6 Ways Kids Can Help Build A House
When you are taking on the job of building a home yourself, many choose to have the parent(s) doing the majority of the work. But, especially with summer break looming, children can definitely take part in some of the work of building a home.
There are legal limitations on the jobs children are allowed to perform and what ages are allowed on job sites. We don’t recommend using your children as subcontractors on your project! They most likely wouldn’t even pass the interview! That being said, here are some of the jobs that children can take on when the family is building a home:
Tattling On Subcontractors
Okay, this one’s just in here as a joke. Knowing kids, though, if one of your subcontractors isn’t working the way they’re supposed to or are sleeping on the job, your kids are going to be right there telling you.
Helping With The Planning And Budget
Depending on the age of your children, some families choose to keep their kids involved in the planning and budgeting pieces of this project as an extensive math and finance project. Teaching kids that there is a cause-and-effect or give-and-take when it comes to the budget can help them immensely later on in life.
Children can help plan out their rooms or play areas or even the family areas. They may have some good insight as to how to lay out certain things - like the height of cabinets and shelves - so they can access their items and be responsible for putting them away.
Teens can help with laying out rooms, too, for best use. While it’s easy for parents to think about kid ideas for their homes when kids are smaller, they may overlook having a tech center in the home or a family media/gaming room.
Older children may have fun helping paint, especially if you are looking to incorporate a kids’ mural or special artwork onto the walls of your new home. One family we know created a fun family mural by using their children’s handprints along the bottom of the wall.
After different contractors move through their stages, there will be some cleanup at the jobsite. Depending again on the age of your children, you can all pitch in to sweep or vacuum, clean, or tidy up.
Letting You Know If Something Doesn’t Look Or Smell Right
Kids are great at pointing out imperfections on people, in different places, wherever! They’ll let you know when you’re building a home a yourself if there’s a funny smell that shouldn’t be there, or something doesn’t look quite right. Since their eyeline is different from yours, you’ll also be gaining a different viewpoint!
Helping Plan The Celebration When You’re Done
One of the best job kids can help with when a family is working together to build a house is to help plan the celebration when the job is DONE. Adults should definitely be proud for this huge accomplishment in their lives, but kids can be proud, too!
At Homestead Homes, we have been helping people design and build their dream homes since 1995. We provide you with a road map and our expertise; and let you make all the decisions from there. We are currently building throughout the Midwest in Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, & Iowa. We would love to help you today in achieving your dream of building a home yourself. Contact us for more information!