When thinking of traditional housing in Canada, a brick bungalow might come to mind. Typically with three bedrooms, modest living space and low ceilings the brick bungalow became popular in the 1970-80s. They often provided a great home for families, but certainly the lacked in housing diversity.
This idea of "housing diversity" is something that the ordinary family has a hard time accomplishing with many new home styles being predetermined by residential developers. Housing diversity can be defined in many different ways but let’s just think about it as 'housing done differently'. This could mean housing which appearance, building materials, location, or environmental design is different.
There are many reasons to practice housing diversity, beyond solely trying to have a different house from your neighbour. Housing diversity can be practiced in order to:
- Be environmentally friendly, with green building materials and technologies
- To increase the home's value
- To blend in with nature or one's urban surroundings
- To conform to a dream design among other things.
Keeping up with the Gates
Bill and Melinda Gates's home is one that practices housing diversity on a large scale. Built close to Seattle, Washington, the Gates house boast a truly unique design - built into the side of a hill - unusual material composition and, of course, highly advanced home automation and technology. This video describes the famous home:
Even though many people can’t practice housing diversity on the scale that Bill Gates did, many home owners can start to think about housing differently and start to create homes that are truly unique, environmentally friendly, and that increase their neighbourhood’s value.
Chris Salmans is a sales representative with Century 21 United Realty Inc. in Peterborough, Ontario.