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.