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post #21 of 45
If my present home had a weekly cleaning lady, then it would be my dream home.

Oh, and I'd add a fireplace to the master bedroom.
post #22 of 45
It would have charm and lots of neat details like built in shelves and good use of space (ie the book Not So Big House). Hardwood floors, lots of windows and good light.

A master bedroom and bath with a big, deep bathtub
Three other bedrooms, medium sized (one for DS, one for hypothetical future child, one playroom with a sleeper sofa in case guests come, which almost never happens). The playroom can be upstairs or down, the sleeping rooms should be upstairs
Another basic full bath upstairs and a small half bath downstairs. So 2.5 baths
Good size kitchen (not huge) open to a living/family room area with fireplace and room for two sofas, a couple chairs, and a computer/office nook
Nice dining room
Laundry area upstairs, near the bedrooms.
Attached garage
Deck and fenced yard with old, big trees. Outdoor hot tub would be nice.
A neighborhood where we can walk a lot, and walk to a library, park with playground, and other things.
post #23 of 45
DH and I have talked about this a lot over the past couple of years. Our dream home would have a room we could set aside for dh to practice as a licensed massage therapist and a room for my office.

The kitchen and public areas would be large enough for us to socialize easily, and be well designed to the same goal. We discovered when we bought our current house that we do actually like to have friends over, and a poorly designed house is a kind of torture in that respect.

It would have a wide front porch, big enough for a bench swing and with large windows facing the sunlight.

It would be green, or we would be able to make it so without too much hassle. (Facing in a way to make the most of the New England sun during the winter, of materials that cool and heat the house efficiently with little energy expenditure, etc.)

The soil would be clean and usable for gardening, and the layout of the land would lend itself to that relatively easily.

There would be land. At least an acre or two. And it would be backing against a state or national park, or some kind of protected land, so that we wouldn't face much risk of the land around us being developed and we would have woods nearby, if not on our own property.

And it would preferably be an older house. We both like houses with some creaks and history, plus they tend to be MUCH better constructed.

I think soil quality is one of the most important needs. (I hate yards with prickers all over them and I refuse to buy contaminated land that my children and I can't touch and dig into.) Orientation towards the sun and proximity to the woods are also high up there. Those would be the hardest to change. We could also add on a porch and extra rooms, and change the interior layout, although in our dream world we wouldn't have to go to the trouble and expense.
post #24 of 45
A mud room.
More than one bathroom.
A fully-redone basement or other space for all the kids toys, storage, and perhaps a little wrapping, utility area.
post #25 of 45
A dream home that would be within our reach... would include...

Well, our current bathroom is 5x8. So, a bathroom bigger than that. Actually, TWO bathrooms (whoa!), one being the master ensuite. Maybe THREE bathrooms -- a large, family bathroom; the ensuite; a powder room.

Walk-in-closets, especially in the master.

Three bedrooms (we have two).

A dining room.

A laundry room on the same floor as the other rooms, if possible.

A finished backyard.

A family room or a playroom.

A workout room for our equipment.

A mudroom for the dog to sleep in.

I really like the current style of our house and kitchen, so just a lot, lot larger of a house I guess.
post #26 of 45
A three bedroom bungalow with a modern kitchen (but no microwave). A finished basement with room for television, computer stuff, and a closet for games and toys (like the board game closet in The Royal Tenenbaums). Built in bookcases somewhere. A large bathtub. A back deck. A front porch. Lots of windows and natural light. Some kind of stained glass on the front door (maybe flanking the sides). Good insulation.
post #27 of 45
Oh yeah, I forgot about insulation. That would be nice, too.
post #28 of 45
Oh and a walk-in pantry with deep shelves. I think I would rather have a walk-in pantry instead of walk-in closets.
post #29 of 45
An old farmhouse or colonial style.
Hardwood floors
Crown molding
Lots of large windows with no blinds
Security system
Huge kitchen with Viking range and double oven
Double fridge/freezer
Marble countertop on island
Ginormous Weasley-style hearth
Brick oven
Seperate formal dining room
5 bedrooms-large
Spa tub
Finished basement

Solar panels and small wind energy system
Geothermal water and heating
Rainwater reclamation system
Large composting system

Doggy door leading back to cat-fenced yard for kids and pets
Sunroom/Green house attached to house
50 acres of rolling farmland and preserved woods
Formal Monet-style garden
A real treehouse
Sheep barn and chicken coop
Huge old gnarly oak tree to climb
post #30 of 45
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Originally Posted by momtoS View Post
a mud room......
Yes.....
post #31 of 45
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Originally Posted by kittywitty View Post
An old farmhouse or colonial style.
Hardwood floors
Crown molding
Lots of large windows with no blinds
Security system
Huge kitchen with Viking range and double oven
Double fridge/freezer
Marble countertop on island
Ginormous Weasley-style hearth
Brick oven
Seperate formal dining room
5 bedrooms-large
Spa tub
Finished basement

Solar panels and small wind energy system
Geothermal water and heating
Rainwater reclamation system
Large composting system

Doggy door leading back to cat-fenced yard for kids and pets
Sunroom/Green house attached to house
50 acres of rolling farmland and preserved woods
Formal Monet-style garden
A real treehouse
Sheep barn and chicken coop
Huge old gnarly oak tree to climb
Yeah, that is pretty much mine also. I will add a large garden/orchard, fireplace in the master bedroom, fireplace inserts in other rooms, and a shop for DH!
post #32 of 45
large kitchen with Island must have a dishwasher, I have not ever had one since leaving home.

Master bedroom big enough to have a reading/rocking nook. Since I co-sleep for 4 years I would love to have a space to rock gently, or read a book while little ones doze off etc, a fire place and window seat

sound proof room for musical instruments, noisey toys and of course for tv viewing when they are teens and have friends over.

LARGE chlidren's bedrooms. With so far 2 of each gender and talk of us having 2-4 more kids I want bedrooms big enough that the kids could spread out more. at least 4 bedrooms for the kids would be good.

A very very large school/playroom with lots of built in cupboards, big windows, and an inroom sink.

Library to house my large book collection, prefer to have this on the top floor with large skylights to allow for indoor telescope usage in the winter.

main floor laundry, huge pantry

big bathrooms, at least 2 full baths, and an ensuite. I am tired of bathrooms the size of closets.

A sizeable solarium/heated covered patio, that we can use year round.

Huge fenced backyard with trees for climbing, big gardens, a Koi pond

Definitely out of the city!
post #33 of 45
Ahhh, my favorite daydream!

Master suites on 1st & 2nd floors w/walk-in closets
Wrap-around front porch
4 bedrooms
family room off eat-in kitchen with oversized island & pantry
at least one wood/gas fireplace
1st floor laundry
full, finished walk-out basement
attached oversized 2 car garage
dog-house dormers upstairs w/window seats & built-in storage

Lots of towering trees in the 1 acre+ yard; a small duck pond w/a weeping willow, some nice pines a japanese maple & several white birch but NO OAKS!!!

Thanks for this thread... I feel much better now!
post #34 of 45
one that is happily functional for my family, on a bit of land and paid off
post #35 of 45
We are living in our dream home..have been for a little over a year.

I now just dream of paying off the mortgage and burning that sucker!

Our dream house is 4 bedroom, three upstairs, one in the basement, 2.5 bathrooms, one of which is our ensuite and we have a walk in closet, a nice though not real big backyard, an office off the kitchen, open concept main floor.

It was custom built, is not real big(1500sqft) but big enough, in a small town (pop 1200) in rural Ontario.

I am so grateful for our home every day and our quality of life has improved dramatically with a house that was built exactly right for our family.

and I highly recommend that the laundry room be on the same floor as the bedrooms...in a bungalow on the main floor, in a two-story on the second floor(this is what we have)..it's just so sensible!

and we don't have much money to spend, we don't get to take trips or do lots but our home is warm and sweet and I love it!

ETA~I forgot..we have a nice big front porch too and underneath it is the cold room..I love that!

and my dh has his dream garage...3 car size!
post #36 of 45
Ok- keep in mind, you said DREAM home:

http://www.thehousedesigners.com/pla...p?PlanNum=2251
http://www.amazingplans.com/catalog....&item_id=14816
http://www.amazingplans.com/catalog....&item_id=15741


But these are more within my reach and ethos:
http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/houses.htm

And this is something I need before I leave this life:
http://www.winnebagomotorhomes.com/d....asp?id=432622
(or something along those lines )



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post #37 of 45
A porch, my dream home will have a front porch for me to sit on. A tub big enough for me and DH to soak in. A pantry with plenty of shelf room. And a laundry room upstairs( if it has stairs not a requirement). Oh also if it is a two story I want a back and front stair cases. It would be nice to have an office/library room with a pretty bay window.
post #38 of 45
I would like a mudroom, a sunroom, a playroom, space for me and DH to each have our own hobby rooms, a garage, laundry NOT in the basement, enough space for the cats to be able to go outside safely, hardwood floors and tile (no carpet), pantry, built-ins. And no vinyl siding! That's all
post #39 of 45
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Originally Posted by iamthesmilingone View Post
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And this is something I need before I leave this life:
http://www.winnebagomotorhomes.com/d....asp?id=432622
(or something along those lines )

That is perfect! And, for what it is, it's not an outrageous price... I've seen some of those go for $225,000!
post #40 of 45
those are great choices
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