The front of the house faces south, so we'll want windows there. However, I don't want my view focused on who is coming up the driveway or who is checking their mail or passing on their 4-wheelers.
The neighbors on the east side of the house have three, big pole buildings. All of them are sided in a brilliant white metal--too bright for this area, I think. So, I really want windows on the eastern side, but I think we'll focus more on transom windows and skylights so I don't need to look at the neighbors garages all of the time.
West is . . . well . . . west. We'll want some windows on the west side for the winter (again, long cold season around here), but western facing windows are tricky during the summer. I'll have to plan the plantings carefully so they let in heat during the winter, but effectively block the sun in the summer.
I would love for this to be a wall of glass. Something like this:
There is one glaring problem with this, however: the children. I had full-length windows in our first house and I was ALWAYS washing those windows. The base of all windows in our house will be higher.
Higher even than these, but this gives you an idea.
In order to get to that inviting back yard, we need doors. One other must not, is a sliding door. Our front door in our trailer is a sliding door. Between the kids and the dog, it is constantly grimy. Also, for some reason, it is impossible for children to close a sliding glass door. This is a big pet-peeve of my husband's--that door is continually being left open. Grrrr. Instead, I'd rather go with something like this:
It has a large window, but has a solid wood bottom (although that doorknob would be difficult for my pods to negotiate).
I haven't gotten to a kitchen post yet, but I have to show a couple of images here. The kitchen will be on the north-east corner of the house--like the bottom of an L shape. I'd like the north and west sides of the kitchen to be all glass. This should be the view into the kitchen:
Of course, there will have to be a few window seats:
In short, lots of windows, but not clear to the floor, and the glass doors must have hinges!