Having just moved to a small flat, we are immediately considering what to do about upgrading our home.
Read more about our tiny family apartment
Whatever size apartment you live in there is an aim for your home to accommodate everything and everyone comfortably.
If you’ve reached a stage where you’re in desperate need of some more space and are looking to upgrade to a home that will suit your family for many years to come, here are a few favourite features to look for in a family home that you’ll thank yourself for considering down the track.
The days where home designs typically adopted a floorplan featuring a series of small, interconnected rooms are long gone. Today, most contemporary home designs embrace a single, open-plan kitchen, living and dining layout that allows the family to come together and enjoy each-others’ company in the one space.
And it makes sense why—not only is open-plan design great when entertaining guests because it provides ample space for everyone to relax in a single area, but because many of us are often heavily absorbed in various forms of technology, if we can at least be physically present in the same room we can enjoy the greater sense of family connectedness that many of us are craving.
Our plans are to create a living-dining room with kitchen.
Read more about how we’re knocking walls down to convert a bedroom to a living room
Now you’ve got the ‘family connectedness’ side of things covered, you also need to ensure there’s a dedicated space for mum and dad to escape to when in need of a little time-out. After all, with our increasingly busy and hectic lifestyles with most of us trying to juggle our personal and professional lives, it’s essential you have a private space to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries from time-to-time.
While we don’t all necessarily have the space or budget for a luxurious master suite complete with ensuite, dressing room and private parents retreat, a simpler approach is to look for a home with a larger-than-most master bedroom with ample space for an armchair or daybed, so you have a quiet space to escape to with a good book when you most need it, or a little office nook to escape the hussle and bustle of family life.
If you do have the desire and budget to go to the next-level with your master retreat, you can draw inspiration about some of the possibilities from what new home designs are on the market (like these display homes in Geelong), which epitomise the ultimate in contemporary family-home design.
In our small family apartment we only have 2 actual bedrooms and an open space that is a through space. With an older girl and two younger boys we’ve thought long and hard how to divide up the space, so everyone has their own retreat. Although it’s a fluid as yet, but we have decided to claim the biggest bedroom as a parents’ retreat, with an office space for me. We will have to get very creative with the rest of the apartment to make it work for sleeping and private spaces for everyone.
Having children, outdoor space is important. Although the kids are outdoors a lot and we try to get away on most weekends, nothing beats having breakfast in the sun. While you don’t necessarily need an expansive yard, having at least a courtyard or small outdoor space will allow your little ones the space to test their gardening skills and nurture wildlife with bug hotels and bird feeders.
To me the best investment we’ve ever made for the outdoors was in a trampoline. Even if it takes up most of your tiny garden, it is a brilliant addition to any garden: the perfect antidote to the witching hour, when I just send the kids out to burn off their frustrations, while I prepare dinner. We’ve used trampoline with balls in them, water spray on scorching hot days and just as quite retreats for lying down in to read a book… they make awesome sleeping places on warm summer afternoons. 😉
Thankfully our apartment is on the goundfloor and our complex allows us to spill a little into the public areas. Watch this space for how we expand our tiny terrace to give us a little multi-purpose patio!
What are your top tips for making a home more liveable and adaptable to family life?
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