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It's quite common for children to discuss their dream houses. They conjure fantastic images of all-powerful gadgets, rooms dedicated to desserts, and houses high in the clouds or down at ocean's bottom.


And yet, adults seem to equally prone to dreaming. But their imagined palaces illustrate a clear change in priorities since those earlier years.

A recent Reddit thread asked people to describe their ideal household features and designs.

The resulting list was a wide-ranging list of pragmatic solutions to problems as well as plenty of absurd investments in comfort and leisure.

Butterflies_Books asked, "If you had enough money to build your dream house, what's a strange room/feature you'd include?"

Greenrooms. Greenrooms Everywhere. 

"I really want one of those natural bathrooms, that looks like you just walked into a jungle, everything is stone and steam and plants and sounds of a water fall."

"Or one of those open stair cases where the back wall is completely glass and there's a leafy garden under the stairs."

"Basically just a tropical oasis for plants."

-- YEEyourlastHAW

Middle Earth Snacks 

"I want a hobbit pantry."

"Earthy, timber-stone decor that is climate controlled to be a perfect storage area for wheels of cheese, sausage links and beer."

-- Shangiskhan

Goal-Setting Imagery 

"It's not that strange, but I think an irrationally large number of decisions in my life have been motivated by the desire to eventually have a study with high ceilings and floor to ceiling bookshelves so I can have one of those ladder things that sits against the shelf and have it be justified."

"I would add an octopus tank but I think they live like two years tops and having to bury a pet biennelly seems depressing."

-- Nrussg

Controlled Falling 

"a trap door at the entrance that drops you into the ball pit." -- perfruit_mix

"When I was remodeling my kitchen years ago, I realized my bedroom closet was directly above one of the kitchen pantries. I wanted to build a fireman's pole in my closet so that after changing I could just slide down the pole and then walk out of the kitchen pantry, like, ta-da!"

"I thought it was brilliant. My wife did not. Didn't happen." -- fletchlivz

The Comfiest 

"A bed room. A room that is just a giant bed second or third story of the house surrounded by windows with a glass ceiling/skylights." -- 4RichNot2BPoor

"Have a balcony overlooking the bed room to jump onto the bed from" -- randomly_generated87

"Once google maps satellite images start becoming more detailed people are going to see you doing your kinky sh** through your ceiling." -- PuggerHugger123

Outside Inside 

"A cylindrical atrium at the center, that goes from natural rock and water features at the bottom, with spiral staircases and steps around the outside that lead to a glass roomed sun deck with a hut that overlooks the entire thing."

-- JustABoyAndHisBlob

For the Invading Ships, Of Course 

"I'd definitely install an observatory on top of a spire." -- Tardigrade7point0

"This is 100% what I'd do. My house would be located far away, in a dark sky region. Have all of the lights in the house be smart lights, so I can turn them all off with a single click." -- OSUfan88

"This is my plan. I'm going to custom-build an enormous telescope for it" -- TaskerTunnelSnake

Bring 'Em Back!

"A moat. No one has a moat anymore. Do you not want to talk to people? Pull up the draw bridge!!!! And in the winter you have your own personal skating rink!!" -- Hardlynotpoor

"100% would turn into a lazy river in the summer" -- Magicallypeanut

"Except standing water makes for excellent mosquito breeding grounds. I want a moat, but I also don't want to pay for it in blood." -- ShadyLibidine

Preparing for Cleanup

"Professional kitchen. Hoods, stainless steel everything, floors on a 1° slant and one whole wall is a drain, the works." -- easyroscoe

"A friend of mine has something similar to this, except the whole room slants toward the island where the drain is located in the tiled toe kick."

"He can soak his floor and mop everything into the drain, hit a button to have whatever was in there chewed up via some sort of mulcher. If you didn't know it was there, it just looks like a nice kitchen with some professional appliances." -- not_charles_grodin

PB & J Otter, Anyone?

"Slides. Slides all over the house to get you from any room down to the living room or den." -- hausomad

"We got a VRBO once with a slide. Which the kids loved until we noticed the connections between slide segments were ripping the seats of their pants."

"Worst. Meltdown. Ever." -- jcrewjr

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