I have complained before about the difficulty of having a house in a 4-season climate (even worse when you rent, not own, and/or when all the available properties in an area are shoddily built!). I have moved since I wrote that, and the new place is definitely better. However, the HVAC system is in no way balanced between the upstairs and downstairs. In my dream world, I live in a house with correctly-balanced temperature control zones and better insulation and larger eaves, especially on the side of the house where it always rains into the windows.
I found this interesting (?) website called truehome.net. I have many opinions about interior designs, but a lot of them are surface-level that wouldn’t play into buying a home. For example, if the flooring’s not ideal, that can be changed pretty easily. Anyway, truehome asked me to describe my ideal home in detail, and here’s what I wrote:
Built-in bookshelves EVERYWHERE! Comfortable, supportive seating. Lots of places to sleep and be cozy. Bathrooms with separate tub & shower (deep soaker tub, no jets). Shower does not require curtain or door (nautilus). Toilet next to sink. Gas stove. Areas to be together but also lots of privacy and sound isolation. Garage. No-maintenance yard. Well-insulated with a well-balanced HVAC system and zones of climate control. Fireplace. At least 2 bathrooms. No HOA. Hardwood floors. Maybe 4BR. No dogs nearby! Near or in the city. Not modern, not minimalist: comfortable. Not country. Colors on walls. Efficiency, low-maintenance, green. Comfortable, safe, easy, lovely. High ceilings in main living areas. Cabinets I can actually reach. Big closets. Maybe a courtyard. Privacy is a high priority for me.
(#2 likes modern and minimalist and dislikes fireplaces, also prefers neutral walls. The rest sounds great.)
Then it also had fun questions where you could pick out which castle you wanted, and the reasons you need it. My answers to “Why do I need a castle?” included the multiple-choice options: My servants are bored. I identify with eccentric Bavarian kings. Everyone needs a moat. I like how this house is protected from pirates.
Readers, why do you need a castle?