The ideal situation is for each family member to feel as if they
have some private space and for the communal spaces to work for
everyone in all situations.
No problem there then
It does help if the kids have a room or share a room that they feel good
in. If they like it, and have space for their computers and stuff,
then they will be happy to come and go about the house when they
want to. See kids and
|Itís absolutely ideal if a new baby can have a nursery. This means
hopefully less sleepless nights for you, and less upset for the other
kids. If not however, then it will be alright in the end.
If a granny stays with you then we would advise a multi-purpose space to
ensure that they have their own public space as well as private
space. This gives them freedom to have friends around without always
having to be part of the whole household.
If you have newly weds staying with you, which is less and less
common these days, then you might want to think of it the same way
you would think about granny. The multi-purpose space lets them keep themselves to
when they want to, and remember all things must pass. The newlyweds
however, should be checking out other areas of this site now for
ideas and help.
The kitchen or eating area should have something for everyone to
encourage activity and interest in what, after all, is the heart of
If there is another room where people can hang out comfortably apart
from the living room, then the whole house will feel bigger.
And of course if everyone has another
place they are happy to be in, then it might let mum and dad
have some time alone at the end of a hard day.