Building a Forever Home


We've lived in so many homes throughout the years. Each more different than the one before.Whether we were renting or bought a home, we've always lived in homes and apartments where someone else had designed the home.I used to joke to my husband that house-hopping has given me a great foundation for putting our "forever" home together. I imagined our forever home would be one which we constructed from the ground up. One where we would make all the color, flooring, fixture, layout choices. Looks like it's not going to work out that way, but that's another story for another day...

Living in so many places has taught me what I want, and what I don't want.For instance, I know I don't want white tiled bathrooms with white grout. Yes, they look fresh and crisp, at least for a while, but eventually the grout turns grungy and though I've tried every grout cleaner on the market, I just can't get the grout back to its once-gleaming condition. I also don't want black granite. Oh, it looks beautiful and smells of class, but I noted that the dust is more visible on the dark granite than with the lighter shades. I don't want to dust my granite every single day. And I don't want to look at dust either. Oh, it can be there, I just don't want it staring me in the face, taunting me.

Another no-go is poor placement of the laundry room.

On two occasions, we had three-story rentals. Bedrooms were on the top floor and laundry was on the bottom floor. With no laundry chute, schlepping laundry up and down three flights of stairs was a major pain in the you-know-what. Who designs these homes? Someone whose not responsible for laundry, I'm presuming.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. What have places you've lived taught you about what you want and don't want when the day comes to settle down in one place?

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