21 June 2017

Home Adjustments for an Expanding Family

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When couples move into their first home after getting married, they aren’t usually thinking about having kids right away. Most couples prefer to wait a couple of years to give them a chance to save up some cash that could come in handy when they do start a family. So, because kids aren’t on their mind just yet, they often move into a three-bedroom house or apartment that will be big enough for one new arrival to the family. But what happens if things go quicker than planned and before they know it, they are expecting their second or even third child?

One of the main problems many couples face in introducing children to their first family home is that it can quickly become cramped and can lack a lot of space. Unfortunately, because of the current state of the property market, moving to a bigger property isn’t always a possibility. But that doesn’t mean that growing families have to live like sardines in their home. In fact, these following adjustments can create a lot more room for expanding families.

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Add an En Suite Bathroom to the Master Bedroom--

Most modest sized homes are only built with one bathroom in them. This can be a nightmare for large families, and everyone will end up fighting to use the shower and toilet every morning! There is one easy solution to this problem, though: you just need to add an en suite to the master bedroom that you and your partner can start using. That way, your kids can spend more time in their bathroom and don’t have to worry about holding you up. You should hire a builder to create the en suite, but then it’s a good idea to decorate it by just carrying out some DIY. The Tool Nerds reviewed the Graco Truecoat 360, which is a paint sprayer that will be very handy for this kind of job. You just need to spray your chosen paint onto the walls of your new en suite, and you will have decorated it in no time at all!

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Go for Vertical Storage--

Rather than looking for storage solutions that will take up space horizontally, such as chests of drawers and wide closets, you should instead think about sending your storage up vertically. The easiest way to do this is to add lots of shelving to our walls. That way, you can store items without taking up valuable floor space. There are also some storage units that will take up little floor space, but plenty of wall space. For instance, if you need a bookcase, it’s a good idea to get one that is very narrow and tall rather than short and wide. If you do need some cupboards, you can now buy ones that can be mounted on the walls, high up in a room. Again, this is a great way to move your storage units from the floor to a more vertical position.

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Go for Simple Window Treatments--

It’s best to keep all window treatments very simple so that as much natural light can flow into your rooms as possible. A simple window frame with some linen curtains will greatly improve the light in each room, whereas heavy curtains and dark window frames can reduce it. Once there is a constant stream of natural light into your property’s rooms, it will help to make them feel very airy, which is a fantastic way to create the illusion of space. But that’s not the only reason why you should keep window treatments simple. No-fuss curtains and window frames will be a lot safer when there are small children in your home. There have been some cases of children strangling themselves on curtain and blind chords. To completely remove this hazard from your home, it’s best to stick to very simple window features.

Scale Your Furniture-- 

Most of the time, people take their old furniture with them when they move into a new house. This is often a great idea as it will save you having to spend a lot of cash on new furnishings. But once your family starts to expand, you might need to rethink all the furniture items in your home and consider buying some new ones. Sometimes, some items of furniture are often too big for a room. It’s not that they can’t fit in, it is more that their design is too large and quite imposing on the room. If a piece of furniture is scaled too large for a room, it could end up making the room feel a lot smaller than what it actually is. So, once you start having children, it’s a good idea to think about your current items of furniture and think about whether it would be worth replacing them with some smaller items. For instance, why not replace a large chaise lounge for a smaller, more compact armchair. You might also find it beneficial to replace a three-seater sofa with just a two-seater one.

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Get Creative with Partition's in the Kids' Room--

If your kids are currently sharing a bedroom, they might struggle to find their own private space. One way to give your kids a bit of private space each is to add some partitions to their bedroom. One quick way to do this is to use some large patterned bed sheets. Simply hang a thin wire from one wall of the room to another and then throw the sheet over it. Then the kids can have half of the room each and won’t end up fighting about whose space is whose! Alternatively, you might want to use storage units as partitions. For example, place some bookcases or a chest of drawers along the middle of the room.

Adjusting to a small home when your family is growing can be a bit of a nightmare. However, all of these excellent tips should help your property feel a bit more roomier! You might find that you can get more room out of your home than what you had originally expected!

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