What’s in Your Dream House?

by hookedonhouses on June 1, 2010


In the book Simple Abundance, author Sarah Ban Breathnach asks, “If you moved into a completely new, empty house and started over–and money was no object–what are 20 specific things you’d consider ‘must haves,’ from architectural details to furniture and accessories?”

Sounded like a fun exercise to me, so I sat down and started making a list. Here are 5 that I came up with:

1. A screened porch with a stone fireplace.

Stone fireplace-screened porch

2. A big, cheery laundry room with a window.

Lucianna's Laundry Room

3. A back staircase leading down to the kitchen like the one in Practical Magic.

Practical Magic-kitchen stairs

4. A mudroom with built-ins, benches, and closed storage for brooms and vacuums. Oh, and a potting area with sink that I can call my “Garden Center.” Does that count as more than one thing?


5. A wraparound front porch with a swing (or two).

wraparound front porch-Annapolis

Not only was this exercise fun, but it made me realize what is really important to me. For one thing, I crave a lot of outdoor living spaces. One porch is not enough!

The list also revealed how much I value practical and hard-working spaces like mudrooms, laundry rooms and closets. I care much more about how easy a house is to live in than how impressive it looks.

Now it’s your turn. What’s in your dream house?

Photos, in order: Country Living, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, House Beautiful, Lucianna Samu, Practical Magic, and a house I photographed in Annapolis.

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pattie and allie June 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

I want YOUR list PLUS a huge scullery/ pantry and a linen dish room. A HUGE dining room is a must with our large family. I teach cooking classes and do design work, so a large, well-equipped kitchen with a pizza/bread oven and an adjoining studio/office. Not asking much, am I?? Oh, and I WANT a window seat somewhere!
.-= pattie and allie´s last blog ..A Laid Back Memorial Day =-.

breanna hoyd August 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm

i dont think my house is big enough and i want it to be my dream house what do i do

MissCaron June 1, 2010 at 9:18 am

Love your list! I have to add a fantastic kitchen on to it with a large walk-in pantry … and a wonderful master suite with GIANT walk-in shower and walk-in closet! :-)
.-= MissCaron´s last blog ..what’s happenin’ hot stuff? =-.

T. June 1, 2010 at 9:20 am

I want 1) a mudroom/locker room 2) a sunny kitchen with an island 3) a screened in porch for 3-season use 4) a 3rd floor attic space (my Jo March garrett!) 5) my own walk-in closet.

Allyson June 1, 2010 at 9:23 am

Love your list..PLUS… a french country cook’s kitchen with a scullery,a study/office/craft area off the kitchen(with storage that would blow anything outta the water!)..all doors except maybe the toilet and bathroom to be french doors!
Huge effective laundry and a wraparound verandah!!
Oh dear I think if I keep going this list will never end…how greedy am I!!?
.-= Allyson´s last blog ..Cupcake Toppers – some works in progress!!! =-.

room service ~ decorating 101 June 1, 2010 at 9:25 am

A beautiful view that I had full control of. Lots of windows and high ceilings. Great kitchen that does not look like a kitchen . Would top my list.

Tricia Rose June 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

I have been drawing and redrawing the plans for my current dream house for several years now, boy do I know what I want!
I want it to be as self-sustaining as possible – solar panels, water collection, great insulation, not-too-big etc.
I want an Aga, a root cellar, a workshop, a cosy area and an airy area, verandas down two sides, an outdoor shower, fruit trees, raised vegetable beds – wait, is that five?!
.-= Tricia Rose´s last blog ..Quote of the Day =-.

Katrina C. June 1, 2010 at 9:30 am

1. The home would have to be Coastal, composite cedar shakes.
2. A mix between “Something’s gotta give” and “What lies beneath”
3. Wrap around porch
4. Huge kitchen with Granite Countertops/Stainless steel *used*
5. All of the Furniture Pottery Barn..lol
6. Everything would have to be Coastal Decor
7. A huge media room
8. A huge great room
9. 5 large bedrooms
10. 4 large Baths
11. Mother in law suite
12. slate, travertine, wood floors
13. Huge Laundry room on the second floor where the rooms are.
14. I would have to have a large attic to use as a third floor so the kids can have that as their playroom.
13. A huge deck for relaxing and entertaining
14. A huge dining room for entertaining
15. A Grand staircase in the front and another staircase in the kitchen
16. The entire home would have to be ECO-Friendly.
17. A large pantry
18. Built-ins
19. Three car garage
20. A huge garden surrounding the entire home.

Christy June 1, 2010 at 9:31 am

A freplace, lots of windows – I need my sun!!! A wraparound porch with a swing.

Lili June 1, 2010 at 9:33 am

Are we leaving it at 5 for space sake, lol? Because I could really do all 20. Ok… here are my 5:
1. Hardwood floors throughout (preferably a dark colored oak, or maybe a nice cherry.)
2. Nooks and crannies. Ha ha, I know that sounds a little silly and random, but what i mean is… in older houses, there are gorgeous built-ins, neat spaces under stairs, fun little corners and eaves… and I just love a house that has that kind of character… oh and high ceilings, at least 10 – 12 feet.
3. WINDOWS. And i mean lots of them, in every room. In fact I can’t stand it when a house has a bathroom without a window… we need light!! I’m like a flower that will wilt without sunlight streaming into my house.
4. I agree with Julia about the wraparound porch. It does not get cool enough for me to really want a fireplace, inside or out… I just dont like to bother with it. But a large, deep porch with plenty of seating, and a porch swing (or 2) is so dreamy. I love bungalow porches, with their thick concrete walls and neat shaped cutouts, I also love a beachy styled, southern porch with painted wood floors and ceilings (haint blue) and ceiling fans. Ahhh…
5. As for furnishings, I just love things that are light, airy , comfy, and family friendly. I love really sophisticated looks, but I know that three kids and two cats dont mix well with that. But I love a BIG couch that is soft and snuggly, so the whole family can pile in for a Bible story at night, and I love shiny crystal lamps and fun, funky fabrics, and well-loved antiques. I think of a home when I think of those things. Home is all about comfort, family, friends, food (ooh… I should mention a HUGE table is a must).

hookedonhouses June 1, 2010 at 9:35 am

Lili–It could be as many as you want. I just showed you 5 of mine to give you an idea. My actual list was much, much longer! -Julia :-)

hip hip gin gin June 1, 2010 at 9:37 am

Oh gosh, I think I’ll have to make this list it really sounds like a great little exercise. I would start with a pantry and a separate laundry room. It would honestly make my day to be able to do laundry without having to hear every minute of the thud-thud-thudding cycle from every corner of the house.
.-= hip hip gin gin´s last blog ..Three Day Weekend Blues =-.

Janmary, n Ireland June 1, 2010 at 9:37 am

All of the above with a view of the sea!
.-= Janmary, n Ireland´s last blog ..Blog Journal Day 10 and 11 What I’m Scared of and Where I Live =-.

Kelli June 1, 2010 at 9:42 am

A front porch was my #1 necessity when we built our house last year. I’d held onto my grandmother’s porch swing for probably 7 years after her house sold, knowing I would one day use it on a front porch. My behind (and the behinds of all my family members) sat in that swing no telling how many times. Now, it proudly hangs on my front porch! Do you think objects like this can take on kind of a soul? I feel so at ease in it, so I just wonder.
.-= Kelli´s last blog ..Tuesday Truth #14 – I’m turning into my mother =-.

Mary Beth (Cats, Books, Life is Good) June 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

1. A HUGE kitchen with tons of counter-space.
2. A library with floor to ceiling shelves along three walls and floor to ceiling windows on the fourth (and one of those rolling ladders!)
3. Tons & tons of windows for natural light.
4. And a housekeeping service to keep the place clean.
.-= Mary Beth (Cats, Books, Life is Good)´s last blog ..The Wedding Approacheth – day 344 =-.

Beth June 1, 2010 at 9:54 am

I really love my house, despite it having a long, long way to go to become what I know it can. I guess if I were to wish for anything it would be slightly larger rooms and a nicer laundry area (mine is a dark damp unfinished basement).

I do really enjoy all the photos and lists though!
.-= Beth´s last blog ..Downstairs Bath =-.

Genna Pifer-Cannon June 1, 2010 at 9:58 am

Yay- I sell that book in my shop!! I go back and forth between Simple Abundance, Simplify Your Life, and Everyday Sacred. The happiest home I ever had was a small cottage on Ocean View Blvd. in Montrose, CA. I had one bedroom, a small galley kitchen, half a dining room, bathroom, utility porch, and a living room the size of an entry way. That’s it. My garden was sweet- with lawn, an ivy privacy wall, and one orange tree that my Dad strung with twinkly white lights. I was a single Mom. Nick was a toddler- and we were extremely happy. Now, we have a big house which we love. I like all your choices and sometimes think I’ll die if I don’t have a house like the one in Practical Magic or Something’s Gotta Give, but really a happy family and a few sparkly lights is all I need.

Kate at Centsational Girl June 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

Oh, I’d love a huge mudroom and garden center just like you !!! My home is pretty close to my dream house as is (so blessed) BUT I do dream of a sunroom/conservatory someday complete with radiant heat tile floors and gorgeous outdoor deep cushion sofas and citrus trees in giant pots. Then I would never leave home !!
.-= Kate at Centsational Girl´s last blog ..A Friend, a Party, and a GIVEAWAY! =-.

Jackie W. June 1, 2010 at 10:12 am

A maid

A cook

Janie June 1, 2010 at 10:13 am

Built in bookcases in every room, huge kitchen and a water view.

Vanessa@decor happy June 1, 2010 at 10:16 am

A home with a view of the sea (body of water) from some windows and a view of the mountains from others; covered porch with a swing; pool and cabana; hardwood floors; high ceilings (10′); architectural features like high baseboards, wide door casings; lots of light; beautiful, comfortable furniture.
.-= Vanessa@decor happy´s last blog ..Catching up with…Margot Austin =-.

Dean June 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

I’m TOTALLY with you on your #1-Screened porch with stone fireplace.
I would also like:
>Tons of windows.
>Everything on one level.
>Lots of sliding glass doors on back of house that overlook Japanese garden and Koi pond.
>One room in house designed/equipped for an artist’s studio.
>Quiet and privacy.

AMBER June 1, 2010 at 10:28 am

a library, an indoor swimming pool, a big wrap around porch, one of those built in bed nooks, lots of window seats, and a finished attic with dormer windows.
.-= AMBER´s last blog ..vintagerosegarden:(via mustanggina) =-.

Susan June 1, 2010 at 10:30 am

Window seats, a dutch door, a potting shed, a back porch leading to the back door with built in benches, bay windows, beadboard, lots of architectural trim and an attic filled with family heirlooms like the one in Sleepless in Seattle.

Susan and Bentley
.-= Susan´s last blog ..Our Anniversary =-.

Kim June 1, 2010 at 10:38 am

My first thing is a wrap–around porch, large kitchen with an aga and farmhouse sink. I would love a nice, cheery laundry room and big master bedroom with room for comfy chairs to sit and read in.

HollyM June 1, 2010 at 10:53 am

If money were no object . . .

1) A large outdoor area or porch with plenty of room for comfy furniture.
2) A large brick or stone fireplace in living area, and a gas fireplace in master bedroom.
3) Built in bookcases. And maybe a room designed as a library.
4) Lovely views from each window would be the MOST important feature.
5) Large windows, plenty of natural light.
6) Laundry room big enough for hanging damp clothing, and tucking the kitty ‘stuff’ out of the way.
7) A kitchen designed to be the heart of the home. With a sitting area, or sunporch attached.

Laurie June 1, 2010 at 11:08 am

I’d like Samantha’s little house from the “Bewitched” movie, please.

Black Eyed Susans Kitchen June 1, 2010 at 11:19 am

Julia, I have everything that would be on my list in our house now, so if there were one thing that would make it all better, it would be no more mortgage payments. My kitchen is my dream kitchen, we have a fireplace, big front porch, deck and screened in porch. 5 beds, 3 baths, and everything could use updating…but that is what makes it perfect…it is very lived in and comfortable. A new roof would be wonderful too though.
.-= Black Eyed Susans Kitchen´s last blog ..PINK…SO SPECIAL….IT REQUIRED A GIVE AWAY!! =-.

pamela June 1, 2010 at 11:25 am

A fireplace in the bedroom and the kitchen.
And, a turret.
.-= pamela´s last blog .. =-.

Begoña June 1, 2010 at 11:27 am

Lots of light, a garden with a private porch to have breakfast at during the spring and summer hearing the birds singing, a huge kitchen to be the heart of the home (you know, me cooking while the boys do homework and my husband relax after work), Eames furniture, at least one baywindow and a victorian tower with a library on it.

sandra June 1, 2010 at 11:46 am

What a marvelous post. Where to begin?
For me, a yoga/pilates studio like Gwyneth Paltrow’s in her Hamptons home.
For the kids, an indoor playroom tall enough to accommodate a slide and sleeping loft this way when it reaches the 100s they don’t have to stop playing to cool down.
For my husband, a data center.
For the doggies, an indoor bath and spa so they do not have to share with the humans, with enough storage for their sweaters, Halloween costumes, doggy beds and linens and their food bowls so the baby won’t put her hands in their food and water, then I can close it off with a sliding door and doggy door so their food bowls are always pristine and untouched by baby hands.
For me a kitchen with walk in pantry and bookshelves so I don’t have to hold back when shopping for books.
A library for the sole purpose of housing our book collection.
His and her dressing room/closets.
Basketball/volleyball court. Hike and bike trails on property.
Mud room so we don’t have to worry about hanging our coats right away when walking into the house.
Me, me, me, me, me me..
Walk in linen closet.
A greenhouse.
A covered patio.
A fireplace in the kitchen.
Butler’s pantry.
That’s all I can think of today but I’m sure tomorrow I would have a different answer. Thanks so much for letting me indulge my imagination!
.-= sandra´s last blog ..Lance Armstrong’s Ultimate Bachelor Pad =-.

Ruthie June 1, 2010 at 11:59 am

I think I could include the contents of everyone else’s list and cover most of my own desires easily! I also would want at least a couple of extra bedrooms that were very comfortable because opening my home to friends is very important. But though I’d like to have many versatile rooms, a great deal of square footage is not particularly desirable. I’d want the house to be light and airy but also cosy. I do love beautiful and eccentric architectural detail. Wonderful staircases (like in Practical Magic) are very important to me. However, much as I love tree houses, I’d want a home that was wheelchair accessible for those friends who required that. It’s mostly about gathering everyone together for me. My place is too small now and has a long winding stair in the entry.

Nichole June 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Wow, this is fun and hard at the same time!
1. Generous front and back porches. (I have these right now)
2. Bigger laundry room with areas for folding, drying, ironing, etc.. Definitely need s a window.
3. Staircase into the kitchen (have this now)
4. A dedicated spot for the dogs’ food and water bowls that is out of the way and also for their beds or crates (if puppies)
5. more pocket doors (I have two now, but I can spot many other spots in my house where they would work better that regular doors)
6. a swimming pool that doesn’t take up the whole yard and can be fenced for safety in an attractive manner
7. a walled garden or courtyard ( have picked out a spot at my current house, husband is very scared :)
8. Hardwood and tiled floors nearly everywhere
9. three linen closets: one for bath linens, one for table linens, one for bed linens
10. a two story library

I have to stop now!
.-= Nichole´s last blog ..The Back Porch: Back From The Dead =-.

Jenn Calling Home June 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I pretty much have my dream house, but if I could add some things (or have done a few things differently)…

1) An outdoor eating/cooking area with built in gas grill and fireplace
2) A courtyard
3) A kitchen pantry
4) A third, guest bath (1/2 bath)
5) Larger bathrooms, period!
6) A mud room
7) A big, old red barn (ha!)
8) Animals for said barn
.-= Jenn Calling Home´s last blog ..A Doctor’s Office Script =-.

Pat June 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm

1. I’ll take that screen porch you have pictured, love it!
2. roomy laundry room-1st floor please so I never have to go in my ucky basement again. Hubby can have every square inch of the basement!
3. large kitchen with large pantry with large counter space
4. a circular driveway (love those)
5. acres and acres and acres with a few sheep for their adorableness and horses for riding…for whoever likes to ride.
6. turret because hubby likes those – it would be his (soundproof) music room.
7. large bedrooms with large closets
8. Mud room…absolutely, it can get messy walking around those horses and sheep.
9. Bathrooms large enought to hold great furniture pieces, like armoires and such.
10. a sewing room that doubles for a gift wrapping room. If I’m dreaming, I might as well have a place to wrap gifts because I’m also dreaming I’m rich and there will be gifts galore!!
.-= Pat´s last blog ..It’s The Nights… =-.

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger June 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

A veranda…all I want is a veranda. Oh, and a big girl house that goes with it!

Amanda @ Serenity Now June 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm

You have a GREAT list Julia!! Mine would include:
1. A basement with a space for the kids to play, the hubs to hang out and tinker, and me to craft
2. A 3 CAR garage–room for our 2 cars plus space to work
3. A large, walk-in pantry
4. A spacious laundry room/mudroom with lots of organizational pieces, room to fold clothes, and a TV so I can watch while I fluff
5. A fireplace and some built-in bookcases
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Why I Don’t Have Book Club =-.

Jane June 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm

1. An old-fashioned harvest room.
2. A dormer window in the bedroom with a window seat .
3. Diamond-paned windows (the real ones with leading ,not the fake grilles)
4. A kitchen with flagstone floors.
5. A view of the sea on a cliff if that’s possible( like the Ghost and Mrs. Muir)

Could go on forever. This is fun!

the domestic fringe June 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm

A large 3 season porch and a dishwasher would be at the top of my list. Following closely behind would be ALL new appliances and a large mudroom at the back of the house to house all our boots, coats and winter gear. I also must admit that a swimming pool would be very nice. Money is no object, right? ;-)

.-= the domestic fringe´s last blog ..30 Seconds of Fame & The Light I Love =-.

Stefanie M June 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Huge pantry with floor to ceiling shelves and library style ladder
Huge outdoor living room with fireplace, outdoor kitchen and plenty of seating
Detached in-law’s suite or guest house
Intercom system and speakers throughout the house (or at least the main living space)
Huge craft room with space for my stuff and the kids stuff. It would need a sink and two large tables with seating. And plenty of storage for all of our craft supplies.

Lacy June 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Things that I love love about my home.
1. It has a big front porch and it’s decorated with gingerbread.
2. I have a white washed kitchen with appliques. and a nice pantry.
3.It has a little formal living room where my piano can live. lol
4. Open living room, family room, and dining room so that when I cook I’m still with my husband and three little kids.
5. All of my house is on one level so that I can grow old in it. Except one big room over our garage where I can send roudy teenagers some day.

Things I wish it had but can live without.
1.I wish my laundry room was a little bigger and that I had a seperate mud room.
2. I wish my yard was finished, but I know patience and hardwork is the key.

Thanks, because this makes me realize how lucky I really am and to dwell on the good!

Angela @ Peony Patch June 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Holy Moly – this is a lot to think about! My husband built our home before I ever met him….let’s just say there’s some things I could change!! LOL
It was funny reading some of the other comments, we have SO MANY WINDOWS – too many windows can definitely be a problem! It’s a problem placing furniture, too much sun in summer, etc, etc. Whew, we could do with about 10-12 less windows in our house! It’s crazy!

For me:

1) HUGE laundry room upstairs (only have a laundry closet now)…to keep laundry stuff, all linens, cleaning supplies
2) keeping room (ie: big bonus room)
3) mud room – for all of my husband’s shoes…they have never and will never reach his closet!
4) separate guest area with sitting room, bedroom, kitchette, bath…a mother-in-law suite so to speak!
.-= Angela @ Peony Patch´s last blog ..Summertime =-.

sbean June 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Small, cozy, compact, homey with a screened in porch. Easy to heat and cool. Stackable washer and dryer combo.

A privacy hedge and fence.

Finished basement; dry with pantry space.


Kim June 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

This is really fun! Before I would build my dream home, I would need lots of beautiful property to build it on. Also I would be married.

1. Two story home with a daylight basement. I need space where I can go and be by myself. I have a soft personality, but I get frustrated and overwhelmed easily.
2. Not much carpet on the first floor except for the bedrooms and living room. I lived in a house that had carpet pretty much everywhere on the first floor, except the entryway. They got so gross we ended up having to replace them.
3. A turret in the front.
4. A mudroom. My childhood home had one and it was nice because it was the only room that got dirty.
5. A nice big pantry in the kitchen.
6. A nice entryway with a curved staircase leading up to the second floor.
7. A nice big laundry room
8. A craftroom where I can put all of my crafty stuff and have space to work in.
9. An open floorplan, with the kitchen opened to the great room. I hate homes that have chopped up houseplans.
10. Doors in the greatroom that lead out to a covered porch.
11. I need lots of full baths so there’s not alot of hogging going on.
12. A half bath next to the garage so people won’t track in dirt and stuff throughout the house.
13. A theater to watch movies in.
14. A filtered pool in the backyard, that has a pool cover so kids can’t fall into it without me knowing.
15. A good sized kitchen.
16. A master bathroom that has two showers and two toilets so we don’t have to share.
17. A flower garden that has flowers I can pick and bring inside, and flower bushes that I can enjoy. I would also need an area to sit and relax inside it.
18. Storage in the garage for all of the tools.
19. I agree with the second staircase going down to the kitchen.
20 An intercom system so I don’t have to yell. The main intercom base would be in the kitchen and it would have a cd player, radio, and clock on it. They do make them. We had an intercom system in my childhood home and it was nice because we didn’t have to yell.
21 An alarm system that works with a touch of a button.
22. I think it would be fun to have hidden rooms or secret passages for fun.
23. A huge safe the size of a room so I could put all of my personal belongings and things I want to keep forever.
24. A security room we could go in, incase of a fire, storm, or robbery.
25. A guest house for people to stay in when they come and visit.
26. A concret driveway. They don’t get muddy.
27. Three or four car garage.
28. If I could, I would make the inside as nice as possible.
29. Nice AC & Heating system.
30. In the kitchen, I would love a double oven and Big double fridge.
31. Nice washer and dryer.
32. Nice furniture.
33. Jucuzzi tub in the masterbath.
34. Central Vacuum system. The store-bought vacuums don’t last very long.
35. In floor heating.
36. A baby grand piano and nice china cabinet filled with china.
37. I could go on and on, but I think I will stop here.

Bethany June 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Must have a conservatory, gardens, enormous front and back porches, basement that is like a house all by itself, solar power/thermal heating, out in BFE, huge fenced in area for all my critters, huge fenced in area for my kids to play without critter crud. LOL
.-= Bethany´s last blog ..Sometimes I really underestimate my kids. =-.

On The 3rd of December June 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm

For sure the screened porch with a stone fireplace. I mean, really, can you imagine all the tea drinking & writing I could do out there?!
.-= On The 3rd of December´s last blog ..Beating like a hammer… =-.

Nita June 1, 2010 at 4:48 pm

A house on a lake, French country with same furniture, and a boat or two tied up at the dock.

Kate (Little Beach Bum) June 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Oh wow this IS such a great exercise! I might have to make a list of my own…at any rate, it will give me a reason to scour the Internet for interior design images…not that I need one… ;)
.-= Kate (Little Beach Bum)´s last blog ..Stewed Tomato Shrimp Over Polenta =-.

Teresa Griffith June 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I would love to have a bigger mud room like the one above and a 3 season sun room — or just a great screened in porch. I must say though I know someone who has a summer sleeping porch off their master bedroom that I would kill for!!!

Kristin@Bouelvard Interior Design June 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Are you kidding!!!?? Let me get out the architectual plans I’ve been designing for the past, oh I don’t know….17 yrs.

Mary June 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I would like a Post and Beam house with an open floor plan, stone fireplace, kitchen cabinets from Plain and Fancy, with a large gas stove, electric ovens, a large area for storing dishes and linens, wide plank wood floors, a screened in back porch, in ground swimming pool, garden planting room like the one you posted, a central vacuum cleaner and a central ceiling fan that can cool the house off and a workshop with room to work on my antiques. Is that too much? ;)

From Virginia

Our Nifty Notebook June 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Fun lists! I used to have a huge dream home list, but now that we have our current home, I’m happy! Of course there are a few things I’d love to do to this house:
1. sun room
2. remodel kitchen/MORE cabinets!
3. remodel master bath
4. finish basement
5. work on the landscaping
6. put built ins on either side of the fireplace

The rest is just things to update: sofa, chairs, etc.
.-= Our Nifty Notebook´s last blog ..I Heart Faces: Barefoot Week =-.

angela | the painted house June 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Girl, you and your screened porch! :) I love your list. I, too, would like a 2nd stairway in the kitchen. And lots of natural light. And exquisite surface materials. That’s a good top three. :) Now, someone get the deserving lady a screen porch! :) And some lemonade.
.-= angela | the painted house´s last blog ..Ike & Jane, Athens =-.

Nancy@marcusdesign June 1, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Oh, this is really fun! I would really want great outdoor living spaces like you Julia, I would dream to have the ultimate backyard complete with pool, hot tub, and cabbana! I would want character every where you turn, coifered ceilings, panelling, crown mouldings, and dark chocolatey herringbone floors! Lastly, I am dreaming of a pretty powder room because right now I don’t have one!
.-= Nancy@marcusdesign´s last blog ..{my dining table} =-.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints June 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I LOVE all of yours Julia. Add to that a big island with pull up seating, dark wook floors, white trim, a walk in closet in the master bath, french doors everywhere, transom windows and you pretty much have my dream house:) It’s so fun to dream:)
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..Canopy of Dreams GIVEAWAY!! =-.

Lisa June 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Bil ole white house with black shutters. Dark hardwood floors, fab moldings, porch with a swing, a great old wooden front door, marble countertops and Viking appliances, a real stone fireplace and all white fixtures. Most of all, a private back yard, hopefully near a beach. Jees, I’m not asking much, am I?

Sharon June 1, 2010 at 11:04 pm

If money where no object ,oooh here goes:
1) A lovely garden with water features and places to sit
2) huge picture windows or French doors in every room to view the garden and enough privacy that curtains and blinds are unecessary
3) An outdoor lounge area with a ceiling and fan but also a fireplace for winter
4)Hardood floors throughout
5) a Fireplace in my bedroom ,it only gets cold enough 1 month a year in July(and then not every day)in Sydney Australia where I live but it would still be beautiful ,another fireplace in the lounge room with a great bog mantel for Christmas decorations
Well I think thats enough for now
This is so much fun ,it’s my first time commenting even though I have been reading your blog Julia everyday for a month now.Sharon

Susie June 1, 2010 at 11:04 pm

How I love building dream houses in my head! Everyone has such good things to include.

Here’s my list, in no particular order:

10′ ceilings
Windows that start low and go long
A mudroom with a 1/2 bath and a dog wash nearby
Recycled, well-used wide plank wood floors
Stacked stone fireplace
Wide hallways and wide doorways
Beautiful door hardware in honest-to-goodness oil-rubbed bronze
A kitchen with an island and soapstone tops
Beamed ceilings
Water purifier and softener
Tankless water heater
Solar or wind power for electricity
Grey water storage system

E. George June 2, 2010 at 12:07 am

Hi Julia I agree with your list – I like my little place but if I could I would like built in bookcases lots of storage space a bigger working kitchen with pantry and a slightly bigger bathroom (I don’t ask for much I hope) great thinking blog thanks for sharing. Regards Esther from Sydney….

Sarah June 2, 2010 at 1:17 am

I have realized that I don’t want a huge house, just one with lots of light, function, and living areas. So my list is:
*a large kitchen with a computer desk area, room for a table, a large island for prep and shelves for cookbooks
*a mudroom/pantry off the kitchen just like my friend has: gorgeous wood lockers for her 4 kids, pull out shelves full of snacks so they can pack their lunches, and large laundry area, and tons of cabinets and counter space. (I would also store my craft stuff in here.
*a great deck that is partially covered so my kids can play outside, even in the rain, but still have an area to BBQ and relax in the sun
*lots of built-in’s-bookshelves, cabinets, window seats, you name it, i want it built in! it gives a home character.
*I would love an office with big windows and french doors that open to the rest of the house.
*A playroom! also with french doors so it can become very open to the rest of the house but also be closed off.

Puna June 2, 2010 at 6:45 am

I would love a fireplace just like in the photo above. Then I’ll hire someone to get wood.
.-= Puna´s last blog ..Take A Picture Of This! =-.

OdlinS1 June 2, 2010 at 8:19 am

OMG you guys have great ideas:)! My #1 wish would be a huge great room w/living dining/kitchen all together under 12 ft ceilings!

Bonnie Morscher June 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

Fun little exercise, Julia!
1. welcoming porch and front yard
2. architectural features such as old woodwork, built-ins, arched doorways, etc.
3. hardwood floors
4. a real foyer and/or mudroom
5. enough storage

laney June 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm

…just give me the english cottage in the holiday…

Kelley June 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm

1. Large workroom/studio w/ tons of windows, natural light, big work tables and lots of cabinets and bookcases.

realmom June 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm

1. Large laundry room on the second floor, where the bedrooms and all the laundry are.
2. Mudroom with storage space for backpacks and boots and coats.
3. Finished basement with rec room and kitchen.
4. Sewing/crafts/gift wrapping room.
5. Large mastersuite with amazing closet.

mary June 2, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I need a window over the kitchen sink, a HUGE closed in porch with comfy furniture, a cheerful flower garden I can see from my porch & windows, a spa soaker tub, an aritist studio with great light and I like the kitchen to be in the middle of the action not hidden away at the back of the house.

Decor Arts Now June 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Loved this post. It made me realize that I had a lot to be thankful for, especially my front porch! Best, Lynn

Loribeth June 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm

1. More closets and storage
2. A separate laundry and pantry that doesn’t double as a side entry/utility room.
3. A bight kitchen with lots of windows and pot rack.
4. A bedroom that is large and airy with room for a sitting area and small writing desk.
5. A porch with a swing, screened in or not, just as long as I could lounge on the swing with a good book and have the smell of lilacs wafting on the air.
.-= Loribeth´s last blog ..Why do I do that??? =-.

ladykemma2 June 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm

1. crown mouldings, dado rail and deep baseboards in every room. my style is georgian/federal/colonial. bright pint colors.
2. a laundry room with a table to fold clothes on, two washers, two dryers, an ironing board that can stay set up. a small television, and a drying rack, like the one at biltmore. ha ha. i once saw a room like this in river oaks, houston, texas.
3. a kitchen with two side by side gas ranges (with the ovens underneath). my idea of heaven would be to have 8 burners and two ovens.
4. a howard miller grandfather clock presidential series “taylor” in the hallway.
5. a flat screen tv and a nice console to put it on, that shuts when not in use.

Susan June 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Julia-This is fun
1.Lots and lots of windows and light
2.A big white kitchen with glass front cabinets, marble counter tops, and a huge island and a sitting area(is that still one?)
3. A Screened in porch
4. A butler’s pantry
5. A fireplace in my bedroom
.-= Susan´s last blog ..Shhh….This is Where I Keep It =-.

Shelly Joseph June 4, 2010 at 1:11 am

I asked this question on Facebook and one of the answers immediately became one that I have claimed as my own. A Chocolate Room. Men can have a cigar room why not…

Shelly Joseph June 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Also I would want a tiny cottage just off the house.. A little place of my own.. Moms private paradise.. Yeah that would work for sure…

Molly June 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Let me see…
1) Lots of windows for natural light.
2) One cozy library with floor to ceiling bookshelves filled with old books.
3) Nice big wrap-around porch and a nice size deck/screened in porch.
4) Older home with character.
5) And maybe a couple acres with lovely green grass and a few shady trees.
Gosh- only 5… but I could go on so much longer! ; )

Alva June 9, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Just FYI – I wrote a similar post earlier in the week playing off and linking back up to yours. Stop by if you have time! Adore you darling!!! x0x0
.-= Alva´s last blog .. =-.

Alex January 27, 2011 at 8:47 am

The back stair case to the kitchen would definitely be on my dream house list. Love houses that have more than one stair case. Like on ’8 Simple Rules’, even though the house isn’t that big the two sets of stairs just seems like such a good idea.

Donna Good January 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

I would love a fireplace in a room filled with books, a bay window overlooking a garden with a sparkling fountain and a dovecote in the back, a large table in that room for puzzles and meals, comfortable furniture, plants and flowers, wood floors through out, large porch with swing and rockers, window seats, old fashioned tub with window, filled pantry, skirted dressing table in the bedroom and sunny, friendly kitchen with music.

Cécile DELOUVRIER January 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I’m french, so my style is very different from yours. I live in Provence so outside of the house is mainly stones, there are shutters at windows, houses are smaller, it’s a very different way to live and decorate but I love american style too. I especially dream watching “bewitched-the movie”, “practical magic”, “something’s gotta give” or even iris’ cottage in “holidays” (and not only because of judd law). So my dream house would be all white -outside and inside- , with olive green shutters -with heart pierced through (like mine now), living area downstairs and bedrooms upstairs, a huge walk in closet just for me and my shoes, a laundry, a beautiful sunroom and a huge kitchen. And floral prints everywhere, very english cottage. And of course a garden with a pool for my little girl. Actually I already live in a dream house, it’s not exactly THE dreamhouse but it’s very nice and cosy (laundry, garden and walk in closet missing).
Thank you!

Jo January 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Character in every room-no matter how small or functional=Not one drop of builder grade ANYTHING!
A cozy library with beautiful built in bookcases, woodpaneling and a huge carved fireplace.
A conservatory room like in the movie “Green Card”.
A screened in back porch with a porch swing and a great garden just on the other side of the screens.
An awesome attic with windows you could use as an artist studio, playroom, etc.

Phil October 24, 2012 at 12:33 am

All these posts and no bowling alley?!?!?!!!
For me, if money wasn’t an object, I’d want a 12-lane bowling alley that’s fully automated! But all those ideas sound good!

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