Last week, I read a blog post about someone’s dream home and I thought it’d be fun to share my dream home here. I’m also really worn out from wrestling with our taxes this weekend so I need an easy topic to write about.
Our current home is a 2 bed/2 bath condo in a high rise. We have about 1,000 square feet of living space and it’s tolerable for 3 people. We moved here in 2007 when we didn’t have a kid and it was perfect for us then. We’re in downtown Portland and it’s easy to get anywhere in the city. Mrs. RB40 can easily takes public transportation to work too. We have a million dollar view of the Willamette river and Mt. Hood. There are plenty of entertainment options around. This is pretty much our dream home, but it’s a bit small and I’m starting to get tired of the shared walls. My mom stays with us about half of the year and it’s really tight when she’s here.
Future dream home
My dream home is a bit unusual. It’s more of a compound, really. Here goes.
Location: I’d like a few acres on a laid back tropical island. Currently, I like Hawaii the best because it’s the most convenient location. The price is high, but as long as I’m dreaming, why not?
Main house: I want to build a medium size stilt house as the main home. It’d have one bedroom with plenty of closet space, a small office, a comfortable living area, a kitchenette with a small breakfast nook, a regular bathroom, an outdoor bathroom, and a big wrap around balcony. I think we can do this in about 1,000 square feet, not counting the balcony. The bottom can be a workshop and creative space.
My uncle has an awesome stilt house in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He is an architect and he designed it himself. The outdoor bathroom is really cool. It’s shaded by a big tree and feels private. I think it’d be awesome to take a shower (and mm.. do my business) under the open sky.
Communal kitchen and dining area: This would be a separate building. I’d like a big kitchen with a spacious eating area. It would almost be like a very small restaurant. Ideally, this structure would be very airy. If the climate permits, the dining area wouldn’t have any walls at all. I’d also like a small outdoor cooking area with a brick oven and a BBQ grill. This whole area can double as a hang out space where you can relax, listen to music, read, play board games, and have a drink.
Guest houses: I’d build small guest houses for family and friends. The guest houses would be pretty simple. It’d have a bedroom, a bath, and a small outdoor relaxing area. I guess we’d need to have one bigger hut for families with kids.
Meditation/Yoga hut: An area where you can relax and calm your spirit.
Grounds: The grounds would be full of tropical plants and flowers. We’ll have fruit trees and many edible plants. Wouldn’t it be nice to eat ripe organic fruits right off the tree? I’d also like some chickens, cats, and maybe a dog. If there is a zombie apocalypse, we can live off the land here. There would be winding paths to get to the huts so the guests would have their privacy.
Hey, this sounds like a retreat center! Maybe that’s what I need. Life is always so busy these days. It would be nice to slow down and relax when we’re a bit older.
Anyway, we are a long way from my dream home and I’m not sure if we’d ever get there. We’re staying put until our kid is out of the house. After that, I’ll explore some options. I’m not sure what Mrs. RB40’s dream home is like. She loves living in the city and I don’t know if she can handle the quiet rural lifestyle. Maybe she’ll keep a place in Portland and come stay at my retreat occasionally. 🙂
What’s your dream home like?
Image credit: stilt house by oniondeath, hut by Hawaii Retreat at Josanna’s organics.
For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.
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