Ooh some good ideas and some good advice.
Having just, at great cost, renovated our old cottage I know not to make some of the mistakes again. South and West facing windows are a must and we will have views from them.
Lighting. We made a big mistake in listening to the electrician and putting led ceiling spots everywhere downstairs. They are far too harsh. I would like one central light and lots of lamps controlled by a central switch.
Cupboard space is important as Kaytutt says. We had an old walk in pantry which we lost. I so miss it for things like boots and umbrellas etc.
Hmmm - good point about the loft space. It seems a waste to leave it empty and something in this months Which? magazine, about future proofing your home, mentions allocating space for live in carers. The loft might well serve that purpose
Not sure we could ever afford live in carers but it would only mean making sure the services were up there to make it into a studio apartment. Might also serve a grandchild if we ever get any?
A walk in shower is on my list. We used to have one but practicalities on the renovation meant we could not fit one in again. I hate the new shower trays.
Anyone know the regulations on heating now? I am pretty sure you are only allowed to install air or ground source heat pumps? A couple of friends who installed them say they are not up to the job??