By Aarzoo Naeem Chaudhry
Knowing what your dream home, vacation or car looks like is not rocket science; all you need is an ability to weave dreams, like me. Day-dreamers and people with wild imagination know exactly what they want; it doesn’t really matter if it’s wild, out there or exaggerated. It is interesting to swap stories and ideas about your dreams; after all I don’t think that there is any harm in happy thoughts and wishful thinking.
I did an informal survey the other day by circulating an email amongst my friends asking them what their dream home would look like and got some interesting replies. A few of them knew exactly what they wanted while others had never thought about it and so it gave them some food for thought. I have included several of the answers I got about your average ‘dream home.’ There are recurring themes, however, more about that at the end of this story…
The Beach House by the Mediterranean Sea
My dream home would face the ocean, preferably the Mediterranean Sea, with lots of windows framing the sea-views and letting in the sea breeze. It won’t be grand but it would be a good size to accommodate friends and family staying over. The windows would have baskets of overflowing flowers and the window shutters would be painted blue. Wide front doors, low-ceilings and built on multiple split levels, my dream house would be open and spacious. Of course, an outdoor swimming pool would be absolutely necessary with a barbecue area and a backyard shaded with trees and ivy. There will be a hammock in the backyard by the pool for lazy days. The conservatory will face the sea, which will serve as the only living room in the house. There wouldn’t be anything luxurious in my dream house; it would be a comfortable place that can accommodate loads of people.
Aarzoo Naeem Chaudhry
A way to a man’s heart
Well, my girlfriend Sana and I, we’ve been talking a lot about our dream home and here’s what we would want it to look like: I want something small, cozy and classy with two bedrooms; not huge with lawns and stuff. However, the kitchen would be the largest room in the house because we are fond of eating and cooking and so will be spending most of our time being the food maniacs we are! With a small table and a couple of chairs in the kitchen to have food right there and then!
Ummm. What else. The living room is going to be the best part of the house. We want something simple with lots of white and brown! We’ve thought of having a brown wall with a super hi-tech TV on it and a wall dedicated to pictures of us, family and friends.
We also want a jamming room which will have framed posters of our favorite musicians, (David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Stevie Ray Vaughan etc) from the 60s to the 80s, guitars, amps, a drum set so on and so forth. That will be the hangout spot for friends.
Dim lighting in the bedroom especially in the mornings so you wake up to the dim light when it’s a full sunrise outside! Also, it will be very simple with lots of white, blue and black. Basically our dream home would be a house that shows who we are.
Rizwan Asif Thakkar
A place for everything and everything in its place
In my fantasy dream home, size won’t matter but it will have to be comfortable – with everything in its place – I hate disorder. There will be walk in closets and smart storage units all over the place, on the concept of ‘a space for everything and everything in its place’ –luxurious storage space with built-in smart solutions for shoes, bags and accessories, and separate compartments for clothes (for bedrooms and en suite bath). A general purpose storage area for pesky stuff that can’t go anywhere else like home linens, duvets etc., loads of shelves for easy access and display of books, art, music and movies and any other collection that I might start, purpose built niches for gadgets like washing machine, micro wave, fridge, iron, etc, (for living room/kitchen/dining and a separate laundry room). The bathrooms and kitchen would have to be easy to clean, practical and yet hi-tech. Again, size will not be the issue; comfort would have to be the key factor. I don’t believe in exhibition and formality so there will be no showrooms like formal drawing room/dining room, however, it will be an open house, warm and welcoming…
I like simple interiors – minimum furniture, only essential stuff, good design, no extra clutter, easy to clean, no frills, long, straight lines with lots of indoor plants and a combination of neutral, pale colors with accents of color provided by accessories. Furnishings and interior will have to be comfortable, low key, timeless and simple. Don’t like gaudy displays. The placement of windows and doors will be very important in my dream home…ensuring privacy and yet feeling of openness. I would prefer natural materials like wood, cottons, bricks, mostly organic stuff. Of course there would be lots of greenery with gardens in the indoors, outdoors, on terrace, balconies and even the roof-top – loads of container gardens and natural gardens.
When a picture is worth a thousand words
Hey Aarzoo! This is my dream home! Are any words needed?
In a mansion stands my love
My dream house should be somewhat like the house I grew up in with big windows and tall trees all around. It would definitely have a backyard with a barbecue place but it should also have a huge front lawn. There should be at least six bedrooms and lots of lovely, luxurious bathrooms. Being fond of books, I can’t leave out a library –one that smells of old books. I like huge spaces, so the kitchen should be spacious and large. I would like to live in the suburban areas or anywhere that is clean with less traffic and has coffee places within walking distance. Also, I love fireplaces, so I’d want at least four of them in my house. Other than that, it’s not what you have it is also who it is with.
A modern, space- age home
As a kid I always dreamt of living in a tree-house! Somehow it sounded so safe and secure to me. Obviously, I grew out of that dream after a while and now my dream-house is a modest-sized one situated in the suburbs. It will be equipped with the best gadgets, devices and equipment of today… a contemporary, futuristic home and modern living. It must have luxurious bathrooms and my bedroom will have to be the best and largest room in the whole house with the most hi-tech, insanely brilliant accessories like a projector TV, pool etc. The thing is, I can’t live in one place or one city for long, so I think I’ll be making a lot of dream houses while I’m on the move. The Playboy Mansion has always left me awe-inspired so, I wouldn’t mind if my dream house looks something like that even though I like nice, cozy homes.
A Spanish Hacienda
Well, it’s true I’ve never really thought about it but I’ll give it a try anyways! I want my dream house to be just one ground floor; it’s not going to have more floors. It will have a very big garden with lush green grass. I’d like my bedroom to have huge French windows that will to open to a pool in the backyard. Oh, and of course I’d like a personal, luxurious walk-in closet.
First of all, in my dreams I don’t have one but many homes! One of them consists of two bedrooms, an open kitchen with a covered veranda in front of it which also
serves as a dining room. Then there is a big terrace in the front. Plus there is my casual living room which is so huge it takes up 40 percent of the house and has a world of books in it, comfy, soft couches, a flat screen tv and lots of windows. In fact the longest wall in my house would be made of glass open windows. Being close to nature myself, I’d have a lot of plants and greenery around me.
My Dream house will be something like the old house I grew up in. A brick doll house with lots of greenery around. It will be like old houses in Abbotabad, Italy or Morocco. The size should be one to one and half Kanal but should have a big lawn and terrace for evening tea or outdoor breakfast. It should definitely have a library and the living room, dining room and kitchen should be spacious so GTs is not a problem. A backyard is a must, where I can grow vegetables organically. The house should have plenty of big huge windows to make way for plenty of sun and air.
Based on my informal survey, (ages between twenty something to thirty-five), today’s middle class dreams of comfortable spaces that have beautiful gardens, luxurious, hi-tech bathrooms and kitchens, innovative storage solutions and tailor made bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms. Formality is out, spacious and airy, casual and open plan living is in, size is not really an issue, however, an average dream home should be large enough to accommodate friends and family. Clean, clutter free and modern, today’s lifestyles require contemporary solutions.
This article was published in the print edition of Valuemag, issue 13, August 2009.