His mother would probably be appalled at seeing bikes inside, food packages on the floor and a home brew ready for kegging off to the side.
Meet James. He has a Masters degree in digital signal processing with an emphasis in audio acoustics. He also has a very “do it yourself” attitude towards life. I suspect that is 3 parts his mindset and two parts his bank account balance. When he got quotes for hiring sound gear and a DJ for his wedding, he decided he could build his own full size (think local band on stage) speakers for cheaper. And he did. He is one of those fortunate people who has probably not been told what he can't do. Earlier this year he and a group of friends ran the Milford Track one day and rode their bikes over the Remarkables the next. You wouldn't know it for his beer gut (thanks to quality home-brew skills and the 20L keg) but he is much more fit than the average Joe.
The great thing here is not just that James is a DIY guy or closet endurance athlete because there are thousands of people like that. I invited myself over to make this image when James proclaimed at work one day that his new bike stand arrived and he had it set up in his living room so he could rebuild his wheel hubs while he watched a movie with his wife that night. Kudos to the wife for being cool about it (she is cool by the way), but huge props to both of them for USING their space for what they want to do.
I would guess 98% of the population buys a house and adjusts their life to work in the socially defined norms of the labeled spaces. Why do we have to adapt to 3 bedroom, open plan kitchen with indoor/outdoor flow. Well, yeah, resale is important, but what about LIVING in your living room? How many of you have a couch, coffee table, TV and some dusty books in a big room that costs a lot to heat and gets used for nothing much more than muscle atrophy while the magic box entices you with pretty moving colors? My ideal home is probably a commercial/residential structure with a 120 sqm wide open warehouse downstairs and a simple bedroom, gourmet kitchen and comfortable office upstairs. Oh yeah, toilets too. I could throw a huge party, set up a semi-permanent photography studio, store my tramping gear and some kayaks with plenty of room to move. I could even have James over to fix my bikes inside while I drank his beer.