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Family Home - Planning and arrangement
Written by richart khalil   

As the evolution of the family bypasses the old hierarchical system, the big issue become nowadays in getting the right balance between private areas and shared space.
A shared space can be as small as a bed or as all-embracing as an open-plan living-kitchen-dining area, but family homes tend to be functional where there is at least one generous area for gathering without worrying about spoiling furniture. However, it also means that other things are shared too, and thus provide a framework for both communication and communal experience that family life at its best should be all about.

This balance, between private and shared spaces, depends on the family needs and the ability that particular areas have to accommodate different requirements on a daily basis, serving as child-centered place during the day and providing more of an adult focus in the evening. Every area should have its personality while knowing that what might be a great space for children – such as the run of the house, windows seats, verandas, hideyholes under the stairs, dens, Wendy houses, tree houses, bunkbeds, outdoors – is different from what an adult consider as a great space – bed, any room without a toy, study, workroom, garage, shed, bathroom.

Essentially, planning a family home means that everyone in the family must have some space they can call their own.

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