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Ev­ery­thing but the kitchen sink

One of the things I love about res­i­den­tial de­sign is the po­ten­tial it has to shape the peo­ple we are or will be­come.

I’m con­vinced that the back­yard pool my mum had in­stalled when I was eight years old re­sulted in all of my sib­lings and I be­com­ing good swim­mers.

It’s not that we didn’t have lessons at the lo­cal pool, but hav­ing our own swim­ming hole gave us the free­dom to splash around — rather than re­peat­edly do­ing laps — when­ever we wanted, turn­ing us all into wa­ter ba­bies.

The same could be said about res­i­den­tial de­sign. Although it’s not im­pos­si­ble, if your kitchen is more of a kitch­enette, en­ter­tain­ing on a larger scale is a pretty hard task.

And you’re hardly go­ing to draw a crowd for a movie night if you have a 30cm TV in the liv­ing room.

But just be­cause your home of­fers ev­ery­thing you could pos­si­bly wish for, it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily fol­low that events will come to pass.

I know par­ents of adult chil­dren who have pro­vided ev­ery mod con the young mil­len­nial could ask for, only to have them pack up and go any­way.

It’s not un­usual for par­ents to in­clude out­door en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas com­plete with pool and sep­a­rate rum­pus area to en­cour­age their kids to bring friends home rather than go out.

And many is the par­ent who has cre­ated what they have thought of as the ideal study space only to find an un­used desk. Some­times, it works like a charm, while other times, not so much.

Be­cause, in the end, we’re more than the spa­ces we oc­cupy. Some of the best par­ties I’ve been to are in tiny apart­ments where the vibe was fun and wel­com­ing and the mu­sic was up­beat.

Yes, it was a squeeze to get down the hall­way at times, but it was a great way to meet peo­ple. Or, you could just party on in the kitch­enette.

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