Ask a search engine like Google “what makes a House a Home?” and you’ll get a hundred different websites all offering their own answers. Some websites say decor is the key, others say having the perfect family helps and if that fails, there’s always counselling! Others say mood music, ancient philosophies, good odours, furry animals or peaceful surroundings are what makes a house a home.
I like to keep things simple so have come up with my own acronym: REAL makes a house a home. Real is Relationships, Environment, Atmosphere and Love.
Relationships. Relationships are both geographical and personal. Does the house have a good relationship with the land? Is the indoor /outdoor flow right? Does it have good relationship with the position of the sun? Do the occupants have good relationships with neighbours and each other?
Environment. Your physical, biological and cultural surroundings. Is the house located in a pleasant suburban environment with a good mix of families and seniors? Does the house have a good environment weather wise? Is it cozy in winter and cool in summer? Is the house located near a park, a field, a school, a highway, a railway, a factory or a cellular tower? All these can positively or negatively affect a house’s environment.
Atmosphere. Atmosphere is the pervading tone or mood of a place. The atmosphere of a house is an abstract sense that one has when entering a house. It transcends interior decoration and all the trimmings. A million dollar apartment can have much less atmosphere than a bungalow one third its value. The atmosphere of a house is created by its occupants and expressed in the decor but it is greater than the physical appearance of the house. Atmosphere makes visitors want to come back.
Love. Love is a giving attitude that affects our activity to life and others. Anyone who has visited both the houses of the rich in affluent countries and the poor in developing countries has stories of how, while the houses of the rich may be opulent and attractive, houses of poor families emanate a warmth through nothing but simple love – love for each other and strangers. It may sound corny but a simple love of life and hospitality to others will turn four walls and a roof into a happy place!
These concepts of how to turn a house into a home will appear old fashioned to some but I think it all makes sense – after all, no one ever criticised anyone for being REAL!
Source: An Anonymous Blogger