Whose home is it really?

I don’t watch much TV, but when I do, it’s usually on HGTV. I love seeing the transformation of old homes from designers like Joanna Gaines, The Property Brothers and others. I never tire of looking at home decorating magazines, or browsing Home Goods for home decor. Sometimes I think I could be happy as an interior designer.

While I love the home I own in PA, it’s not my dream home. One of the features I love most about this house is the fenced in yard. I’m partial in part because my husband rebuilt the fence a couple of years ago and it turned out fabulous. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this project. But it was well worth it.

The rental home we’re living in now does not have much of a yard, let alone a fenced in area. Which means we have to walk the dogs every time they need to go out. It’s good exercise for all of us, but it’s not exactly enjoyable when it’s raining out. Really, what we miss most is allowing the dogs to run freely, playing, chasing balls and each other. There really is truth to the saying a tired dog is a well behaved dog. I can tell they have more pent up energy because walking isn’t the same. And I feel bad that they don’t get to spend more time outdoors.

In addition to watching HGTV, I also enjoy looking at homes during open houses. It’s fun to think about what would make a home perfect for my family and I. My husband and I have been spending part of our weekends touring homes in the Venice and Sarasota area. It’s a great way for us to get to know the area better. We’ve discovered parks, shopping centers and parts of the town we never knew existed before. While we are touring the home, we always chat about what we like, what we don’t like and what we would do to make it the right home for us. This process has really made it clear that one of the most important features for us is having a fenced in yard. Because some neighborhoods have deed restrictions that don’t allow fences, we are also learning where we would not want to live.

I haven’t found my dream home yet, but I am getting closer to knowing what it must have. And I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that the number one requirement is being led by my dogs!

Are you living in your perfect home? How much do your pets play a role in determining what makes your home the right one for you? Leave me a comment and tell me about your home!

Thanks for reading!

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Australian Shepherd on southwest FL beach

My dream home

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!