The Inside Out: Living Well With Children

The Inside Out: Living Well With Children

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 29, 2007

Name: Matt, Spencer (2 homes covered in one post)
Location: Massachusetts
Size: both about 2000 sqft.

I have yet to bring up any children, and couldn't tell you the proper way to live with them, but this past week I spent 5 days in 5 different households with a total of 8 people under the age of 7!

During that time, I took notes on how it all goes down. How DO you live well in a comforting home while children run circles around you?

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The answer: faster and more efficiently. Households with children necessitate serious apartment therapy, and the examples I show here, more than rise to the occasion.

The first home's pics are almost exclusively in the basement just because I was so impressed with the categorization of items. Hundreds and hundreds of items that all found a place to live....

My favorite destination for stuff, has to be, hands down, the coffee can sitting on the shelf built into the underside of a stairway. I know there aren't a lot of basements in apartments--but there are the occasional stairways. These cans are filled with hardware of all sorts, labeled and easily accessible.

The second home is a 2000 sqft loft space in a converted elementary school. Three children and two adults dwell here and thrive. Note the crawl space that connects office to bedroom, the silver "box" that contains a guest room upstairs and a play room downstairs.

That huge cardboard tube is going to be an access route through which the kids will crawl to reach a plexiglass floating playhouse that their father will build them this year. The playhouse will hang somewhere above the main living room. If only we all had parents who did this for us when we were kids...

Originally Posted on March 23rd, 2005
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