Living large in smaller houses
As Australians, we love our space and big blocks and big houses have dominated the real estate landscape.
Houses especially seem to have gone through an obesity epidemic, as home owners specify extra bedrooms with additional ensuites, home theatres, media hubs and more.
And it’s easy to poke fun, writing them off as McMansions for people with more money than sense.
But talk to anyone building their home and that kind of labelling starts to look a little ill informed.
In an expensive housing market, first home buyers are often trying to think ahead to events such as starting a family. So even though they may not need four bedrooms now, they’ll be able to stay put when the time comes.
When the world seems an increasingly dangerous place, parents of primary school-aged children are much less inclined to let their kids go to the park alone as we often did and instead, they’re looking to provide suitable entertainment at home.
For parents of teens, well aware of the risks of going out underage, providing somewhere for their friends to hang out, such as a home theatre or media room, becomes the priority.
And for families with elderly parents, self-contained accommodation, either under one roof or as a granny flat can be a great alternative to a retirement village or aged care facility.
If we’re serious about decreasing the size of housing in this country, perhaps the answer is being a little kinder to each other, building communities big and small where everyone feels welcome and safe.
That may mean we’re a little inconvenienced at times, with a bit more noise from people of all ages. But that’s what living, breathing communities do.