Check out my photo gallery to see how some of these turned out.
- A cozy place to lounge. I totally created that in my sweet, little nook in my "living room." After a long day, I lounge in my cozy space, equipped with cushions from Holy Lamb Organics. They are soft and very easy to clean. The rest of the pillows are some I acquired in my travels. I love to curl up there to watch a movie or eat dinner. I still need to build out shelving, a multi-functional table and pull-out bed.
- Stairs with storage underneath or in them, as pull-out drawers, or both. This was a fun project to figure out and build. I have a tremendous amount of storage under there, including a place for my fridge. I use the steps as additional surface area/counter space, too. I still need to add the railing. (How many times have I said that?!?!) I've entertained the thought of extending the top step, too, to provide more surface area when coming down out of the loft. I really do love them, though!
- Larger loft areas. I have two lofts and each fits at least a queen-sized mattress. I'm using smaller mattresses; the floor space creates a more "roomier" feel and allows for an additional lounging area.
- Sleeping options for guests. I have the second loft, which sleeps two. I have plans to build out my nook seating into a pull-out bed, so that will accommodate a couple more. Realistically, I'll probably use that one for myself sometimes, too. I haven't been sick in my house yet, but I wouldn't want to climb up and down the stairs when I'm sick.
- Lots of windows. One of my favorite features of my house. I love how much light comes in and especially how the breeze streams through when they are open. With a total of 11 (including my skylight), I think I have lots of windows. :-)
- A composting toilet and shower. The Nature's Head toilet I have works out really well. My friend calls it my litter box. LOL I built out the bathroom a bit larger so I have room to move around to get ready and stuff, and I built custom cabinets for more storage. My shower setup is sort of temporary. I have a vision for building it out so that it can be a wet area... I'm picturing a mosaic somewhere...
- Farm sink. Absolutely one of my favorite parts of my kitchen. Having the larger, deeper sink to do "kitchen" things in was a must. I bought a rack made for the model I have, which I highly recommend. It keeps stuff off the bottom of the sink, which allows me to have things in it and still run the water without worrying if those things will get wet.
- HVAC. I don't know why this was one of my Top 15, I mean, it's AC. But, it was critical for me to have a good one and to have it professionally installed. I'd wondered if the interior part of my mini split would bother me, but it doesn't, surprisingly. It's very quiet and does such a great job heating and cooling the place. Leveling it out is a "thing" and it will leak if you don't get it just right. An improvement would be to reroute the drip line so that doesn't happen. Another one for the project list!
- Butcher-block counter tops. I have so little counter space, this was actually kind of hard to find. The one I did find was a lot thicker than I'd hoped to have but it works out nicely. The height of it is even with the stove, which I like.
- A large area of wall for hanging family pictures.The spot for this one changed a couple times as I was building but it ended up in the perfect place. That would be the first wall you see when you enter my back door. I haven't hung them yet—another project—but I have the frames, the layout and my favorite pictures ready for framing.
I've been gathering photos of some of the projects I have completed and I'd like to post some "how tos" on those. It's been fun! I'd like to blog on more features in detail, too... hopefully, that happens sooner than next year! Ta!