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The Ultimate Must Haves List for your Dream House

Dream house, we all have a mental list of what our’s would have if and when we build one. I recently polled my Instagram audience to see what their dream house must haves were. From their suggestions, I compiled the ultimate must have list for your dream house! I hope this list gives you ideas and inspiration for your own dream house. Whether you are remodeling, in the building process or simply day dreaming, use this list to help you create the home of your dreams! 

I broke down the must haves into categories to help you navigate through the list more easily. Have fun designing your dream home!

If you want to follow along on our family’s dream home journey, you can read this post about our dream home, follow me on Pinterest (where I share tons of dream house inspiration) or follow me on Instagram where I share our building journey. 

Exterior 
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Exterior Must Haves

Wrap around Porch

Porch Swing

Screened in Patio

Covered Patio

Gas Lanterns

Pool House with Cabana boy (this made me laugh out loud)

Infinity Edge Pool

Spa

Waterslide

Outdoor Shower

Outdoor Bathroom or Easy Access to one

Storage Closet for Pool Toys and Outdoor Cushions

Bocce Ball Court

Mini Golf Course / Putting Green

Drinking Fountain

Tv

Large Entertaining Area

Kitchen

Pizza Oven

Fireplace

Hammock

Greenhouse

Cut Flower Garden

Vegetable Garden

Hose Bibs with Hot and Cold Water

Good Lighting

Outdoor Electrical Outlets on all Corners of the House

Outdoor Central Vac

Wireless Security Cameras

Outdoor Stairs to Outdoor Second Story Deck

Courtyard

Governor’s Driveway

Paverturf.com (artificiale turf that goes between large pavers)

Porte Coche

Balcony off Second Floor Window

Interior Details

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Interior Must Haves

10′ Ceilings (minimum)

Coffered Ceilings

Tall Baseboards

Wood Floors Throughout

Gorgeous Stair Railing

Double Staircase

Wainscoting 

Crown Molding

Lots of Trim Work

White Walls

Brick Walls

Walk in Closet in every Bedroom

Lots of Natural Lights

Large Windows

Oval Window

Window Seat

Arched Doorways

Transoms above each Doorway

French Doors / with Transom Windows

Wide Doors

Wide Hallways

Handicap Accessible Features

2 Story Foyer

Accordion Doors that Open up to the Outside

Large Family Room, Kitchen, Dining Room for Family Gatherings

Designer Pet Door

Elevator

Central Vac

Remote Control Blinds

Tankless Water Heater

Basement

Indoor Tramp

Luggage Closet

Fireproof Closet for heirlooms 

Wall Safe

Secret Room

Hidden Passageway

Hidden Gift Closet

Hidden Storage in Doorways

Hidden Step Drawer at the Bottom of the Stairs for Shoes

Electrical 

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Electrical Must Haves

Wall Plugs with Phone Chargers

USB Chargers in Drawers

Floor Plugs

Mantel Outlets

High Exterior Outlets for Christmas Lights

Outlets in Closets

Speakers throughout the House for Music

Intercom

Beautiful Chandeliers (some of my favorite chandeliers here)

Dimmers for all Chandeliers and overhead lighting

Lights Controlled by Phone

Small Can Lights (on dimmers)

Keyless Entry with Phone

Kitchen 

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Kitchen Must Haves

Large Island

Drawers in Islands

Double Island

Marble Countertops

Waterfall Countertop

White Cabinets

Inset Cabinets

Soft Close Cabinets

Pretty Hardware (My Favorites here)

Huge Dish Cabinet with Glass Doors

Kitchen Linens Closet

Farm Sink

Sink Grates

Window above Sink

Pullout under Sink for Cleaning Supplies

Hot Water Faucet

Reverse Osmosis Water System

Ice Maker

Hidden Microwave

2 Dishwashers

La Canche or La Cornue Range

Custom Hood

Double Oven and 6 Burner Stove

Warming Drawer

Combi Steam Oven

Pot Filler (My Favs here)

Built in Coffee Machine (like Miele)

Wine Refrigerator

Hidden Outlets

Hidden Paper Towel Drawer

Pot Drawers

Dish Drawers with Peg Dividers

Spice Drawer

Knife Drawer

Cookie Sheet Cabinet

Felt Lined Drawer for Silver

Appliance Cupboard

Pullout Shelves

Cutting Board with Hole above Trash

Hidden Trash

Recycle Trash

Electrical Dustpan

Walk in Pantry or Butler’s Pantry

 

Butler’s Pantry

Costco Door from Pantry to Garage for easy unloading

Motion Light

Sink

Second Fridge

Hidden Door to Pantry

Dog Feeding Station

Lots of Storage

Dining Room

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Dining Room Must Haves

Fireplace

Closet for Linens and Dishes

Large for Family Gatherings

Speakers for Music

Laundry Room

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Laundry Room Must Haves

Closet for Vacuum, Mop and Broom with Outlet

Gift Wrap Station

Dog Wash 

Dog Feeding Station

Built in Dog Hairdryer

Dum Waiter to Upstairs Bathroom or Bedroom

Laundry Shoot

Built in Drying Racks

Folding Counter or Island

Linen Closet 

Laundry Room on Each Floor

Mud Room Must Haves

Lockers for each Child

Storage Shelves for Shoes

Brick Floors

Mirror

Master Bedroom

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Master Bedroom Must Haves

On Main Floor

Tall Ceilings

Fireplace

Balcony or Private Patio

Ascending and Descending TV at Foot of the Bed

Mini Fridge

Private Sitting Room Attached

Access to Outdoor Jacuzzi

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Master Closet Must Haves

Large Walk in

His and Her Closets

Washer and Dryer

Shoe Wall

Rotating Shoe Rack

Ironing System

Dressing Room

Sunglass Drawer

Jewelry Drawer

Mirrored Closet Doors

Luxurious Carpet

Chandelier 

Master Bathroom

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Master Bathroom Must Haves

Heated Floors

His and Her Toilets

Bidet 

Steam Shower

Rainfall Shower Head

Vintage Looking Faucets

Foot Niche in Shower for Shaving

Makeup Counter or Vanity

Drawer with plugs for toothbrushes and curling irons

Lots of Storage

2 Sinks

Freestanding or Clawfoot Tub

Warming Rack for Towels

Secondary Bathrooms

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Secondary Bathroom Must Haves

Built in Hampers or Access to Laundry Shoot 

Outlets in Drawers for Toothbrushes

Window

One for every Bedroom

High Counters

 

Garage Must Haves

Recycling Center

4 Car Garage

Lift System to Storage or Attic

Extra Tall Garage Doors

Epoxied Floor

Bike Storage

Custom Cabinets for Storage

Door to Backyard

Other Dream Spaces

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Other Rooms to Consider Adding to your Dream Home

Home Office 

Library with Built in Bookcases

Prayer Room

Separate Guest House

Loft for Teens

Home Gym

Theater Room

Sport Court

Silver Closet

Christmas Closet

Dream Locations

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Dream Locations

Ocean Front

Mountain Views

Cul da Sac

On a Golf Course

Close to Family

 

Dream Services 

House Keeper

Gardener

Chef

Chauffer 

Hairstylist

Masseuse

Well that was fun!  A girl can dream right?! Thank you so much for all of your brilliant ideas on must have features in your dream house! I hope this helps build the house of your dreams!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “The Ultimate Must Haves List for your Dream House

  1. This was so much fun to read through! Gave me so many inspiring ideas for our future dream home. Thank you for putting this together, and I am truly excited to watch your dream home come to life

  2. Wow! This was such a great idea to have a blog post of. So many great ideas which I would have never thought of, yet were many that would interest me. Thank you for compiling this. I hope to one day build again. There is always something you would do different yet so many the same. Thanks again !!

  3. We just built our home and wish I had this for a reference. Luckily, we had a wonderful interior designer that advised us to incorporate many of these items. I would add to the garage list, to install electrical outlets to charge cars. This needs a particular kind of outlet. Many of the new cars are going to need this feature or you may have a guest that will need it for their cars. It is cheeper to put this in during the building stage. Also, we opted for an all-season room instead of a traditional deck. We still have a small outdoor barbecue deck but the all season room allows us to enjoy “the outdoors” all year long.

  4. Hi, hope you are doing good this Sunday.
    I’m catching up on my blog reads. I have a question,
    what room is that pictured (the picture above the Gym picture)?
    Do you have 3 tvs? Is this a movie theater room? Or a TV sports room?
    This is the first time I’m seeing this room so I have lots of questions.
    I look forward to your reply.

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