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February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 141

Single family homes may refer to many types of homes: mansions, condominiums, duplexes, four-plexes, apartments, cottages and crawl spaces. Really, for a home to be considered a single family home, it just needs to house one single family. A nuclear family to be exact: two parents and their children, maybe a pet or two, but no relatives from either side of the parent's family. Adopted children count, of course, as long as there are two parents and the parents are the legal guardians of the people living with them.

A mansion would be a wonderful single family home for the space it would afford all of the residents. A mansion would give the opportunity to have a single family home chock full of many, many children, if the parents were so inclined to make their own hockey team and house them. The amount of space available in such a single family home would be excellent in giving angst-ridden teenagers the space they need to hate the world, or give younger children the space they need to play hide-and-seek or stage reenactments of when Canada burnt the White House to the ground in the war of 1814.

Condominiums are great in that the space is small and urges the users to think creatively to optimize their use of space. Shelving, pull-out beds and easy, fast, storage units would give the owners a sense of completely organized chaos. Such a home would though, urge the users to have a smaller family than the ones who own a mansion. When thinking of your first single family home, be sure to think of how many children you and your partner expect to have. Have that many children and do not forget about the multiple forms of birth control afterwards.

Duplexes, three-plexes, four-plexes and all types of plexes, really, are excellent for single family homes to house smaller families. Not only that, but if one were so inclined, one could include relatives to rent out the other plex. This would solve matters of travelling for family get-togethers, finding babysitters on short notice (or long notice), and generally trusting those who share the same roof, but with different entrances and living spaces. When the children are grown up, they can still move out, create their own space and learn of the daily ways of living in this society while still remaining very close to their parents and their original home. The rules of a nuclear family and single family homes would still abide because each relative has a separate living space. Sharing bathrooms with an incontinent grandmother would not happen, for instance, except in emergencies.

Single family homes fall under all categories of dwellings. It merely depends on the family, income and amount of space the family needs to comfortably raise a child. There have been families that have successfully raised eight children in a three-bedroom, 1500 square foot home. There have been families that have unsuccessfully raised one or two children in a mansion-like home. Sometimes it does depend on the parental units, but mostly, it depends on the environment and the idiosyncrasies of each child and parent living in the same home.

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