TOEFL Essay Topic 144 - Would you prefer to live in a traditional house or in a modern apartment building? Use specific reasons and details to support your choice.
I know there are advantages to living in a modern apartment, but I`d prefer to live in a traditional house.
I know there are advantages to living in a modern apartment, but I`d prefer to live in a traditional house. My main reason is that I love traditional design. It`s graceful and warm and inviting. I think modern design is very empty and sterile and not very inviting.
So, because of the way it looks, I`d choose a traditional house.
I recognize the fact that a modern apartment is going to be in much better shape. Being new probably means all the plumbing works, the roof isn`t going to leak, the windows are properly sealed, and the kitchen appliances are in working order. A traditional house can`t guarantee any of that. In fact, it`s likely that things will break down or need replacement, simply because of age.
Still, if the appliances are old, so is the wood, and that`s a big advantage as far as I`m concerned. Very few new buildings have the kind of beautiful woods that were used years ago. It`s something that can`t be copied.
Space is always important to me, too. I need a lot of room for my home office, my clothes, and to display all the knickknacks I`ve picked up in my travels. I also like to have interesting space. I don`t want all the rooms and windows the same size or a boxy design. A modern apartment usually comes in one size and shape. A traditional house is going to have a variety of spaces where I can put a little table or a window seat. And it will have lots of room, from basement to attic. These are all good reasons for me to prefer living in a traditional house.
Some people love modern design, but it`s not for me. The space and beauty of a traditional home are more important to me than having everything new and perfect.