Spending time in this dream house has got me fantastizing of what elements I would want to include if I were to design my own house. Our house that we live in now is wonderful for us but it really has its drawbacks. It isn't my dream home but there are many happy memories coating these walls and I have always found it to be a very warm and friendly house. On the other hand, it was NOT designed with entertaining in mind and the set up can be quite frustrating.
If I were to design my own house, it would be like what we saw today - an older exterior, hopefully with come of the trappings of age - deep wood moldings, hardwood floors and fireplaces. I would love to have a living room with nice built-ins to showcase books. I would love a kitchen made with the cook in mind - ample counter space, open access to other rooms to allow conversation while cooking and a walk-in pantry to keep necessities close by. I have always dreamed of have a window seat in my bedroom and, most of all, an open entranceway that lets us welcome friends without feeling like sardines (a real draw-back of our current house). Main floor laundry, deep bathtubs and cool tile to floor my bathrooms would be a nice bonus. I yearn for a front porch (I grew up sitting outside on hot summer evenings and loved the connection to the neighbours) and a screened sunporch for summer afternoon reading without bugs and even a place to doze late at night in the cool summer breezes. I want a yard with the right exposure for roses but that doesn't involve tremendous amounts of care.
What would your dream house look like? What details would you suggest to someone who is designing?