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 ....

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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.

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