DO KIDS NEED THE SAME SPACE AS ADULTS?
It depends on how old they are by the time you move OUT of your home. Teenagers need as much space as adults. So the children may be small when you are viewing the property for the first time – but they won’t stay small.
If they are babies when you move in and you know there is little chance you won’t be staying seven or more years, then you will need less living space. But you’ll still need storage for prams and buggies and walkers and….
In 2003 Design_For_Homes researched 10 housing schemes around England to find out what the occupants felt about living in different types of city, urban and suburban homes. They were trying to find out whether people were anxious about overlooking, To their surprise their interviews told that that:
Design_For_Homes made recommendations to government on the back of the research, among them:
Private outdoor space should be considered as a fundamental safety valve in apartment or townhouse type development (see images 1 and 2)
Open-plan living does not work as a way of flattering smaller internal dimensions for dining, kitchen and living area. It looks better than a series of small pokey rooms but leads to a sense of claustrophobia in small homes with three or more occupants as it is hard to find a private space. (see image 3)
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