I initially thought that if money was no object, I'd like two different dream houses, but the more I think about it, I think just the would be ok! It's strange, but I've imagined a dream home here in Zurich, even though it could have been anywhere in the world. I think sometimes we can only imagine or visualise dreams closer to home, or at least closer to where we are in the present..
So, I'd like a large flat in central Zurich. My actual dream is to own property, I hate the fact that we've always rented (for 10 years in London & Zurich) and have nothing to show for our money! The flat would be maximum of 10 minutes walk from the old town and it would have two large balconies, one looking up the Uetliberg (the house mountain of Zurich) and the other one overlooking the lake. The flat would have a large, open plan kitchen / dining / lounge living space, with bar stools arranged round a breakfast which splits the kitchen from the dining area. This mega room would have windows from floor to ceiling and would be flooded with plenty of natural light and the balcony facing the lake would be at the end of this room.
The main bedroom has a smaller private balcony overlooking the mountain, so all you can see is forest and trees and green. The bedroom is designed so its easy to hide away all the clothes and clutter. I have a corner for a dressing table and there's a chest which doubles as a chaise longe at the foot of the large dark wooden bed. There would of course be an ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi type bath and a large window overlooking the forest!
We'd have three other large rooms, a joint study, a guest room and a kids room. The study would be our retreat - two large desks facing each other, wiring ports in the floor and floor to ceiling bookshelves with a ladder on wheels to reach the highest shelves. I'd leave some space on the shelves for flowers, bowls of things, candles etc. There's a sofa bed in one corner, so that we could fit in extra guests. There's also a huge bean bag, perfect for relaxing in with a cup of tea and a good book! Oh yes, I almost forgot, somehow we'd wire a music system for the whole flat, so that each room has speakers and the music need never stop, even in the bathroom and toilet!
The guest room would be welcoming and open - a posh and very comfortable sofa bad, low coffee tables, floor cushions, low lighting , a rocking chair. Plus an old fashioned desk and ergonomic office chair, and a bookcase of inviting reading. Maybe it would even turn into a guest OBCZ! This room is also the perfect place to escape from the rest of the house. I'd like the room to be used by us as well as by guests.
The kids' room is huge but currently empty - waiting for kids and inspiration, but the potential is there! The block of flats would have plenty of space in the attic and cellar for residents, and there's even a sun terrace on the roof of the building, with deck chairs, tropical plants and a hammock. There's regular bbqs and parties between residents in the block and there are no quarrels over the washing machine facilities in the basement.
Our home would be an oasis of peace and relaxation, but with plenty of space to learn and read, and also socialise. I would open up our space to people who needed somewhere to escape to â“ friends, guests, random visitors, and it would be a home full of love and laughter.