What makes a house a home? Houses are so important in our daily lives. We sleep, eat, work, play, talk, relax, and do endless other activities in our houses. But, when does a house change from being a basic shelter to a beloved home?
Many people say that houses become homes once we add our loved ones and our things. While I certainly agree that is a huge part of making a home, I would argue that the process actually begins much earlier. For instance, look back over time, ancient kings never simply moved their family and their things into a house and said, "Here is our home." No, instead they laid out and designed castles that would suit their every need and desire. They chose how tall their castle would be, and how wide, and how many rooms it would have. Now, unfortunately I don't come from royal blood (and likely neither do many of you), but that doesn't mean that we can't live in houses that are made to suit our needs. And in designing and building a house to suit a person, or a family, I believe that you are actually creating a home.
Over the past few decades there has been a lot of growth in the custom home market. I believe this is because people are starting to recognize that not just any old house can be a home; It must be a house that fits you and your family.
In the future, if you are contemplating building a new custom home, or doing renovations to your current home, think about the potential benefits of adding a REMI home elevator. Perhaps you need to accomodate a loved one with special needs or disabilities or you want to utilize the space you already have.
Just remember, make sure that your house is designed to suit your needs, and it will be one step closer to being 'home'.