I love my house, we are so blessed! It's simple and humble, but it's ours and I couldn't ask for more! We designed and subcontracted it ourselves and by the compliments of the subs and people who see it, I think we did a pretty terrific job, with the help of the Lord, of course!
We may, of course, someday build again, so I'm keeping a little diary of things I wish I had thought of doing, things I'm glad we thought of, or things which might be better done differently.
To do differently..........for example, we had the framer place all our windows just about 1' off the floor. Most of the time I like that, especially because our little doggies like to look out at the wildlife, but next time I think we'll place them higher because being so low hampers our furniture placement.
Good thing to do.............one thing we did, thankfully, think of, is placing the main living area so that it would not get afternoon sun. Been there, done that, hated it! In this heat we would just BAKE every afternoon and no amount of running A/C or ceiling fans would help.
To do differently..........If I had the same kitchen, I'd place the kitchen window in the corner (2 smaller windows on 2 adjacent walls) rather then just one facing forward, so I could enjoy more of the wildlife when I'm at the sink.
Good idea.........I wish I had thought of this, but it's a great idea to make your bathroom counters as high as your kitchen counters. Much more practical. Someone told me about that years ago, but I forgot when it came time to build.