We have been in our home for many years. The landscaping has finally grown. The trees give shade. There is a homey feeling about all that.
As we look at other homes in an attempt to downsize, I am turned off if I don’t get that “homey” feeling. I wanted to know how I get it.
Realtors call it curb appeal but it’s more than that. It’s more than a nice front door. For me it’s all about the back yard.
It goes back to my childhood home. We had large trees that were over 50 years old all over the property. Most of them were fruit trees. It was work but wonderful. There is something about a shady yard that takes me back there and that feels “homey.”
The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is today.
New housing developments don’t have the feeling. Many homes that are in the 20-year-old time frame don’t have it either. People don’t plant shade trees in their yard anymore. They plant cute flowering trees at “strategic” spots but not the larger shade trees that make patios and decks more hospitable in the summer.
I remember buying a home in New Jersey. I walked into the house and could see out the back French doors. There were large maples on either side and the yard was welcoming from inside the house. We bought it.
Buying a house is an emotional purchase. It has to feel right.
Of course we immediately built a huge addition that required removal of one of the maples but I worked hard to save the other. I was rewarded that fall with a brilliantly colored tree peeking in my windows.
I miss that house. It had a lot of good stuff after I removed the mismatched peacock wallpaper, the dusty peach carpeting and repainted the pink bathroom. It was early 50s all the way and no one had altered that.
That was ok with me as it was priced right.
What makes a house feel like a home for you?