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scarbowcow

I wish my parents had build something like this for their six children and 9 grandchildren and - eventually, so far - 9 great-grandchildren - to gather in. On the other hand, my parents retired in their early 60s, and my mother could never have coped with a house that size - I had to go early before every family gathering to get things in shape, cook, clean, make up beds, etc even in their much smaller house. There's no way they could have taken care of that much house as the years went by, and living a 3-hour drive (in different directions) from each of their children meant that there was no one to come around at a moments' notice and help out. As the years and decades went by, there were more and more 'working weekends' helping them just keep up with the maintenance of the house (gutters, yard work, repairs, major cleaning).

Didn't notice any mention of rooms for the maintenance and housekeeping staff, but I guess 'retirement' is not necessarily the same thing as 'aging in place.'

   
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babblingjulie

This is truly lovely! Very large and a lot to maintain, but fabulous. I image the family gatherings are wonderful. Lots of inspiration.

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1bizimom

Love the house! So much going on it makes me dizzy. I can only imagine the expense for maintence and upkeep.

When we reached the empty nest stage, we considered keeping the large home we raised our 6 boys in with it's great memories, but as they are spread out all over the country, it didn't make sense to us to have the ongoing expense and maintenance for a home which is used only a few times a year to gather the whole family. So we went a different direction, and downsized to a smaller home making that first hard task of purging stuff and major move while we were still capable of doing it ourselves. Now I can clean my whole house by myself in just a couple hours and our monthly expenses are less than half what they were in our larger home. My kids and grandkids can visit, a couple at a time which makes for more personal visits, and we like to go visit them them to experience where and how they live. Reunions at a great destination get us all together at least yearly.

   

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