I have often pictured what what my dream house would look like. Before the days of saving “pins” for inspiration, I would flip through Home and Garden magazines to find ideas from the best houses. My “house” board on Pinterest is now bursting at the seems with hundreds of ideas I hope to bring to life one day in my own home. If money was no issue, here would be a few of my must-haves.
Although I despise doing laundry, a designated space to do so would make it a little better, right? An ideal laundry room would include space to hang delicates for drying, adequate cabinet space to keep soap, detergent and other necessities, a sink to pretreat any stains and a counter to be able to fold laundry.
In my opinion, mud rooms are a such a missed opportunity in houses. At my parents’ house, their laundry and mud room is located off the garage. As a room to store your shoes, hang up jackets and keep any other belongings together, it keeps unwarranted dirt from being tracked into the main part of the house.
Open Kitchen Concept
I can imagine the smell of fresh cookies wafting through the air as we two up a night of great fellowship and even better company. A cup of coffee is brewing and all is right with the world. A walk-in pantry with shelving for optimum organization would also make this girl’s heart sing. Having an island for plenty of space to prepare meals and bar stools for additional seating would optimal use of space. A breakfast nook in the corner by the window and a coffee bar would add a nice touch for the caffeine lovers in our family. The general theme of my dream kitchen changes daily, but a sleek yet boho style seems to fit my taste here lately.
The kitchen at our apartment can only really fit one person comfortably and two without being able to move around much, so having any much more room will be an upgrade. With that being said, an open kitchen concept is important in the fact that I want for it to be a place where I enjoy cooking with Chandler without feeling cramped.
Having a two story house has always been a dream of mine. I grew up in one story house and loved going over to friend’s houses that had room to run up and down the stairs in a disorderly fashion. A master bedroom, one for each of our kids and a guest room would be my ideal setup. Any more than that is more space to clean. Let’s also not forget the walk-in closet in our master! My husband has twice the amount of clothes that I do, so we need to account for enough space.
Having our bedrooms upstairs would also allow us more to space to host and have more “livable” space downstairs.
We currently live in an apartment with no backyard of our “own.” While we are thankful that there is no upkeep required of us currently, we would love to have a yard for children and pets have the freedom to roam freely, while also having a garden for fruits and vegetables. To have our own space to do with as we please would be such a nice feeling. A space to also host parties and family gatherings would be such a blessing for me. A back porch dimly lit with stringed lights, rocking chairs to sip coffee as the morning sun rises and a fire pit to roast marshmallows in the warm summer breeze would be such a great a dream come true.
A girl can dream, right? Depending on our budget and what part of Asheville has the best bang for buck, I know there are certain things we will have to compromise on. With that being said, I am excited to have a house of our own one day. I can’t wait to make it a safe haven for friends and family, as well as filling it with kids of our own. I pray that our home is a place where our friends feel welcome to take their shoes off and stay for awhile. I want it to be a home built firm on the promises of the Lord and a place where we forgive often, laugh freely and love mightily.
What were some of the non-negotiables for you when building and/or moving into a new house, townhouse etc?