In typical storied houses, the living, dining and kitchen areas are situated downstairs, while the upper floor hosts the bedrooms. But have you ever considered turning your home’s layout upside down?
Reverse living, a home design popular in restored historic properties in Philadelphia, features a home design where living, dining and kitchen spaces are brought upstairs, and bedrooms are housed below. The style was also popularized in Scandinavia, and is a growing trend in new construction throughout the United States.
Whether it’s preparing meals, entertaining guests on the balcony or sitting in the living room with a wine in hand while watching the sunset, a reverse living home design can complement any lifestyle.
Here are some other reasons why this innovative home design might be a good idea for your next purchase:
Maximizes Natural Light
Natural light is always welcomed in a home. Reverse living, allows you to enjoy an abundance of natural light during the day, due to the elevated positioning of your living areas.
Sunlit living areas don’t just make your space more appealing They can also reduce heating costs in the Winter months. Lower level bedrooms will stay shaded and cooler in the Summer months, reducing the need to air condition each space all day long.
The need for peace and quiet is also well provided in reverse living settings. Having your bedrooms situated under your living areas provides optimal privacy from the street, or guests.
Provides a Retreat
Whether you are single or have a growing family, reverse living can provide a bit of a buffer between playrooms, noisy teens, or frequent guests.
Featured photo by Promenade Homes.