the easy to clean material for the cabinets!!  and I need to watch the video on the copper, but sounds very interesting. 

  • Pljohns

    cynthia-didn't think about the easy to clean cabinets-I HATE that job!!!  I might also add one of those new self cleaning toilets-3 guys in 1 house-not a job for me-

  • Melissa G
    Pljohns posted:

    cynthia-didn't think about the easy to clean cabinets-I HATE that job!!!  I might also add one of those new self cleaning toilets-3 guys in 1 house-not a job for me-

    I make dh clean his own bathroom…. Josh helps to clean the other two. When he was little, he made a mess…it was awful. I sprayed the bathroom down and made him wipe it up. He didn't do that again. 

  • Pljohns

    I do the same-DH cleans ours and the boys are each responsible for the one they use the most-will never understand how they can make such a mess and be totally oblivious to it!

  • Melissa G

    I know! Just like how dh never sees the trail that he leaves behind when he comes home from work. It starts at the front door and makes it way to our bedroom… He never believed me til one night after dinner I collected all of his "stuff" and put it in a pile and asked him to put it away. he asked where it all come from?….

  • Melissa G

    I figured out what else I want in our dream home, automatic cleaning windows and floors….a girl can dream right?