How to build a kid-friendly dream home

So, you’re planning to build a dream home. Unlike other people’s dream homes, yours doesn’t need to be large or have numerous facilities. The only thing you want is a place that can peacefully accommodate the entire family, serving as the perfect backdrop for important milestones such as birthdays and Christmases. It’s the right time for building, but don’t rush it.

You think you thought about it all. Location, size, functionality, colours, furniture, appliances, and so on. But aren’t you forgetting something essential? The home needs to be kid-friendly – in other words, to meet the needs and expectations of both the parent and the child. When you’re trying to build a kid-friendly dream home, decisions can be even more difficult to make. 

These tips will help you create a dream home that is safe and fun for all. 

Get your kid involved in the decision-making process      

Since you have children, you must take them into account in the whole scheme of things. You’ll be spending a great many years in the home, if not your entire life, so it’s important to create a living space that everyone will like. Get your family members involved in the decision-making process. Yes, they’re just kids, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t have a say in the matters that affect their lives. Plus, trust and respect are essential in a positive parent-child relationship. 

Without any prompting, ask your kids what they think. Discover what they want and need in a home. The answer might very well surprise you. Kid-friendly homes are generally built and designed with lots of open space. And it should have lots of storage space. Just to be on the safe side, ask the youngsters what they want. Give them the opportunity to have a say about the issues and decisions that affect them. They will learn new skills, have fun, not to mention that they will develop a deeper connection with the family. 

Plan an open-plan kitchen

Combine the kitchen and the living room to obtain a fully functional area. Open-plan kitchens are no longer a trend; they are the only ways of approaching kitchen design. If you’ve got young children, plan for an open-plan kitchen. You can keep an eye on the youngsters while you’re preparing dinner.  Clever zoning, sound control, and cohesive decorating are the most important factors to consider. The kids will appreciate the creative touch. 

Plan ahead of time and think about what your kitchen will need. Fill the space with light and include lots and lots of storage. You don’t need fancy kitchen gadgets that you’ll use a maximum of two or three times a year. It’s better to stick to the basics. In terms of cooking equipment, you’ll need an oven, microwave, toaster, and a coffee brewer. Invest in a refrigerator and, most importantly, storage equipment. Shelving comes in many sizes and configurations. Think about how much food you’re going to store and how many shelves you’ll need.      

Discover the benefits of built-in pieces

Built-in furniture offers both convenience and simplicity. It immediately becomes part of the home and blends in with the overall appearance. You can build a bespoke bedroom for the children, offering them a warm, cosy space. The furniture can evolve together with your children. Get in touch with a local carpenter and provide the shape, style, and dimensions of the furnishing that you would like to add. 

Built-in furniture is durable, so it lasts the test of time. You can’t move the furnishings around and, therefore, it won’t suffer damage due to mishandling. If you’re installing built-in cabinets and shelves, that’s even better because you’ll get more storage space without making the living space feel cramped. Keep in mind that spaces beneath staircases offer great opportunities for good storage. There are spaces that you can skip over, but not this one. 

Build high ceilings and learn to live with it 

If you don’t have a tight budget, why don’t you build high ceilings? There will be more windows, so more natural light will get into the home. What is more, the warm air rises, so there’s no need for air conditioning to cool your home. Just imagine yourself walking into a home with high ceilings. You instantly get a sense of the space, air, and light. 

You can use a telehandler to raise the large walls. If there is reasonable ground level around the site, a telehandler will definitely work. Right now, you’re probably asking yourself this: How much does it cost to hire a telehandler? It’s affordable, meaning that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. The conditions will dictate what kind of accessories to use. Deploy attachments that have been specially created for the job at hand and ensure they match the machine’s load chart. 

One final point: the telehandler will help you build your dream home faster. It’s not just construction companies that use plant and machinery. Even the average Joe can use it.      

Install vinyl flooring that will resist daily wear and tear 

The most popular flooring material for homes with kids is (you guessed it!) vinyl. Vinyl floors are hard, if not impossible to destroy. It’s not affected by water, it’s resistant to strains, not to say easy to take care of. Vinyl flooring will last through the better part of the youngsters’ stay in the home. Durability, affordability, and appearance make it such a great choice. Needless to say, it’s essential to keep the kids away from the work site until the project is finished and the fumes are cleared. 

It turns out that you have nothing to worry about vinyl flooring. You’ll be able to install 150 square feet in less than a day without a problem. You’re not exactly an expert, which is why you should hire a flooring specialist. They get to know you and your family. Most importantly, they will have your best interest in mind. Don’t spend your hard-earned money on floors that will have to be replaced within a year. 

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