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Top 12 Features in Dream Home Designs

Updated on July 5, 2018
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Working as a professional interior designer for many decades, I've had cause to be involved in design & build residential building projects.

We all have differing views on what dream home designs have in common. While some people dream of luxurious homes and see them as the ultimate in residential designs and architectural styles, others believe that luxury is not in size but in smaller but beautiful homes or compact high rise apartments with tastefully designed interiors.

But what exactly are the qualities of a great home that's a dream?

This dream home is expansive, beautiful, and set in a wonderful environment. A luxury dream home that blends perfectly with nature, it consists of many rooms. It's definitely on a too-large scale for those who believe less is more.
This dream home is expansive, beautiful, and set in a wonderful environment. A luxury dream home that blends perfectly with nature, it consists of many rooms. It's definitely on a too-large scale for those who believe less is more.

What Makes a House a Dream Home?

A dream home is whatever it is you desire it to be and can be large, medium, or small sized. It can be anything from a Chateau and Mediterranean style house to a medium size country home, ranch-style home, or a penthouse apartment. And yet there are some as small as mother-in-law apartments, cabins, Parisian flats, and beautiful container homes.

Your preferences can also be based on architectural styles, period styles, or interior design.

We all have diverse tastes when it comes to architectural styles of residential buildings. While many love traditional and classic styles, high ceilings, bay windows and dining halls, most will rather have modest homes with lavish interiors.

However, today's aspiring homeowners opting for medium to small size homes are more interested in interior layouts that's a dream to live in - open plans, split levels, outdoor living areas, en-suite bedrooms, multi-purpose spaces with plenty of storage and luxury features.

A medium-sized residential building that can be aptly described as a dream home.  A compact size and classic style, it overlooks a field of beautiful flowers.
A medium-sized residential building that can be aptly described as a dream home. A compact size and classic style, it overlooks a field of beautiful flowers.
An ultra-modern dream home design with an open plan interior and elaborate glass wall.
An ultra-modern dream home design with an open plan interior and elaborate glass wall.
A compact traditional style home design that's a great size for down-sized living and a perfect design for a mother-in-law's home.
A compact traditional style home design that's a great size for down-sized living and a perfect design for a mother-in-law's home.
A modest home design with a chimney and cute garden.
A modest home design with a chimney and cute garden.

Top Features - What Makes Them Unique

There are some things dream homes have in common and perhaps they are the important things that make them differ from regular home settings.

  1. Landscaping - Some homeowners prefer a low maintenance lawn with minimum shedding plants. A great landscape/garden is typical of dream houses.
  2. Two-door garage - Even with owning just one car, the other garage is usually converted to a workshop, games room, a work-at-home station, or a utility room.
  3. Open plan - Today's choice is an open plan interior concept that gives a visual effect of large open spaces flowing into each other. It's great for entertaining guests. Usually, there are no demarcating walls between the living, dining, and kitchen areas.
  4. Energy saving fixtures and appliances - We are in the age of technology and find we have more fixtures and appliances than we did in the past. This calls for energy saving methods with the use of energy saving appliances and light fittings.
  5. Patio or Outdoor living area - A patio or deck are great areas for relaxation or entertaining. Having any of the two or even a large outdoor living area that extends from the interior out, and furnished with comfortable furniture and decor is typical of a home that's a dream.
  6. Ensuite bedrooms - Another common feature is having all bedrooms ensuite. Each and everyone has their own private bathroom with all the necessary amenities. Smaller room's bathrooms can always make do with a shower cubicle instead of a bathtub. Master bedrooms come with both showers and separate bathtubs.
  7. Master bedroom walk-in closet - Nothing pleases most homeowners more than having a spacious walk-in closet with great organisation systems in their master bedrooms.
  8. Ample storage space - In a dream home, you want everything organised and stored in their allotted spaces. There are so many places you can build-in storage facilities in a very organised manner.
  9. Large kitchen with island - Large open kitchens lined with built-in cabinets with stone countertops (granite, quarts) and tall hanging units. Having a kitchen island unit is also a common feature.
  10. Pantry - A kitchen must-have. Well designed homes require a pantry, no matter how small the available space may be. A walk-in pantry is an added bonus.
  11. Work-at-home station - Because many people now work from home, this is always a welcome addition to any home worth its salt. This workstation can be carved out from and space including under the staircase, a dead-end niche, the garage, or in a corner of the living or dining space.
  12. Pet resting zones - A place for pets to rest or sleep without taking over that expensive couch. Private pet zones with their own furniture and furnishings are typically found in dream homes. The four-legged members of the family also require their own space, just as other family members do.

Beautiful Interiors

People's needs are changing when it comes to their homes. They are less interested in architectural styles and more particular about the inside.

What this means is that people are more interested in the style of the interior and are therefore willing to forego some of the 20th-century's most popular rooms and halls in order to accommodate their 21st-century lifestyles.

And as more people now work from home, they want designs that incorporate an office in the home, a studio, or even a craft making zone.

Beautiful interior that'll be a dream to live in. Notice the stone works, vaulted ceiling, and the classic wood floor. There is a blend of the traditional and contemporary.
Beautiful interior that'll be a dream to live in. Notice the stone works, vaulted ceiling, and the classic wood floor. There is a blend of the traditional and contemporary.
Notice the breathtaking view of mountains in this high-rise apartment. It will certainly be a dream residence to live in.
Notice the breathtaking view of mountains in this high-rise apartment. It will certainly be a dream residence to live in.
A beautiful contemporary minimalist theme interior of a residential home. Its design shows how a kitchen space and dining area flow into each other
A beautiful contemporary minimalist theme interior of a residential home. Its design shows how a kitchen space and dining area flow into each other
A classic interior with its rich hues, subdued lighting, and warm cosy feel. This dream home's interior is for those who love a more traditional themed interior.
A classic interior with its rich hues, subdued lighting, and warm cosy feel. This dream home's interior is for those who love a more traditional themed interior.

Can't Decide On What Home Design to Choose?

So, what's your idea of a dream home or are you still undecided? There is nothing wrong with not knowing what you'll love, most people don't know either. There are so many ideas of the ideal home all over the internet that just viewing some of them (there are hundreds of thousands) will actually.

Places like Pinterest will inspire you more than you can ever imagine. Study their home styles closely and plan ahead by listing out your favourites and priorities. You can also get residential design ideas books that include floor plans and photo illustrations that will guide you through the drawing plans, including home improvement ideas.

So, if you are a prospective homeowner planning to build your dream home, visit online stock plan vendors who can customise any house plans and blueprints you purchase from them (they've got thousands to choose from), to conform to whatever design you are dreaming of.

And if you are planning to lease or rent, get a good real estate agent or company to search for your ideal design that'll fulfil your aesthetic requirements and suit your lifestyle.

What's your idea of a dream home design?

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    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      22 months ago

      Thank you for visiting Rachel :)

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      Rachel 

      22 months ago from Adelaide

      Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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      Colinsmith0000 

      6 years ago

      Good post thanks for sharing post

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      viryabo 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for the kind compliments ANW, and thank you for visiting.

      Cheers

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      Architects North Wales 

      7 years ago

      This is a fantastic hub, very informative but also free flowing and an easy read.

      You are clearly passionate on the subject and know what you are talking about. I find it refreshing to see someone taking an active interest. Keep up the good work!

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      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      Thanks habee for being my 1st visitor and for your nice comments.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      This is wonderful information!

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