When you’re thinking about how you’re going to adapt your home to a growing family, your first and second thoughts are likely to be about how you’re going to make better use of or maximize the interior of the home. This is important, of course, but you should also think about your garden and exterior in the same way. Here, we’re going to look at some changes you might want to consider.
Make it safe
First of all, if you’re thinking specifically about having a baby or toddler growing up in the garden, then you need to be thinking about how you can childproof it. There’s a good chance that your garden is already safe enough for them when they start getting up and about, but you want to make sure there are no hazards they could easily reach for, trip over, or fall down. This also means taking a look at any potentially toxic plants in your garden and thinking about replacing them with something more benign.
Making a space for the family to chill
Since your family is growing, when the weather is nice, you’re more likely to want to spend time outdoors as a family to make more use of your garden. If you have enough space for it, you should consider making an outdoor living or dining space, using a patio or decking to separate the space from the rest of the garden and choosing furniture that’s well suited to staying outdoors. If you’re welcoming smaller members of the family, you will want to find outdoor child seats that can easily be set up, as well.
Will you need more cars?
Sometimes, more kids can mean more cars. Or, if a partner or spouse is moving in, they might bring their car with them. Either way, you have to consider whether you have enough space for all vehicles and also the fact that your driveway might need an update. If some cracks are starting to show, the pressure and weight of an additional car is going to make a big difference, so you should look into finding the best paving and interlock company around you. Otherwise, think about where you might need to cut back on garden space to make room for more driveway.
Room to play
One of the best things about having a garden is that it can offer excellent room to get your children out to play. Keeping your children active is important and you can, of course, make this even more attractive by having the right attractions in your garden. Creating a playspace can be as simple as setting up a swing or a slide, but you can go further with a trampoline or even a pool. Not only does it keep them active but it can keep them distracted, too, giving you a break from having to constantly keep their attention.
A bigger family is going to use all the space of the home in a different way: this includes the exterior. Hopefully, the tips above give you some better ideas of how to accommodate your growing brood.
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