Our Wish List
Wish List: (aka Ask for the Moon, and maybe you’ll get half):
Ideally, when walking into the house you should feel a sense of relaxing, of coming home, the pressure off. Here is where you can be yourself and enjoy life.
Rustic beauty. Should come from the natural way that it expresses the life of the people that live in it, and not from any preconceived notion of “style”.
- Stone, Glass and Wood.
Niles grew up with stucco. That was enough. We see stone floors, lots of glass for the views of Zion, and some interior and exterior wood accents, such as cedar, which is common in the area.
- Books, Books, Books:
We read. A lot. Bookshelves by the kitchen for cookbooks, bookshelves underneath window-seats for something to read while
enjoying the view, bookshelves in the bedroom.
- The Deck:
Barbeque on one side, Jacuzzi on the other. The deck is at least partly covered by a long shading roof extending out from the great room. At one place along the shaded part of the deck, there should be at least hooks for a hammock. Another possibility is to have a mist generator on the eaves for hot days, which are many.
- Views and Light:
Our lot has almost 360 degree views. We see the deck growing out of the Navaho sandstone with a south-facing view, skylights.
- Great Room:
Old houses have all these claustrophobic little boxes called formal dining rooms. We do our own cooking and would like to see and talk to people while we’re cooking. Ideally, it will open out to the deck with the view. The kitchen will have an island which will have the main burners, with suspended hangers for various pots and pans.
- Master Bedroom with fireplace:
ideally the fireplace is shared in the stone wall between the bedroom and the great room.
- Guest Room / library:
We should be able to accomodate one couple and their kids.
- Entertainment area
Occasionally we watch TV or DVD movies. We admit it. Never during the day, though so the best thing would be to have a suspended projection TV with a screen that retracts. Probably can be integrated with the great room.
Nothing fancy. It is probably a good idea to have a simple base on the hard bedrock to avoid vibration of the telescope, with some kind of retractable cover. Could be integrated with the separated studio by the garage.
A studio for getting away and studying, reading, writing and what not. A place for Gigi to get away and read, such as a loft.
- Storage Room / Pantry/ Cellar
A place to store long-term food, wine and the like. Ideally it would be in an earth-cooled cellar.
- Laundry/Utility/Mud Room:
With shower, allowing you to come in after hiking the Zion narrows and not get
the rest of the house muddied up.