I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my dream home. Probably because I read an article about millennials who are buying homes in larger numbers than any other age group. Because of their dogs. Which is interesting because when I bought my home sixteen years ago, I put an offer on it because it had a fenced in back yard. For my dog. I didn’t know I wanted this feature until my realtor showed the house to me. It was more home than I wanted, more expensive than I planned on spending and it wasn’t located on a street I wanted to live on. Yet, I had to have that yard. Even though there were already two other bids on the home, I put an offer in and mine was accepted!
While I love my home, it’s not perfect for us. So the other day I sat down and sketched out the home of my dreams. It’s not huge. It’s not expensive. But it has everything I want for our lifestyle and family. Meaning it’s the perfect home for my dogs.
I’m a huge fan of HGTV. Honestly, I’m probably an addict. I rarely watch TV, and when I do, ninety percent of the time, it’s on this channel. I have a Pinterest page and if you check it out, it’s mostly of recipes and home decor ideas. Sometimes I think if I had to do school all over again, I’d major in a creative field. Obviously photography, but also interior design.
So I have a lot of ideas of features I want my dream home to include. Trendy items like chandeliers and stainless steel appliances. In my drawings, I have a mudroom/laundry room between the garage and home. In this room is also a small shower stall - just for the dogs. So whenever they get wet or muddy, instead of tracking dirt all over the house, I can hose them off first.
Our dogs sleep in bed with us, which is cute, sometimes. But it also means many restless nights as we all fight for space. My home is an old farmhouse, built in 1924. While it has a lot of character, it also has small rooms. None of the bedrooms is large enough for a king size bed. In my dream home, not only will our bedroom be large enough for a king bed, but also have room for the dogs to have their own beds.
You probably already guessed that my dream home has a fenced in yard. This is a feature I’m not sure I could ever live without. But another dream of mine is to have a pool. And yes, my dogs will be allowed to swim in it. In fact, I want the pool to have a gentle slope so you can gradually enter and go as deep as you feel comfortable. I think this is perfect for both kids and dogs. Dogs can’t climb ladders and I won’t have to pull them up every time they want to get out.
One last feature I included in my design is a space in front of the window where my dogs can sit and watch the great outdoors. While Izzy could care less what’s going on outside, Kita spends most of her time perched on the back of the couch where she has the best view. So why not create a window seat complete with cushions and pillows where they have their own lounging space?
So now, all I have to do is find my dream home, or build it. But first, I must win the lottery!