One of the things I regularly do at my job, since I am ALWAYS under-worked, is to look up homes in the state that I want to move to. Pacific Northwest, baby! That’s what it’s all about. I want to live in a place with lots of rain, and where it actually gets night in the hot months so you know that things will cool down when the sun sets. Where I am now, night is when it gets dim. By a small margin. Given the heat wave we’re in right now, and how awful this is, you can imagine how much I hate this.
My final goal in life is to get a home on the ocean. Not beachfront. I don’t want a beach. I Just want to hear waves. Waterfront is the name of the game. See the ocean, hear the waves, watch the sun set. So I got to thinking – what do I want to see in my dream home? What is the kind of home that I would think is perfect? I’ve been thinking about this forever, and I will let you know what criteria my dream home would have.
I already said that I want it to be on the ocean. As such, a good view would be an absolute must. Want to eat my meals where I can take in the scenery. That wouldn’t just be the living room. The master bedroom would have to as well. A few windows I can open, with screens in them, naturally. Otherwise bugs come in. Wanna be able to ventilate the place well.
There are three places that I would have to have up to a specific standard. The first is my kitchen. I don’t know how many of you know, but I LOVE to cook. Absolutely, positively love it. Every kitchen in a place I have owned is a freakin’ joke. If I own a place, the kitchen is going to be the spot where I make ALL the magic happen. Stone countertops, so I don’t have to constantly be worrying about a cutting board, except with meat. Lighting that is not too intense. I’m picturing these hanging lights with crystal pieces inside them. A very cozy atmosphere. My counter-space will end with a big area where I can prepare things, and on the other side some stools so people can sit and I can visit with my chums while making things. Or grab a spot and sit to do some preparing, like when I make snickerdoodles or something. Being able to take in the view from my kitchen would be nice too.
Next up is my media room. The place where I take in my movies and play games. There be shelving units for the seasons of TV shows that I’ve collected because I’m a hipster who actually buys physical media. The binder with my DVD/Blu-ray collection would be there as well. All of my gaming consoles would be lined up, and there would be a separate shelving unit for them. A great hall to my inability to become a football-loving, beer-drinking adult like the rest of people my age. This place would have windows, but they would be able to be closed. This room would be something of a cave, but not as much as you’d think.
Lastly, there is my library. Out at my parentals’ place, I still have a ton of boxes of books. When I leave, I want to try and get as many of them to where I live as possible. It’s high time my collection shined. My library would be arranged by category. Fiction would be divided by genre, and from there organized by author. Non-fiction would just be by author, as I don’t have enough of those to do a genre break-down. This room would have very comfortable chairs. Also having a view would be an absolute necessity. Or maybe the library itself wouldn’t, but I’ve have a reading nook where I could curl up with a book and then take in the view. Have my boom-box nearby where I could listen to CDs. How much of a fucking hipster am I right now? I don’t know, but it has to measure up pretty damn fierce.
Those are the three big ones. My bathroom would be pretty posh. Again, the goal is for cozy. I would want there to be ambient lighting for the areas made to be about a view, and just a little lighting in the rest. The walls would be done with this paint scheme that is mellow. A creamy white color. My shower would have an over-head faucet, tall enough to accommodate me. Yeah, that’s definitely a tall order, but we’re just dreaming. Instead of having some gross glass door that would constantly get streaks, I’m thinking that there would just be a wall with stonework on it, and a window that is frosted glass. It would let light in, but not be something where people could peek in. I want the shower to be able to take in natural light, so I don’t have to waste electricity. That’s the philosophy with a lot of my home.
In addition to my media room, there would be an entertainment room. Just a big, bright room where there is a nice view, lots of couches, and a big coffee table. A place where my chums and I can gather and chat. Maybe there is a TV in this room, so we can have bad movie nights. Or where I can have music with a trippy background playing. I’d have a guest room, so that way if I had a friend visiting, or my folks, they would have somewhere to sleep. It would be pretty modest. Comfy bed, bedside table, maybe a desk.
What about outside? Here’s the thing – a lawn is pretty to look at, but it is a pain in the ass to maintain, and the water to keep it healthy is a waste. So, I would just destroy any lawn that exists when I arrived. In its place, I would have a rock garden. It would be very Asian in a zen design. The goal would be to emulate somewhere of calm meditation. If possible, I’d plant some trees around the periphery. Something that would grow Washington’s biggest crop – apples. The center of the rock garden might have a zen tree as well. Maybe, if I have enough yard space, there would be a little hangout area outside with a fire pit dug into the ground and stonework built up around it. Then we could have outdoor nights when it’s cool and everyone wants to enjoy the sea breeze.
What else is there? I suppose the garage would just be the basics. A air-compressor for my tires, if needed, along with the tools to change them. I do know how to change a tire. Courtesy of my old man for teaching me. Tools for basic home issues that are within my limited understanding to fix. Deck space would have a couple tables for sitting at. A grill, assuming I ever get a chance to add that to my repertoire of cooking knowledge. Maybe a little veranda outside my bedroom with a table and one chair. Where I could sit and take in the view while drinking some green tea or something. Lots of neat ideas.
Naturally, this home would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and I’m poor as fuck, so this is just me dreaming of what I’ll almost-certainly never have, but hey, if you’re gonna dream, dream big.
Until next time, a quote,
“You say I’m not free, but I don’t mind, because I’m home.” – Desiree Goyette, Garfield: Out on the Town