What do you wish you had?

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As the opposite of YellowSocks' "love your B&B" thread, what would you make sure was included if you ever had to start from scratch?

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You know,   I don't think we're going to build more cottages.    It would ruin the whole reason that the place is now so appealing. People want their own private slice of heaven.  I don't want to have a campground.   If if did that, I'd have to do RV hookups and tent pads etc.

And, as I've stated elsewhere, we don't need the income; this is for fun and something to keep us occupied during retirement.

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I don't have a washer and dryer.  Have to lug laundry baskets across the street and to the basement to do the wash. 

A dishwasher when I am full.

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hawley wrote:

I don't have a washer and dryer.  Have to lug laundry baskets across the street and to the basement to do the wash. 

A dishwasher when I am full.

 

No Washer & Dryer  OR Dishwasher ??  How do you do it?

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I have a 1 bedroom suite and a 2 bedroom suite and am opening another room.

I wash dishes by hand.

I use my washer and dryer in my home across the street.

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hawley wrote:

I have a 1 bedroom suite and a 2 bedroom suite and am opening another room.

I wash dishes by hand.

I use my washer and dryer in my home across the street.

WOW!  Just curious, do you make the breakfast at your home and then carry it over or do you make it in the Inn?  Neat idea buying the house across the street and turning it into an Inn, You then have your own private owners quarters and as much space as you need!  Cool!

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We do things in a similar fashion.    Our cottages are about 100 yards from our home.   We have a utility vehicle (like a golfcart on steroids) that we use to cart linens back and forth to the washer/dryer at the house.  I'm going to buy DW a larger washer/dryer and have them in an out building much closer to the cottages.  This should expedite laundry and save wear and tear on our home units.

Our maximum at breakfast is 4.   Dishes aren't a problem.

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I hope you have room in your outbuilding to add another dryer for all the linens you'll be doing when you build more cottages Smiling

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1.  Larger Laundry Equipment
 

2.  A tractor with mowing attachment (we have our own version of a state park here and yours truly gets to take care of the "landscaping" i.e., trails, large expanses of lawn etc.

3.  Golf Cart for DW to go back and forth to the Guest Cottages.  I have a utility vehicle (like an ATV, but looks like a small truck) that we use now, but it would be nice for her to have her own.  We could also use it to cart elderly guests to breakfast.
 

4.  Mo' Money, Mo' Money, Mo' Money for all of the improvements I still want to do.
 

We are very fortunate to have our living quarters detatched from the guest quarters.   They do eat in our great room, but this doubles as the dining area and living area and the kitchen opens into it....very cabiny and cozy.   Do wish the our bedroom adjoined the one bathroom we have in the house.

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Proud Texan wrote:

   Do wish the our bedroom adjoined the one bathroom we have in the house.

There are times I wish the bathroom was even on the same floor!

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Bree wrote:

Proud Texan wrote:

   Do wish the our bedroom adjoined the one bathroom we have in the house.

There are times I wish the bathroom was even on the same floor!

Me, too!

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YellowSocks wrote:

Bree wrote:

Proud Texan wrote:

   Do wish the our bedroom adjoined the one bathroom we have in the house.

There are times I wish the bathroom was even on the same floor!

Me, too!

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Kk.

I'm thinking you have a farther trek than I do, too, don't you? I'm only talking one floor!

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Bree wrote:

YellowSocks wrote:

Bree wrote:

Proud Texan wrote:

   Do wish the our bedroom adjoined the one bathroom we have in the house.

There are times I wish the bathroom was even on the same floor!

Me, too!

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Kk.

I'm thinking you have a farther trek than I do, too, don't you? I'm only talking one floor!

Flight-and-a-half to the nearest, two flights to the full.  But only when we have a full house... I upgraded my surprise repeat guest yesterday to the third floor... not that much more work to clean up there, and then I can still visit the History Department in the night...

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It was an even farther trek before we got indoor plumbing.

These photos are nearly five years old, but look at what we had while we were building here in the woods.
www.jldr.com/texastarinoh.html

It still stands and the guests love the novelty of it.   We've further decorated it with Texas "stuff".

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Possibly the nicest outhouse I've ever seen!  Your horseshoe, however, is upside down, allowing all the luck to run out.  Maybe y'all do it differently in Texas.

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That's 'cause if you go in there your sh*t out of luck.

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Proud Texan wrote:

That's 'cause if you go in there your sh*t out of luck.

LOL   Smiling

 

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A million dollars and a pot rack.

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A clone... not really, the world is not ready for two of me!

1 - a larger laundry room

2 - more inhouse storage

3 - A larger private area on the 1st floor for us (our 'home' is on the 3rd floor)

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Copperhead wrote:

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3 - A larger private area on the 1st floor for us (our 'home' is on the 3rd floor)

If you were on the first floor, would you or your space be more likely to be disturbed by  guests?  Do you have the entire third floor to yourselves? 

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IronGate wrote:

Copperhead wrote:

3 - A larger private area on the 1st floor for us (our 'home' is on the 3rd floor)

If you were on the first floor, would you or your space be more likely to be disturbed by  guests?  Do you have the entire third floor to yourselves? 

 

Well if I were to do it right...knowing what I know now, NO, I would plan it where they would not be able to go into my area!  Our 'home' covers the entire 3rd floor with locking door at the top of the stairs and a 'private' sign on the door. 

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  1. Separate office in our quarters for my dh with a door that closes.  If you saw what passes for our office now, you'd know why this is #1!!
  2. Finished owners' quarters before hosting guests.
  3. Large enough den in owners' quarters and configured so that it could double as guest space for our family/friends.
  4. Dream scenario - separate owners' house Smiling
  5. Laundry room twice the size of the one I have with room for a Mangle, fold down ironing board, second dryer, second refrigerator, and my upright freezer.
  6. Owners quarters with access to the kitchen without going through guest area at all, ideally see #4. 
  7. No detached hall bath.
  8. Larger kitchen with room for an ice maker, second wall oven, my wine fridge, and walk-in pantry.  And a window over the sink would really be nice.

You asked - if it was from scratch!  Smiling

 

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A man Laughing out loud to help with some of the heavy lifting and some of those other chores I just don't want to do, but I have to do.

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Are you on land right now or still on the boat? How are things looking?

I have to agree, I wouldn't want to try to do this without the better half doing the heavy lifting. And the things I don't want to do...mouse patrol for one! BTW, he is pretty impressed with all you know how to do on your own. If you're also cute, I won't talk to him about you anymore.

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LOL  That was funny, Bree!

We're in between storms right now.  I'm on the boat in my regular slip.  I head back for the "hole" on Sunday afternoon or early Monday morning.  Ike keeps inching off to the south and west (the projection track does, anyway) and that kind of movement is good for me, but BAD for the folks along the Gulf coast.  Ike is one that I don't want to mess with on one hand, but on the other, it could be bad enough that it has to be dealt with from off the boat. 

If Ike comes over South Florida, south of Miami, over the keys and through the western part of Everglades, Miami will be on the dirty side of the storm with the surge.  That the current tracking, but at this far out, it's not all that reliable.  We'll know better by Sunday!  If the surge is more than 4 or 5 feet, especially at high tide, then the lines holding the boat will need to be adjusted from shore as the boat rises out of slip, over the dock and above the pilings to which she is tied to allow her to rise with the water level.  Otherwise, she'll just break everything and be loose.  We can do this by letting the lines out when the water is about ankle deep, then head for higher ground. 

More importantly, as the surge recedes, she'll need to be guided back down into the slip by taking up the slack so as not to get left lying on her side on the dock or on a piling that could possibly pierce her.  The good news is that when the water recedes, the storm is over, so it's not quite as dangerous of a maneuver as letting the lines out is.

We are in a marina on an island which can easily be underwater with surge.  There is a 3 story concrete building on the premises, though.

My Girl....

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WOW!!!!

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BTW - She is a beauty!!

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Whirlpool tub on the third floor.  (My current contractor would have done it.)

First floor bathroom more handicapped accessible than it is now (although it's not bad).  Again, current contractor could have done it, but too late now.

Space to add one more room.

More hours in the day.

When I was young I once inadvertently made my father sad by saying, "Dad, I know what you'd do if you had a million dollars... you'd farm it until it was gone!"  Dh and I agree that if we got a million dollars we'd probably spend it on the B&B it until it was gone.

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YellowSocks wrote:
When I was young I once inadvertently made my father sad by saying, "Dad, I know what you'd do if you had a million dollars... you'd farm it until it was gone!"  Dh and I agree that if we got a million dollars we'd probably spend it on the B&B it until it was gone.

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Kk.

It's amazing how fast money goes these days.  I can honestly say, with a straight face, that if I had a million dollars, I could easily stuff it in a charteryacht in the 60 to 70 foot range (that's not huge) in the stroke of one single check (for a used one - a new one would cost twice that!).  Heck, I could see where I could spend half of that on the one I have!  Oh yeah...reminds me...Capt. Bruce did that - he put $750,000 in a 30 year old yacht that is exactly like mine.  See...it really does go fast.

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Owner's quarters as nice as the B & B. I would also have a basement or a decent shed for storage.

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3, 2, 1 in that order

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  1. Finished, up to date owners' quarters.
  2. A much bigger laundry room.
  3. Help.

 

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Bree, we do share the same house, I want those same things, only 1, 3, 2 order.

Oh, and no detached baths.

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inncogneeto wrote:

Bree, we do share the same house, I want those same things, only 1, 3, 2 order.

Oh, and no detached baths.

The no detached baths wasn't something I gave much thought to. The only time it is a problem for me is when one member of the party (the guy) has not told the other member of the party (the gal) that the bathroom is across the hall. Otherwise, that room holds its own and is actually booking more than the king room and is on par with another queen room. So, it doesn't bother me anymore to have that room.

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