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22/03/2013 at 04:45
Any one have one? It's salways been my dream to own one and we've just started looking however I've come to realise the master bedroom is normally the third floor. I'm wondering if it could ever work with kids as they'd be on a different level?
The one I live is four bedroom anyway so there would be our room and one for each of our intended kids but then what a waste of master bedroom....
What age would you be happy sleeping on the level above them? If ever ?
22/03/2013 at 06:24
We have one but 3 bedrooms on top floor and one in the basement. I find ours hard work with a baby as washing machine in utility so have to bring down three floors etc and also there are always stairs for a wee / when going out or coming in.
Different layout to outs might be better though and I do still love out house.
Can't help on the sleeping on diff floors though x
22/03/2013 at 06:31
My friend has one and doesn't like it. During the day she's got to take her lo downstairs into the kitchen as she can't leave him, when he's older she will need to sit in the kitchen all day if he's in the garden
22/03/2013 at 10:07
My friend has got one, but they've put a massive extension on the bottom which means they've got a kitchen come living room there. And their daughters' room is on the same floor as their own room. Depends on the house, hers is a detached Victorian house and she says it gets quite cold. But a terrace or semi wouldn't suffer in the same way.
She complains a bit about the stairs but I don't think its that much of a problem overall.
I live in a two floored house, but I can only see the garden from the kitchen. It's a very short space of time when you have to watch over them the whole time to make sure your child isn't doing something dangerous.
22/03/2013 at 10:24
We have a 3 storey house. On the 1st floor is our bedroom and J who's 2 and on the 2nd floor is I's room and my office. She is nearly 6 and have been in there for over a year.
22/03/2013 at 11:11
My friend across the road has a 3 storey house and since having children, she really dislikes it. She says that it's real hard work going up and down stairs constantly and I think the kids' bedrooms are on a different level to the master bedroom, which isn't ideal.
I'm not sure I could live in one to be honest, too many stairs to vacuum! Lol.
22/03/2013 at 11:13
I absolutely love our 3 story house. Our layout is :-
ground floor - open plan living / dining / kitchen
first floor - master bedroom and sitting room (we keep this toy free so decamp here in the evenings)
second floor - 3 bedrooms & family bathroom
Zoe has slept on the floor above us right from when she went in to her own room at 5 mths. It's never been an issue.
I know when we were looking at them the layout was key, some of them had kitchen / diner on the ground floor and then living room on the floor above and I just couldn't see how that would work as baby would have to be brought down to kitchen whenever you were cooking etc, so we were very selective over the layout.
22/03/2013 at 12:49
We did until we moved here. There was a family room, kitchen/dining room and guest loo downstairs, living room, 2 double bedrooms and family bathroom on 1st floor, master bedroom with dressing room and en suite and second bedroom with en suite on the 2nd floor.
E was on the 1st floor from 6 months and we were up at the top. It was never a problem for us, we didn't even consider it an issue.
22/03/2013 at 14:10
I have lived in a 3 story house for 4 years, 2 different houses. One we lived in for 3.5 years had a really odd set up of the floor you came in off the street from was the mddle floor (living room, dining room, kitchen) then there was the master suite upstairs and 2 more big bedrooms and bathroom in the basement. We managed with the kids being 2 floors below us all that time. S was 18 months when we moved in and J was 15 months when she went down to that floor. the only reason she didn't go sooner was the fact that she was such a rubbish sleeper and I wasn't trekking down two flights of stairs several times a night!!!
Now our house is more like you said and the master suite on the top floor(2nd floor). All 4 children sleep on the first floor, the beans moved down there when they were 6 months old.
22/03/2013 at 14:12
meant to add - our ground floor is kitchen dining room playroom (open plan), lounge and downstairs loo, so we can stay downstairs all day.
22/03/2013 at 16:35
There are a lot of three bedroom houses round our way but they are more like typical two storey houses with the added bonus of a bedroom or two (and probably a bathroom) in the roof. We actually looked at one a few weeks ago and I thought it would have been great to have had the girls on the top floor with their own bathroom with us below. But, I remember saying when the girls were very small I wouldn't want them on a different floor on me at night in case they were in distress.
22/03/2013 at 20:54
My main issue would be which floor the kitchen is on as its a real pita lugging shopping up and kitchen bins down the stairs. I know this from my days in a flat.
Sil has had two three story houses, one with all beds on top floor, one with two on 2nd floor and two on third floor. In the second one I always felt that the living space, ground floor, wasn't anywhere near big enough for a four bed house iyswim?
23/03/2013 at 07:55
That's exactly why they build them round here. You get a 5 bed house on the footprint of a 3 bed. Win-win for the developers and tbh why we didn't want one. we want the family space not just bedrooms.
23/03/2013 at 12:13
Thank you ladies this has given me some food for thought, shall book an appointment to see them in the flesh before we completely write it off them..
23/03/2013 at 12:36
We have one and I agree it's down to the layout. We didn't t like the ones where the kitchen was on a different floor to the lounge.
We have ground floor - bathroom, utility, bedroom and integral garage. 1st floor, kitchen and lounge. Top floor, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and en suite.
We are looking to move and my only reason for not looking at three storeys is that we want detached.
23/03/2013 at 13:14
I grew up in a 3-storey house which had 4 bedrooms, 2 on each floor - they were above each other so were all double rooms, so no master bedroom issues. We had living room, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor, my parents' room (with en suite), spare room/ study and bathroom on the first floor, and my brother and I had the rooms at the top.
When we first moved in, I was 4 and my brother was 2, we shared a room on the first floor to start with as there was a lot of work to do on the house. I moved upstairs first and then my brother followed probably a year later, I don't think the different levels was too much of a problem for my parents except for being exhausted from going up and down so many stairs!
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