That’s not to say you can’t design a home that covers both stages – young kids and older kids. You most definitely can. It just means that if you’re diving into the new-home design process with older kids at home, you might want to take some specific considerations into account.
Things to consider include:
- A separate living area where they can easily entertain friends away from prying eyes and ears.
- Bigger bedrooms to easily fit a double bed and study desk. You could even take it up a notch to add a small sofa so that a simple bedroom becomes more of a mini suite.
- Ample storage to house all the paraphernalia that accumulates through sports, hobbies and outdoor pursuits.
- A third bathroom between two bedrooms so that both young adults can have ensuite access.
- Dedicated zones to give everyone the space they need – a two-storey design that gives parents their own wing upstairs, or a single-storey design with the master suite at one end of the house and the minor bedrooms at the other.