The word HOME has different meanings for different people. For a lot of people, a home might; just be a building where people live, while for others, it is a place of love, sacrifices, commitments, joys and relationships.
People have defined ‘HOME’, as.
- ..a space that connects to the people living in it, makes them comfortable, gives warmth, freedom and privacy.
- .. a place more than a physical dwelling. It is a place where people live, spend time and are generally comfortable with their own created environment.
- .. a place where relationships get nourished, and a seedling of relationship grows into a blooming tree.
- ..a place where emotions, dreams, aspirations and values take birth and grow.
- ..a place of relaxation, comfort, restfulness & connectivity.
It is true that a home might have a different meaning for different people, but it is a fact, that everyone wants their home to be an ideal home. Ironically, lots of people don’t know what are the key characteristics and features that make a home an ideal home. Let’s try to get a glimpse of what an ideal home would look like…
WHY DO WE NEED HOME
Every living being needs a shelter. People need a place to hide and safeguard themselves from the five elements of nature specially rain, extreme sunlight & wind etc. Human being also needs a home to protect themselves from wild animals, harmful reptiles and birds. The objective of a home is to provide security. It should keep the occupants connected to the nature till the extent, safety and security of the occupants does not get hampered by the nature.
A house provides an easy solution to our daily needs. Eating, sleeping, relaxing, bathing, cooking and studying are some of the basic activities everyone does. To perform the basic activities, people need specific rooms. Dinning room for eating, bedroom for sleeping, living & for chatting, toilet for bathing, kitchen for cooking, and puja room for praying. People create separate rooms with separate names because each functionally requires different types of mood and environment. To create a specific environment and mood different rooms a dealt differently
SAFETY AND SECURITY:
Man is most insecure of men it self. People need safety from people like thieves, murders, strangers or who can be a threat to life and property of the occupants. A house protects the occupants from such socially negative characters.
COMFORT & EASE:
A home generally makes the occupants comfortable & at ease. Being comfortable with a home means a complete adjustment between the two. It may also mean that living in such a place make the occupant satisfied mentally, physically, intellectually and spiritually. A perfect balance of mind, body & soul strikes in such a dwelling.
REST & RELAXATION:
Rest & Relaxation is an essential characteristic of a home because if occupants are not relaxed in their dwellings, they do not develope a positive emotional relationship with it. After hard work of the day people need rest and relaxation. A house means rest & relaxation to a lot of people.
People need home for their overall growth. A house supports & creates a protective environment for intellectual, spiritual, physical, personal and emotional growth of its occupants. Therefore to ensure an overall growth, an inductive environment is required.
REFLECTION OF INNER WORLD:
People generally desire, to live in their own world. A world of their likings, dislikings, desires and aspirations. They call this world as “HOME” infact a home is a reflection of self or an inner world of the occupants. People need such enclosure to know and grow themselves. A house reflects the culture, religion, status and personality of the occupant.
People need a home for a personal freedom they enjoy. Everybody needs a personal space and a house is the best & permanent space that provides this freedom to the occupants. It is an enclosure that provides freedom to do anything in whatever way the occupant desire.
MENTAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH:
A home does not only provide shelter and safety but also provide mental and emotional wellbeing. People feel emotionally and mentally comfortable in their dwellings. A person may be physically comfortable in a hotel but would be emotionally and mentally comfortable in his/her own home. It is necessary to understand this sensitive relation between home and mental health
There was a time when people were nomadic and use to move from place to place This basically added lack of stability to their life. Settling down at one place solve their problem. People added stability to work home and ultimately to their lives by making a dwelling.
A “HOME” house does not only add safety but better stability at every aspect.
AN IDEAL HOME
It is difficult to describe an Ideal Home, as the definition of an ideal home would vary from person to person and place to place. But still an ideal home can be defined as a place, which can ensure mental relaxation, comfort, joy, physical stability, energy and activeness with perfect harmonization of the body, mind, soul. It is a place where the occupants are mentally and physically happy, stable and positively growing. There are certain characteristics of an ideal home. Some of them are stated below:
- An Ideal Home generally has a positive, relaxing, soothing and a healthy feel in the internal environment.
- An Ideal Home is generally located on a healthy location. The latitude, longitude and altitude on which the building resides help in creating healthy environment. The external physical placements like parks, trees, roads and neighboring buildings also help in creating a healthy environment.
- An Ideal Home is generally full of sunlight and fresh air at desired timings.
- An Ideal Home maintains healthy levels of sound inside the building
- An Ideal Home has a perfect balance between the internal and external environment.
- It does not suffer from any type of stress and aggression from land, building or environment.
- An Ideal Home generally ensures a complete circulation of air, bio matter, energy and water.
- It has a perfect balance of Cosmo-telluric channel.
- The indoor air quality of an Ideal home is healthy. It is free of all organic contaminations like mold, germs and bacteria etc and inorganic contaminations like radon, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide beyond the permissible maximum limits as per the authority.
- The temperature, relative humidity, wind direction and velocity in an Ideal home generally suits the human requirements.
- An ideal home has healthy and ergonomic furniture placed in safe zone.
- The construction material used in an Ideal home is generally natural and eco friendly.
- An Ideal home is generally planned and designed as per the laws of nature (Vastu). Buildings following basic norms of Vaastu create a perfect balance and harmony with the nature
- An Ideal Home generally has a perfect internal setup in the form of colour, texture, light, music, aroma, shape, decorative items and paintings. It also has a perfect internal Bioclimate, which further enhances natural benedictions.