In the 3.25 years we have been married, Andy and I have lived in three homes: a cabin, a house, and an apartment. They have all been incredible in their own ways, but they have also had their shortcomings, as do all things in this world of sin and woe.
While living in these homes, I have been working on a list of things that would transform any of these great homes into my dream home. The list has included the following:
1. A second bathroom
We have never had a home with a second bathroom. When we first got married, I thought that a second bathroom would be really nice, especially when we have people staying with us. But we’ve gotten used it it, and we’ve had up to five people stay with us without major issues. Now I think that a second bathroom, while occasionally convenient, would mostly just be another bathroom to clean. And who needs that? (Although someday when we have kids I could definitely see it getting back on my list)
2. A disposal
I have never had a disposal, and I still really want one. I hate rinsing out the sink catcher. Gross.
3. A dishwasher
Our first house didn’t have a dishwasher, and then our second did, and now again we are dishwasherless. I really enjoyed having it, but it hasn’t been so bad reverting back to life without it. With just the two of us, loading and unloading it takes almost as long as just washing them. Again, probably more helpful with kids.
4. In house laundry
This is another thing that we didn’t have, and then had, and don’t have again. This is also not that bad, although the quarters situation is kind of a pain. I did learn that Trader Joe’s is really nice about giving you rolls of quarters, so even that has been fine.
5. Good water pressure
Our first two homes had this, but our current apartment does not. Now whenever we visit friends or family or stay in a hotel we take excessively long showers to enjoy the experience of a comfortable shower.
6. A secret passageway
I have always wanted one, and never had one. I feel like every decent dream house, no matter how prosaic, needs one.
7. Lack of rodents and assorted other creatures
Our first house had a TON of mice, and lizards, and scorpions. When we moved to our second, one night we we were watching TV, and I caught something moving in the corner of my eye. My first thought was “MOUSE!” but it was just the headlight of a passing car. Eventually my nerves settled and I got used to the blessed life lived without an uninvited menagerie. We currently live in a fourth floor walk up that has been creature-free so far.
Looking at this mostly crossed out list, I realized a few things. One, I am mostly really boring. This is not a super exciting dream house. Two, it turns out that sometimes I really want things, but it turns out I don’t really need them after all. Three, I have a really good life. All the places we’ve lived have been amazing. I’ve loved all of them, and if these are the worst housing problems I ever have, I will have lived a life full of excellent housing.
Although the next time we move, I am definitely checking the water pressure at every house we look at.
What’s on your prosaic dream house list?