I haven't read most replies, but this is a fun question :)
I love the passive solar heating and cooling we get with our large overhangs and clerestory windows. I love our green roof, for beauty and cooling in the summer. I love our mass heating woodstove (it keeps our house a constant temperature at all times! We have no other heat source, and it keeps all the rooms warm), I love our window bench in the kitchen (the only place I spend more time is in bed sleeping).
I wish we had a pantry room, a second bathroom (5 person family) and bigger/more covered outdoor space like a veranda.
Travis Johnson wrote:I wish our house had a master bedroom!
Would a small motorhome be possible that you could retire to at night? Or a wee log cabin built on the side?
I thought about that myself. This house did have a trailer at one time for my Great-Grandmother, so I could sit one there and have water, power and sewer, but Katie does not want to leave the kids in the house alone.
Eventually we want to build an addition onto the house, but we got to get our new business up and running first. So maybe next year...
A sincere thank you to all of Permies Forums for making Christmas special to Katie and I, and our four daughters. Thank you!
Katie does not want to leave the kids in the house alone.
Smart woman - I'll back her on that. I had considered a similar idea, but got stuck on not wanting to suggests parents sleeping in a different building - shit didn't happen at night in our house, but barf definitely did.
Past the bad humour, I did think of an outbuilding adults-only "office" where you and Katie could have an after-dinner 1/2 hour "just us" time while the kids learn how to clean up the kitchen? It wouldn't be the same as a master bedroom, but it might be a short-term stop-gap mental health support.