1. an outdoor hot tub where we could enjoy a glass of wine under the stars
2. a man room for my big tv and my sports memorabilia
3. an arts and crafts room so my lady can paint, sew and crochet....she is very talented
4. his and her closets, two sinks in the bathroom and a large enough bedroom for a king size bed.
5. a nice kitchen that is functional for two people
How about hers & hers closets or his & his? Or maybe "Hers, and hers, and his...Three's Company too!" ;)
Frankly, I'd say a room with a door so you can get some privacy when you need it. Open-bedroom lofts are tough for couples...though some do it with panache!
Happy Valentine's Day, Trulia.
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2. Highly functional kitchen with quality appliances and sufficient counter space
3. Similar tastes in decor/design (or, designate two small spaces where each person can put whatever s/he wants in that space, regardless of what the other person thinks)
4. Enough room in the house so each can have his/her own "space" if needed
5. Space for my (I mean someone's) audio system(s), artwork and furniture
Disclaimer: The above answers do not necessarily apply to my house (well, maybe #5 does....) :)
Fun to think about. Thanks for the question.
P.S. Iâ€™m excited as my new beau will be cooking for me for the first time on Valentineâ€™s Day. Iâ€™ve got the champagne already chilling!!
Great question to mix things up here on the message board. Here's my take:
Necessities that make a home a home:
Pet(s) if that's your thing
Kid(s) if that's your thing
Attributes that should aid in your relationship: (in no particular order):
Double vanities in the bathroom. Sure, his and her baths are nice, but if you can't swing that, the double vanities at least keep toiletries out of each other's way. The cap off the toothpaste argument ends there.
An entertainment style kitchen... one that will provide years of enjoyment as you have friends and family over.
A private bedroom, nothing open or too close to the other rooms.
Outdoor living area.
A place for quiet privacy, such as a study or a sunroom - a place where one can cozy up with a book and not be bothered.
A cozy home makes for a happier place than a cold, drab home. Just because something looks cool in Dwell magazine doesn't mean it will be inviting when you live there.
Natural light. Not many couples can be happy living in a bat cave.
Close to work. No one comes home happy after sitting in traffic for two hours.
Close to restaurants, night life, shopping, and walkable. When you both get tired of hanging in the house you'll want the city's amenities at your doorstep.
That's about all I can think of right now. Good luck!!
Anyone would be happy with a good, loving relationship first and foremost. In my "best" home, a good kitchen is a must unless neither cooks (and these days that is sometimes the case.) Washer & dryer in the unit itself or in an easily accessible place in the home. Separate his and her baths if one can afford a place with space for that. If not, a good-sized bathroom is crucial and a jacuzzi tub that fits at least two would be fun. His and her closets are great but also not practical in many SF homes. Parking for two cars with an automatic garage door opener.
The real key is whatever each individual wants most of all and hopefully both can be accommodated!
The features I can think of that would make life lived blissfully in a home are:
-cozy backyard with table and chairs for tea
-sun room to bask in the warmth of the sun, watch sunrise and sunsets
-study room for when work needs to be done
-an open kitchen to the dining and living room with a stereo system
-movie projector & cozy sofa
-washer & dryer
Lastly, good feng shui =)