skycat
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skycat asked in Home & GardenGarden & Landscape · 1 decade ago

·What was the house you grew up in like?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    My dad died when I was a year old so we moved in with my nana. She lived in a terraced cottage. 2 attic bedrooms, my mam, brother and I slept in 1, all in a double bed. 2 lodgers slept in the other. Downstairs the front room was let to a young married couple who had a young baby. Nana slept in the 'little bedroom' off the kitchen. The main room of the house we called the kitchen; there was a table and chairs, a couple of arm chairs and a fire for cooking. We had an offshot scullery with a sink, cold tap and an old water pump, there was also a gas oven for roasting and baking. At the back of the scullery was a 'bathroom'; this was a basically wooden leanto built against the yard wall. It contained a lionfoot bath which had to be filled by boiling water on the fire. The toilet was down the yard and I was scared to go after dark because of the bogieman in the coal shed.

    Comparded to some of the places we lived in later it was pretty good. At one point the 3 of us lived in one room with gas lighting; almost everytime my mam took her clothes off she'd hit the mantle and break it so we spent a lot of time in the dark. At that place and the next one the toilet in the yard was so bad my mam wouldn't let us use it so we had to use a potty. It didn't have water piped in so my mam had to fetch it from the tap in the yard in a bucket. The next place had the same landlord and was on the same yard but was larger, 2 rooms; same toilet, same potty, same tap in the yard. This was in one of the largest town in the country from the late 1950s to the mid 60s.

    The good old days??

  • 1 decade ago

    Unique! My dad, two uncles, and a grandfather were all contractors so they built the house and finished it the year I was born. They did all of the woodwork in it themselves. Because of that, they did things like: built hutches into the walls (they would never buy what they could build), built room partitions that were half walls and half "beams" or a cabinet and a door the same times. All the cabinetry was a design that I've never seen elsewhere. The wall that the fire place sat in, they decided to make entirely of the same rock as the mantle, and they're were two glass walls...don't worry the nearest neighbor was nearly 2 mi. away.

    It became more unusual when my dad was paralyzed in an on the job accident, so the company had to pay for all renovations to make it all accessible. So, we then had sliding doors most places, ramps everywhere that they're had been steps, and this giant "wheel in"- all tile-shower with windows in the wall, and they put phones in every room.... including the bathrooms! So we had 9 phones.

    The odd part is that I never really realized exactly how different it was until I was16 or 17. I did know that most people didn't have phones in their bathrooms, or wheel in showers!

  • 1 decade ago

    I was born and grew up in a small semi-detached 3 bed house. As Dad was a builder & we had about 2 acres my dad built a kitchen extension, and put in a rayburn for heat and hot water. Everything for the house was the thrown out waste from his clients, even down to the paint. The colours were mixed together to make enough paint to cover. It did"nt seem to matter what colours went into the mix it allways came out the same shade of dung green. It was years before I could tolerate any shade of green. We had a small orchard, fields out the back and a busy road out the front.

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  • Hi T
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    1 decade ago

    We lived in a beautiful position outside the village, with fields and wood land on every side, but the 3 bed bungalow was made of wood and asbestos walls. Freezing in winter, and hot in the summer. We had one fire place, which also heated the water only in winter. Paraffin heaters in the bed rooms, or just hot water bottles. An out side bucket toilet, in a shed, at the bottom of the garden. We often only used old news papers, instead of toilet paper. Parents, three boys, and Gran, in three bed rooms. When we where little we had no T.V, only a radio, on which we would listen to the Archers then of to bed. When I became older I fitted an electric immersion heater, so we actually had hot water in the bath at any time of year. Before that it had to be "filled" from a kettle. We did have an electric cooker. Although when we first moved in we had just a baby belling. But Mum still managed to cook great dinners. While Dad was down the pub. We had some great Christmas celebrations there.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It was a Gothic Victorian mansion quite like the Addams family house but on the outskirts of London. Pointy gables, dark panelling, high ceilings, carved fireplaces, My grandparents, aunt, uncle, mum and dad and me all lived there together quite happily. The three 'families' each had their own sitting room and there was a morning room where we used to get together. The kitchen had two of everything, cookers, sinks, fridges.

    I spent most of my childhood up a tree reading or trying to dam the brook in the garden. The day I got married, the brook had it's revenge and flooded right up under the house & over the pavement. I left for the church in my wedding dress and wellington boots.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    An old fashioned terraced house (like the ones on corronation st). I'm 36 now but i can clearly remember as a child the outside toliet and having a tiny hot water heater. The tin bath had been replaced with the plastic one, but the position next to the fire remained the same. We had a yard and an entry and a backgarden where i had a swing. The good old days, my mom still lives there now, although its been modernised.

  • 1 decade ago

    I always thought it was big when I was small, I remember the open staircase and the dining room had black and white tiles it looked like a ball room to me then. There were only two bedrooms, lots of space in the garden and it backed onto fields. I since drove past the house as an adult and its not big at all just was bigger than the house we lived in before that.

  • jxt299
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    It was an old house, 2 bedrooms, with tropical style furniture, and half a block from the beach. The cat would go down to the tide pools at low tide and catch fish, which she would bring back to the house and proudly drop on the kitchen floor. There were palm trees in the yard, all the kids from the neighborhood climbed trees and we played on the cliffs near the beach. It was a great house, a great neighborhood.

  • 1 decade ago

    3 bed semi on a council estate which i lived in from the age of 5 and passed on to me by my parents as they agreed to move into a flat and let me have the house as I had 2 children by the time I was 18.We had an outside toilet and had a pee pot upstairs for the kids.In the winter you could scrape the ice off the inside of the windows and make pretty patterns.There was a filled in air rade shelter in the back garden which my brother decided to dig up when we were kids. The only heating was a coal fire in the lounge.My children never had colds and were rarley ill untill I move into a new house with central heating then the colds and flu began.

  • 1 decade ago

    mmmmm the house i grew up in is a place i will never get!! Many things happened there! It started off as nothing and just an empty shell and grew into a warm family home!! Nothing special or fancy..no 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom malrky! Infact is was a very "working class" home!! But when all is said and done i will always think happy things when i think of the house i grew up in!

    xx THANKS MUM XX

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