If you are looking for a new home for your family or want to improve on your current property, this post is for you. There is a big difference between the home you live in as a singleton or couple and the home you need when you have children. In this guide, I’m going to go through five of the most important things to consider when you are thinking about your new design. Read on to find out more.
When you have small kids running around leaving a trail of destruction behind them, it can be hard to control. Investing in excellent storage solutions is the only answer – and you can never have enough! Go for larger cupboards, lots of shelving, and even think about getting boxes or drawers beneath every bed. Give everything a particular place, too. Not only will your home be a lot tidier, but you’ll clear up quicker. So, it will also free up more time to spend playing with your kids. Or, if you prefer, it will give you more precious moments to relax!
People without children are likely to have a few ideas of the home they would love to raise their future sons and daughters. There will be style, sophistication, and incredible design in their mind’s eye. But, there will not be a single thought about practicality. An efficient home is a must when you have kids. It’s safer, easier to keep tidy, and far less expensive to renovate. There is little point in investing in the world’s most expensive wallpaper when your children will use it as a sketchpad.
A great kitchen
The hub of the home of a young, childless couple is likely to be the living room. Or, perhaps, the bedroom. But, those days are over when you start a family – in more ways than one. It’s the kitchen that will be the most important part of your house, and it will become a central hub. You will spend a lot of time in there, cooking, eating meals together, and washing a tonne of dirty clothes every day. Designing your own can be tricky, so take the headache out of kitchen renovations by hiring a professional fitter to help.
A safe garden
Kids love being outdoors – and you will love it when they are outdoors, too. But, without a secure garden, it’s not going to be a relaxing experience. Get rid of all thorny plants and bushes, and keep things as simple as possible. Kids have a habit of picking flowers, so there is little point in spending big on eye wateringly expensive orchids. Also, think about fixing any holes in your garden’s borders to keep them secure. Little ones can crawl through the tightest of holes, and always want to explore new places.
Bringing up young children can be an amazing experience – but it’s hard work. Make sure you give yourself a chance to recharge the batteries whenever you can. Admittedly, it won’t be that often! But, with a beautiful bedroom to crawl into at the end of a tough day, it will do you a lot of favours. You need to keep healthy to give your kids the best start in life. And, grabbing a single night’s sleep is one of the best ways to start.