What’s in a name?

The name of this site, Dream Home Diary, might seem a bit plain, but I actually spent a good deal of time pondering what to call it.  I’ve had thoughts of blogging through this process for quite a while and my vision has evolved over time.  Instead of just being a time lapse of photographs of the building process, I’d like to see this site become much more.

Let me break it down word for word:

  • Diary- okay, let’s start with last word first.  The dictionary on my Mac defines diary as “a book in which one keeps a daily record of events and experiences.”  Seems pretty fair although I would hope a computer would allow a blog like this to serve as a diary rather than confining that definition to a physical book.  I doubt we’ll have daily updates and insights, and we will definitely be flashing back to the many steps we have taken before launching this site, but we will do our best to capture the whole process going forward.
  • Home- a home is definitely more than just a house.  A large house builder could put up daily pictures of building tract houses and it probably wouldn’t be very inspiring.  By the same token, someone could move into one of those houses, make it their own and transform it into a great home for their family and friends.  We plan to show the structure itself coming together, but also how we make it personal to us and how things like furniture and decor create the atmosphere we are seeking.
  • Dream (Home)- this home is meant to bring our dreams to life.  It certainly won’t be everyone’s dream.  Hopefully our journey and dedication can inspire you, but you might want something bigger or smaller, something more rustic or more modern.  You know, “different strokes for different folks.”  We won’t pretend to know what anyone else would want.  There may be times that we ask for feedback or opinions, but otherwise don’t try to tell us how we should build our dream.

Things that didn’t make it into the name (but are still important to us):

  • Forever- in planning and designing this home, we are looking to create a forever home.  This is going to be a huge project and will certainly entail a lot of stress, so we don’t want to have to do it again.  Plus, moving is probably the worst thing ever.  W-O-R-S-T.  Worst.  To that end, we are looking to this house for our growing, young family now, but also as a retirement house.  Don’t get me wrong… we aren’t going all out on wheelchair accessibility right now, but things that will be very tough to add later– like a first floor master– will be planned from the start.
  • Green- we’d like to consider ourselves environmentally friendly.  Plus creating a healthy indoor environment is important to us.  And, of course we want to minimize utility bills.  So it only makes sense that we would want a green house.  On the other hand, a lot of “green building” techniques are significantly more expensive than the standard.  A lot of our decisions will hinge on cost-benefit analyses of different green options and we hope to be able to share that thought process through this blog.

Well, that’s all I have for now on this topic.  Thanks for following along.

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