In a perfect world, everything would stay the same when siblings grow up. They would grow old with their parents; brothers and sisters would stay together under one roof with their children, and their children's children.
This, of course, is a utopian vision, as in reality siblings grow up and grow apart having different aspirations and living in different places. And even if they do not relocate, they are sure to have different lifestyles.
However, the two brothers featured in this issue showed us how this ideal of siblings living side by side is possible, even though each brother has his own concept of home living. As it turns out, this novel concept could be a model for many to follow, as the benefits simply outweigh the negatives!
In making this work, the owners strategically divided a three-storey bungalow into two semi-detached units. Therefore even though the two siblings live under the same roof, they were able to create two totally different and separate interiors, each with its own unique identity.
The brothers' tastes couldn't be more distinct in that, the elder sibling with two young children prefers a practical, minimalistic and open concept design, while the younger brother likes a more sophisticated setting, one that suits his vibrant lifestyle and enables him to comfortably entertain his guests.
According to these brothers, having a physical wall between the two resolves a lot of complications. The boundary allows each of them to maintain a healthy respect and privacy without being intrusive.
The proximity, however, allows them to remain in contact whenever necessary, which further strengthens the family ties. At least twice a week, the siblings have dinner together. The elder brother enjoys cooking up traditional Chinese cuisine, while the younger brother who prefers western meals and enjoys firing up the barbeque whenever the weather permits!
Security is also an added advantage, the fact that the brothers live next door to each other, means that they both hold the keys to each other's homes.
Therefore if one is on holiday, the other is able to keep an eye on his home and vice-versa, so that both have peace of mind knowing that someone who can be trusted is there to help out in times of emergency, this in itself is simply priceless. And best of all, neither family could ever be locked out of their home!
Given all these benefits, it is difficult to think of a reason not to embrace this fabulous idea of living with your family.
No doubt, it could have been a more economical option without the dividing wall; to have one kitchen, instead of two. One less common toilet, one less living room and so on. Granted, given one can afford it, there is no question which is a better option.
As for me, it is time to save up for a big piece of land that would comfortably accommodate all my siblings and extended family. We would easily create a village with at lest seven households, so that everyone would be able to enjoy a different meal at a different home every night of the week! (Courtesy of BHC)--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin