Building a new home is an exciting time – especially if you’ve got a growing family. But there are lots of things that can easily be overlooked when choosing a floor plan suitable for family living. So if you’re planning to build a family home, here are a few key points worth considering before you start building.
Go for an open plan kitchen with lots of storage
When you have kids, an open plan kitchen works really well, but it can end up in a giant mess if you don’t have enough storage. If you plan ahead and think of all the things you need to store as your kids mature from babies to toddlers and so on, life will be much more organised and clutter-free!
A breakfast bar will serve you well
The breakfast bar makes a great focal point for your home, keeping the entire household connected and functioning like a well-oiled machine! The island bench in your kitchen can literally become ‘Mission Control’, so it’s important that it’s big enough to accommodate a growing family. Make sure there’s enough room for several people to sit comfortably at the bench, and allow space for stools underneath. The breakfast bar is also the perfect place for after-school snacks and casual meals. While you’re unpacking groceries or prepping dinner, you can chat to the kids about their day. It also serves as the perfect homework station. You can listen to reading, lend a hand with spelling, and generally be available, while you’re still getting things done.
Create a handy study nook
To keep an eye on what your children are doing online, a study nook in close proximity to the hub of the home can also be very handy. It can also double as a useful spot for paying bills, checking emails or searching for recipes.
Try to position the kids’ rooms away from areas that may become noisy. Families often choose to locate children’s bedrooms towards the back of the home – away from the front door, traffic noise and cars pulling into the driveway. And if you like to entertain, make sure you keep the baby’s room away from entertaining areas.
Avoid family feuds
Consider creating a zone specifically for your kids to use. This space should be flexible and multi-functional, as their needs grow and change. Depending on the age of your children, this zone could be a play area to enhance baby’s development, a creative play zone as your children begin to explore with craft and pretend play, a chill-out zone, gaming area or place to just hang out. Later on, this area can be transformed into a quiet study area, as your children approach their teenage years.
A laundry to love
When you have kids, you spend a lot of time in the laundry – so it pays to make it as user-friendly and functional as possible. Allow ample bench space for folding clothes, and add as much storage as you can for things like extra towels and blankets. It will never go unused! If possible, try to allocate an area for a retractable drying rack. They are so handy!
Utilise your garage space
If space allows, try to incorporate additional storage in your garage. It’s the perfect place to keep all the kids’ extra bits and pieces, like sporting equipment and shoes. Consider creating a space in the garage where each child can have their own locker. It’s a great way to help them stay organised!
Above all, make sure the design of your home is flexible enough to grow with your family – and enjoy the process of turning a set of floor plans into your dream home.