If you’re looking for a new Coastside home, no doubt you’ve heard the phrase, “good bones.” But do you really understand what that means? We all have our wish-lists of what we’re looking for in a home but when we get down to the nitty-gritty, do you really know what “good bones” means and can you recognize it when you see it?
“Good bones” means the home has a solid build, but, of course, needs some work to make it your own. It typically encompasses certain things that every buyer is searching for. Here are those things that you should be looking for in your pursuit for the perfect coastal home.
Look for a solid roof and foundation. What’s above your head and under your feet are the most important parts of the house. These are the fundamental structures of the home and the most expensive to repair or replace.
Good quality building materials. The materials used to build older homes are typically higher quality than what you’ll find in brand new construction these days. Look for solid walls and beyond the cosmetic of what can easily be changed.
Coherent design both inside and out. The structure of the home should be simple and clean with a clear hierarchy. If any additions have been made to the house, they should be consistent with the original structure so that it flows and looks uninterrupted.
Natural light. Rooms with great natural lighting will have windows on at least two sides to help flood the room with natural sunlight. It’s not hard in our coastal communities to find rooms with large windows to show off our beautiful views.
Rooms should be a decent size. Of course, once you buy a home you can tear down walls and change spaces, but as you walk into a home, the rooms should not be too big or too tiny. Ceilings should be high without being too high to give the feel of the area being cold or cavernous. Ceiling height may not be able to be changed without compromising the architectural integrity of the home.
Nice flow between public and private areas. It’s important to have both public and private areas in the home. Your perfect balance will, of course, differ from that of other families but a home with “good bones” will offer some flexibility in its layout to help to preserve both types of spaces.
Architectural details are a plus. If you find a home containing great details that have been nicely preserved such as exposed beams, stained glass, original crowning or hardwood, it’s a great find and shows that the home has been well taken care of.
Look for a cohesive flow throughout the entire lot. Homes aren’t just what you see once you come through the front door. It’s important that the whole property works and the transitions between inside and out are smooth from the time you step onto the curb, into the home and out into the backyard living area.
We have extensive experience in all coastal communities and know which homes have “good bones.” If you have decided it’s your time to buy a coastside home, our goal is to guide you through the process from the beginning to the purchase of your new home and beyond. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.
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