My husband and I are finishing watching The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes on Netflix, and despite the enthusiasm of the presents Pierce Taylors and Caroline Quentin, we know for a fact that some of those houses are not achievable (for me, at least).
They’re eccentric, minimalist, awarded and expensive. We can always dream about some of them, of course.
But the truth is that everyone has a different concept of what a dream house means. Some people would prioritise comfort, while others would go deep on the perfect design or luxury.
For me, a perfect home must have some character, but in a simple way. Nothing extravagant or over the top. Less is always more.
My dream house would probably be in a quiet neighbourhood where if possible, most of the neighbours are over 60 years old or in the middle of nowhere. Yes, I know. I like quiet spaces and it’s the minimum requirement.
We’re going to buy our first property next year, and it’s no secret that we’re starting to search for the best deal. It’s a scary process. And I’m even trying to understand the mortgage market better, to make sure that everything will run smoothly when we decide to step in the world of first buyers.
I confess that I could even use Simply Academy to study the mortgage market better. But I think it’s not necessary yet.
My dream house won’t be part of the most extraordinary ones featured on Netflix, but it has to something special for us. After all, it’s probably the one we will spend most of our years.
I’d prefer living in house than an apartment, for sure. After living over 40 years in flats, I’m ready to have a nice garden and finally grow my own food without worrying about space or catching the sunlight first thing in the morning.
If it’s not asking too much, I would love to have big windows where the outdoor lights visit us first thing in the morning. Besides, having an indoor cat makes things easier when we have plenty of windowsills space.
I don’t mind having an open plan kitchen, but it has to offer some privacy and plenty of space. We both like cooking and our current kitchen is spacious and cosy. Priorities, my friends.
I don’t mind if it’s a bathroom that needs some improvement. But no bathtub, please. I grow up in a tropical country where we take showers. Plenty of showers. I can’t go with the impracticality of having a bathtub at home. It’s difficult to clean and unpractical in general.
Finally, I want an extra space to call it an office/guest room/retreat. As I home remotely, it’s essential to have a quiet space where I can teach, write, listen to music and chill. We are a couple, but we need our “me time” now and then.
It’s funny how I construct my house on my mind. It probably won’t be exactly how I sketch it now. But we will try to follow the dream and the budget, of course.
Now that you know how my dream house would be, take a look at this infographic with some of the house prices from famous houses in London that feature in films.