#133: The Fascinating Ways Homes Differ Around The World

Over 600 people wrote in to tell us about design norms from their specific country or region, and today we’re sharing some of the most popular, interesting, and unique responses. From the different ways we sleep and shower, to how we do laundry and how we do, um, our business – you guys gave us a fascinating window into how and why homes don’t all look alike around the globe. I also issue a public apology for fighting Sherry on a design choice in the duplex kitchen, and we share the Instagram account that’s the perfect pick me up to add to your routine.

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What’s New

  • The pertinent one to our discussion now is this one of the mudroom (seen through the doors from the kitchen). It was a rough idea at the time and our final order didn’t include that tall cabinet on the right side of the window since we ultimately concluded it would make the space feel too narrow. So, in the end, we just ordered those 3 base cabinets, each with 3 drawers (times 2 since it’s a duplex!).
  • Once we decided to nix the closed storage for those big three-tiered shelving units, this is the stack of boxes we got to return (along with some additional toe kicks and hanging hardware). That’s how we ended up getting over $2,000 back!!
  • Here’s a view from the top, where you can better see that the shelves are actually lightweight metal slats. So wipeable and durable, we love them already.
  • We also really like the blonde wood accent, which complements the kitchen cabinets so nicely on the other side.

Homes Around The World

  • But on to the spaces and norms we mentioned! Below is one example I found of one of those Finnish “Kodinhoitohuone” rooms, which upon further investigation seems to be pretty close to an American mudroom, laundry room, or utility room – except that it often has a bathroom or sauna attached.
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  • And here’s an example that I dug up of a South African “Braai,” or indoor barbecue room. The images I found seemed to show them more attached to the main house than I originally pictured, but either way they look pretty awesome!
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  • Oh and that Hills Hoist article is where I learned the drinking game is actually more popularly known as “Goon of Fortune,” not “Wheel of Goon.” Either way, it’s fun to say.

We’re Digging

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  • I don’t want to give away the final image in the book, but here’s the house before the children decide to help paint it while the parents are gone…

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