My Dream Home- Then and Now

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, My Dream Home- Then and Now

When I was little, my builder, dad always told me that I could design my dream home and he would build it for me.  Indeed, he built the home that I grew up in and I will always consider that my family home.

, My Dream Home- Then and Now


I spent many a Sunday afternoon with my A4 pad of paper, pencil and ruler, drawing out birds eye view plans of my dream home.  It was something I loved to do.  I did many of these different plans but some features were always the same.  I was definitely going to have a sweeping staircase modelled on the breathtaking “Gone with the Wind” entrance hall.

, My Dream Home- Then and Now

I was also insistent on the ballroom, which would turn into the swimming pool when the floor opened, such as in “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  I obviously watched far too many movies!

One bizarre design I remember was due to me playing Cats Top Trumps.  I decided that I wanted to own every pedigree cat that existed.  They were each going to have a room of their own in my “mansion”.  I decided one floor of the house would have to be dedicated to cats.  I think at one point I wanted to do the same with dogs too-  imagine all that dog walking!

I also loved “in the wall” fish tanks and decided that I would have one going all around the house.

In reality, my dad died suddenly and unexpectedly and when the time came for our own house, we bought a 1970’s three bed ex- council house.  Not that any of those movie style homes would have been a reality for me anyway.


Fast forward to today and my expectations of a dream house have changed somewhat slightly!  I am definitely more concerned with giving all the humans of the home a room of their own than a room each per cat (the cats would prefer to roam our home with us anyway).

I would definitely swap my semi-detached for a detached house or bungalow, surrounded by a large garden.  

, My Dream Home- Then and Now

My dream home would be bright, colourful and spacious.  It would be modern with a retro vintage twist.  As you know, I really did love the Brown’s Home in the new Paddington Movie.  

I would love to have more rooms than we have in our current home, ideally we would have a large entrance hall (no sweeping staircase or balcony required but lots of storage for hats and shoes would be appreciated!), large smart living room for entertaining, a more relaxed living room, dining room, study, play room, band studio and a family den (I’m still influenced by American culture it would seem).

We would have a large fitted kitchen complete with a classic range and American style fridge (ooh, I’ve always wanted one of those water dispensers on my fridge too).

There would be a downstairs bathroom and also an ensuite in every bedroom.  If I can afford a dream house, I must be able to afford a cleaner too, right?

An all year round swimming pool would be amazing, with half indoors and half outdoors.  Stables and ponies would be good too.

, My Dream Home- Then and Now

In our garden there would also be mature trees so we can build a treehouse and hang swings from them.  There would also be a cherry blossom for me to sit under and read as blossom would fall upon me.

Back to Reality

, My Dream Home- Then and Now

Of course, in reality, I know that you can easily make anywhere your dream home.  I’m definitely as happy in a tent as in a five star hotel.  I know with some decluttering and decorating our home can look lovely.  Also with an extension and an attic conversion, we could make enough bedrooms for all.  I always feel that this is out of our reach as we can’t currently afford it.  However it could be worth talking to our mortgage company and using a mortgage calculator to find out if borrowing extra is worthwhile for an extension.  It would certainly be more affordable than buying a new house.

For now though, my dream home is wherever my family are.  Right here.  

The dream home is where the heart is.  

In assocation with TSB

, My Dream Home- Then and Now


  1. , My Dream Home- Then and Now
    Chelsea Coulter
    August 21, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    what a lovely post! You're definitely right though, home is where the heart is. Yeah I would love a big house done to exactly my tastes but I'm happy in our little flat for now simply because it's ours 🙂

    • , My Dream Home- Then and Now
      Claire Evans
      August 24, 2015 / 10:26 pm

      Yes, it's so true at the end of the day x

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