My husband and I plan on building a new house on our property some day. The home is old, poorly built, has and addition, it's huge (for us) and it's ugly. We bought it for the land and location. So, we have given this plenty of thought over the years.
Because this is Oregon, and we live in the country, we want the new house to "fit in." It won't be a log cabin, but it will have that timber and stone look. A covered front porch is a must (covered everything is a must, it rains a lot here) along with a stone fireplace to cozy up to on cool evenings. Since it is just the 2 of us now, we don't need the 3200 square feet we currently have. In fact, there are 4 empty rooms as I am typing this blog. What a waste of space. Plus, it "invites" family members or others to move in, NOT.
The one thing we are most excited about, is an outdoor living space. Again, because this is Oregon, the area will be covered, a continuation of the home's roof line on the back of the house. It too will have a stone fireplace to take out the chill, but the structure itself will be open, meaning no walls. We sit on top of a hill, with views to the East, South and West. There will be a sunkin bench, built right into the concrete floor, but softened with oversized cushins and pillows. Plenty of room for a BBQ and dining table too. So, we visualize ourselves sitting out there next to the fire, drinking a hot beverage and watching the sun set or reading a good book.