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Best House Features in the World

Do you need a distraction? It sounded like people needed a distraction from this day.  So I present to you the most fun article from Mental Floss this week: Cool features in people’s homes.

Think hammocks as floors or slides instead of stairs.

Which makes me think about what I’ve always wanted in my future home: A dolphin pool like the one in the movie 2010.  I may be misremembering this scene, and Googling has not brought me a clip, but I have vague memories of the family having breakfast in the kitchen, and the floor opening up into a dolphin tank.  The dolphin could swim right up to the kitchen table.  How amazing would that be?  Or what if there was a thick glass floor overlooking an aquarium, and you could lie on your stomach underneath the table and look down at the fish while you read a book?

I know this is in direct conflict with my desire for a tiny home, but… you know… dolphin pool filled with dolphin friends.  How cool would that be?

The only other thing I really want is a window in the shower.  I had that in an apartment in Rome and have wanted it ever since.

What feature would be in your dream home?

9 comments

1 Middle Girl { 05.08.16 at 8:29 am }

At present, I can’t dream beyond having a stand-alone house with the income to support it. Or at least, having the ability to repair and re-hab the actual lodgings.

2 Sharon { 05.08.16 at 11:02 am }

Hmm. These are interesting.

Our current house is the first one I ever purchased, and while I like it, with the arrival and growth of our twins, we’ve nearly outgrown the space. So we will likely buy a larger house within the year.

I’m pretty fortunate in that my husband and I agree on most of what we want in our next home. (None of the features in the article, though my sons would probably love a slide.)

3 Lindz { 05.08.16 at 12:20 pm }

I’d like a laundry chute… My grandmother had one in the upstairs bathroom. You opened the cabinet, dropped in dirty things and they fell all the way down to a basket by the washer. Magic! Or laundry upstairs by where all the dirty clothes/towels/sheets are. 🙂

4 JustHeather { 05.08.16 at 2:53 pm }

No clue! I am sure there are things I dreamed of growing up and beyond, but my brain is mush at the moment. The indoor hammocks remind me of a guy who had hammocks in the forest trees. It was cool! And the dolphins reminded me that the dolphinarium we had here just closed down. My kids will never get to see the dolphin show.

5 Junebug { 05.08.16 at 8:02 pm }

I house sat for a summer in a house with a HUGE window in the shower, it was almost like showering outside and I have wanted one ever since too.

6 Cristy { 05.09.16 at 1:08 pm }

I love the slides next to the stairs features.

I dream of three features. One is a greenhouse next to the kitchen, with huge glass panels separating the two. Two is a library elevated over the living room. The final is some sort of secret passage.

7 Deathstar { 05.10.16 at 12:08 am }

I saw a movie once where the girl had a shower in the middle of a sunken living room in a penthouse. There was just this curve of block glass and a rain showerhead. In real life, this only works if you’re single.

8 Jessie Francis { 05.10.16 at 12:20 am }

I want a penguin pool instead of a dolphin pool.

On a more possible note, I still want a shower with a shower head at each end for when my husband and I shower together so there’s no cold area. And I want a garden again. And a huge kitchen. And built-in bookshelves, I LOVE those.

9 a { 05.10.16 at 4:55 pm }

At this point, I would just like for my house to be turned a few degrees, so that when the storms blow through, the shingles don’t fly off of the roof. In fact, I would just like to go back in time to basement pouring day and make a bunch of tweaks to the whole house. Or, I would like to move. In other words, my house is annoying me.

I don’t want a window in the shower, because when I’ve seen them, the framing is moldy and rotting. But we have a glass block window in our shower (to the rest of the room – not to the outside), which lets in the outside light from the large picture window over our garden tub. That’s nice, except that I usually prefer the blind to be closed so no one happens upon me wandering around naked. Sigh – everything is an issue!

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