Our families tend to grow and evolve over time; we have children, we add pets, we may even start caring for elderly or sick family members. But our home tends to stay the same, meaning there can come a point that it’s no longer suitable for our needs. If you’ve reached this point with a growing family, here are a few ideas for switching things up.
Make the most of the available space
First of all, you could consider utilizing all of the space you currently have available. This is a good choice if you need a little more room but don’t have a large budget to spend making structural changes- or perhaps you’re renting so are not able to do so. Making the most of the available space might involve decluttering, finding new storage solutions, getting furniture built in such as floor to ceiling wardrobes and cupboards. You might need to swap bedrooms around depending on who needs the most space, or move furniture and other objects so that the overall space is being used in the best way.
Get an extension
If you have the ability to extend (for example, if you have the outdoor space, budget and planning permission to do so) then this is a great way to add more usable space to your home. If you go with a double storey extension, you increase the amount of room you have both downstairs and upstairs, enabling you to add more bedrooms or make bedrooms bigger, or add more bathrooms and storage depending on your needs. If you don’t have much outdoor space, extending up into the loft or down into the basement are great choices too.
Add a garden room
Garden rooms are freestanding, insulated structures that function as a room but outside of the home. They can be built anywhere in the garden, so are perfect if you have a large amount of outdoor space. Unlike many types of extensions and outbuildings they don’t need planning permission, and are usually much cheaper and quicker to put up than an extension. A garden room could be a great home office, guest bedroom or hangout room giving you that bit more space to play with.
Change the layout
This could be splitting up large bedrooms into multiple smaller ones, or opening up small downstairs rooms to create a bigger, open plan space that’s suitable for a larger family. Have a think about your home, how you use the space and what would work best. Simply by changing where some of the internal walls are located you can give a different feel to your house and create living space that works for you.
Finally, if your current home simply isn’t suitable regardless of the changes you’re able to make to it, household moving might be your best option. This gives you the opportunity to move to a home that has enough indoor and outdoor room to suit your growing family rather than make do with the space that’s available.