When you build a house, it's all about priorities. What are the most important things to you in a home. You scour magazines and books and drool over photos, ideas and interesting concepts. You pick out your ideal components in a home and maybe those photos sit on your kitchen counter or coffee table for months while you ponder and plan.
I've always wanted a pantry too. I'm not much of a shopper and the stores are not close, so it's nice to plan ahead. Under the stairs? That works for me. Two bedrooms with enough room in one for a small office to pay the bills (and check email). And two practical bathrooms, one for each floor because it's harder and harder to "hold it" these days. Oh and a garage attached because hey, it might be snowing outside.
Two things I would NOT compromise on. The first is my bathtub. I have to have a big soaking tub to sit in every night and read my book. This is my form of relaxation and it works for me. I am having a heck of a time finding the perfect tub (unless I steal it out of my last house), but I won't compromise. It has to fit perfect and I have to try it on for fit.
The other item is a porch. A big old gather round for meals or sit and drink a beer and ponder porch. It must be covered and we may have to screen in part of it for bug season. I believe many great ideas were started by someone who was pondering on their porch. I see my big lazy cat sitting there next to me and the dog at my feet. A porch is an American necessity.
Which brings me to today's pictures. Look at this porch I am getting. My ponder place is in place. I can't wait to try it out. I hope you come visit me one day and we can ponder on this porch together, or just philosophize about what's up in the world. I am looking forward to it.