We’re nearing the final stages of designing our new house (almost to the blueprints stage!) and I’ve spent the last couple months reflecting on this house, thinking about what we’ve messed up, what we love, and what we would change. I have a couple of posts coming up relating to all that, and today is the first.
My list is actually much, MUCH longer than this (I’m such a pain), but for the sake of time and everyone’s sanity I’m going to keep all my lists down to top ten lists. So in no particular order….
1. One room, one purpose
I’ve never wanted to have one of those houses with unused space. Having a formal living room and a family room makes no sense to me. Same goes for having a breakfast nook (aka where your family always eats) and a dining room (where your family only eats on holidays and whatnot.) I want one space for each purpose that is designed so that it will function for every way you intend to use it.
2. Reasonable amount of square footage
I don’t want a huge house, but I don’t want to feel smooshed either and regret making things small. Our current plan is three bedroom, 2.5 baths and roughly 2250 square feet (plus a huge open loft over the kitchen). It’s definitely bigger than our 1650 we have now, but it doesn’t feel like overkill either. All our kids will share bedrooms and one bathroom, and I’m okay with that. If I have to share, they have to share.
3. Usable storage space
We have a serious storage issue in this house. We don’t have a basement, our attic space isn’t usable, the closets are tiny. Our vacuum cleaner leans against the wall in our master bedroom 100% of the time because there is literally no other place for it. We built our carport with an attached workshop a few years ago and it has helped a ton with storage, but it is still far too small for the projects we do.
4. Front door that does NOT open up into a big room
In other words, I want a foyer. It doesn’t to be fancy or large, it just has to be its own defined space. In the plans we’ve drawn up this was actually a challenge, but I think we’ve come up with a solution that works.
5. Large shower with two shower heads
This may seem silly, but Adam and I have wanted a shower with two heads since our first apartment. We usually shower together (is this TMI?), it’s a great time to talk and hang out with no distractions. Plus, how else are you going to wash your back? Anyway, one of us uses that water, and the other stands just outside the water shivering until it’s time to switch. Two shower heads is a luxury, but a non-negotiable one. It’s happening.
6. Open loft made of rustic wood above kitchen and dining, vaulted living room ceiling
This is a layout I have always loved. We designed the entire house around this concept.
There isn’t a fireplace in our current house. I want one.
8. Huge garage/workshop
I’m not even slightly joking, I want it freaking huge. Like, “what were you thinking” massive. I’m currently trying to talk Adam into a 30×50 (or even 40×60) metal barn that is a combo two car garage, workshop, and future small guest area.
When we come in from our massive barn, I want a designated place for shoes, coats, backpacks, etc. I want a bench to sit on and each person to have their own cubby. I think this would go a really long way in keeping clutter out of the main part of the house.
10. Giant window above the kitchen sink (that looks into the backyard, preferably)
Because really, who doesn’t want that?
So now I want, no…I need to hear your opinions. (It’s not too late to change things in our plan, but we’ll be there soon).
What features do you have in your house that you can’t live without? Which ones would you do away with? What would you change if you were building from scratch? Don’t hold back, I want to hear it all!