Are These on Your Dream-House Wish List?

By Jo Froude

Ever had the feeling that your life could be so much better, easier or more glamorous if only you had a specific feature in your home? It's a common complaint. But when you can't flick through design photos or peer over the neighbor's fence without feeling a pang of envy, it's time to admit it: You are suffering from a case of Interiors FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Here are some of the most common envy inducers. You have been warned ...

Bifold doors. Whether you're on a mission to bring the outside in or vice versa, your success, er, hinges on these beauties. Fold them right back and you effectively remove a wall, opening up the living area and increasing the sense of space. Make sure the floor levels in the house and garden are the same to create a seamless transition between the two.

A special shed. As if abandoning the daily commute weren't reason enough to whoop for joy, a heavenly home office should tip you over the celebratory edge. Make it remarkably spacious, with ample shelving, plenty of natural light and outlets.

Contemporary Patio

A cool wine cellar. Outgrown your wine rack? A subterranean cellar like the one above could be just the ticket, allowing you to store a substantial number of bottles in an otherwise redundant space. Sleek, stylish and featuring a spiral staircase, an ingenious addition like this would surely make you the star of the dinner-party circuit.

An outdoor screen. For the ultimate summer-evening entertainment, bring the home cinema experience outside and project your favorite film on to a perfectly positioned retractable screen. A strong statement color behind it can make it an appealing feature all year round. If guests overstay their welcome on those balmy evenings, you can always start showing your family's home videos ...

A dedicated game room. Wouldn't life with teenagers be a breeze if they had their own space?

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