If you’re creating your dream home, then you need to make a home that works for the whole family. A house with children is going to need to fulfill different functions than the home you had as a child-free couple. Here’s some design tips to make your home child and family-friendly, without making it feel like you’re living in a soft-play centre.
Residential architects can help you to make the best design choices for your home to make sure it works well for everyone.
Your home should be your safe space and you can design in privacy and safety features. Start by thinking about the front door. When you open the door, how much of the inside of your home can someone see? Think about building a small entryway so every person who comes to the door can’t see what valuables you have out. Choose a peephole over large glass panels in the door so nobody can see if you’re in but choosing not to open the door, but still allowing you to look out. How easily can your supervise the children? Can you see into the garden or their playroom from the rooms you are usually in, whether that’s the study or the kitchen. How long would it take you to reach them in case of an accident? Would you need to be navigating obstructions like furniture or lots of stairs?
Make multi-function spaces so the family can be together while doing different things. A study nook in the kitchen means you can help with homework at the same time as cooking dinner. Add more windows so you can easily see outside play spaces. Create casual spaces like island benches to encourage the family to gather and socialise.
Kids can be tough on a home, so the materials you use need to stand up to rough play, running feet and all kinds of childhood mischief. Think about how long a material will last and how easy it will be to clean, whether that’s wiping up muddy footprints or getting pen off the walls.
If you’re going to live in your home for a long-time, think about future-proofing your bedroom layout. When you children are young, it makes sense to have their bedrooms close to yours. However, as they get older, it’s likely you’ll want more privacy from each other. Build a small study between your bedroom and the children’s rooms. This room can be used as a nursery when you want the child right next door, but they can move to a bigger room down the hall when they’re ready for their own space. You could do this with a small room off your bedroom that can be turned into a walk-in wardrobe or dressing room once you no longer need a nursery.
Smart design can make your home work harder for your family, and keep everyone happy and safe in your dream home.