Friday, January 16, 2009

A Dreamhouse Change

After having an architect friend give an unofficial review of the last dream house plan, I learned that I had forgotten a few key pieces to a well functioning house:

1. A utility room where I could house a water heater, or furnace. Go figure, those are never fun to decorate!

2. The Master Closet was huge, and the hallway leading to the Master Bedroom was really wasted space. So, the hall bath was turned, opening up the family room, and allowing for a hall closet to be added. Smart.

Then Robyn added that I didn't have a laundry room, and posted a good question: why did my new dream home not include my new dream bed, the beautiful wingback? Then many of you wondered the same thing! How was I going to keep all of this lovely white furniture clean with two rowdy puppies and no washer/dryer!?

So I added a pantry (upon Scott's request), and adjoining it accessible from the hall from the kitchen to the dining room, a utility room/laundry room. Now, for the puppy question - I still haven't quite figured out that part of the dream. And, the wingback will be in the guest bungalow - which we'll tackle soon.

I did however find the perfect ceiling fixtures for the kitchen island:

Just dreamy, huh?


  1. Artie... How delighted I was to just finish reading the blog article about you at Chic Galleria!

    Ah...I knew you when! LOL

    Nice changes (tweaks) on your dream home...

    And I do agree...FAB light...!!

  2. What a gorgeous light Artie.. I'm drooling here.. you know how I love lamps, lighting of any sort..mind sharing where you found it?
    hugs ~lynne~

  3. Ah yes! A pantry. My first house had one and I miss it immensely! I do LOVE that light fixture - it would be perfect! ~ Robyn

  4. And if you built a home like that, you'd still be wanting to tweak here and there. That saga never ends, does it? I love the lamp -- yum!

  5. That light is just gorgeous,
    Ness xx

  6. I see that your home is growing. Looking good Artie! (I gather that you will have no basement.)

    Something I learned from renovating our first house is: if you can have your plumbing back to back, run in a straight line or stacked (two level home) it allows for an overall reduction in cost. (Toilets are the most expensive to locate/relocate.)

    Also wider hallways (and staircases) give an illusion of grandeur/space and are ideal for a single storey layout. Your idea of 12 foot ceilings is also a plus.

    Love your choice of your K-Island fixture.

  7. Lovely! I sort of gather ideas, too, as someday we dream about building an acreage... but I only really dream of my barn to house my horse, dairy cow, alpaca, goat, sheep, rabbits and chickens! heh!

  8. Puppies? What puppies????

    Justine :o )

  9. Hi,
    Love all your choices for the update of your sweet home. Would you mind sharing where is the light from( hanging Lamp)?

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