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Can a cookie cutter house be individualized?

Posted by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 7:51 AM
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What do you think- can you live in a subdivision in a cookie cutter house and still feel like you are living in a house that is your own or do you think it will always feel like the same house everyone else has? What would you do other than just painting it to make it feel like your own?

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dingysfamily
by Suzi on Nov. 11, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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Sure, a house - whether cookie cutter or not - is just a house, until you make it a home.  Making it a 'home' & putting your own personalization on/in it is what makes it different from every other house in the area ... whether you paint the outside, plant flowers/trees, and/or how you decorate the inside and outside.  It's the 'you' and 'your family' that you put into it that makes it a home and makes it different.

psych_mom
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Most subdivisions do not allow people to paint their houses, plus a lot of those houses have vinyl siding and it isn't easily painted.

Quoting dingysfamily:

Sure, a house - whether cookie cutter or not - is just a house, until you make it a home.  Making it a 'home' & putting your own personalization on/in it is what makes it different from every other house in the area ... whether you paint the outside, plant flowers/trees, and/or how you decorate the inside and outside.  It's the 'you' and 'your family' that you put into it that makes it a home and makes it different.


Luv.My.Kidz
by Member on Nov. 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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subdivisions (unless there are home associates you have to buy into) don't have control over what color your house is once you buy it. 

Quoting psych_mom:

Most subdivisions do not allow people to paint their houses, plus a lot of those houses have vinyl siding and it isn't easily painted.

Quoting dingysfamily:

Sure, a house - whether cookie cutter or not - is just a house, until you make it a home.  Making it a 'home' & putting your own personalization on/in it is what makes it different from every other house in the area ... whether you paint the outside, plant flowers/trees, and/or how you decorate the inside and outside.  It's the 'you' and 'your family' that you put into it that makes it a home and makes it different.



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psych_mom
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 8:48 AM

That is why I said MOST subdivisions. Where I live MOST have HOAs and control those things.

Quoting Luv.My.Kidz:

subdivisions (unless there are home associates you have to buy into) don't have control over what color your house is once you buy it. 

Quoting psych_mom:

Most subdivisions do not allow people to paint their houses, plus a lot of those houses have vinyl siding and it isn't easily painted.

Quoting dingysfamily:

Sure, a house - whether cookie cutter or not - is just a house, until you make it a home.  Making it a 'home' & putting your own personalization on/in it is what makes it different from every other house in the area ... whether you paint the outside, plant flowers/trees, and/or how you decorate the inside and outside.  It's the 'you' and 'your family' that you put into it that makes it a home and makes it different.




inmybizz
by Ruby Member on Nov. 11, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I'm not a fan of "cookie cutter" homes. When we were looking at houses the major builders here all used the same plans. Even the more upscale homes were the same plans(reversed) with a few upgrades. I guess you could do major upgrades on the inside to make it different. The only problem with doing too many upgrades is you might end up out pricing yourself from the other homes.  You could also do different landscaping.

SassyWildflower
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 9:03 AM
-if I couldn't personalize, I wouldn't live there. I would never live where there was a HOA.
Now, the houses in this area where I live are very similar but we can personalize and change things up. so if that is possible, then yes, I feel like its my own.
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by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Perhaps but it would take time getting use to it ;)

Kaci
by Kaci on Nov. 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM
Ditto!

Quoting SassyWildflower:

-if I couldn't personalize, I wouldn't live there. I would never live where there was a HOA.

Now, the houses in this area where I live are very similar but we can personalize and change things up. so if that is possible, then yes, I feel like its my own.
Life.Happens
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 9:52 AM

I have lived in cookie cutter houses almost all of my life. You can always make a home your own.

Jukebox_Jenny
by Jenny on Nov. 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Not me. I'd be miserable in a house so close to, and so identical to the homes around it. I'm sure you could make it feel homey though if you don't mind the outside looking all the same.
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