Saturday, 18 January 2014

I'm Dreaming Of My Ideal Home

My hometown is a little seaside town in South Wales and I am very fortunate to live very close to the sea. One of the only downsides to this is that house prices are high so we live in a flat. It's a big flat in an old Victorian three storey house, with high ceilings and decorative features of this style of architecture like original floor tiles, but it's still a flat. I miss the outside space. I dream of living in a whitewashed cottage or detached house one day with a large garden, surrounded by trees and rose bushes, with a dog and birds for company. That's another downside of living in a flat, it doesn't really have the space and outside area for a dog.


Dreaming of my dream home - Image courtesy of anankkml / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I love property programmes like A Place In The Sun, Location, Location, Location and Grand Designs.  It's exciting to watch people get a bargain and start living their dream. Another of my dreams would be to have another property somewhere hot, with a gorgeous climate all year round, like Florida. 

Grand Designs is an inspiring programme. and presenter Kevin Mccloud follows some of Britain's ambitious self build projects. Have you ever thought of a self build project? The benefits would be you could choose everything yourself from the ground up. Choose where to live, check, choose your piece of land - check, chose your own architectural design, check, choose a modern top of the range kitchen, check, choose a stylish bathroom, check and so on. 


White washed cottage - image courtesy of Tom Curtis / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I guess it could be stressful on times, self builds are notorious for going over budget, and problems are likely to occur but for your very own house designed to your specifications, some things are worth the stress.

First you would need to look for land for sale, then get an architect on board to design your plans, then the fun starts when you have to pick your fixtures and fittings. Designing and building your house like this can be a very cost effective way of getting a return on your investment, even if you want to live in it and not sell it on in the immediate future. You can even plan that beautiful garden with the rose bushes and bird house. 

One day I'll get there, until then, I'm happy to live in my flat by the sea.

Have you ever thought of building your own house? If so where would you build it?

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46 comments

  1. Now that is nice , so wish could move to the country side .x

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  2. If I could choose the design for my dream home it would be one of those big american style houses with a wrap around porch and steps up to the front door that I could have fun decorating each season :)

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  3. I like the idea of it, but don't think I'd like to actually do it.Oh and anyway I do love old houses that have retained their original features. Although a huge wall of glass overlooking the sea also sounds hugely appealing!

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    1. I like the idea of a modern house overlooking the sea :)

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  4. This was like reading my own thoughts. We rent in the town centre and i dream every day of a little cottage. I read country living every month and watch all the programmes and wish it was me with the £500,000 budget!!!! ha x

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  5. I would definitely love to build our own house, and it would be at home in the UK, of course! :)

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    1. I thought you were going to say it would be somewhere warm :)

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  6. So jealous, I'd love to live by the sea!
    I'd love to live back in Winchester, it's the best city ever but I would also love to live on the Isle of Wight because it's so pretty.

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  7. I grew up by the sea and one day would love a house overlooking it

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    1. There is something calming about watching the sea.

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  8. Oh, they have some sort of self builds in Greece, where we dream of having a holiday home some day, they sell you a house in a box, sort of. One day, just like you, we will have it...

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    1. That sounds interesting! Good luck with that.

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  9. That's funny, I live in a house in the countryside and I dream of living by the sea!

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    1. I don't really want to move to the countryside I am happy by the sea but I want a house not a flat.

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  10. Not a self-build but I do dream a lot of how I could make my house more suitable for me, changing the layout etc if only I had the money - that and listening to the radio are the things that get me through the housework!

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    1. Would you have any extension do you think?

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  11. I love watching property programmes too! Hope you get your dream home one day!

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  12. I've always wanted a rambling three storey split level house ;) totally impractical but quirky and eccentric!

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  13. I live in a very urban area and dream about living by the sea in a much more beautiful part of the country in a lovely cottage (not much chance of that with 4 kids though ;-)) xx

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  14. My dream home, if ever I have money to build one, would be by the sea. How wonderful would it be to go to bed each night with the sound of the waves lulling me to sleep.

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  15. Ohhh go on do it. We just finished planning our dream house. The design process was so much fun, and now we have an interior designer coming on board to look at helping us choose the fixtures and fittings. It's a long, but fun process. (take a peek http://www.chasingthedonkey.com/category/renovation-croatian-dream-house/)

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    1. That sounds very exciting, I will check out your blog now!

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  16. I would love to build my own house! I'm not sure where - i'm more of a city person, but maybe somewhere more remote with great transport access?? I used to love designing houses as a child, so fun - I would still love to get the chance to design and build one

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  17. I could watch property shows all day long ;-)

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  18. We're huge fans of property shows as well - Location, location, location is the one we watch the most!

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    1. Yes me too Kirsty and Phil have great chemistry.

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  19. Sounds fantastic! Are you looking for a lodger? ;-)

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  20. One day I hope to win that dream fortune and yes build a beautiful home. (Never gonna happen) I hope you get your dream Mellissa, you work hard you deserve it.

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    1. Aw I'm wishing you all the love and luck in the world lovely Lucy.

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  21. im in the situation where we moved to our dream home 3 years ago its a beautiful little quiet village in the durham scenery countryside with my 3 children, but with having 3 exta children sent to us last year we now have to move because theres no space here for us all , its upsetting to us but im hoping we find somewhere suitable x

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    1. Durham is lovely. I hope you find somewhere suitable

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