Top Kid Upgrades For Your Custom Home
Different families have different needs and wants when it comes to their home’s design and what works for the parents, the kids, and the pets. A lot of these choices will depend on the ages of the children in the family. For example, if your kids are still in diapers or potty-training and you spend your days knee-deep in all things messy, your wish list will differ greatly from parents with tweens and teens who have much more autonomy. This week, we’re going to look at the upgrades that are being asked for from our clients with smaller children.
What Are Our Design Clients With Small Children Asking For?
- Durable, Easy-To-Clean Flooring
Carpet is one of the toughest things to keep clean if you have kids or pets (and near impossible if you have both!). A lot of our families are opting for hardwood, wood laminate, or tile floors. These options are easier to keep clean, better for allergies, and are very durable.
- Light-Colored Countertops
Dark countertops make it tougher to hide fingerprints and smudges. And, for a lot of families, their kitchen island is where the family tends to congregate. Homework gets done while dinner’s being prepared. And sticky fingers leave behind LOTS of prints. Lighter-colored countertops hide these a little bit better!
- Built-In Half-Doors Or Safety Gates
One of the most interesting additions we’ve been asked about are built-in safety gates and doors. We’re most often asked if there can be one between the laundry/mudroom and the rest of the house. Cleaning products can be stored in that room and the babies and toddlers can be kept away from them easily. Other ideal locations are near stairs, in the kitchen, and close to other entrances (especially if there’s a “doggy door”).
- A “Separate” Bedroom Area For The Master Suite
While the parents we work with want to be close enough to get to their kids quickly, they also want a little privacy. More of our floor plans are now available with some “living area” between the master suite and the other bedrooms.
- Built-In Storage For Toys
Window seats, built-in toy chests/cabinets, and other hideaway spots for getting those toys out from underfoot.
- A Play Area In The Yard / On The Patio
We are being asked to have a place for smaller kids outside that can be seen easily from the kitchen window if Mom or Dad need to run inside, but are contained and can’t be accessed from the front yard.
- A LARGE Bathtub In The Main Bathroom
More and more, we’re being asked for large tubs to be placed in the main bathroom, the one that kids are likely to share. Kids are messy - and those large tubs make it so much easier for parents to get them cleaned up quickly!
Stay tuned next week for our requested upgrades for families with tweens and teens!
At Homestead Homes, we have been helping people design and build their safe, dream homes since 1995. We provide you with a roadmap and let you make all the decisions. We are currently building in Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, & Iowa. We would love to help you today, contact us for more information!