Having kids is an exciting time in your life. While adding new members to your family is wonderful, it can also be stressful if you don’t have enough space in your home. This new milestone poses the question of if your current home is suitable for this change. Especially in today’s competitive housing market, buying a larger home may be out of the question for many people. Luckily, there are ways to remodel your current home to comfortably adjust to your growing family. Here are a few tips to get started!
1 Plan Ahead
Managing a growing family can be difficult enough, but simultaneously planning a home remodel can be hectic. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead for your renovation to ensure you’re choosing the best upgrades to fit your needs. First, determine what inconveniences you want to fix in your home and research what projects are the best solutions to these issues. You’ll also want to consider the timeline of your remodel. Especially with kids on the way, you’ll most likely want these renovations completed before they arrive, so make sure to give yourself enough time to plan and execute these changes.
2 Organize Your Finances
Another large part of the home renovation process is finances. To keep yourself organized, it’s best to create a budget for your remodel beforehand along with looking into different financing options. If you plan on using money from your savings, make sure you have enough to account for additional costs and unforeseen expenses, as well as enough money for your growing family, of course. If you need some financial assistance, homeowners can also utilize their home’s equity to pay for these renovations. An equity loan can be a wise choice for these upgrades since they’re tax deductible when used for home improvements, and have generally low interest rates. However you choose to fund your home remodel, knowing how much you can afford to spend can help you prioritize what projects you need the most.
3 Build an Addition
If your home simply doesn’t have enough space, building an addition might make the most sense for your family. Whether you want to build up or out, this is the most straightforward way to create more room in your home without changing the rest of your space. An advantage to building an addition is that the space can be specifically designed for your needs – whether that’s creating a playroom, extra bedrooms, another bathroom dedicated to your children, and more. Keep in mind that if you want to build out, you’ll need extra square footage, so consult a contractor to determine how feasible this is.
4 Renovate Extra Space
Many homes may have lots of space, but these areas might not be functional for everyday use especially as your family grows. Areas in your home such as an attic or basement might be used for storage, but you can use them more effectively with renovations. By remodeling and decluttering these areas, you can make better use of them and transform these spaces into a home office, recreation room, bedroom, and more. The options are endless, so keep your family’s needs in mind!
5 Create an Open Floor Plan
There are still ways to remodel your home for a growing family even if you can’t build an addition or don’t have extra rooms to renovate. This is where creating an open floor plan comes into play. With this option, you can adjust your current space by knocking down walls to open up the area and bring in more natural light. An open floor plan can not only make your home feel less crowded as your family grows, but can also give you a clear view of your children so you can safely supervise them while multitasking.
You don’t need to move to make your home function effectively for your growing family. By making smart renovations suited for your needs, you’ll be able to make the most out of your home sweet home.
Bonus: Want some ways to get your older kiddos involved in projects around the house? Home Advisor has put together a great list of 25+ ways to get all hands on deck, no matter the age.