When talking about the perfect house design, the main thing to consider is your own needs. If what you need is a family house that can grow with your family, your ideal home design should be based on that. It should be able to support all your family activities, but it should also have that special something that would keep the kids entertained. With that in mind, here are a few tips on how to design a perfect family home.
Add enough storage
If you have kids, you definitely have lots of stuff as well. So, needless to say, you will need plenty of storage for all that stuff. This includes closets for their clothes, shelves for books, drawers and cabinets, and perhaps some hanging storage too. It really depends on their needs and the room style, but either way, having enough storage is a must. Similarly, if you are expecting a child or if your kids are still very young, you will need more room for toys and all their hygiene products as well. In short, think about what kind of stuff your kids have now and will have soon, and add storage to match those things.
Consider your house design layout
For a perfect family home, you need a proper layout. This is something you should really pay attention to, as it’s not that easily changed if you get things wrong. So, if you have younger kids, you want to focus on visibility and connectivity. In other words, you want to be able to keep an eye on your kids whether they are playing in the living room or in the garden. Additionally, you also want to be able to reach them fast enough if you need to for one reason or another. If you’re not sure how to come up with such a layout, there are fantastic project homes in Sydney that have perfect layouts for a family. You can look into them for inspiration, or, if you want to live in the Land Down Under, you can save yourself the trouble of designing your home from scratch, and opt for one of the already made project homes.
Think about the study and playroom
As your kids start school, they will need a proper area for studying. Now, of course, the usual choice is to make it a part of their own room, but that room will probably be filled with distractions. So, consider having a separate room just for studying. Moreover, if you happen to be working from home, you could use a home office too. Similarly, if your kids are still very young, they need a playroom where they can make a mess without it affecting your daily routine. For starters, you can connect the playroom to your living space, so you can keep an eye on your kids, and as they grow, you can transform that room into the space for homework and studying.
Build more bathrooms
For a family, having at least two bathrooms is a must. As soon as your kids hit their teenage years, everybody will need to use the bathroom in the morning. Before you know it, you’d have to wait your turn every day. So, plan this in advance, and give your kids their separate bathroom, or add one to your bedroom. Additionally, a perfect family bathroom should have plenty of storage, practical slip-resistant flooring that can survive lots of water, some kind of heating, and both a shower and a bath (or a shower above a bath).
Don’t forget your outdoor area
If you have a big yard, make sure to put it to good use, as it has so much potential. First, you should build a nice outdoor living area where you can relax, entertain friends, read a book, or just take an afternoon nap. Then, you should have a separate area for your kids to play, with swings, enough shade, and even a small basketball court if you have the room. Finally, if you love dining outside, consider building a small outdoor kitchen.
To design a perfect family home, you need to think about everything your family needs – and will need. So, consider the listed tips, try to imagine your home and your life in it, and you should have no trouble designing a perfect house that your family is guaranteed to love.
Lilly Miller is a Sydney-based graphic designer, passionate writer and proud auntie. Loves everything about home decor, art history and baking. Shares home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney.
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