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Is This The Answer to a Happy Marriage?

Sometimes, staying together means being apart. Like, really apart.

A Rhode Island couple invested $1.2 million in their relationship by converting their living quarters to accommodate them as individuals. Sure, they sleep every night together in the same bed. But breakfast, lunch and dinner? They each make themselves—in their own kitchens.

They also have their own dining and work spaces, though apparently dinner is a two-person, shared affair. (No word on the bathroom situation, but we should probably just assume they each get to reload the toilet paper roll in their own bathrooms in whatever way they like.)

Perhaps most surprisingly, the two each have their own entrances.

This living-together-separately situation for Allison Paschke and John Danskin is the result of years of fighting about the small things. It was either divorce or a radical living transformation. So they sold their house in Cranston, R.I., and bought a loft in Providence. They invested as much as they paid for the single loft into converting it into a home for their quirky twosome arrangement.

The results? The couple claims to be closer than ever. (Only married couples can truly understand how crumbs on the counter could be so divisive.)

According to the Wall Street Journal, which ran a piece on the couple's loft and the inspiration behind it, "Paschke's side of the studio features a minimalist kitchen, a small, cozy living area and separated spaces. Shag rugs, bookshelves and plants fill the rooms."

Translucent acrylic panels with a door lead to a sun room and on the other side of that is Danskin's space. He has cork floors, a rowing machine, lots of books and more stuff. He cleans when he feels like it. Paschke doesn't have to see any of it.

Danskin told the reporter that marriage is hard work (they've been together since 1983) and that this living situation eases some of the tension.

They couple have gotten a lot of criticism for the arrangement, but really? The commenter trolls are probably just jealous.

Image via WSJ

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