Although Pete and I love our house and have been very happy there for what would be 7 years this Christmas, I still have a forever house wishlist. I always think it’s interesting to hear what people would like in their dream house and I thought it would be fun to have a bit of a daydream today. Here are the things my dream forever house has – I’d love to hear about yours…
A huge white kitchen dining room, full of light and space to cook and entertain all in one. In my minds eye it is across the back of the house, with Kitchen units along one wall then an island, then a wall of french doors, like an orangery leading out into the garden. It has a nice flat floor and I see our future children in a high chair next to the family dining table, and another madly tricycling around the table and island.
A utility room with access to the garden, where I can put the washing machine and maybe even a tumble dryer (I don’t have one now…) then dry the clothes on an airing rack hung from the ceiling. I’ll be able to wash my hands there after being in the garden and iron (who am I kidding?!) but best of all, shut the door on the mess!
A Master suite. My bedroom is my sanctuary and whilst I don’t go to bed early and sit in bed (preferring to go straight to sleep,) I love lounging in bed at the weekend with a magazine, making lists or catching up on blog reads and I love getting ready to go out for an evening too. In a perfect world, I’d have a bedroom that lead into a dressing room and then through that into a big bathroom and a freestanding tub. If we had guests or children I could escape here and enjoy some solitude before rejoining the world again! (The SATC2 movie is solely responsible for this element of my dream house – I loved Carrie and Big’s apartment.)
Lots of spare rooms. Because Pete has 2 siblings and we’re almost equidistant from both parents, family get togethers are often cramped and somebody is always driving. I’d love us all to be able to have Christmas together without anyone driving home or sleeping on the floor.
A big hall. One of my biggest bug bears about our current house is the hall. As it’s a terrace, the hall is only as wide as the stairs, which go straight up in front of you after a door to the right which leads into our lounge/dining room. It was always annoying when friends came to visit and goodbyes entailed a dance around each other to reach everyone within the confines of the hall. Now lots of them have push chairs or car seats too, I long for a hall that is big enough to stand in and dump all those things too!
South facing garden. This is one of this things our current house has, (well, it is SW facing,) that has made me determined to keep in future too. We get precious little sunshine as it is and the ability to eat outside in the summer or sit in the garden scores high on my quality of life scale, so it’s a must for me that the next garden we have gets the sun in the evenings at the very least.
A family bathroom. Our bathroom now is almost as big (or should that be small) as the hall and operates on a one in, one out policy. I grew up in a house where you couldn’t have a bath without someone coming in for a chat (poor mum!) and tooth brushing time was a family affair. As a result I crave a bathroom that has space in it for kids to be dumped in the bath and al the family to join in without a military planing exercise on how to negotiate opening the door and leaving or entering the room.
That’s not much to ask is it?!
Pete’s list is funny in comparison to mine. All he wants is a garage and a driveway!
So, now it’s your turn. What’s on your dream house, or maybe even just your next house wish list? I’d love to hear what you’re dreaming of…