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    Which do you prefer? My section slopes downward from the street, no view, just another neighbour behind the section. I can either have the living area on the ground floor leading to a smallish garden or on the first floor with a deck. Which do you like if you were looking for a house for yourself?

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    Make the space where you'll spend the most time the nicest :-)
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    • #3
      House will be for sale, so which is nicer to potential buyers, on the first floor with a deck or the ground floor with a garden?

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      • #4
        Living area on the ground floor (since you don't have a view to take advantage of) with indoor/iutdoor flow etc.
        No point in having a nice view of the neighbours roof but having to go downstairs to the garden.

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        • #5
          If no view, just have the living area on the ground.

          If you have the living area on 1st floor, make sure you design the stairs wide enough to allow a double door fridge (120kg) to go up! We had to dismantle our stainless steel & glass stair handrail before we could get the fridge up the stairs!!!

          Here's what my living room looks like:
          Last edited by PTILoveYou; 22-11-2016, 10:16 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Gary Lin View Post
            If no view, just have the living area on the ground.

            If you have the living area on 1st floor, make sure you design the stairs wide enough to allow a double door fridge (120kg) to go up! We had to dismantle our stainless steel & glass stair handrail before we could get the fridge up the stairs!!!

            Here's what my living room looks like:

            I always prefer that the floor you walk in on has the living area - just for the flow of a property - I think stairs should be for bedrooms or games room, furniture wise always easier to bring in large fridges and lounge suites on the floor you walk in on

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Gary Lin View Post
              If no view, just have the living area on the ground.

              If you have the living area on 1st floor, make sure you design the stairs wide enough to allow a double door fridge (120kg) to go up! We had to dismantle our stainless steel & glass stair handrail before we could get the fridge up the stairs!!!

              Here's what my living room looks like:

              Looks great. Where is that?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Connor View Post
                Looks great. Where is that?
                Lynfield .

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SPerfect View Post
                  I think stairs should be for bedrooms.
                  Amongst the pros and cons is how difficult will it be to survive jumping from an upstairs bedroom window, if the kitchen catches fire and the stairwell is impassable?
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                  • #10
                    Kiwis like outdoor living entertaining so if you can have a nice big deck then upstairs may be the go.

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                    • #11
                      Without a view I'd still go for ground floor living and indoor/outdoor flow but of course I haven't seen the site and there really isn't enough to go on.
                      Certainly egress in case of fire is hardly ever considered - they just don't happen often enough to be at the forefront of peoples minds.
                      Doesn't mean it shouldn't be considered but generally isn't.

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                      • #12
                        If I put it upstairs there will be another set of stairs from the kitchen/deck. Not for fire, but because I wouldn't want to take the rubbish through the house to the main stairs.

                        I'm leaning towards ground floor.

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                        • #13
                          Yep you dont want to waste money on stairs if avoidable. I personally always like living upstairs it seems more airy and lighter being more elevated.

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                          • #14
                            Older visitors will appreciate downstairs living areas.

                            Going to bed may be something of a pain, if you suffer a broken leg.

                            So many pros and cons . . . .

                            I know an older couple who put in a lift, when they built for a second story view. They're not using the lift yet, but had the future in mind.
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