Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ugh, MOLD!

One of my biggest annoyances right now is where I live.  My husband is working on a Ph.D currently so we're renting a 1,000 sq foot townhouse. Overall, it's really not a bad place for us to live; it has plenty of space for the two of us plus our fur babies, and it's in pretty good community. However, it is only a rental and it has all the problems of a rental, #1 right now being that our cheap, single-pane windows let in too much moisture and then accumulate mold around the window frame. We thought we had the problem taken care of once the heat and humidity of the summer was done, but after noticing that our allergies were getting worse, we checked and sure enough there was mold around every single window in our house! Luckily some Clorox spray cleaned it right up, but until we can afford to move someplace better, or buy our own house I guess I'll be fighting a weekly battle to keep our house mold-free.

Country House
Anyways, my current frustration with the cheap construction of this rental made me really consider what I want in my dream home.  Even though
buying the house of our dreams is many years away, my husband and I have come up with a few ideas for what we definitely want when we can afford it.


  1. We kind of want a dome home because of its energy saving capacity. If not a dome home, we also like craftsman style houses and farmhouses.  Whatever type of house we end up with doesn't have to be big, but we definitely want it to be well built with durable, energy efficient materials.  We are doing fine with our 1000 square feet now, but once we have kids that might be a little bit cramped so we are thinking something around 1700-2000 square feet. Big enough to have breathing room, but not excessive.  
  2. I want a neutral color scheme for the walls so I can easily change out the decorations and mix up accent colors. I especially love smoky light gray colors and warm, airy beiges. My current top choices are Smoke Embers, Aganthus Green, and Winter White, all by Benjamin Moore.  
  3. I NEED to live in a more rural area so I can have some chickens and ducks. Ideally, we would have a ton of "lawn" space, but not a lot of grass because I plan on devoting much of my yard space to edible perennials and native fruit and nut trees.  
Well, that's all the dreaming I have time for now.  Hopefully this post inspires you to dream about your dream home. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!