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Dream House Wish List Ideas and Must Have Rooms

Top 12 Dream Rooms for When You Imagine that Next House Plan


If that home you’ve sketched and furnished in your mind can actually be yours, what would your innermost wishes be for this home?

From the simplest, most basic – yet creative – to the perfectly outrageous, here are today’s most desired rooms and must-have floor plan features that homeowners would love to have in today’s dream home.

Our first in a two-part series, starting with the interior, we uncover our users’ and home builders’ top 12 “wish” list.


1. Huge Kitchen with Double Island & Butler’s Pantry.

Who wouldn’t love a spacious kitchen with every high-end amenity and plenty of space in their new house design? The double-island layout offers one island for the chef and another for casual in-kitchen gatherings with family and friends. Plus, with that butler’s pantry, you can move some of the mess you make away from the party and out of sight. If only it came with a butler — that’s why they call it dreaming.

three large and luxurious kitchens with large kitchen island or double islands

Top left: Vaulted ceilings, blue-painted lower cabinets paired with white granite countertops, and a large island create a remarkable kitchen in this 3-bedroom modern farmhouse. Top right: The barrel-vaulted brick ceiling in this spacious kitchen evokes the feel of a wine cave. Bottom: This fabulous double island in the kitchen of this ranch would make any chef jealous.


white-themed kitchen with prep pantry (aka butler's panty)

And if a double island isn’t enough, here is a bright, beautiful butler’s pantry in this fantastic European-style home with five bedrooms and over 4,000 square feet. (#204-1035)


2. Spirits/Wine Room.

Invite your closest friends to your private spirits/wine room, where they can sample some of your favorite wines, bourbons, and cocktails — while relaxing in comfy chairs. Cigar lovers are adding a humidor in this room for the whole experience. With proper ventilation, your friends and family can also enjoy that stogey indoors!

wine room / spirits room with barrel-vaulted ceiling, wet bar, and comfortable seating

Sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite wine or spirit with friends in this classically designed spirits/wine room. With the well-equipped bar and cozy seating, you may always stay in this four-bedroom traditional farmhouse. (#101-2006)


3. Home Theater/Media Room.

What about the kids? They can hang out with their friends or siblings in the home theater. Watch movies or the game on the big screen. If you have multiple flat-screen TVs on the walls, you can even hook up the Xbox for a large in-person game of Minecraft or Call of Duty. Even better, have family movie nights anytime you want!


modern home theater or media room with oversized seating

No cheap seats here! The home theater in this luxurious Mediterranean home is the perfect spot to enjoy the show with friends. This room has everything you need, from multiple seating arrangements to a wet bar only steps away. (#161-1122)


4. Game Room / Bowling Alley.

Perhaps you’d love to have a family or friends game night in your personal arcade. Your game room can have something for everyone — from billiards, foosball, or cards to Galaga, the sky is the limit. More space to spare in your huge basement? How about a private bowling alley — the White House has one.

amazing game room for the home with pool table, foosball table, comfortable seating, and bar

The rec room of this stunning five-bedroom European-style house plan has a bar area, a card table, foosball, and ping pong. The comfy seating makes this room very inviting. (#161-1077)


5. Home Library.

If you love to read, having a home library is the perfect place to relax and get lost in one of your many adventures. We can only dream of having a library like the one at Hogwart’s (which is, in fact, the Bodleian Library in England). Maybe a more “realistic” one would be Uncle Willy’s in the movie High Society, complete with a secret bar! Are you working from home? Combine your library with your home office.

luxurious home library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves

The library in this luxury French chateau home plan has a wall of books for your enjoyment and includes a library ladder (one of our favorites) and cozy seating to enjoy that book. This 8.933 square foot home also boasts a split-bedroom layout house design, 7.5 baths, and a 3-car garage. (#180-1034)


6Safe Room/Secret Room.

Concerned about safety from tornadoes or a home break-in? Head into your ultra-secure safe room. But for those with money to spare, it’s all about the secret room now. This version is much more mysterious, adventurous, or romantic — complete with a secret passageway to get there. Perhaps it could be a spot to relax, read a book from your hidden library, or just be a novelty. Jinkies! We’re getting Scooby-Doo vibes.

The bookshelf in this reading room opens up to a secret (hidden) room.

The reading room of this luxury Tuscan house plan looks more like the entrance to a secret passageway. With four bedrooms, over 3,600 square feet, and a 3-car garage, there is plenty of room to get lost! (#101-1353)


7. Elevator.

Elevators are becoming more popular as many homeowners are aging in place — no need to worry about selling your two-story home to move into a ranch.  

This luxurious, 2-story French country manor comes complete with an elevator.

This fantastic five-bedroom French country manor has over 5,800 square feet of living space, two stories, and an elevator to bring you there. (#198-1018)


8. Huge His-and-Hers Walk-In Closets.

Who wouldn’t want a bedroom suite with not one but two amazing closets to house all your clothes, shoes, bags, and whatever else you have in mind? Couple that with matching hangers, gorgeous hardware on the drawers, and seating, and you will have a dressing room for both a king and a queen.

This primary bedroom suite includes two walk-in closets connected together by a dressing room (wardrobe room)

The fabulous wardrobe room in this 4,500 square-foot European-style home has his-and-hers sides with a dressing area. The five-bedroom, 4.5-bath home also includes a game room and a 3-car garage. (#204-1035)


9. Fitness Room / Sports Court.

Having the luxury of a home gym or fitness room is a fantastic way to stay in shape, especially if you have a hectic schedule. The beauty of building a home fitness center is that you can work out at any time of the day. For the amateur athlete, the sports court — an indoor basketball court or a squash court — is a must.

Home fitness center with free weights, machines, aerobics and more.

Talk about a great place to work out! This home gym takes it to the next level. When not getting fit, you can enjoy the other great amenities of this two-to-five-bedroom square-foot home. (#161-1118)


10. Swimming Pool / Luxury Spa.

After your home gym workout, why not relax in your luxurious spa? Or perhaps your workout is swimming laps in the pool. Either way, relax those muscles with a steam in the sauna or while sitting in the hot tub.

Luxurious home with amazing outdoor swimming pool at dusk.

This pool looks simply gorgeous and welcoming. From the same wonderful five-bedroom transitional house as the home gym above, you can see that this grand plan offers something for everyone. Plan #161-1003


11. Fabulous Indoor/Outdoor Space.

When hosting a party, what if you could open a glass wall and have the party inside and out? Today, it's all about having a home design with outdoor living! A high-tech, foldable wall of windows opens to create a seamless environment between the gorgeous inside of your home and your porch/patio living area, and the fire pit outside.


Looking out from the living area through the opened window wall and out to the outdoor patio's living area.

The moving glass wall in this contemporary house plan with mid-century modern influences is spectacular and gives the feeling of connecting to the outdoors. (#202-1013)


12. Cabana / Pool House.

What better way to complement your outdoor living area than a pool/cabana house? The sky is the limit when designing this space. It could be as simple as a changing area or as grand as a mini house, complete with a kitchen, full bath, rec room, and bar.

Pool house (cabana) for entertaining, changing, or visiting guests.

This 700-square-foot pool house has everything you need for your outdoor gathering or just for your own family. A kitchen with a walk-in pantry, full bath, changing area, and gathering area with moving glass walls that open to your covered terraces with a grilling porch. (#213-1025) 



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