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I’ve written before about how, three years ago, we were lucky enough to move into our ‘Forever Home’, somewhere we will live for years to come. I know we will never move and our house is great for our family and it’s a nicer house than I ever thought we’d own. But it’s still not perfect. There’s things I would change if given the opportunity – and if we had the money.
I would love to extend the back of our house – It’s been extended a few times since it was built and I’d love to make the extension the full width of the house to really make use of the space and open up our kitchen and dining room area. This would create a huge new living space that we would great for socialising and spending time together as a family.
Any dream house of ours would include bi-fold doors, it’s something Hubby and I have spoken about for years ever since we first saw them on a home improvement TV show. We’d love the whole back wall of the house to be made of bi-folding glass doors that we could open completely, making the house flow nicely into the garden. I love the fact that bi-fold doors can be partly or fully opened to suit the situation and they are a huge feature of any room. For those of you not familiar these kinds of doors take a look at Express Bi-Folding Doors who have some great examples.
I’d love for our new extension to have big sky lights or even a glass roof, something to let natural light flood in, reduce lighting costs and make the space have a more ambient feel.
The new space that the extension would create would contain a lovely new kitchen. Having used a fair few kitchens and seem a lot in show rooms there are a few things I’d love in my new kitchen. Currently we have really deep worktops, I can’t touch the wall behind them and the washing machine fits completely inside one of the kitchen cupboards – just an idea of how deep they are. I’d love to have the same depth units in the new kitchen rather than the standard slimmer ones. I’d also love a solid wood worktop and white/cream wooden doors – a country style kitchen. I’d incorporate a big island in the middle of the kitchen that would probably have either the cooker or sink in it. Other than that I would just love masses of storage space!
I would love to use part of our new extension to have a utility room, somewhere to not only shove all the big appliances but also an area for dirty washing, clean washing, the iron and ironing board and somewhere for muddy wellies to live. I think in reality a utility room is my biggest dream of our dream home.
I have no idea where it would go but I would love to have a downstairs toilet. Going through potty training with only an upstairs toilet has been a challenge and we’ve still got to do it all over again with Little Man! Plus, when we have guests, especially for garden parties and barbeques, they have to walk all the way through the house to use the toilet – a downstairs one would be so much easier.
Somewhere to Store Shoes
This may not seem like a big thing but it is something that grates on me every day. Our obvious place to store shoes would be under the stairs, we haven’t got anywhere else – our hallway is too narrow and we don’t have a porch or anything like that however our understairs cupboard houses everything, it’s our one downstairs storage place and has the airer, ironing board, iron, throws, printer… everything in it. If we had the utility room room it would free up our cupboard to be used for good shoe storage instead!
Along with our downstairs extension I would love a loft conversion. It would be a huge space that would have a master bedroom and hopefully bathroom in it. I’d love a big dormer window on the rear of the roof that would have floor to ceiling windows to really let the light in and a big roll top bath in the bathroom – the only way I’d ever be able to have a roll top bath is if it came into the house when the roof was off, there’s no way it would fit otherwise!
I’d also love a driveway but we’d never be able to have one where we live now – off road parking for 2 cars would be amazing! Everything here though is looking at my ‘Dream Home’ though, and I think it will take years to turn our house into our dream home and we may never succeed – there’s always something else to be spending money on! But that’s my dream house list – an extension with bi-fold doors, a lovely new kitchen with an island, sky lights and a loft conversion with roll top bath.
What would be on your dream home list?