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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The craziest feature in your home?

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LB and I are getting close to listing the Barbie Dream House. We plan to remodel the kitchen in our future Big Rock Candy Mountain house no matter what state it's in - 30 years old or a brand spankin' new remodel. We both love to cook and had big plans for BDH's kitchen, but other more urgent and costly projects kept popping up.

So we're drawing up a list of dream amenities, including a hulking cobalt blue double oven. LB is more of a smoker than a griller, and we already have one of those big green egg-y things. He also considers himself a pizza connoisseur, having sussed out Denver's two best pie joints (Marco's for authenticity and BeauJo's for sheer yumminess). At the top of his kitchen wish list is a wood-burning pizza oven. I'm all for it as long as we can find a house with a kitchen large enough.

Dumplings, what's the craziest, costliest, most out there feature you've put in your home or dream of having?

25 comments:

Juliab said...

I would love to have two dishwashers so I never have to unload a dishwasher again (not all at once anyway) and there is always a spare one if one of them breaks down. Bit boring but I've totally thought it through! A pizza oven would be amazing. Good luck with finding the house. x

Kare said...

Cornue stove!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I don't know that its crazy, but I am in love with my radiant heated floors. The hot water kind, not electric. I also love that I recessed the fridge and freezer so they don't jet out into the space.

Interior Design Musings said...

I wish I had some extravagant item to share - all our remodels have been pretty practical. I did include some fantastic antiqued brass library lights over my bookshelves when we renovated last year. Still loving them! Raina, this just popped into my brain so I have to say it - it would be amazing if your new house hunt was part of the HGTV House Hunters. That show needs a fresh shot in the you know what; and I would be all over it, if you were featured!! M.

Raina Cox said...

Juliab - Double dishwashers is on my list, too.

Interior Design Musings - I'm afraid I'd be too sharp-tongued for that show. ;)

Nancy said...

That blue double oven is making me crazy. I love it.
I dream of having a one level glass and wood contemporary home with glass walls that open to the landscape,preferably a ocean/water view. I really haven't put an outrageous feature in this house, I know, sounds boring!
xo Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Debra Phillips said...

my AGA from england......who knew i was destined to have a love affair with a stove......

redbrickbuilding said...

A real garden (12 inches of soil) that I wanted put on top of a hundred year old tenement building…which required that the entire interior (including the floors) be ripped out so that steel beams could be put in to support the weight of the garden (then serious water-proofing so we wouldn't have leaks, a drainage system, an automatic irrigation system….) Over the top but I love it and cannot wait for it to get better year after year as the plants mature. My next ambition is to buy the adjacent property I know the owner won't want to sell and will make us overpay.

home before dark said...

It hasn't landed yet, but it is in sight: the subzero 48" pro, 800 lbs of glass and stainless sculpture that also functions as a fridge. It costs a ridiculous amount of money in relation to the price of our home. Maybe we can have dual use and use it as a mausoleum someday.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I wish I had a sealed brick kitchen floor with a drain in one corner. I would also need one of those huge restaurant sprayers so I could fling stuff about and hose it down before bed.
The Cornue would be nice too.

myeyesonthings said...

In my dreamhome I would have a fireplace in the kitchen and a very private courtyard that would look pretty from every room.

liza said...

Yes, can you be part of the house hunting show on HGTV?? That would be amazing! Can you call them? Happy you are getting away from the big city - we are about 100 miles west.
And I'm not entirely sure I'm back at it - just dabbling a bit!

melissa said...

Raina I have just installed my insanely insanely expensive dream kitchen. It's from Bulthaup so sleek and german, but the things I love the most are the following:
1. Quooker boiling water tap - so fantastic never to have to wait for a kettle to boil again and so useful to fill pans, scald dishcloths etc. Couldn't do without it.
2. Two dishwashers. I have four kids and my husband is one of 5 so when we have anyone over (which is a LOT) we are generally sitting down between 12 - 16 people. You may not need them but I'm pleased I have them. My aim is to never wash anything up by hand ever again and so far it;s working well!
3. A combination steam oven. Mine is by Miele. Great for vegetables and fish but other more unexpected things too. Never thought I would cook rice in an oven but it works like a giant rice cooker. Also effortless for things like jam which can be a pain on the stove. Still getting to know it but so far so good.
Melissa

Linenqueen said...

I put in two drawer dish washers on eat her side of the kitchen sink at a splashing $800 apiece. There are only two eaters in my household. I put the dirty dishes in one dished and use the clean dishes out of the other. By switching back and forth I eliminate handling dishes for every day use. I love the arrangement. The dishwashers function extremely quietly and because the house is small I can run it without listening to annoying noise. I'm surprised more people don't do this, but I do feel spoiled. Ann

Brenda Murphy said...

I love my commercial dishwasher (cycle done in 4 minutes)!!! Seriously! . It is more environmentally sound, and puts through a wack of dishes in a blink of an eye. Also, love our steam shower. Have fun with your plans; love being along for the ride.

Merinda Wilson said...

There seems to be a lot of interest in dishwashers (not that there's anything wrong with that!), but my dream home features are slightly more fantastical. I dream of having a flying fox zooming from the top story of my house to an elaborate, weather-proof tree house... I dream of a curling slippery slide in the middle of the house for easy access downstairs... I dream of secret passageways and rooms that can only be accessed through tunnels or hidden doors... and (more realistically) I want to design the house around a central courtyard, planted with English elms and pink cherry blossoms, that can be viewed from every room. Basically I would like to create a giant playground integrated with its natural surroundings.

Madam Pince said...

An ultra-deep whirlpool tub with its own tankless hot water heater. I have fibromyalgia, and this would go a LONG way toward easing it.

Raina Cox said...

Madam Pince - Oh, Honey, I am so sorry to hear you have fibromyalgia. I once worked with a woman who suffered from it and her stories were heartbreaking. Here's wishing the Luxury Tub Fairy visits you tout de suite.

gigiofca said...

Small dreams of a fireplace you can sit on either side of. Bedroom or dividing the kitchen/living room or both. And Linda's radiant floors. Cozy!

A Perfect Gray said...

the thought of you on 'house hunters' delights me to no end, raina. it may just be the CPR that network needs.

of this earth said...

My wildest home-related dreams feature a large, two story solarium/greenhouse with a heated soaking tub. It would be full of herbs and citrus trees and orchids and jasmine vines and attached to the house such that I could sleep with my bedroom windows open year round.

To date, my craziest actual purchse is an Oly chandelier that I stalked relentlessly until buying it at almost 85% off. It still cost about as much as my rent at the time, so it felt like a really wild & reckless thing to do.

jason said...

I would love to have a walk in airconditioner...scratch that...for the the whole house to be one big airconditioner. (It gets kinda hot here)

David said...

There are many kitchen appliances I'd like to own, but like Home Before Dark, the one I really lust after is the SubZero Pro 48. I drove a Honda once that cost less, but it would totally be worth it.

The thing I want most of all isn't for the kitchen. It's the master closet. A big room, fully fitted all the way around, including an island, a full length mirror, good lighting and a comfortable chair. And it will contain all of my clothes, shoes and boots.

The Zhush said...

We have a bizzaro number of fridges...like secret cold food hoarders, 1 in the basement and two regrigerated drawers and 2 freezer drawers plus two huge regular fridges in the kitchen. And we still run out of space sometimes...now I'm jonesing for one of those super hot boiling water on tap faucets for my sink.

artluvr said...

Another vote for 2 dishwashers and a combi-steam oven (ours is Gaggenau, bought for 1/3 of retail off eBay from some Russians in New Jersey!!). Oh, and the Klimt-inspired backsplash from Ann Sacks that busted our budget, but, once seen, blew all other tile out of the water. For the master bath reno, definitely a steam shower. Tried one at a spa and we can never go back. As for House Hunters, you are entirely too hip for that room, and rumor has it it's all faked anyway. I hope you get everything you and LB could possibly want in your next home.