Full House Renovation with Crittall Extension, London:  Nursery/kid’s room by HollandGreen

13 family-focused shortcuts to a great home

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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Buying and decorating a home with a growing family in mind can be a challenge. It's also worth keeping in mind that if you know you aren't going to be keen on extensive home improvement in the future, it pays to do it right at the start. 

From making sure that your house is big enough through to giving everyone access to their own space, we have some great ideas for any of you trying to create a functional family home. Just call us your handy interior design team!

1. Buy a house that can accommodate you all! Look for a home that has scope for development, such as a tall loft space

2. Make functional rooms super fun so kids don't mind using them regularly. Opt for materials that are easy to clean!

3. Make kid's bedrooms personal to them so they feel like a haven. Ask your little ones to help choose a decorating style

Full House Renovation with Crittall Extension, London:  Nursery/kid’s room by HollandGreen

Full House Renovation with Crittall Extension, London


4. Have different areas within a conservatory so everyone can be in the same space whilst doing different things, such as watching television or reading

Conservatory 2:  Conservatory by Stange Kraft Ltd
Stange Kraft Ltd

Conservatory 2

Stange Kraft Ltd

5. Have an adults-only bathroom for some quiet relaxation at the end of a long day. An en suite is perfect

6. Make dinner time a little more fun with a proper family dining table and bench seating. Make eating together a real ritual that you all enjoy

7. Have a bed big enough for a full family snuggle in the master bedroom. You never know when little ones will want to sleep with you

8. Make your family-friendly kitchen a haven of healthy snacks by leaving fruit in reachable spots

9. Treat the petrolhead of the family to their own space with a garage. Just let them know that their mess needs to stay outside!

10. All family-friendly living rooms need a big comfortable sofa that everybody can squeeze onto

11. Encourage your kids to love the outdoors by making the garden their play area

Belton Climbing Frame:  Garden  by Climbing Frames UK
Climbing Frames UK

Belton Climbing Frame

Climbing Frames UK

12. When kids get bigger and you need more space in your home, look to your loft to see if a conversion could provide the extra space you need

13. Make a home office work for everyone with multiple stations for homework and business

Darnley Road:  Study/office by Will Eckersley
Will Eckersley

Darnley Road

Will Eckersley

For more family home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Fabulous Family Home Plans.

How has your home accommodated a growing family?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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