Our homes and lives are becoming more and more encroached upon. Technology brings the outside world in, whether it is on the television or from our phones. The home has always been seen as a haven for most. A physical, structural separation from work, society and its expectations. With a bigger home, comes a bigger haven where you don’t have to be or please anyone but yourself. There is more freedom to take pleasure in without being in the eyes of others outside of family and friends. Even then it is optional.
Granny flats in Brisbane have been growing in popularity for this same reason. Retirement villages can often be quite confronting in comparison to owning your own home. Some villages house tiny apartments or units in contained complexes. The little space and privacy can leave elderly Australians feeling confined and a little claustrophobic. Granny flats can offer elderly family members the space and privacy of their own self-contained home on a property that they feel at ease on. They are close to care and support if they need, without feeling like they are a burden.
Status & Success
Everyone is unique in their dreams, desires and way that they view the world. Different things mean more to some than others. What is important to you? What does success look like in your opinion? Some see what others have and think, “I want that too”, or, “mine would be better”. This way of thinking often stems from a focus on one’s status. In order for them to “climb the ladder” in society and be successful, they need to obtain certain goals or be better than something they idolise. Whilst this can achieve great goals in life, it can put a lot of pressure on us emotionally, physically and financially; sometimes leaving us wondering, “do we really need this?”.