Today we want to share with you 4 ways to improve your family home, from renovation projects to storage…
Add storage.. everywhere!
A family home can never have too much storage so look at imaginative and creative ways that you can add storage absolutely everywhere.
The best place to start with this is in your children’s bedrooms as they are bound to need lots of storage. Whatever the size of their room, be clever with the space that you have available. Would a cabin bed work for them, with under desk storage and sometimes shelves and desk space? This maximizes the space that a bed takes up and is always a popular choice with kids. You could also ensure any seats have storage inside them and that you fill any nooks with shelving.
In every other room in the house, aim to buy furniture with in-built storage, such as footstools and seating, and make good use of empty wall space by popping up shelving units or cupboards.
Take care of the structure
This is probably the least exciting item on this list, but it is also probably the most important. You must take care of the structure of your family home first and foremost. Whilst it is lovely to spend on new cushions and candles to pretty up your living room, you know that you really should prioritize getting the roof fixed if there are issues there.
Get into the habit of checking over your home regularly for any structural issues, such as rising damp, plumbing niggles or issues with the electrics. Aim to get these types of things fixed as soon as they crop up as they do tend to get worse over time and could then up costing you more and being a bigger job.
Add another bathroom
If there is one thing that you are going to appreciate in a family home it is another bathroom. Unless you already have four of them, this is a project worth looking into soon.
When your children are small you can guarantee that they will always need to go to the toilet just when you have climbed into a lovely hot bath. When they are older they are going to be jumping in that shower just as you want to go in in the morning, or taking ages to get ready in front of the mirror on a Saturday night. An extra bathroom will be a worthwhile expenditure and it should add value to your home.
It might be that you need to extend, if so do shop around for construction products, or you could take a chunk out of an existing room or utilise a cupboard or hall space for a wet room. Get a few builders and plumbers round to talk through your options and give you quotes for the work.
Once you have decided where you are going to add your new bathroom, you can have fun choosing the suite, tiles and colours. It’s worth going quite neutral with it and if it is a small space, use light and bright colours and reflective surfaces wherever possible to give it the impression of being bigger.
Make the most of your outside space
It is always worth viewing your garden as an extra room, an extension to your family home. If you see it this way, you are likely to make the most of the space that you have available.
Over the warmer months, your family could spend a lot of time outside so ensure that you have the right set up out there. You might want seating, a barbecue area and toys, climbing frames and activities. If you are green-fingered, add the plants and shrubs that you want to have out there so that it is a relaxing and enjoyable place for you to spend time in.
You can also use your garden to grow your own fruit and vegetables. This is a great way to get your children involved in gardening and cooking, and getting them to try new foods. It also utilises your space effectively and saves you a little money by producing your own food.
If you have a small home, is it possible to put a summerhouse in your garden to create an extra room and more storage? Many summer houses have a partitioned off section hidden from view where you could store items and then the main area can be a home office, a den for your children or perhaps a teen hangout.