Design for success

Canada Mortgage and Housing did a research study, published in 2005, looking into Issues and Strategies for Shared Accommodation. The results, while hardly startling, contain some practical tips.  Under the heading of design, they note:

“The results of the field research confirm the findings of the literature review on the contribution of good design to the success of shared housing arrangements. The factors that facilitate success are:

  • provisions for privacy and quiet
  • clear division of areas by function rather than open concept
  • some choice and variety in common spaces
  • separation of private and common spaces
  • not too many people sharing a bathroom
  • enough room in the kitchen to accommodate more than one or two people preparing food
  • soundproofing
  • durability of finishes
  • a normal home-like appearance.”

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