The House to Ourselves

Photo credit: imgdivePerhaps while the kids were growing up you, like English writer, Virginia Woolf, longed for “a room of one’s own”.  Both men and women bringing up a family often harbour secret desires for space where they can pursue individual interests without interruption, where they don’t have to pack everything away to share space with other family members.  Now you have the house to yourselves.  What opportunities might that offer?

Longevityboomers are finding that living needs and desires change when children have left home and full-time work gives way to retirement or part-time projects. Homes designed for two adults who are suddenly confronted with each other’s regular company benefit from innovative design. There may be a desire for space for a home office, workshop, craft room, green house and numerous other possibilities that go with increased leisure and time for socialization.  There may also be thought given to planning for future decreases in mobility.

Longevityboomers who are empty nesters with financial resources may have the luxury of a green change or sea change project which will enhance the enjoyment of their latter years.  If you’re lucky enough to be in this position you may enjoy this beautifully illustrated book of architectural inspirations.  Whether you’re interested in renovation or building a new home, take a look at “The House to Ourselves: Reinventing Home Once the Kids are Grown” by Todd Lawson and Tom Connor.

We’d like to hear about how you are recreating your living space.


  1. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked
    submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.

    Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!

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