Friday, January 9, 2009

Your dream house? Or vacation house?


First - welcome to the people clicking through from AT and yesterday's link from washingtonpost.com*. Nice to have you newcomers. Keep it up for another 29 days and you'll earn your chip.

Now, yesterday, I threw up a quickie post featuring that crazy stark place in the middle of nowhere. I didn't think it would get too much response, but actually a bunch of you loved it. Some hated it.

So I thought I would open it up to ask people... we think a lot here about what we would put inside our houses, but what is your actual dream home? Town or country? Apartment or house? What style?

Personally, I am obsessed lately with DIY pre-fab shelters like THIS or like THIS. I am dying to buy some land on Orcas Island here in Washington and park my little shack there and just hide away from it all. Of course, the no plumbing thing is tripping me up.

(And speaking of - - Cynthia Kling at Domino bought a $10k Shelter-Kit home, built it, and wrote and article about it. If anyone from Domino is reading, could you please nudge someone to (a) post that article and (b) ask her to write a follow up. Did she like it? Oh, and (c) can you post all her old articles? We love Ms. Kling. She's fun to read and re-read.)

So...what's your kind of dream home or vacation home? Send links or photos and I will post a round up. And of course, leave a comment. And if you HAVE your dream home or vacation home and are particularly proud and want to make me and thousands of other jealous, by all means, email photos and details and I will post the best.

*Thanks Terri.

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

pretty much like the rustic/industrial look. My dreamhouse is the house Halle Berry purchased in Canada. heres the link, I want it looking just like this...
http://www.imnotobsessed.com/photogallery?nid=51637&fid=13771

loves it!

Anonymous said...

Glass box (think Neutra) tucked away in the Colorado Mountains. Not the crowded Telluride, Vail, or Steamboat Springs Mountains, but rather the remote, rural, and picturesque mountains that too few people ever get to experience.

Anonymous said...

ooops here are better pics, including the bathroom

Get Togetha said...

Hey Decorno.

Just wanted you to know that I love your site and that I voted for you. You rock.

As far as a dream home; I'm a total Manhattan Snob so I'm going for views of Central Park in a hu-gun-gous "they made them back in the day", four bedroom pre-war apartment on the Upper West Side.

Have a great weekend!

GT

Anonymous said...

damn delete that last post..I am off my shitz today...
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_61djkGwfEZo/SQH6uBAy72I/AAAAAAAADSU/vu0d5SMaX_4/s1600-h/HBerry_CAN_PICS.jpg

Coastal Nest. said...

You know, Ive totally been coming here for a long long time now, I like that your in Washington..and LOVE that your interested in all the things I am. I dont think I have ever commented, but today..what the hell.
We originally purchased this old cottage out at Pacific Beach to flip, then the lovely realestate melt down occured, so we are the proud owners of a little beach cottage. Its 1000 sq feet and its my total dream, even with my family of 5, its more than enough room. Ill post it(bitingnails,ringing hands) and see what youve got to say. Theres tons of awesome beachfront out here for your prefab. Believe me, its a slice of unexpected, uncommercialized piece of heaven out here.Contrary to popular belief..lots of us still have our teeth out here (ha ha) What do you think???


http://coastalnest.blogspot.com/search/label/before%20and%20after..the%20series

Your awesome, thanks for your take on it all. An avid reader..
Lisa
coastal nest

Vicki said...

http://www.prefabs.com/PrefabHomes/AdamKalkin/QuikHouse.htm

This house on land in northern California, somewhere similar to where I used to live, three miles out a dirt road in the hills, a mile from the nearest neighbor, a stream in the back yard.

severedgrrl said...

I think my dream home is more about concept/feel...I know that some of the most favorite things I have when asked to conjure up dreamhome is a place I stayed in Martha's Vineyard-the decor was not even an element-but the fun times, the indoor/outdoor feel of activities, cooking together in the kitchen, gin and tonics on the rocking chair on the porch at night are what I aim for when thinking of what I'd want my dream/home or vacation home to be.

In the meanwhile, I've just purchased my dream house in southern california and am in the throes of unpacking torturedom. Pics on my blog if anyone interested.

PS, I love your site and your ideas!

David said...

Something simple and modern, in a desert climate. Polished concrete floors, glass walls, roomy without being big. Open floorplan, open to the outside. Populated by lots of friends and family and dogs.

a print a day said...

10+ acres in the middle of nowhere and a vintage airstream trailer OR vintage carnie trailers like the ones in that tv show carnivale.

otherwise, i'm fine with the one i have now: block construction home in the az desert, 2 blocks from the mountain, away from the city, and a good rustic getaway from california.

Gretchen said...

First I must note, Decorno I LOVE your blog! Beautiful, witty yet not afraid to get a little scrappy. I live near that "crazy stark place in the middle of nowhere" and love it! The Wow posted yesterday is only about 20 miles from Sun Valley.....its pretty easy to get supplies! I always love a visit to the city and am always happy to come home.

Anonymous said...

The Royal Hawiian, in Waikiki.

billyhacker said...

WeeHouse has crazy brilliant prefabs:
http://weehouse.com/flash/SFWA_index.html#/weehouses/youngwh/1/

I'd drop it on a cliff near the sea. only $99,000 including solar panels!

A-M said...

Interesting question!... I think I might be building mine at present!!???, despite the limitations of a set budget and the ridiculous mistakes being made by my builders...but one that I have had total input into. I never thought of it as my dream home as such until you posed your question, as one never knows when the dime will turn and it has to be sold (I'm ready and slightly detached for that reason). My dream home is in the city or city suburbs close to the action... love a takeaway coffee. As long as my boys are with me (alright hubby included) I'm livin' the dream. An occasional weekend trip to the country thrown in would complete it! A-M xx

judy said...

I want either of these:

http://acmehousing.net/idlewild.htm

check out the little writer's studio out back!

and then there's this:

http://www.garydimauro.com/main/sub/properties/details.php?pid=1613&sold=n

Krysta said...

I have this fantasy of buying an old farmhouse and restoring it room by room. But truth be told I am a total city girl and will probably continue to live in a mini-apartment in manhattan for quite a while.

Devon said...

As long as we are somewhat discussing Washington real estate, I'll take your fab shelter and up you a Bosworth Hoedemaker on Vashon:

www.vashonislandestate.com

Congrats on yesterday's mention. Well-deserved; love your writing.

michelle said...

You just took my breath away. That is the most beautiful image I have ever seen...seriously!

I think small is where it's at for a getaway. We have been planning for some time to build, and run a lodge consisting of little cabins on the west coast of Vancouver Island...great ideas! thx :)

Anonymous said...

judy -

Those houses are amazing. I am drooling. If only vacation houses like that were so cheap on the left coast...

Anonymous said...

shoot, I am going to have to put this one on my vision board!

http://www.whipplerussell.com/index2.php?v=v1

Anonymous said...

9342 Sierra del mar
http://www.whipplerussell.com/index2.php?v=v1

pve design said...

I quite like a really well kitted tree house. Twizzlers, a rope, a "keep-out" sign and a nice view.

s. said...

Dream house: expansive New York upper East side (I'm thinking mid-70s)with high ceilings and several fireplaces.

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Anonymous said...

http://www.modernsanctuaries.com/highpoint.html

Hands down.

S. said...

My dream home would be a small craftsman-style bungalow with a ton of natural light, lots of architectural detail, enough space for a small garden outside, and a fabulous kitchen with a dishwasher! And a washing machine and dryer upstairs! I'd love for it to have a unique floor plan.

Also, the budget to furnish it would be fab.

Alas, I'm still dreaming.

s. said...

My dream vacation house would be something like this, which I would buy and then work upon with a fabulous architect and designer (no, not Steve Gambrel) to keep many of the period details but polish it a bit (not too much) and give it some modern comforts - heated floors, reliable plumbing, etc.

Of course, I'd also have to buy more land around it- 1 ha is teeny tiny - and have a heated swimming pool installed. A groundskeeper and a cleaning lady would be part of this same dream. (You did say dream, right?)

Edited to add link: http://www.agencemercure.fr/annonce,immobilier-Vente-Ch%C3%A2teau-LOT,fr,503,8200V.html

s. said...

By the by, S., it's freakin' me out that we have virtually the same online sobriquette. I keep reading your comments, thinking, wait... did I write that and convincing myself that I've been doing some drunken blog commenting (again) until I finally notice that you are capitalized while I am not.

Little Lantern said...

My dream house is the Magnolia Farm in Sonoma. http://www.vrbo.com/106671

It is this seamless blend of old and new on a big piece of property. It used to be owned by the Hearst family so it's even a historic landmark, but they added all these modern buildings that blend perfectly. In my dreams, you would transport this house to the coast, so that it would also have an ocean view, but maybe that's asking too much...

alek said...

Hi, I'm new to Seattle and ever since I got here I've been obsessed with finding a little cabin somewhere in the mountains or on the water. Should I be looking on Orcas, too? =)

Decorno said...

Alek - yes! Orcas is the best. I don't even think they have a stoplight on the island. My favorite place is Homestead Orcas, but it's expensive. Make friends fast and rent 1 or 2 of the big cabins with them. If you want something smaller and cheaper, go to Doe Bay. Haven't been there, but my work friend and his wife say it's a classic Orcas Islander hippie kind of place. They love it. Seriously, the San Juans are totally amazing.

Penelope Bianchi said...

Congratulations!

House Beautiful blogger award!

I was so proud of myself! Ha!

my fave blogs......decorno, Mrs Blandings......etc! were honored by HB!!

Why not The Aesthete's Lament?

Penelope

ps my daughters went to the most beautiful camp on Orcas Island......"Four Winds"

And a friend has a house there!

wonderful place!

Alicia B Designs said...

Oh no. I just wrote an entire blog railing against that house in the NY Times. I love the idea but I just wish there was some way to build something cool like that without it ruining the view or sticking out like a sore thumb. Its such an amazing landscape and there aren't that many open ones left anymore! And i'm not by any means an environmentalist type.

Velvet and Linen said...

I found you through the Washington Post mention.
I love your site. Can't wait to earn my chip!

Brooke

rerun said...

years ago, we stayed in the country home of a friend of a friend. it's near the costa brava in spain. it's old and needs tons of work. water is supplied by CISTERN. you cannot drive up to it, you have to walk across a narrow strip of land. there are two structures, the original older home, and a split level building that was the owner's studio (she was a sculptor). the garden was ramshackly and divine, stone walls a foot thick, and a river ran below the house. i have a pic somewhere, and if you ever catch me daydreaming, that is where i am...remembering showering in the garden under the hose (we never got the cistern to work properly), falling asleep to the sound of the river below, reading under the shade of the tree in the front yard. pure bliss.

The Adventuress said...

Dear Decorno: I am a huge fan of your site so thought I’d tell you the end of the story of the tiny Shelter Kit house I built with my friend Chase.

I can highly recommend it and so do all of our friends who use it for everything from sketching and water coloring to back-woods rendezvous - it is tres cozy and snug!

As you may recall from the article, even though it is supposed to be totally D-I-Y for anybody, we broke down and hired two gnarly contractors to help us set the footings with power tools – and had to take their abuse as they laughed and laughed at the idea that we could do this ourselves.

Putting it up on footings really made it more elegant and water-proofed it because it’s not sitting right on the ground in stormy/wet/snowy weather. So even thought we didn’t do it all ourselves – we’re proud of our innovation and even let the contractors visit our clubhouse some days.

Best,
Cynthia Kling

Black Dog Salvage said...

i always look forward to your blog!

my dream home would be something like this:
http://www.tinytexashouses.com/
of course, made with salvage from:
http://www.blackdogsalvage.com/
located on my favorite lake, next to here (where i would eat all my meals!):
http://www.baldmountaincamps.com/

Decorno said...

Cynthia! It's like having royalty stop by for a visit.

Thank you for the update. I convinced I need to by one and put it up on a little island here (with help, of course). Thanks again for the update.

Now - what can we do to get Domino to post your articles and the related photos on dominomag.com? That would be a treat.

Cynthia Kling said...

Decorno - You are sweet but I am always lurking around. Love your DIY island idea - think of the binder you will need.

cynthia kling

toronto realtor said...

A friend of mine used to sell similar prefabricated shelters of all sorts, shapes and sizes so I've seen quite a few of them. Whenever I've got a few days for holiday, we're off to visit friends, so I don't really need a holiday house at this point, but I can understand the fascination with the little one from the photo :)
Take care,
Elli

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