Space and place key to dream home
Needs and priorities change as kids get bigger and the need to supervise is driven out by their noise. Kirsten Craze reports ....
HOME may well be where the heart is, but it turns out what Australians want in a dream home is not stuff, but space.
While some house hunters desire all the bells and whistles from pools to private gyms, most of us just want enough room to settle down, spread our wings and add our own style.
THE SPACE RACE
The recently released Ikea Life At Home Report 2017 shows that Aussies want their dream home to tick four boxes; space, place, relationships and things.
Tabitha Krygsman, interior designer with Ikea Australia, said her team used the motto “together apart” to describe contemporary home life. She added that one simple design solution, the open plan living space, allowed households to achieve many dream home goals.
“We’ve found this is the heart of the home, where all the action happens, where people want to share their space,” she said. “You’ve got this technology movement where there’s a 12-year-old over in the corner on his tablet, you’ve got mum over in the kitchen and someone else is watching television. All of these activities are happening but you’re all together in this one space.”
A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
According to the Life At Home report, one in three Australians feel social pressure to live minimally, but find the reality of a minimalist existence a real challenge.
A surprising 42 per cent of those surveyed said they had thrown away things at home that didn’t belong to them in order to achieve this.
Ikea staff visited more than 500 Australian homes and one significant outcome was how mess led to stress.
“People tell us their living room completely stresses them out when they get home because they just don’t know how to store everything in the best way possible. Can you imagine if they actually were able to solve that frustration, how much that would impact their mood?” she said.
“It’s the dream actually, to have a place for everything.”
ADDRESS TO IMPRESS
Ms Morgan is also the co-host of The LifeStyle Channel’s Location, Location, Location.
She said place was also key to the dream home.
“At the very beginning of a search we’ll actively explore what’s really important; the property or the location,” she said.
“A lot of the time people think they’ll give on location but when push comes to shove they actually won’t. And other times they think they’ll forego that pool or another bedroom in order to stay in the ideal location, but when they see their dream house in another place they’ll go there.”
And Ikea’s study showed 36 per cent of respondents considered the surrounding neighbourhood as part of their “home”. “This whole dream home element includes the location and the surroundings. It could be that mum and dad live 20 minutes around the corner, friends are nearby, or maybe it is about food and lifestyle because home stretches past the house,” Ms Krygsman said.