Like sophmama we are living in a tiny place right now that doesn't even have room for cool organizing things. Actually, the house is pretty organized; what we truly need is more space. Hopefully soon we can move to a home.
We would love to build a home based on the principles of the Not So Big House. I love the style of those homes with the natural colored woodwork. DH loves Japanese design and I think it works perfectly with that.
Anyway, someday when we can build, all we want is a rectangle; essentially a barn, really. We want the kitchen, dining, and living to be all one long room, maybe with a step down from dining to living. With a fire place at the end of the house in the LR. Stacked washer/dryer in the kitchen. At the other end of the house would be a staircase behind the kitchen wall with a master bedroom and bath on the other side of the staricase. Upstairs we would want 3 more BRs (one for each child, plus a guest room as we do often have my mother here) and a full bath. In the basement would be the mechanicals and a workshop for DH and studio for me.
It seems to me that is pretty simple to construct: just a rectangle with very few walls. Maybe one of you architects can explain to me why on Earth it is so expensive to build a house? Is it mostly just the clearing of the land and digging of the basement that is so costly? We don't neccesarily want a post and beam house, but that does seem to fit our simple rectangle style. Why is post and beam so expensive? We have also looked at http://www.shelter-kit.com/barnhouse.html
We would do the 24' x 64' one and then just divide it up inside the way we want.