Now if we do start talking specifics: I picture original (old) hard wood floors with giant rugs in appropriate places, East, South & West facing BIG windows. an open front porch with a roof that both run the length of the house, a covered back deck with room for the table, chairs & grill. Three bedrooms: one for guests, one for the work out equipment & one for the master. 2 bathrooms, one main one that might not need to be a full bath, right inside either the front or back door & then one off the master bedroom. Farm sink, island work space, pan rack(but not sure that's safe since we are switching over to all cast iron) & pantry in the kitchen. wood heat, either a fireplace in the family/living/scrap room or wood stove centrally located in the house. A big open family/living/scrap room in one. a mud room entry from the back to store small garden tools, muddy boots & gloves from the timber, pasture or garden. enough land for both, hunting & feeding some livestock & maybe even some rescue horses to live out the end of their days the way a horse is supposed to. OH, a barn & garden shed & shop for Tim's car/boat/truck would be nice too.
hmmmmmmm funny, the first floor plan I opened on the first website that popped up on swagbucks search is something we could totally make work-we are NOT planning to build a brand new house- but this definitely gives me great ideas: http://www.connorbuilding.com/HomeDisplayc283.html?HomeID=130
changes to the main-floor plan: the dining room could easily be my scrap room, I would figure out a way to make a mudroom entrance from the garage to the kitchen, & the study, would be the 'weight room' for our treadmill & bow-flex OR it could be the guest room. the bathroom off of the study, I would put a door on the wall instead of the shower & put the furnace & water heater in the unfinished basement/cellar area.
So see, as much as I talk simplicity, I can still get extravagant too :)