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Dream House Wish List Ideas and Must Have Rooms

12 Dream Rooms for Your Perfect House Plan (updated 2024)

 

If you could have that fabulous home you've been dreaming about, what would be your wildest wishes for it? From the most simple yet unique ideas to the most ridiculously extravagant ones, these are the most wanted rooms and features homeowners are dying to have in their dream houses. 

We've got a list of our users' and home builders' top 12 "wish" items.

 So, let's dive in!

1. Museum-Quality Garage 

The dreamiest addition to your home—a museum-quality garage. It’s time to forget the garage man cave of a few years ago with its dedicated mechanic shop and ability to show off three or four cars. Instead, swap it out for a little piece of heaven for those six-figure beauties on four wheels. Close your eyes and imagine a slick turntable, slowly rotating your cars so everyone can take in their best angles. Next, think about a car elevator taking your automotive collection to the next level — literally. 

This garage isn't holding back. Think of it like a temperature-controlled archive for at least ten or more cars. For fine-tuning, check them into your highly specialized mechanic’s studio. But it’s not just storage and maintenance; instead, it’s more of a shrine — making your dream home the ultimate destination for car enthusiasts. 

 

Two Huge Garages with storage and beautiful cars

Left: The fantastic garage in this five-bedroom contemporary house plan has tons of storage for all of your toys (plan #202-1036). Top Right: The garage in this stunning five-bedroom European home plan not only showcases your beautiful cars but also has an upstairs office and game room (plan #193-1125). Bottom Right: This is another angle of the garage to the left. As you can see, it has more than enough room for your displays. 

 

2. Huge Kitchen with Double Island & Prep Pantry

Step into the heart of luxury living with a grand kitchen any MICHELIN Star chef would envy. Imagine an open-concept masterpiece that seamlessly connects to the living room, creating a fluid concept that invites warmth and sociability. In the perfect space, there would also be easy access to outdoor living areas, ensuring the party doesn't stop indoors.

Imagine two generously-sized kitchen islands in the middle of the space where drinks are poured and trays of hors d'oeuvres circulate among family and friends. For messy cooking-related work, a separate prep pantry keeps the main kitchen pristine. Casual seating abounds from a large dining table, bar stools, and even a breakfast nook, fostering a laid-back atmosphere. Top-of-the-line appliances stand ready to turn every culinary creation into a masterpiece, complemented by refined cabinetry for a touch of sophistication.

 

Three beautiful kitchens. One with a double island and two prep pantries

Top Left: This fabulous prep pantry is perfect for prepping meals and leaving the mess out of sight in this gorgeous four-bedroom luxury house plan (plan #161-1188). Top Right: This gorgeous kitchen has a prep pantry that's perfect for storing extra items and for providing extra space for multiple chefs in the kitchen (plan #161-1213). Bottom: This stunning double island in this four-bedroom modern home plan is perfect for cooking and entertaining your guests (plan #202-1034).

 

3. Rejuvenation Center - The In-Home Spa

You can cancel your spa membership because now you’ve got one at home. Step into the epitome of relaxation and self-care with a dream wellness space. It can be a part of your primary bedroom suite or a separate space entirely — perhaps attached to the poolhouse. Picture a massage room where stress melts away, along with a wet/dry or infrared sauna (your choice!) that embraces you in warmth after a long, hard day. For the yogis at heart, choose to create a dedicated retreat instead, offering tranquility and mindfulness from the comfort of your home. 

If you love the beauty shop, consider pampering yourself with an in-home salon or “glam room,” your haven for hair and beauty transformations. This space isn't just a corner of your home; it's a retreat, a cocoon of luxury that transcends the everyday. 

 

 

Beautiful spa-like bathroom with soaking tub

You can definitely enjoy a quiet getaway in this spa-like bathroom, complete with a huge soaking tub. This is one of the many fabulous features of this Texas-style ranch house plan (plan #161-1139). 

 

4. Wine/Spirits Room & Cigar Lounge

Your dream home should embrace the finer things in life, like a wine room, cigar lounge, and spirits tasting room—a trilogy of indulgence that adds a touch of opulence to any space. Whether you’re a budding sommelier or just a weekend taster, immerse yourself in the allure of a temperature-controlled space, ensuring your favorite vintages are always at the perfect pour. 

The tasting room beckons, not just for wines but for the connoisseurs of fine spirits—vodka, whisky, and scotch take center stage in a room designed for discerning palates. In some areas of the country, this room could be subterranean, mimicking a professional cellar. However, a pantry space can easily be converted if your local topography cannot accommodate basements. 

 

Wonderful climate controlled wine/spirits room with table and chairs to enjoy cigars and cocktails with friends

The wonderful climate-controlled wine/spirits room in this rustic-style house plan has a table and chairs and is the perfect place to enjoy cigars, cocktails, and wine tastings with friends (plan #198-1094)

 

5. Incredible Guest House

Gone are the days of a mere spare room. In modern times, the guest house is a destination in itself. A guest house in your dream home symbolizes versatility. It can adapt to diverse needs, whether as a private retreat for paying guests, a home office, or a cozy haven for extended family members.

The beauty of the guest home is that it allows privacy for both you and your guests. You can also build it to fit your style, whether that means matching the primary home or perhaps you will want to get a bit creative. The possibilities are endless! 

 

Lovely 1 bedroom, 1 bath 732 square foot cottage

This lovely 732 square-foot cottage would be perfect for visiting friends or family or as an in-law suite. This stylish plan offers one bedroom, one bath, front and rear porches, and a spacious open floor plan (plan #142-1268).

 

6The Ultimate Primary Suite

A primary bedroom is lovely, but in a dream home — things should be a bit elevated. Picture this: two separate, fully equipped bathrooms that redefine personal space, ensuring both partners enjoy the epitome of comfort and convenience. Dual walk-in closets cater to individual preferences, featuring a dedicated wardrobe room plus a lavish dressing and styling room. Display shelving becomes a showcase for handbags and shoes, illuminated by exquisite chandeliers and high-tech task light fixtures. A jewelry and watches safe is tucked away behind the clothing racks, ensuring a secure haven for valuables. 

Once showered and dressed, relax in the sitting room adorned with a fireplace, creating a cocoon of comfort. A coffee alcove adds a touch of indulgence, while a home office nook provides a quiet space for work. Stay fit with an exercise area, and rejuvenate on the private terrace with a dedicated yoga space and an outdoor shower.

 

Lovely Primary Suite with fireplace and private balcony

The primary suite in this stunning ranch house plan has everything you could possibly need: a fireplace, a huge walk-in closet, a spacious primary bathroom, and your own private deck (plan #161-1126)

 

7. Hidden Havens: Safe Rooms & Secret Spaces

In the world of home design, security, and entertainment come together in a surprising way with hidden rooms. A safe room is for ultimate peace of mind. It's strategically placed and super strong, so if anything ‘bad’ happens, like a break-in or a storm, you can camp out in there and feel safe. The walls are extra thick and rigid, the locks are secure, and there's even a way to communicate with the outside world until help comes. It's like having an extra layer of protection right in your own home.

But hidden rooms aren't just for emergencies. They can also be fantastic and fun. You can have hidden doors or bookshelves that open to reveal a secret gaming room, a home theater, or your private library. It's like having a hidden treasure in your house. It adds an element of surprise and excitement that takes your home from ordinary to extraordinary.

 

Beautiful three bedroom Eurpoean style home with safe room

This fantastic French-style home offers three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, over 2400 square feet, and a safe room (plan #193-1086). See the floor plan below.

Floor plan for French style plan #193-1086 showing the safe room

8. Media Retreat: Where Entertainment Meets Innovation

In the evolution of home entertainment, say goodbye to the old rec rooms and welcome a fabulous media retreat! Think of it like a professional screening room with the best audio and visual technology around. The picture quality is so clear, and the sound is so amazing; it's like being in a real movie theater. You can even install actual theater seats for an elevated experience. 

Into video games? This space is also for you. Whether you're a hardcore player, play occasionally, or even a professional gamer, this place is for you. There is plenty of room for all of your monitors and gaming systems – and excellent climate control to keep everything cool. For the younger crowd, you can even include a TikTok studio! Deck it out with cool backgrounds, perfect lighting, and soundproofing so you can make the best videos for social media. And if you need to be professional for a Zoom call, you can quickly transform this space into a Zoom room — but you might need to blur out your background, just in case. 

 

A media room in this stunning French chateau is the perfect place to unwind

The movie room in this luxurious French chateau is the perfect spot to unwind, watch games, or play video games (Plan #195-1302).

9. Ultimate Sports & Fitness Center

This extraordinary sanctuary is all about sports and fitness. You can find a big indoor basketball court for intense games or a smaller half-court for those on a budget. The squash court has top-notch flooring and glass for a great time. Get ready for some fast-paced fun with pickleball or tennis on dedicated courts. And if you're feeling adventurous, try including an exciting climbing wall.

Fitness lovers will find a fully equipped gym with the best cardio and strength-training equipment. It's the perfect place to take your workout routine to the next level. You can also enjoy the indoor/outdoor infinity-edge pool, no matter the weather. And if you want to work on your putting skills, there is a remarkable indoor green just for that. Whether you're playing basketball, climbing, or swimming, this sports and fitness oasis is where the excitement of an active lifestyle happens.

 

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

No need for a gym membership when you have this home gym. Talk about taking it to the next level! When not exercising, you can enjoy the other great amenities of this gorgeous Southwest-style home (Plan #161-1118).

 

10. Elevator: Beyond Luxury, a Necessity

Having an elevator in your home isn't just a fancy status symbol; it's a game-changer for accessibility. It's not just for wealthy folks, either. For people with mobility challenges or disabilities, it's a total lifesaver. No more struggling with stairs — an in-house elevator makes getting around all the floors easy. Plus, it's not just about convenience. 

It's great for older folks, too, who can move around their home without all the physical strain. Having an elevator is about inclusivity and ensuring everyone can enjoy their home to the fullest. 

 

Gorgeous traditional home with 4 bedrooms, wrap-around porch, and an elevator

This gorgeous traditional house plan with Cape Cod influences offers four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and over 2500 square feet of living space. The main and upper floor plans show the elevator located next to the stairwell (Plan #126-1132).

 

11. Wood-Paneled Library

A wood-paneled library offers a sophisticated and relaxing space for indulging in literature. The perfect room would have heightened elegance with intricate woodwork in the finishings and coffered ceilings. Comfortable leather chairs and sofas would provide a luxurious setting for reading and unwinding. The shelves should be thoughtfully designed to accommodate an extensive collection of books (or DVDS, game figurines — whatever you love to collect!) However, no room is complete without a fireplace to enhance its warmth and coziness, creating an inviting atmosphere. Adequate lighting, tailored explicitly for reading, ensures an optimal experience. 

A discreetly placed bar is tucked away within this refined space, perfect for quiet celebrations (or a snack to enjoy while reading). The room is soundproofed, providing a serene environment allowing everyone to immerse themselves in literature and enjoy peaceful contemplation.

 

 

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 (Plan #180-1034).

 

12. True Outdoor Living & Entertainment

You'll love the wrap-around terraces and covered patios that let you fully embrace the outdoor lifestyle. It's not just a regular outdoor space; it's like an extension of your home where you can comfortably relax under the open sky. Imagine a cozy living room-style seating area where you can kick back and have great conversations. Plus, there's a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen and wet bar to cook and enjoy delicious meals in the fresh air.

Including water features like fountains creates a peaceful atmosphere while placing a fire pit creates the perfect spot for gathering with friends under the stars. And if you're into outdoor entertainment, there are plenty of games like cornhole, horseshoes, and bocce ball to enjoy. Oh, and don't forget to include that huge outdoor TV to watch all your favorite sports games!

 

Modern Farmhouse plan with 4-6 bedrooms, a huge covered porch, an oversized 2-car garage

The outdoor space of this modern farmhouse is a great place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Relax by the firepit or have a lovely Summer's night dinner at the table. Want to add some more fun? Set up a volleyball or badminton net, play some cornhole or a game of horseshoes (Plan #211-1068).

 

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