Your budget is not unlimited, but pretend you have an opportunity to buy a nice-sized house in a good neighbourhood. What sort of layout or features would make you MOST happy as a homeschool family?
All of us like to dream-shop sometimes. I googled "homeschool house" and "homeschool house design" and found that most websites say nothing about home design. Many of them want to "design a homeschool curriculum" or help with organizing a "homeschool room," but only one (that I found!) spoke to the idea of homeschooling as a lifestyle that would be reflected in building design. I reflected on that a bit and concluded that perhaps this is because so many of us (contrary to popular stereotype) are different and want different things to happen during our homeschool days. Then, too, is the idea that many homeschool families are large families, and home design must take that into account first and foremost.
This article about homeschool real estate is five years old, but the seller wants you to know about the unfinished basement for roller skating and painting projects, the open floor plan, the separate dining room for schoolwork, and the home office.
"I keep thinking that it would be nice if a homeschooling family moved in here after us, even though the chances of that are probably pretty slim, statistically," author Barbara Frank wrote. "But when I think of all the changes we made here, it seems a shame to waste them on people who are going to park their 1.7 kids in daycare while they go to work each day. This house is meant for a family with kids who have interests, make projects, spend time together, and occasionally need time away from each other."
My perfect house would have a kitchen with a large pantry, because I'm tired of having much of our food kept in the basement or stacked on the buffet in the living room. It just looks messy, not to mention the inconvenience. I'd want the clothes in a central location for laundry purposes, probably in a common area near the bathroom. We select clothes before we bathe for the most part, so it makes sense. The new house would also have a layout that is more conducive to Woodjie being more independent and not having to be watched QUITE so closely. Imagine your inquisitive year-old baby in a five-year-old's body. How quick he is, how he can open doors, stand on chairs to find things or discover the magic of flushing things down the toilet... and then imagine designing a house for him that would minimize discipline and yelling while keeping him occupied and safe.
I'd like a room specially set aside for homeschooling, but it isn't the highest on my priority list. I don't know if I'm alone in feeling that way, so I'll open the comment section up and see.
So how about it? What are the features of your perfect homeschool house?