We built our dream home last year and we feel beyond blessed every day to live here. Because we plan on being here forever, we were able to do some pretty strange things that you might not find in most homes!
I call them quirks because not everyone will appreciate these things– and some are a little strange– but I think they are pretty cool. Hopefully this post inspires you to embrace the funny quirks about your own home and maybe someday if you build a house- you can either ask for the same quirks, or communicate to your builder to NOT do what Jennica did!
- Laundry Pass-thru is my number-one fave in my book for sure! I probably use it on average about 7 ½ times per day on average: back and forth. Dirty bibs and rags from kitchen to the laundry room are just the start! I have passed bowls, forks, and sippy-cup plugs thru from the laundry room more times than I’d ever anticipated. Mop heads, clean rags, etc go through there when I’m folding laundry. And it STILL surprises me how many times I pass panties and clothing of all kinds thru to the laundry that landed on the kitchen floor
2. Kid Play Spot… K this one is definitely a quirk, but not sure I can say that I love it. My mom has double dishwashers and really enjoys having two, especially since she entertains guests often. I also love having people over, and so I was thinking when I have more kids (we’d like to have 5 or 6-ish) that I might like having a second dishwasher… So I put a spot for “one day”- but so far I don’t foresee that day coming. For now, I anticipated that my kids would enjoy playing in this little “fort” for now until a dishwasher replaces it. -Quirk!- We use it to store bibs for now! And once every few weeks or so I get my kids to play under there- or get my baby to eat some green beans there, like yesterday!
3. Bathroom Stool– we really enjoy having this! My kids can get up and down by themselves and it just rocks! I can call it a quirk though because the drawer doesn’t stop where it should and sometimes my kids feet get caught under there as they lean on the stool to put it back. No real injuries have occurred- but if you want to install one of these in your home, I would definitely specify that you want the stool to stop when the drawer is totally out by putting a lip at the end that will catch it.
4. Filing cabinet in the wall- This was not on purpose, but I do enjoy having the space! We had a miscommunication between the concrete guys and the framers, and so the concrete guys took a little off their bill to make it so we could use this dead-space we had. It actually works our really great
5. Drinking Fountain– Pros: convenient, especially when kids have their friends over and they want drinks- they can get it themselves! No need for me to get up to fetch their drink, and we don’t have a million cups all over the counter for every time someone wants a drink. Cons: My kids like to play in the drinking fountain all the time. They can easily access water! See excerpt B: water damage on the mudroom bench! It’s all good- we roll with it- it gives our home character, right? All-in-all I’m glad we have it.
6. Mismatched Blinds/Shutters in the Nursery- I love these plantation shutters I scored at my local Re-store (they sell used housing materials) for $30! I would’ve loved to be able to cover all my windows with them, but they retail more like $300 to cover your average window… SO- we have blinds through the rest of the house! Another “quirky” thing about this nursery is that it is only accessed through the master. So it’s its own little closet/room- it’s quiet, and then when we don’t have a baby any more it could work as an exercise room, a meditation room, or a craft room!
Building a custom house is an adventure– you never really know what your outcome will be! Glad we had a great builder (Kody Construction in Southern Utah) to use! We were his FIRST house he’d built for a client and he was really great to work with to make our quirks a reality. Anyone else building in the near future?