The biggest dream that I have would be to own our own house. We currently rent, and the area we live in in Cambridgeshire comes with a hefty price tag; if we want to keep our picturesque village location, four bedrooms and a sizeable downstairs living space. So I would have to use 20K to form part of a deposit on the house of our dreams. The question is what makes that perfect house?
I have put together my top 10 dream house ideas:
1. I love open plan downstairs living spaces.
In the last 5 years we have lived in three different houses or apartments all with an open plan kitchen and living room and it really suited us to the ground. So that would be very much high up on my wishlist.
2. A colour burst Kitchen.
I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and baking, and I love that it is the hub of our house, so I would want it to reflect a little of our fun personality with a few pops of colour to make it a really fun and enjoyable room to be in.
3. Contemporary twists
I love contemporary and/ or quirky decorations or fixtures and fittings as I think they bring lots of our personality and individuality into the house. I have been eying up this contemporary light fixture for a while!
|Isn't this really gorgeous?|
4. A garden with plenty of room to BBQ
We love to BBQ and play outside in the garden, it has become a really important part of our family life so this would be up there on the "must have" list.
|I love this little magical garden!|
I love the city, don't get me wrong but I love the country more. There is something very special about being able to retreat home where it is quiet and peaceful, surrounded by nature. I love Cambridgeshire, it may be flat but it is very pretty, and who wants to go out biking and exploring up huge hills anyway?
6. 4 Bedrooms or more
We love having our friends come to stay, so it is lovely to be able to have the space to invite them. As my boys get bigger I am thinking that space will also be a good thing too, giving them the room to be creative, grow, contemplate without being totally under our feet.
7. A wine cellar?
Who doesn't dream of a wine cellar? How fantastic would it be to have our very own wine cellar. I think this might be a bit out of our league, but a girl can dream! Ha!
|Anyone for wine?|
Having rented for the last I don't know how many years, I am longing after some very clever storage. Storage that maximizes our space without impacting and eating into our living space! I really like the look of this under-stairs cupboard that pulls out.
9. A playroom
It would be great to have somewhere for the kids to retreat to, a place to store all of the toys and build massive train tracks across the floor without having to tidy them up so that everyone can sit down in the evening.
10. A walk in pantry
Call me old fashioned! I would love to be able to keep all my food in one place and have room to buy extra tins when they are on offer and give us a greater selection!
Finally I think that I would squirrel off a tiny portion of my 20K to buy this beautiful Kitchen Aid Mixer in pink! Just because I can, it would look fabulous in my kitchen and it would be perfect for helping me to make cake!
Thats how I would spend mine, the big question is, how would you spend yours?
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