A library. I do most of my reading electronically now but I love books. I’d love my own library. Wall to wall books in mahogany bookcases. There would be 2 levels with just a walkway on the second level so you can look up and see all the books. It’d have some study spaces, desks and tables, and some comfy reading chairs both proper armchairs and more cushy recliners. Warm indirect lighting would light the whole room but there would be small lamps with cooler light for direct lighting on individual spaces. A couple of windows just so I wouldn’t feel completely cut off from the passage of time.
Used to be a lot of land, now I’d still like a moderate amount (at least 3-4 acres, up to 12, part forested is great). Room for a workshop. Got a car to restore and a garage ain’t gong to cut it. Would have done large gardens/hobby farm20 years ago but as a retirement place some nice raised bed gardens will do. A creek/river running through it that has fish. Pond would be ok.
@duodec Umm. I seem to be living in your dream home. 2-car garage, 20x60 concrete outbuilding, 6.5 acres, pond, small stream with a 110-year-old stone cooling house, fenced garden, fireplace + woodstove, lots of trees (and brush, briars, poison ivy, misc. thorny stuff, ticks, raccoons, 'possums, foxes. deer, and various Things That Go Bump in the Night.) I’ve been trying to sell it to move someplace that is less work and more allergy-friendly, but now I’m stuck here until there’s a vaccine for covid-19. One man’s paradise, etc.
@ZeroCharisma I used to know a couple with a house that had a large carport added to the front. The front entrance was through the carport. So they enclosed the carport and added a garage door. They could get in and out using the garage door opener, but strangers/solicitors were baffled.
@duodec@ruouttaurmind@simplersimon The water is way the heck too cold up there to go swimming in the ocean. They train the north sea divers up there. Also maybe drag that island south a fair bit into warmer waters? And the days are seriously short in the winter.
Although if you go sea kayaking that far north you may find yourself followed by a seal. When they follow you (I was only as far north as Loch Eil when sailing or kayaking when I worked in Scotland) all you see is this little head with big round eyes about 25 or so feet behind you. If you are not paddling sometimes they will come closer and swim between kayaks. That was pretty cool.
Up-to-date, completely functioning utilities and heating system, clean mouse-proof basement, brand new easy-care flooring to replace the dirty old wall-to-wall carpeting, a patio where the water drains away instead of puddling near the sliding glass door…
@Kyeh “Up-to-date, completely functioning utilities and heating system” AND A/C, working with thoroughly updated electrical wiring, all solar-powered and smart-controlled. Sufficient to go off-grid (and be free to operate).
@cinoclav@DrWorm@qkerby I always kinda wanted a spiral staircase going up to a second level (like a library second level) but with the open bottom of the staircase positioned against the wall. There would be a hidden lock/unlock that would allow the staircase to swing around 180 and lock open when needed.
@DrWorm@qkerby@rockblossom When I was a kid we had a vacation house in the Poconos. While looking for one we toured an A-frame with a spiral staircase. The bedrooms were all on the second floor. I was really young but I still remember all of us standing there wondering how the hell we’d ever get any beds and furniture up there. The parents bought a rancher instead. Side note: Wish to hell we still had that house. My dad was an asshole and signed her name to the paperwork and sold it when they divorced.
I’d like my house to be in a non-light-polluted area with room for an astronomical observatory. (I have friends with this, though the domed observatory is on the property, not on the roof. Close enough.)
A chef. Or a massage therapist. Or both, I’m not picky.
(I’m changing masseur to massage therapist. Apparently masseur can be taken in a shady way…obviously this is written by someone who has never had either.)
@DennisG2014 Garages are nice and I’ve rarely had one. No chipping ice off the windshield or brushing off snow, not bird droppings, tree pollen, or blazingly hot car… Two houses I rented and one I owned the garages had been turned into a room. Would have rather had a garage.
@DennisG2014@Kidsandliz I get that people would like more living space in their house, but it really pisses me off when I see they’ve closed off their garage to do so. We have a one car garage but there’s so much stuff in it there will never be a car in there again. I’d love to have one of those giant extended two car garages with plenty of storage or even room for a shop in the back.
@cinoclav@DennisG2014 Yes a two car garage would be good. Or in a family already with 2 cars, having a 2 car plus extra space. When my parents had to rebuild their garage because it was falling down they made it big enough to fit 2 large cars and enough room for all the yard stuff, bikes…
My boyfriends house has what they say is a 2 car garage but we can’t fit both out cars in it and their not big cars either. So now we park our extra car in there that we barely drive and fill the rest of the space with yard stuff.
I have an automatic starter on my car so it helps in the winter but I still wish I had a garage to park in.
@cinoclav@DennisG2014@Kidsandliz Our attached garage is just big enough for two cars, plus a freezer, beer keg-erator and some shelves around the perimeter. The 1700 sqft. barn is for storing all the tools, animal feed and assorted crap.
Secret passageway. Or a very cool old plantation house with huge trees lining the driveway and inside has to have ballroom, library, people to clean and take care of it and no ghost.
There is a house that is my dream house (never seen inside, it’s just from the stories I’ve herd and what I’ve imagined). It used to be the subs old country club before it burned down and had a ballroom, library, huge dining area, and is also on the point of the lake. Some people bought it and fixed it up real nice.
@Star2236 You beat me to it. But the only thing I need is a secret passageway or room. I would tell everyone about it, but it would be obscured from normal entry. And a cool way to enter, is a huge plus. Like copying Universal Studios and creating a camera system that watches wand movements (IR camera with an IR reflector on a wand)
@Star2236 My college roommate lived in a house that used to be part of the underground railway and had all sorts of stuff like that. Then it was an insane asylum and all the light switches were moved to outside of the rooms. Then her family bought it. My roommate had 11 brothers and sisters so likely it was still partly insane asylum. I am sure the kids appreciated the hidden rooms and weirdly located staircases. Parents likely not so much so.
@infornography Wait until your always dry in the past basement floods. My parents got us kids up in the middle of the night to create a chain to put things upstairs when ours flooded for the first time. It ended up about 4’ deep with filthy water in the end. But other than that it is nice to have somewhere to put things that you want out of the way but inside.
@sive128 Don’t let me stop you. I enjoyed my family’s fireplaces growing up. Buy my ex-wife’s family had a fire start from theirs after everyone had gone to sleep. A hot ember spit out onto the carpet. That was before smoke detectors, but luckily the family dog woke them up. So wifey was not a fan.
I am single now and my only excuse is that I’m lazy.
I have a house with a large two car garage (in which we keep two cars), a large shed with a third car, tools, and storage, a full completely, dry basement with a wet bar and 5 wooded, isolated acres.
I wish I had either more land or less woods for a bigger garden, a larger outbuilding for a skid-steer, an excavator, and truck and trailer to haul them in, so I could go play in the dirt with grown up toys, and a more land for a runway and a hangar for my airplane, so I could play in the sky without having to drive to the airport, pay hangar fees, etc.
Woe is me…
For I no longer have an airplane and all the costs that go with it, and I have never had a skid-steer, excavator, etc. nor the cost and problems of keeping them up. (20+ years of aircraft ownership was enough for a lifetime.)
The bar in the basement makes up for a lot of that, eh?
Always wanted to live in a house with a swimming pool-moved to FL and bought a house that came with a pool and upgraded it to the pool of my dreams. 13 years later it was becoming a cash drain-$ 75 a month for maintenance, pool motor just replaced for $ 500. Salt water system was on its last legs and gas heater was way beyond it 8 year useful life. Person who bought my house hired a pool contractor to estimate what it would cost to update all the equipment and that came to over 5k. I said if it was still working no matter how old, wasn’t going to fix it, but agreed to clean the stains on the bottom which meant the pool had to be drained and muriatic acid scrubbed-cost $ 800 plus water to refill it.
Everyone in my new neighborhood who came from out-of -state bought a house with a pool or had one built-after 13 years that was enough for me. Even if I wanted to add a pool would never be as nice as this one. Pic of my pool.