Practical and affordable
Ever wished that homes for young families came with the ability to dial down the mess, noise and chaos from time to time?
And a little more space when you needed it? Like when the grandparents come to stay or the kids have friends sleep over?
Building gives you a chance to design your own home and include the features that make the most sense for you and your growing family – not just now but in the years to come as your kids morph from toddlers into teenagers.
Maybe you’ve already found a great block in a great spot where the kids can grow up safe and amongst friends. Maybe it’s in a new estate close to schools and new amenities, and family are on the doorstep. Or maybe you’ve decided to stay close to the city, building a smaller home that fits your budget.
What next? What sort of new home design might work best for you and your young family?
As with all the best home designs, it’s not about how much space you have, it’s about how you use it.
Young families often look for affordable home designs that take the following into consideration:
Adaptable spaces that can change as the family’s needs change. What might be a playroom today becomes a study space or kids’ TV room tomorrow. Or that fourth bedroom shown on the plan, for example, could be tweaked at the design stage to become a multi-purpose living or play space that also serves as a guest room when needed.
A layout that positions at least one of the minor bedrooms near the master suite so parents can be close to the nursery in those early years.
A space where toys and clutter can be either easily hidden or easily packed away. This could be a dedicated playroom or an area of the living room.
An open-plan kitchen and living layout means you can easily keep an eye on little ones playing nearby.
An easy view from the kitchen and living room out to the gardens makes it easier to supervise outdoor play while you’re looking after chores inside.
Organised storage helps keep the kids’ clutter under control. Need we say more?
Whether it’s a second sitting room or a cosy reading chair in the master suite, having a quiet space to retreat to is a gift for busy young parents.
Keeping the toilet separate from the family bathroom makes for a bigger bathroom, giving you more room to move when you’re bathing the kids.