Couple Lives In Private Suites In Same House With 5 Kids

Posted by Annie N. in Relationships On 30th November 2021
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A couple lives in their own private suites in the same house and live separate lives with their 5 children. The couple’s unconventional living set-up has the two managing different households yet sharing some responsibility.

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Shelly hunt, 38 and Peter Verge had children of their own when they first met. While most people that are getting serious, opt to blend families together and live in the same household.

That’s exactly what these two did, but with a slight twist. In what they’re referring to as a ‘blended-unblended’ situation, the two live together in the same house but enjoy the privacy of their own suites.

Hunt shared this unique living arrangement in a Tiktok video where she showed the two suites and the way they’re decorated.

“My partner and I have 5 kids between us, so we own a home that has 2 suites. We live separately together, blended, unblended.”

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The two had in fact come to the decision very early on in their relationship because Peter had suffered from a house fire and needed to relocate anyway.

“I had been through a house fire and a divorce and many subsequent moves/transitions, and I was hoping to settle with my kids long-term,”

“We were very new in our relationship, so living together with five kids didn’t seem wise, for us or them.”

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Shelley also shared that homes with 2 suites are rather common in Canada where they live.

“When I found this place, I couldn’t believe how ideal it was for two families. We could be close by but have our own family units. We looked at the house once and put in an offer. It resulted in us both spending less money on a home than if we’d bought separately.”

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Each suite enjoys its own separate entrance, kitchen and living room. Shelley who has two children has two beds and 1 bath whereas Peter and his three have 3 beds and 2 baths.

The couple shares a laundry room and hallway.

This means that the two are able to enjoy alone time with their time while also being able to enjoy planned activities as a family.

When asked about how they handle finances, Shelley revealed it was a separate affair.

“That’s the best part of this type of setup: We know exactly what we’re responsible for, and we handle our own shit. We are responsible for our children and suites. I make sure my kids are ready, fed breakfast, off to school, to their extracurricular activities, to all appointments, fed dinner, and ensure they have everything they need in life. Peter is the same. We clean our own spaces. We arrange childcare for our own children. Sometimes we ask each other for help, but it’s always exactly that: an ask.”

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She says that this sort of set-up has strengthened their relationship and their relationship with the kids.

“[Peter and I] started with a strong relationship, and this has definitely maintained respect, love, consideration, and romance. Our communication is amazing because again, there’s not a lot of room for unsaid expectation and disappointment!”

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“I am amazed at the bond I have with [Peter’s kids] and how the kids have all embraced us. They use ‘step-sibling’ and ‘step-parent’ language, and call us a family,”

“This was something they initiated and never something we pushed on them. I love their ability to embrace something that is untraditional and thrive in it. They don’t know how things are ‘supposed’ to be, but they do recognize happiness and health and love when they feel it.”

Peter's entrance is separate from Shelleys as shown above.

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This was how Shelley's bedroom looked.

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Whereas this is how Peter had decorated his.

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Shelley also enjoyed a separate cooking space.

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People loved this way of living and wanted to try it out themselves.

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In fact, they think that having a private space would lead to a healthier relationship.

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