Your home is the place where you and your family feel comfortable and safe. Home is where the heart belongs, as the saying goes. But it’s also where the family starts, and for many, home is, unfortunately, the place you leave behind when the family grows. You’ve probably heard the stories of families who need to move out because they’ve outgrown their little home. However, finding the perfect house is not only tricky, but it can be expensive – if there’s one thing we all know about the property ladder, it’s that it doesn’t get cheaper with time. Consequently, you often need to make do with a home that seems too small for your family. But with a little bit of space savviness, you can make it work!
#1. Create a new room
You’d be surprised to know that the main reason why more and more households opt for an extension is that it’s easier and more affordable to build a two-storey extension than to find a new home. As a rule of the thumb, you can expect to pay around £1,500 per square metre for your extension. However, the price can vary based on the building specs and the material you choose. Admittedly, you can reduce the cost if you’re a confident DIY crafter. Additionally, if you only need one extra bedroom, you can look at loft conversion options, which can be more affordable and quicker. For any building project, you’ll have to work closely with experts to ensure your safety.
#2. Keep it tidy
British homes are the smallest in Europe. But they are also the most cluttered homes. You need to introduce more storage areas to save space in the long term. Small rooms, for instance, can be cramped when they lack organisational spaces, from under bed drawers to efficient closet division.
#3. Sharing with style
You can encourage children to share a room with their siblings. Ultimately, dividing a room can be difficult, especially if your children have different interests. But you can minimise drama and make the most of the floor space with simple tips. For a start, you can use different decor to divide the room adequately, making sure that each child has an area they can call theirs. Or, if you’re worried that a different decor layout might cause fights and jealousy, you can opt for matching set and matching decor throughout the bedroom – this is useful for siblings of a similar age range.
#4. Design a practical family bathroom
Finally, a large family doesn’t only need more bedrooms. You also need a bathroom that works for you. The bathroom can rapidly get cluttered, so it’s important to focus your attention on maximising the space. Avoid the Number One mistake of all bathroom renovations, namely trying to put too much in it. A separate bathtub and a shower can take on precious floor space. Add plenty of storage, and make sure it’s attributed fairly to each member of the family. This will ensure you don’t have to fight your way through a pile of wet towels and toiletry products every morning.
In short, your home should grow with the family. From extension projects to minimising space waste, your home has to adapt to your family life.
*This is a collaborative post.