I was in Europe recently and stayed at the cutest French flat in the South of France. It made me so happy that I started to think about what I wanted my future home to have.
One of the things I loved most while staying in Germany was how they designed homes with windows that pull downward and outward from the top. The place I stayed at had bathroom windows that were glazed so people couldn't see through it. When you open the windows, it only opens from the top portion. This allowed windows to be opened during showers without worrying about people seeing through. It was such a smart design touch because it eliminated the need for an air blower to help with the steam during showers. I definitely want bathroom windows designed this way for my future home!
South Korea Heating
For heating during the cold winter months, I prefer the South Korean way. I was in South Korea during the autumn when the weather was turning cold, and it amazed me how well-insulated Korean homes were. It would be freezing and windy outside, but the moment I stepped into my apartment, it was warm without heating. When heating was needed, all I had to do was turn on the floor heater, and the entire apartment would be heated from the ground up. This is an excellent way of preserving heat because heat tends to dissipate as it arises. It also makes for a very cozy floor that you can spread some bedding onto and enjoy a warm nap. Or just to sit there with a cup of hot tea on a cold winter day.
South of France Lighting
The flat I stayed at in the South of France had windows throughout the apartment to let in that gorgeous French Riviera sunshine. My future home will have a lot of windows to invite the sunlight in. Of course, this means I will have to live somewhere with great sunlight. No dreary days, please!
Japanese Toilets and South East Asia Bum Guns
What I loved most about Japan were the clean toilets that had special amenities such as music, seat heating, and bidet. I actually prefer the bum guns of South East Asia because they offer more control in aiming and cleansing. But the heated toilet seats were a dream on cold mornings or midnight restroom runs!
I have no idea which country to credit with smart use of space design, but it could belong to cultures with a high-density population such as Japan. My dream home would include rooms that are designed in a coherent way with an emphasis on creating open spaces where possible. The wall separating the kitchen from the living room would have an opening carved through it and the opening could be a mini bar area to connect guests from the living room to the kitchen.
I would also have lots of plants inside and outside the home. It just feels more alive to have greenery dispersed throughout the interior, aside from obvious health benefits such as the plants' ability to suck up the carbon dioxide in the rooms.
As I think of more things I'd want to include in my dream home, I'll include them here. What about you? What is your dream home like?