This is probably the most personal challenge and a lifelong dream. I first started ‘designing’ my dream home when I was eight, and a good deal of school projects – particularly in maths – featured yet another dream design. At some point in my first 17 years in life, I aspired to be an architect, interior designer or landscape architect several times. Other occupation intentions were teacher, doctor (blame ER on television), forensic scientist (blame Gillian Anderson), film director or journalist.
However as yet, I still don’t own my house, nor have I built or seriously renovated one. Absolute essentials are a location in East Devon or West Dorset, surrounded by countryside and woodland, a stream, and a listed building or a new-build that looks like a character property. Inside there needs to be at least one open fireplace and an Aga – not much demands then! There’s more on the dream list, but will all depend on my budget!