When buying or building a home with a toddler in tow, it’s tough to imagine how that home will adapt for teenagers or even empty nesters once that toddler is off to college. These are vastly different stages of life, but there are ways to be strategic about growing your home as your family’s needs evolve.
When talking with new parents, it’s often very important to have space to keep their baby right next to them. But when we talk to parents of teenagers… not so much. In fact the older kids become, the more important it is for both physical and figurative space for everyone in the family.
Think about the flexibility of spaces in your home for the future. Having a small room near a master bedroom that starts as a nursery can eventually become an office, a walk-in closet, or even a family library/study.
“THE OLDER KIDS BECOME, THE MORE IMPORTANT IT IS FOR BOTH PHYSICAL AND FIGURATIVE SPACE FOR EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY. “
Invest in the kitchen
Without a doubt, the kitchen is the hub of family activity. Whether you gather there to cook a meal or just enjoy take-out, it’s a room that should be vibrant, active, and accessible for everyone at all ages. Think about places where someone can pull up a chair to chat or a counter where kids can do homework. Breakfast nooks are great places for people to feel part of the action without being in the way. A kitchen can evolve from a toddler play area, to an instrument practice space, and eventually even a small home office. And don’t forget about four-legged family members. Having a nook that holds a bed, food, and water for your pet keeps them part of the pack but not underfoot.
“…DON’T FORGET ABOUT FOUR-LEGGED FAMILY MEMBERS. HAVING A NOOK THAT HOLDS A BED, FOOD, AND WATER FOR YOUR PET KEEPS THEM PART OF THE PACK BUT NOT UNDERFOOT…”