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#1 BadCat

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:21 PM

I've decided to win one (or more) of the large lotto type jackpots over the new year period.

When I win I shall build a new home.   I want this home to be brilliant.  It must have everything I want and need and yet it must not be a huge gold plated monstrosity.  So I've decided to throw it open to EB for suggestions so I don't miss anything important in the planning stage.

Questions:

1.  If you could add something out of the ordinary to your home what would it be?  Think libaray with ladder, wall of fish tanks, squash court, etc

2.  What special items or rooms would be must haves in your dream home?

3.  Would you build a standard looking house or would you go for something a bit out there, or really out there?  What would it be?



#2 ~Jam~

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:31 PM

will have to think about the rest, but I know who will be building it;

Garth Chapman Queenslanders

oh and the countertops will have cutouts/inlays for chopping boards!

#3 PureBliss

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:33 PM

Cape Cod/Hamptons Style - not out there, but timeless
Amazing views from living areas, study and master bedroom
Orchard/Vegie Patch
Walk in pantry with a sink in it
Formal dining room with seating for my extended family
Music room with a grand piano - could also double as the library.
Rumpus room
Small room for treadmill/pilates equipment
Fireplaces/Air con
Self cleaning pool
Seperate guest area
An ensuite with a big, luxurious bath just for me
Seperate counselling space for me to see clients - preferably with a view.

Might not be achieveable in this lifetime so may just continue renovating what I have!

Edited by PureBliss, 26 December 2012 - 06:35 PM.


#4 unicorn

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:34 PM

Hidey holes and secret passageways, false walls, that sort of thing.


#5 iwanttosleepin

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:36 PM

I truly believe you need an Architect!

My parents have a small 3 bedroom architect designed house (no kids at home) and it is just beautiful and so functional.  Every bit of space is well used, it flows well, it has amazing views from every room and it just totally suits their stage in life and style.  It has an internal shed that dad keeps his boat in.

Compared to the hideous 5 bedroom plus study plus theatre room monstrosity the PIL live in.  Some off the plan, huge totally inappropriate and unnecessary waste of space designed entirely by a builder!

I know if I ever got the opportunity to build my dream house than an architect would be my starting point.

#6 Alpha_Chook

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:37 PM

Laundry Chute

Parents area that requires a code to get in and has a door that children cannot hammer at incessantly


#7 Ninja Lemur

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:41 PM

A secret room.  Ideal for when you need solitude.

A separate level for the kids so their crap stays out of my space.

An undercover coutyard with over looking balconies.

The house should over look a large lake and be close to city amenities.

#8 Ninja Lemur

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:42 PM

QUOTE (Alpha_Chook @ 26/12/2012, 07:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Laundry Chute

Parents area that requires a code to get in and has a door that children cannot hammer at incessantly


Make it sound proof too original.gif

#9 ms flib

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:43 PM

Lap pool that is part of the house and then extends into the grounds.


#10 SeaPrincess

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

1. Our dream house will have a secret underground passageway connecting our house to the guest house (future home of my parents when they get older).  The underground passageway will run along the edge of the pool, which will have portholes so swimmers can see into the passage, and people can see into the pool.

2. I would like a huge bathroom with a claw-foot bath and black and white floor tiles.  And everyone has to have their own toilet - I am fed up with boys who can't aim!

3. I like fairly traditional-looking houses - federation colours with bullnose verandahs, that sort of thing.


#11 MrsFeral247

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

You need to get yourself a Pinterest account pronto. So much awesome.

I want an inground spa built in front of a fireplace and a wooden jetty into a lake. And a helipad.

For the more practical things, a butler's pantry is a necessity. As is a master bedroom/wing the size of a small nation. A want a bedroom I never have to leave. Unless its to use my spa or swim off my jetty or get to my chopper.

My house facade would be described as ostentatious.

If I won an obscene amount of money I'd really want to be classy and refined, but I'd have new money written all over me and probably make the Kardashians look positively demure.

#12 #tootired

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:47 PM

A Library is a must.

I'm thinking an indoor pool.

2 master bedrooms, so I have can my own room/bed from time to time.

I'll keep thinking....

#13 librablonde

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

English Tudor home on vast, yet slightly rambling green estate:
Laundry chute
Laundry drying room
Long, high benches for folding laundry
Build-in's in every bedroom
Indoor heated pool, spa and mini-gym with child-safe fenced playpen with toys and TV/DVD player for kidlets while I swim.
Kitchen with lots of powerpoints and old-world feel
Massive TV and theatre sound
An enclosed entry doorway with cupboards for shoes/boots/coats and schoolbags
Fully rabbit-proof fenced veggie gardens and orchard
Massive woodfire in kitchen/ lounge
An Aga woodstove and matching waterjacket system
Ducted vacuuming
Attached to the kitchen sun-room, a glass and tessellated tiled floor conservatory growing ferns and veggies.
Phone/ computer ports in every room
A playroom for the kids
A meditation room for me
A library with lots of dark wood and ladders for top shelves
An artist studio for DP

Oh lawd, I could go on and on.......




#14 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:49 PM

This outside:



Inside, a full library wing with sitting up and lying down couches.

A deep spa bath with cushiony seats and drink holders.

A music wing where I can keep all my instruments.

Ridiculously plush carpets in all the bedrooms.  Polished wooden with plush rugs elsewhere.

Since it will be set somewhere with views, the design of the back of the house needs to include



#15 ChunkyChook

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:54 PM

WATER EVERYWHERE.

Indoor water features, waterfalls, water walls. fish tanks, ponds, rainforesty/fernery, awesomeness everywhere.

Outdoor pool with water feature spilling into it and ponds with fish everywhere.



#16 BadCat

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:01 PM

Some intrguing ideas.

I like the indoor pool and the designated chocolate trufflle room.  Not so sure about the testicle shaving room though.  unsure.gif  Might see how much use it gets at your place first Quill.

I'm thinking I would like my indoor pool to be in the basement and it will be like a cave with a skylit section where there will be a waterfall and some ferns so it's like the drop into the cave.

I'm also quite fond of the idea of a designated small wookwork projects room with top of the range dust extraction.  I'd like to do more woodwork but I can't bear the spidery garage.

Chunky Chook, that sounds like the very place for me.  Lots and lots of water.

Edited by BadCat, 26 December 2012 - 07:02 PM.


#17 sammyv

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:02 PM

Definately water views
Hamptons / Cape codd style - decorated by Sarah Richardson inside.
Indoor pool with retractable roof.
Dh wants a gym
Inground trampoline
Swing in a big tree
A walk in dressing room and wardrobe
Long tree lined driveway

Not sure where this would be though!

#18 Madeline's Mum

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:04 PM

Built to suit the environment; double glazing, proper insulation, verandas around the north side so you get the warmth in winter and keep the heat out in summer.

Fish tank the size of a wall between the lounge and dining room.

Man cave for him to keep all his crap in.

A monster chook pen and house.

Amazing vege patches that are irrigated well.


Barcat, I hope you don't have your eye on Saturdays $30m, that's mines!

#19 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:15 PM

cool room

infinity pool with sunken lounge


MASSIVE craft room - preferably with sink and lots of room for racks for cooling cakes


or



play room with a blackboard wall and a lego wall


sunken lounge


beautiful mud room

maybe a large sunroom set up for gardening with potting tables etc original.gif

of course large chook pen, veggie gardens etc but those are things I should have soon anyway! Hopefully!

Edited by PussyDids, 26 December 2012 - 07:16 PM.


#20 SeaPrincess

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:22 PM

Just remembered that my house also has to be sustainable - basically solar powered everything.

I might also consider a Hidden Water Pool but bigger than these!

Edited by SeaPrincess, 26 December 2012 - 07:25 PM.


#21 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:35 PM

QUOTE (SeaPrincess @ 26/12/2012, 08:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just remembered that my house also has to be sustainable - basically solar powered everything.

I might also consider a Hidden Water Pool but bigger than these!


That is AWESOME!

#22 RedBob

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:36 PM

It would need a large library that would be pleasant to sit in now but also be capable of extension for the inevitable point in time when I run out of space.

A pool that has a nice seated area but also a lap pool section.

Extensive gardens and a gardener that never quits.

A big craft and sewing room.

Furnished with comfortable mid century furniture.

Big verandas that are shaded  in summer but sunny and sheltered in winter.



#23 Lil Chickens

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:37 PM

Ha, winning is my plan - $20m this Thursday in fact.

1.  I want a grass roof as my ideal home will be set into our hill with full glass frontage (northwest facing).  I've seen them on Grand Designs.

2.  A swimming pool room under the main house (beside the garage) both of those will have an earthen berm in front of them that leaves room for the driveway and light to come in but hides them from the road.

3.  Not so long ago I'd have said bog standard, symmetrical from the street view.  Now I want a house that sits unobtrusively within it's environment.  I have grown to hate houses that stick out like a blot on the landscape.

Like iwanttosleepin my first stop would be an architect.

Edited by Lil Chickens, 26 December 2012 - 07:44 PM.


#24 Super Cat

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:40 PM

This might sound ridiculous but I would have separate men's and ladies toilets, just like at public venues only mine would be cleaner!

I'm thinking two for each gender with a urinal in the guys toilets and a powder room attached to the girls loos. I entertain a lot. With a bigger house I'd do even more entertaining, thus I'd need more loos wink.gif

#25 Stellajoy

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

I want a door from my amazing kitchen that goes straight into an outside greenhouse where I can pick my own herbs and veg as I need them for cooking.




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