With three fun, active boys from 10 – 17 this family has learned how to do a lot with a small space. Their renovation completed in late 2019 is a beautiful example of what can be achieved with modest, well planned space. Rachel’s top tips for thriving in a home with three boys are:
01. Personal Responsibility
Rachel and her partner Simon describe this as ‘being a consistent bad ass’. If the kids didn’t clean up when they were young, their stuff was loaded into baskets and dropped in their room for them to deal with. The kids have learned that there is a reward for everyone getting stuck in and doing their bit.
02. Dump Drawers
To make life simpler, Rachel’s new home was designed with large oversized drawers at the entry. She has two for all her stuff – keys, bags, crockery and every few weeks she gets in and sorts them out. The boy’s have a drawer too, so that when they leave their stuff lying around the kitchen/dining area, it gets pushed into their drawer – if they want it, they have to find it and sort it out!
03. Size doesn’t matter, but storage does!
Their home retired the original worker’s cottage to the boy’s bedroom wing, which meant the bedrooms were limited in size by the existing footprint of the home. Rachel opted for floor to ceiling (over 3m high) robes which gives each of the bedrooms ample storage. The rumpus room attached to the boy’s wing of the house is cosy but the added functionality of lots of power & data means the boys can relax, spread their stuff out and play with screens.
04. A hard working kitchen bench
Rather than a traditional kitchen & dining room, Rachel knew that one amazing island bench that doubled as both would suit how they live. This kitchen is genuinely the heart of this extension, and Rachel’s brief included lots of power and data to make this great not only for breakfast, but also for homework.