This episode is about the second living space in our homes. It goes by lots of different names, but most homeowners planning a renovation or new home want to create one. So, let’s learn more about how to get it right.
This episode may also be a little controversial, as Amelia challenges you to consider whether you really need a second living space in your home. As you stretch your budget and your space to accommodate all the dreams you have for your new or renovated home, you may end up compromising everything.
She’s not here to crush your dream. If you want a second living room, can afford one and want to know how to create one that works, then this episode is for you. There are also some suggestions for alternatives if you’ve been weighing up whether you can create this space in your home.
Australian homes are among the biggest in the world.
And, in Amelia’s experience with renovating and building, there’s a great mismatch between homeowner expectations and actual costs and timeframes. They say it always costs twice as much to renovate and build, and takes twice as long. Instead, Amelia suggest’s that homeowners begin their project thinking it will take half as long, and cost half as much, as it actually will. And the readjustment as they find this out can be super challenging on their journey.
So, how to do you get this second living room working in your home? We dive into the four “F’s” to understand how they apply to this space.
Amelia also shares 3 key mistakes she sees many homeowners make when designing their second living room. She’ll go through these in detail so you can avoid them in your design. What are they? Here’s a summary:
Mistake #1: not being strategic about where you locate this room in your floor plan
Mistake #2: creating a design that is too fixed in how the room needs to be used
Mistake #3: closing the room up too much
She also provides 3 design tips to help you get it right in your second living room. Here’s those 3 tips briefly:
Design tip #1: using it to zone the home, and improve the functionality overall by creating seasonal spaces with how it’s oriented and what it’s connected to
Design tip #2: designing for flexibility in how you fit out the room so it serves lots of different functions
Design tip #3: use the room to provide breathing space to open the home up where needed – for spaciousness and light
This room is usually created to provide separation and choice in a home. But what other functions does yours need to perform? And how can you create it so it suits your family now, and always?
Listen to the podcast now. You’ll be on the way to getting it right in your design for your second living room.
And if you want to learn more about how to design your home, I’ve created a special (and free!) e-guide for you. It’s called “How to Design a Home: 5 Simple Steps to Getting it Right”.
Head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/homedesign to get your copy emailed straight to your inbox. It will give you a fantastic head start on designing your home – whether you’re working with a design professional or not.
Information about research mentioned in this podcast can be found at >>> http://www.realestate.com.au/news/what-does-australias-ideal-house-look-like/
Interesting statistics about house sizes around the world can be found at >>>
More info on Australian house sizes is here >>>