Hubs and I have a big dream. The forever house. A house that we'd have custom designed and built. My background is in interior design, and Hubs works on the peripheral of the design industry, selling industrial products to kitchen and furniture manufacturers. We know what we want in a house, and now we just need to get there. We love our current home, but she's an aging and demanding mistress; we want a less complicated romance.
Yesterday I was e-mailing with Jen about the building of their dream home, and she was full of amazing resources and advice. Then I went over and read her whole house blog which documents their journey. (The house is almost finished. And. It. Is. Stunning. If I didn't like the girl so much I'd be sick with jealousy.) The chat and the blog brought our house dream back to the forefront of my mind, we know it's at least 5 years away, but that's no reason I can't start planning.
So - without further ado, the first draft of the wish list:
The Forever House of Bad
1. A huge soft deep sofa under huge south-facing windows for afternoon naps.
2. A big mudroom with cubbies and closets for coats and boots - and a spot for washing up grubby pets and children - separated from the rest of the house with a door.
3. Closet organizers in every closet. And there will be many, many, closets.
4. Low maintenance house. Low maintenance finishes inside and out.
5. Efficient and healthy systems - HVAC, windows, appliances
6. A gas stovetop - I'm not going electric for anyone.
7. A master bath where the wc can't be seen from the tub.
8. High ceilings - at least 9', and hopefully something cathedral somewhere.
9. Ergonomic kitchen
10. A pantry and a coldroom
11. Big mainfloor family space - I don't want, ever, to have my children shunted off to the basement (okay, maybe occasionally, but not as a way of life!)
12. Central vac (with a slot under the kitchen base cabinets you can sweep directly into)
13. A room of my own - to paint, to write, to make messy with projects, that I can just shut the door on.
Tell me - what do you love most about your home, why, and what should I add to my list?