I am very fortunate to have this dilemma! I love the process of imagining my new home. Our architects, QB3, the same guys who so brilliantly executed our loft remodel 6 years ago, asked me to start with a "Manifesto", what do I consider my ultimate living environment, who am I when I am at home and what's important to me in that setting. Luckily we have Pinterest, and I started a board called Dream House. This is where I dump anything I love that has any chance of finding it's way to our future home. I may want a swimming pool, but that isn't happening, so unrealistic stuff I try to keep away from, not always successfully.
My next assignment is to make a list of things I want, and I see this as a list of "living" knowledge I've accumulated over the years, what I use, what I need, what really makes a difference to me. I've been working on that list, below I've listed a few of the items. But what if I could get help from all the years of experience you all have? What if you could tell me what things you need in your living space?
Can I get your help?
Here is a sampling of my list:
- We want to have a TV area not as part of the big living room. It can be sectioned off with some sort of millwork, it doesn’t have to be a full wall, even a partial partition. We like the idea of sitting in a smaller setting with some sort of sectional that we can lay around on and eat snacks on, (and stitch on, of course!!)
- We want a laundry room with a utility sink. It doesn’t have to be big but somewhere I can fill buckets of water, do hand wash, keep the piles and piles of dirty laundry we always seem to accumulate so fast. A closet isn’t going to be enough.
We need a table for 4-6 people to eat on a daily basis. If it could seat more than 4 that would be great.
- We need enough storage space for large items. (Suitcases, portable heaters in the summer, coolers, all the extra paper products, etc. etc.)
- I want to live in a home with enough light so that I never have to turn on a light during the daytime. Light = sanity for me.
What would your list have?
Reid and I thank you :)