Creating the perfect family home is no easy task. If you live in the city, you will know only too well that space is at a premium, and the average cost per square foot is exceptionally high. Even with a generous budget, finding a property that is suitable to raise your family in, and is in a location that you want to live in can be incredibly difficult. If you already have children or are planning to add to your family, staying where you are and improving your current home is often the best option. Understandably, you may be reluctant to move once you are settled in a home that you love, in a location that suits your lifestyle and is close to schools that you would like your children to attend. In this situation, your best option is to transform your current house into a family home.
Increase Your Space
When the size of your property is the only element of it that is not working for you, it is time to consider extending your home to meet the needs of your expanding family. An extension is the best way to achieve an increase in space. A double storey extension is an excellent option as it enables you to add square footage to your home within the same footprint. This allows for extra bedrooms to be added on the first floor, and additional living space on the ground floor. Working with your architect, you will be able to create a space that is tailored to suit your lifestyle while bringing some serious wow factor into your home.
Before having kids, storage was probably not something that you gave too much thought. However, once little ones arrive, you will find that you have so much stuff that storage becomes an integral part of your life. Kitting your home out with the best storage options is essential. Finding storage that is attractive, yet practical enough to hold everything you need is vital. If you are having an extension, your architect should be able to incorporate smart storage solutions within the design for your home. The right storage can make a real difference to your home and will make it far easier to keep your home neat and tidy.
Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space
Living in a city often means having limited outdoor space. However, the size of your yard shouldn’t prevent you from using it. It is possible to use your outdoor space no matter how small, so long as you design it in the right way. To maximize the space that you have in your yard, it is a good idea to forgo flower beds as they can take up lots of room, and use pots instead so that the kids will have more space to play.
Living in the city has many benefits, and with the right modifications, you can transform a house into a family home to raise your children.