The Makino family consists of children Tsukushi and Susumu, and their parents Haruo and Chieko. They have lived in a variety of different places, moving frequently throughout Tsukushi's second year in high school due to various money issues.
Tsukushi Makino and her family lived in company housing, which was provided by her father's work, prior to and during her second year of high school. It was located in Tokyo in a large apartment complex, where a lot of families lived. The apartment had two rooms and could fit exactly four tatami mats. When Tsukasa Domyoji visited, he described it as "about the size of [his] bathroom."
Tsukushi's father later lost his job, when the company was restructured. The family was forced to move out of the complex within a day. They moved into another apartment the same day.
After being forced to move from company housing, the Makino family moved into a shabby apartment (オンボロアパート,shabby apartment). At 50,000 yen a month, it was cheapest Chieko Makino could find. It was a one bedroom apartment with a bath. Susumu Makino was disappointed about its size, since it was even smaller than company housing. Tsukushi's family encouraged her to marry rich in order to "save" them.
The family lived there a while before they decided to move to a fishing village. Tsukushi was left behind in order for her to continue attending Eitoku Academy. After her family left, Tsukushi repainted the apartment with her friends. She did live alone for very long due to the floor collapsing some days later. Tsukushi subsequently moved into Tsukasa's home.
At the urging of an acquaintance, Chieko decided to move the family to a fishing village where a live-in job was waiting for them. They moved into a home owned by Tome. A small was was allocated for Chieko, Haruo, and Susumu. Tome was initially happy to have them there. However, Haruo was unable to fish due to his constant seasickness. Soon Tome and a majority of the other villagers began treating the family like "freeloaders."
Sometime later, Tsukushi joined her family in the village. Tome presented them with a 300,000 yen bill soon after for rent and meals. The bill was paid in full by Tsukasa several days later. The Makino then returned back to Tokyo.
Shigeru Okawahara'sfather and mother bought a building of condominiums under her name for tax purposes. Before Tsukushi and her family returned to Tokyo, Shigeru and her other friends talked to decide whose place Tsukushi would feel the most comfortable borrowing. Tsukushi initially refused Shigeru's offer, but accepted after realizing her family had no where to go. Shigeru also only charged the family 10,000 yen.
After settling in the condo, Chieko and Haruo were still uncomfortable with its large size and ended up setting up a table in the middle of the kitchen. Haruo later obtained a job as live-in help at a supermarket. The family moved out of Shigeru's condo, but had to start living separately.
Tsukushi and Susumu moved into a dirt cheap apartment (激安アパート,dirt cheap apartment) picked out by their parents. Rent was 25,000 yen for the apartment, which was considered a bit "run-down." It also did not have a bath, necessitating a trip to the local bath house. Tsukasa moved into the unit next door.
When Haruo obtained a job at a supermarket, he and Chieko moved into the floor above. Since it was only 4 and a half tatami mats large, Haruo and Chieko stayed there by themselves and found their children a separate apartment.
In the 1995 film, Tsukushi lives in a one-room apartment by herself. The interior is shown several times in the film, particularly in the first scene.
Only the Makino family's first and second homes appear in the 1996 anime. Like in the manga, they originally live in company housing courtesy of Tsukushi'sfather's job. In episode twenty-seven, they have to move after he loses his job due to lay-offs. The second apartment is much more shabbier compared to their first, which Chieko laments. They only live there as a family for a few months, when they move to the country in episode forty-five. Tsukushi remains behind in the same apartment to wait for her family's return in the future.
The Makinos' home is represented by a small set in Hana Yori Dango: The Musical (2016). It only shows their living room with a door to the kitchen and another that leads outside. Haruo and Chieko are almost exclusively shown on this set. The couple are also seen hanging lounge on what appears to be the roof of their apartment.
In the Takarazuka musical Hana Yori Dango (2019), a screen is first used to represent the Makinos' home. A small set is used in act two for several scenes. Its appearance is a bit run-down, making it similar to the family's second apartment.