Being a newbie, I don't know if anyone has written on this topic before but I thought that I'd give it a go. Has anyone built their dream home and what is it like? If you haven't, but dream about it, what would it be like?
I built my dream home many years ago and though I no longer live there, I still miss it. However, it's not what I'd build for a dream home now. So here goes.....
My dream home would be one level living. It would be about 2,000 sq ft, excluding the basement and garage, optimal use maximized. I loath wasted space. The master suite would be on one side of the house and would include a bedroom and bath (natch) and a den and office or a den/office, either of which would have ample bookcases to house the ever growing number of books (geekazoid) that we acquire (husband= fellow geekazoid) On the other side of the house would be two other bedrooms divided by a bath. In the middle of the house would be the common areas..... kitchen, dining, living combo. There'd be decks and/or patios outside to expand living space. This plan has been simmering in my mind's eye for some time, so it's still conceptual.
But here's the best part. It would be totally off the grid. Powered by solar and wind with backup sources of energy, which for me means wood and coal, as I live in Northern New England at the corner of no and where and it's a way of life here.
Am I an environmentalist? Uh, no. Conservationist? With reservations. What really motivates me is all the money that I wouldn't have to shell out for utilities. Think about all that ca-ching back in the old pocket. Wicked Good, huh? Around these parts, if you produce your own electricity and don't use it all, the electric company buys the remainder back from
you. I love, love, love that!
Is it like that where you live? Plus, no more power outages. No frozen or burst pipes. No melt down in the food freezer. Fugedaboudit!
Now if I could only figure out a way to do the same for phones.....