General Chat, Products & Comps <
23/01/2013 at 13:12
What would it look like?? I don't mean if you won the lottery you'd have an indoor pool sort of thing but just a normal house.
We are in the early stages of considering a self build and, as well as looking into dull things like planning and building regs, i'm obviously also dreaming about lovely kitchens and layouts etc.
So far i think i want as follows. Downstairs; large kitchen/diner/family room. With an island in the kitchen, a range cooker and a belfast sink. I would like a seperate utility room for washer/dryer etc and muddy boots and wet jackets as we do a lot outside. I also want a downstairs loo and seperate hallway/entrance (not huge but just so entrance isn't into a main room. I then want a lounge with a real fire or woodburner. Upstairs i want a master bedroom, family bathroom and a further 2 or 3 bedrooms (that will depend on final dimensions). I love landings with a balcony so you can see downstairs but i'm not sure that's the best use of space. Not bothered about an ensuite to our room.
So what would be your must haves and what would you make sure you didn't have??
23/01/2013 at 13:15
I like the sound of your house!
23/01/2013 at 13:16
TBH my ideal sounds very similar to yours. Definitely a large kitchen / diner / family room, then a separate living area and without a doubt the utility room / larder / somwhere to hang coats & muddy boots.
An easily accessible loft, ensuite to our room or two bathrooms, the good sized bedrooms.
23/01/2013 at 13:23
I think perhaps i won't discount an ensuite. Although i'm not bothered now as P gets older and we have more children i can see how it might be a plus. Would have to look into space for one versus value versus space for bedrooms etc.
Hadn't thought about loft space. We have so little storage in our current place that being able to chuck stuff up in the loft sounds amazing!!!
23/01/2013 at 13:29
Yep living with a teenager sure makes you realise 2 bathrooms are a must. It takes an age to get her in the bathroom then an age to get her out! We have very little storage space too, and H refuses to go in the loft as it's not easy to access so this is a big thing for me
23/01/2013 at 13:32
I'd LOVE to do this, i'm so jealous right now. I've actually chosen our lottery winning house builder company. We're going to get borderoak to build us a house. http://www.borderoak.com/
As for layout, i'd like a big kitchen/family/diner with a lovely comfy sofa in it, and a rustic style table and chairs, but still have a more formal dining room for guests. I'd love a sitting room with a big open fireplace too. Ah, dream on dreamer.
STORAGE is the most important thing. Too many newly built homes don't leave enough room in the bedrooms for wardrobes and chests of drawers!
23/01/2013 at 13:39
Mine would be pretty similar to yours AR apart from I definitely would have an en-suite (we have one now and it's a godsend with 3 children!!!) In addition to what you've described, I would also like a playroom downstairs which could become a den type room for older children and also a small study to chuck all the paperwork which currently gets strewn across my kitchen table! Not bothered about a separate dining room as don't think we'd use it much. 4/5 bedrooms (we currently have 4 bedrooms but have 3 children so haven't got a spare room incase anyone stays over, not that that happens very often anyway).Garage.
23/01/2013 at 13:41
Erm pombear that link has just had me drooling. I've just sent off for their brochure!! I can't imagine we'd be able to afford something like that but i can dream!
23/01/2013 at 13:44
I'd have a double fronted house, a big kitchen/diner room, separate living room, downstairs cloakroom, utility room and if space allowed, maybe a spare room downstairs for play room?
Upstairs I'd have 4 bedrooms and i'd want the proportions to be similar - especially for the 2 childrens rooms (assuming we have 2 children). Then that leaves a guest room for the grandparents (we live miles away from relatives). I'd definitely have a 2nd bathroom or en-suite or shower room somewhere.
And if I was able to, i'd love a dressing room!
23/01/2013 at 13:53
I've just been scrolling through the pictures again. Big lottery win would be the Manor house, a smaller one would be a farm house. There is a video on youtube i think, because they were on Grand Designs a few years back.
Price wise, back 8-9 years ago, the Pearmain (i think) was £175k (without land). I've got no idea what they cost now!
23/01/2013 at 15:04
Definitely have outside access to the utility room. And definitely have a sink in there.
Built in cupboard space and usable lift storage is a nice to have. I like bay windows and a step up to the front door.
23/01/2013 at 15:29
We are in the process of sorting out an extension. So basically you will come in the front door, to the right is going to be the sitting room, there's going to be sofa and chairs in there and tv, its going to be really bright to, we currently have a living room/dining room separated by an archway but we are going to block up the archway and put a door in it. New windows (I want the window with lots of squares on them), then our dining room and kitchen willbe together, the wall separating them will be knocked down so Itl be one open space. Big oak table for meals, then an island in the kitchen and a range cooker iv got a SMEG fridge already and want a wine cooler unit too. I'd like Belfast sink too. The utility will have washing machi e and tumble dryer. Next to utility room will be the playroom. We aren't sure about a down stairs loo though.
So that's what the plan this year is, but ideally I want to add a conservatory on too. Also I'd convert the loft, the box room woukd have a stair case I. It going up to the loft and I'd put a computer and filing cabinets in there for our bills etc. I want a free standing big bath too
23/01/2013 at 15:39
I would love to design my own house. Heaven. Space wise I would want a grown up lounge (with a proper fireplace), a huge kitchen /dining/ living area with space for a huge table and a couple of sofas which you could just fling doors open from and into the garden. With a gorgeous Charnwood woodburner. In an ideal world a utility room with access to back so all the grubby things/ coats could be hidden away (plus room for washing machine and tumble drier). Maybe a play room but to be honest i think all the kids stuff would end up in the open plan area so not sure how much it would get used. Downstairs loo too- absolutely essential with kids. 4 double bedrooms and 2 proper bathrooms (not fussed by ensuites - would rather have two bathrooms everyone could use) and a study. Lots of fabulous cupboards so I could hide away all the clutter easily. I would furnish the whole lot from neptune!! I would keep my bath though (free standing and huge). Outside a beautiful garden full of flowers for cutting and popping in vases. Sigh.
23/01/2013 at 16:29
I quite jealous that you're able to do this AR! H and I hope to do something similar in the future but, as always, it's money-dependant. I really like the layout you've described though I would want an ensuite in our dream house.
23/01/2013 at 18:33
Some fab ideas ladies!!
DS - it's still very much if not when but it is exciting!!
23/01/2013 at 21:31
Fingers crossed it's a case of when for you!
24/01/2013 at 12:58
I get serious property envy when I visit my friend's house. They had a massive extension put on the back of their house which is built on the side of the hill so they created an extra room direct into the garden. They've got a massive kitchen, diner, with sitting room area. Its got a separate larder room (and it is a room) and a separate sink/utility area with a downstairs toilet off it.
On the ground floor, where the front door is, they have the original sitting room, another toilet and then an office which is above the new extension.
Upstairs they've got four bedrooms.
Am I jealous? Yes I am
Incidentally, someone was talking about it being difficult to get into their loft space. We have a new entrance cut into our ceiling with an integral loft ladder installed for not that much money. Our old loft hatch was over the stairs. I don't know how anyone got up and down it, they must have had nerves of steel.
24/01/2013 at 13:15
I'm so jealous, i would love to be able to design my own house.
My musts would be a large living room, a second large living room which I would make into the kids' space, with all the toys, TV/Games console etc, bean bags and sofa for them to relax and invite friends over. I would want a fairly big kitchen/diner and a downstairs toilet and utility room.
Upstairs I would want 3 big bedrooms, master with en suite, fairly large family bathroom with separate toilet and definately access to a boarded out loft space for storage.
24/01/2013 at 13:40
We have just extented and our kitchen has a sofa and tv at one end and a kitchen with island at the other, I love it. If I was to change anything else in this house, I wish the dining room was next to the kitchen. I can link to pics of my kitchen if you want to see.
24/01/2013 at 16:41
We are hoping to do a self build in the future too so have spent far too long thinking about this!
We have a utility room but no sink in there, this would be a must, we have a balcony hallway upstairs but tiny rooms. As someone else mentioned not much room for cupboards etc so I find it quite frustrating, I would much rather have bigger bedrooms and a smaller hallway. En suite would now be a must, not only is it a lovely luxury but we have a lot of people come to stay so is fab you don't have to share.
Downstairs bathroom, I would consider putting a shower in there too if their was space, amazing how handy this could be.
How exciting for you!
Continues below ad
Nice to see you! Please do nose around, sign up and join in.