Thursday, March 31, 2005
A Westport teen with her own two-room suite in her parents’ 7,000-square-foot 1930s Colonial-style home is featured in today’s New York Times.
The story, by Westport freelancer Andre Brooks, quotes a researcher for a home builders group as saying that kids’ suites in their parents’ home is one of the most popular trends in upscale housing now.
The Times said that Westport architect Bob Jacobs created the two-room suite with bathroom two years ago for his daughter, Emily, then 13.
“We wanted to create a situation where the kids would want to come to us rather than go elsewhere,” he said.
The newspaper said giving their child a convivial place to hang out in their home provided Jacobs and his wife, Jane, with some peace of mind.
“This way we knew she was safe,” he said.
The Times said the teen was enthusiastic about her personal suite. “When Emily Jacobs realized that she was the only one of her circle of friends with such a large space, ‘it made me feel special,’ she said,” according to the newspaper.
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I thought I was going to throw up! Only in Westport…Only in Westport. I have grown up here for 55 years and I never thought it would get this far. I am appalled.
Okay, clam down….. why do you care what other people do with their homes? If they want to build it how does that effect you?
Hello, my name is Mariette Kammerer, I am the Director of Kmar Educational Services, Inc., a not-for-profit local organization. Our mission is to empower adults and children to take control of their lives to become: Independant Thinkers,Planners, Implementors. We have also designed programs for students physically challenged, ages 11 -16, with focus on what type of career to persue in accordance with personal interest and desire. The students challenge are to find solutions to real entrepreneural task….thru their creativity, vision and imagination. Eleventh-grader J.V. hopes to someday own a business that designs buildings or cars.
Can you imagine how ‘special’ this group of young entrepreneurs felt after successfully completing the tasks and getting recognition for it?
Thanks for the reality check, Mariette. This story dovetails nicely with the one on the $14.5m teardown. I’m so proud of our town and the publicity we’re getting this week.
This is so quintessentially Westport that it’s repulsive. As a 19-year-old, no teenager needs a two-bedroom suite in a 7000 sq ft house. Perhaps if you wanted to “create a situation where the kids would want to come to us rather than go elsewhere,” you would create a living situation that establishes them as dependent rather than independent.
Once again, why do people care what others decide to build in their own home? What is wrong with a child having their own large living space? I’m not quite sure why the people posting here find this to be so vulgar. Is it a tad excessive? Maybe, but from an architectural standpoint it is a unique concept. If you read the article in the Times you would realize it is not just a “Westport” thing. It is being done in many other towns as well.
just one of those things that pops up in the times and blown out of proportion here on this site. While it is a bit extravagant, the idea is good for kids to have more space…not much different than having a large playroom or basement in a home for the hangout area….difference is hopefully since it is her own space she will take ownership and care of it better than a common playroom area. There is nothing westport about this at all in particular, so settle down people.
No,not only in Westport. Read the article: also in Saddle River, N.J, Tracy, Calif., etc. etc.
This article and several of these comments are so absurd that I find it difficult to make a clear statement. First of all yes it’s their home and do with it what you may but if you don’t want comments and judgement then don’t publicize how grand it all is. I find it embarassing that people would have a suite for their 13 year old child. I’m an educator in Westport and parent of a Westport teen. I am a native Westporter and to sit back and watch these changes and what takes place in this town is truly disturbing. We need to get back to family basics, being together, not give more space. The houses get bigger. And in most situations the children are less supervised. Less time is being spent together as a family unit because you can’t find each other in these McMansions and we wonder what is going on with our kids in this town. Between more pressure to succeed and having the biggest and the best, creating more unsupervised space we are loosing sight of what’s important! Let me answer: It’s the kids, with supervision, limits, boundaries, parents as parents not parents as friends! It’s a lot of work and sometimes unpleasant but so worth it! Who will be supervising these kids in this suite? Are they within ear shot? Can parents see and hear what’s going on a majority of the time? Are they willing to just intrude on the group and make their presence known? What’s wrong with the good old fashioned family room for kids to hang out in! I bet in this town there are some grande ones yet all within earshot. Can you can get a clear sense of what’s going on in the suite when friends are over? I’m sure I don’t have to get into the subjects of drugs, alcohol, sex, and what about once kids are driving who might be under the influence and who leaves from your home. Can you tell who is there and who is leaving? Let’s get back to basics! WOW!
Wow. What’s really appalling is that we’ve got a Westport educator who can’t spell or use a comma.
Who says these parents don’t supervise their children? You are passing judgment and not using any real facts to back up your little diatribe on the town. Everything you wrote is mere conjecture. Let’s not blow this situation out of proportion. I can�t believe
how many dramatists there are posting on this site.
Brava Biff! There are so many articles on this posting that warrant real comments, like how about the educational budget cut?
Have your ever heard of typos? Sounds like you’ve never had them! Maybe you should focus on children instead of typographical errors! Do you have children in this town? Do you even live here? If not, then maybe you shouldn’t comment on this topic! By the way, I’m not passing judgement, it’s all through experience.