- 2 weeks ago
- Wedding: April 2018
We are at the very start of building a home in Aus, which all going well will be our forever home.
The current trend for new homes in Aus for the most part are very large with a small backyard. Think butlers pantry and walk in robe as standard. We are trying to buck the trend and build something a bit more modest, partly because I love having a big backyard, and partly because the idea of all that vacuuming makes me feel ill.
We are currently looking at layouts that interest us. We’ve found two that tick all the boxes.
Option One: has one 2 living rooms (one small “family” in the open living part of the kitchen and dining area, and one opposite the master bedroom) and the 3x secondary bedrooms are quite large. Big enough for a teen to have a desk and a double bed, and still some room for activities.
Option 2: has 3 living areas (one small “family” in the open living part of the kitchen and dining area, one opposite the master bedroom, and one off the secondary bedrooms), however the secondary bedrooms themselves are quite small. If a teen had a double bed and 1 bedside table, there wouldn’t be much room otherwise (other than what is necessary for dressing)
Both options have large built in robes in the secondary bedrooms, so storage of bedroom stuff (ie. clothes, shoes, bags etc) is pretty much the same.
The second living room opposite the master in both is going to be a study/formal lounge (I work from home sometimes). It will have our nice stuff and my important work stuff, and not somewhere I’d want small children or teenagers with friends to hang out.
I prefer the second option as I prefer the idea of small children not having too many toys in their rooms, and having a joint playroom instead. When they get older, I prefer the idea of them having their own hang out place for sleepovers, having boyfriends/girlfriends over and technology use (computers and TV), rather than holing themselves up in their bedrooms. I feel like I can keep a little more of an eye on them, while still respecting their privacy.
Dh prefers the first option. He agrees the playroom would be handy while we have small children but thinks when a child is a teen, they would prefer to hang in their own room, and it means their “stuff” is confined to their rooms. My biggest argument is that I am against TV’s in the bedroom (don’t have one in mine and never will) so if they have friends over or something, they will need to crowd into the small family area, next to the kitchen.
We don’t have kids yet, so was wondering if those who have got kids, could weigh in?