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Monday, May 6, 2013

Building a Dream House!

What would be on your dream list if you could build from the ground up and not worry about the money?  Seriously, what would be in it?

Would you go over the top with gold plated and diamonds?  Or would it be practical and really nice to have? 

I'd fall into the second group, nice and practical, but not over the top.

Basics, right off the cuff, of what I'd want:
  • kitchen where multiple people can be at one time cooking
  • bath bit larger to have some counter space (with sink not near outlet)
  • real sized garage (we're not driving Smart for Two cars folks!!!)
  • lot that doesn't have a major hill, but does slop away from the house for good drainage
  • parking for family and friends
  • yard for playing ball
That is pretty good for off the cuff.  If we were to actually move and have a list of requirements there would be a whole lot more on that list, but think I'll build that into my dream home.

My list is a work in progress!  I'll tweak and add more ideas as I stubble upon them.  I know the reality is that I may never see all of these in one house, but I can dream!  So here goes the list:

  • island with outlet
  • peninsula if possible
  • closet pantry
  • two ovens
  • separate cook top
  • one sink (not double)
  • minimal blind cabinets
  • a corner cabinet like this one if a blind cabinet can't be avoided
  • room to have an eat in area
  • places to store onions and potatoes like this (click on link and select the first small photo) or this
  • built in book shelves for cookbooks
  • good storage fore cookie tins, bread pans, etc. like this or this
  • under cabinet lighting
  • pendant light over sink
  • breakfast bar
  • outlet for small, rechargeable vacuum
  • automatic light switch
  • adjustable shelves
  • area for large items (especially if you grind your own grain)
  • places to park kitchen equipment you don't need on counter ALL THE TIME, but still need easy access
  • lazy susans in the corners
  • freezer
  • second fridge ~ maybe and with filtered water!
  • access to garage
  • locker cubby type things, one for each person and one for dog stuff
  • washer & dryer on pedestals
  • shelf just over top of washer and dryer so nothing falls behind
  • cabinet or shelves above for laundry soaps and such
  • place to wash the dog
  • place for guest to put their coats, purses or whatever
  • wide enough to have two current cars in it, be able to open the door of one with out denting the other or dinging a wall.  
  • would be nice to have some storage in garage
  • have an area to take off sport or work shoes (less tracking in of dirt and grass)
  • ball corral
  • sports equipment corral
  • speakers through out the entertaining areas of house (inside and out)
  • logical places to charge phones, pads, pods, computers, kindles, etc.
  • if there is a fireplace, outlet near mantel for Christmas Village.  Possibly one at each end.
  • certain outlets, designated for Christmas Window Candles.  How cool to be able to flip one switch and get them all on
  • depending if there is a walkout basement and doors off kitchen and family room, having back door lights all turn on by any of the door switches
  • plan ahead where TVs MIGHT be so that cable (or whatever) can be run ahead of time
  • where is wifi going to be located?  Pre-wiring for that too?
  • outlets that make sense in the bedroom ~  think about where beds are going and are there enough outlets there for two people (two lamps, two clocks, double whatever else!)
  • two zone totally!  
  • duct work taped at all joints
  • put water heater more centrally located ~ if possible ~ so less wasted cold water while waiting for hot water to make it to the tap or shower
  • piping insulated
  • water heater insulated
  • when a door is slammed (leading outdoors or to bedroom or to bathroom) whole house should not shake
  • built in book cases with window seat (somewhere ~ living room or study)
  • fireplace that doesn't take up to much space, but throws out a good amount of heat
  • just large enough that we don't trip over each other while getting ready for the day
  • sitting area/room (that could be turned into a bedroom if necessary) so that you can read and not wake spouse up 
  • regardless if it has a window, have an exhaust fan strong enough for the size of the room
  • in master bath, have a "water closet" with window and exhaust
  • place for a garden without mature trees to close
  • place for kids to run, jump, throw, be kids
  • place for dog to run
  • fire pit
  • flower gardens
  • herb garden
  • swing
  • porch
  • hot and cold spigot near garage to wash cars
Do you care to join in?  Want to leave any additions of what you'd want?

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