So just what is the ideal brief for a family home? Think of the demands placed on an everyday home as a typical family follows its trajectory through life. While the requirement for shelter remains, desirable interpersonal levels of privacy and connection change dramatically. Relationship needs can quickly morph from two-person intimacy, to group living with early child–parent dependency, close supervision and contact, to life with teenagers when increasing individual privacy and personal space become paramount whilst retaining opportunity for core family activities. Later there is the adjustment to life as an “empty nester”, retirement, and possibly taking in an ageing parent or even a care-giver if one wants to age in place.
19 April 2018