Today, I’m here to answer the age old question that has been plaguing mankind since the beginning of time : is bigger really better? My answer: NO. I must clarify that I’m talking about architecture, and in particular – housing.
I can’t count the amount of times I’ve been asked to design a 4 bedroom house with a living room, family room, activity room and media room for a family of four. Do the maths – that’s one room per person! While each room might have a different name, to me it just equates to an excessive amount of places to sit, and a whole of additional floor area. While the idea of a playroom, media room or gym room might sound appealing, more often than not – rooms with one off, “specific” functions often become dumping grounds for all those things we seem to collect. Don’t get me wrong, I get that in some cases multiple rooms with specific functions are necessary, but for the most part, I really believe the “bigger is better” mentality is unnecessarily increasing home sizes and forcing us to dig deeper into our pockets.
So how do we achieve the balance between affordability, liveability and practicality? Simple: Create spaces that are flexible and functional, and are able to adapt and evolve with the inhabitants needs, whether that be on a short term or long term basis. For example – instead of a media room or a guest room, consider putting the two together to create a room that can transition from one to another simply with the addition of a pull out sofa to the room.
The bottom line is – it’s your house and you’re the one that will be living there. But you’re also the one that will have to clean the place, or pay someone to do it.