Earlier this year I made a rather large purchase. I went to the bank, applied for a mortgage, jumped through some hoops, and bought a building that resembled a house. Now, as a millennial the decision to even bother spending money on the house was difficult enough. Not because of affordability, of course that’s something that warrants its own discussion, but because of functionality. It took us years to decide what sort of home lifestyle we wanted, all the while living in rentals. Renting was great for a while, however with a new little dog running around and an upswing in the market in my area we decided to make moves in more ways than one.
The idea of property ownership is not exactly something I struggled with, it was the classical American dream layout that was structured for traditional homes including those financial chains. Lot’s of work just to be cookie cutter in my opinion. I liked my vacations, traveling, going out to eat, having parties, and all of that sweet lack of obligation that comes with renting. With experiences prioritized, we eventually decided to buy something discounted to repair, and hopefully match our rent price so we could maintain a lifestyle. This included a ton of research and resourcefulness on our part that eventually led to a place in disrepair that we fixed up and made our own.
The price was right for us, but here we are with older apartment furniture that is leaving us perplexed a bit. Do we conform? No. For now things will remain as they are, but innovation is not a fruit that tradition will bear. The classical layout of the house remains a problematic ecosystem for growth of the stagnant. Obviously compliance of archaic village and township laws are going to prevent you from doing things like turning your front lawn into farmland, if you can more power to you, but you can do enough to optimize your interior. Barring safety regulations, what can you change in a traditional house that may better suit your lifestyle or even just be better for you in general?
Family/ living room
In another post, I mentioned how it might be beneficial to turn an entertainment center with a television into a bookshelf or a piano. Inspiring creativity may not be the easiest thing to do, but it’s certainly a problem when the only resource in one’s life to pass time is a TV. Especially regarding a room that is intended originally for conversation and gathering. Books, music, configuration of seating so that people can converse properly, or maybe even a dance floor. Whichever layout for this particular room you choose, be intentional about it.
Formal Dining room
So you have a big family and a smaller house? Why compromise additional room for people who come over twice a year? This room could easily double as an exercise room. Keep a folding table or two around for the bigger parties and optimize space. Don’t need an exercise room? Make it a solarium, art studio, cushion it and make it the cuddle room, do anything you want but make it yours.
The age of potential for multiple streams of income is upon us. If you’re already using your dining room to paint or conduct home office work then maybe look into home away or air b&b. Additional income is more important now than ever, job security has proven to be a myth so do yourself a favor and learn how to optimize every facet of your living, financially and otherwise.
The point is not to badmouth traditions, but to explore opportunity. Not everyone with a house needs the same layout. Structurally, most of these buildings people buy to set up roots come prepackaged with living rooms, dining rooms, and the like, just make sure that a three thousand dollar dining room set or TV is what you most desire and that those things are the farthest your money can go to further your happiness. Think about your living space and what it does for you, not society.