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Dream Home Dreaming

*Update*
We've finally broken ground on our mountain dream home! Can you believe it? Even more surprising, we actually managed to work a good chunk of this list into our actual design. See below for details.

Original post from 2013:

Sexy Nerd wants to move up building our dream home to yesterday. I still don't know what I want though! Yes, it's difficult to decide on things like paint colors, flooring, and appliances. My problem is a bit worse.

Should we build one of those adorable 500 square feet mini houses? A (budget-friendly) mansion? A charming stone cottage?

Ultra-modern??

The internet makes it easy to find great design ideas for building our dream house. The downside is that all my favorite photos combine to make an overpriced, mismatched conglomeration.

According to my Pinterest account, my dream house has:

 ...a charming brick fireplace...

6/25/17 Update: The fireplace is stone, but it's very charming. We do have a brick wall in the guest bathroom, all the way to the 16' ceiling.

To save money, we could always go with this brick fireplace. LOL!

...a dramatic front entrance...

6/25/17 Update: Our entrance is dramatic - and bright, sunshine yellow, much to my Nana's horror.

...this eye-catching wall of mirrors...

6/25/17 Update: We almost had a wall of mirrored cabinets in the kitchen, but Sexy Nerd and our builder and everyone else in the world talked me into only mirroring a few upper cabinets. The words "crazy" and "ugly" were thrown around more than I'd anticipated.

...stone accents like these...

6/25/17 Update: We did not build a beach house.

....a copper apron sink...

6/25/17 Update: I got my hammered copper apron sink. It's my favorite part of our new kitchen.

...a floor-to-ceiling window...
(Though perhaps the bathroom isn't the most appropriate place for this.)

6/25/17 Update: None of the windows are entirely floor-to-ceiling, but we sure came close.

...a quatrefoil ceiling in the master bedroom...

6/25/17 Update: There isn't a single quatrefoil in the entire house. We do have a double tray ceiling in the master bedroom though.

...a brick ceiling inside the kitchen...

6/25/17 Update: The ceiling is stained wood and the red brick is going on the kitchen wall as a countertop-to-ceiling backsplash. Sexy Nerd is going to install it because our tile guy charges $11/sq ft (!!!) to install brick, not including materials. And that's thin, lightweight, fake brick.

...a curved floor in the guest bathroom...
(But with shorter cabinets and different tile that continues all the way to the door.)

6/25/17 Update: Our new house has EXACTLY this. Betcha didn't see that one coming, did you?

...the cutest little writer's nook...
(No writer's nook. Of course! I'm pretty sure this is why I haven't finished my novel yet. Stupid current house, stifling my creativity.)

6/25/17 Update: The cozy writing nook is tucked into a closet behind a charming glass door.

...this ceiling...
(How did they even create this?)

6/25/17 Update: It has been 4 years since I wrote this blog post. I still have no idea how this ceiling was created.

...a cobblestone floor like this for the patio...
(And maybe inside the house too?)

6/25/17 Update: No cobblestones, but we nailed the indoor-outdoor vibe with Villa Medici tile extending from the front patio to the foyer to the back patio.

 ...one of these rooftop tower dealies...
(Rooftop tower dealies is so much more fun to say than cupola. Try it.)

6/25/17 Update: We were (are) overbudget enough without a rooftop tower dealie.

...a fountain on our rooftop deck...
(Can't have a fountain on the ground with the bears, after all.)

6/25/17 Update: We were confident we'd rarely trudge up the stairs to a rooftop deck. OH MY GOD THE FOUNTAIN IS DOWN ON THE GROUND AND THE BEARS ARE GOING TO DEVOUR US AND EVERYTHING WE HOLD DEAR. Look out, Pica and Biscuit.

...this brick barrel ceiling inside the dining nook...

6/25/17 Update: The dining nook has a groin vault and Sexy Nerd plans to cover it something someday.

 ...a view straight into the backyard when you step through the front door...

6/25/17 Update: See "cobblestone", above. Nailed it!

...acid stained concrete floors in a shade like this...

6/25/17 Update: Apparently, way back in 2013, I was planning to build a modern house.

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...metal accents like this...
(But with nice crisp corners.)

6/25/17 Update: Shoot, I forgot all about this. It's never too late, right?
("Yes, it is too late," says my husband, who lost patience with the construction process 10 months ago.)

...these windows!

6/25/17 Update: We have these exact windows, only with plus signs instead of plus signs with diamonds. So, the exact same but not the exact same.

What do you think? Can all my photos be merged into just 1 house? Are the design gods going to strike me down?

Sexy Nerd is ready to build, but based on my saved photos, our house fund is going to need at least a couple (dozen) more years of padding.



Disclaimer: All of these photos are from Pinterest. If a photo belongs to you, please let me know and I will be happy to add a link to your site or remove the photo from this post.

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