There is nothing more exciting than deciding to expand your family. Growing your world from 2 to 3, and rolling the rollercoaster that comes with any huge life adjustment. But when it comes to your home, can it be a couples abode one day and a family home the next? No! There are planning and changes that need to be considered to ensure a smooth transition and that your home remains a safe place for each of you.
How does it all fit?
If you thought things were snug before, watch your space disappear before your eyes when you turn your house into a family home. Babies may be small, but they have a hell of a lot of equipment, gadgets and don’t even start on the clothes. Storage is well and truly your lifeline from this day on, and more specifically, flexible tubs are going to take away a lot of the clutter and turn it into order. Also, consider buying furniture that can double as storage so that you are getting things out of the way, without sacrificing too much of your home style. Upgrade your bed to one that has drawers underneath, and mount your television on a big box that you can stow winter blankets and everything else that is not used on a day today.
Functionality and safety first
If you ask your parents, they will tell you that building a family comes with sacrifices. In your home, what once brought you pleasure may seem nonsensical now and maybe even a little unsafe. You know the one, that incredible wall installation that is made from aluminum? It’s got to go. That serves the family no function, and is a trip to the hospital waiting to happen. Glass coffee tables with sharp edges, the vintage mini bar, the large couch throws. Do we need to go on or has your heart sufficiently broken? It can be a hard decision to strip your home of its personality, but the tradeoff is so much better!
Get the outdoors sorted
A family home is not complete without a backyard. The size of your yard will vary whenever you settle down, but having a stretch of grass to fire up the BBQ and watch the little ones play? So important. The purpose of this space will change as your family grows and matures, but never take for granted how important space is to parents and children alike. Yard work and landscaping can get expensive very quickly, so decide what will work best for you; greenery, tiling or maybe even a pool.
Security is key
Not that security isn’t important when it is just the two of you, but when you have a family the issue of security is critical. Installing modern and trusted locks and security screens will give you peace of mind, and will act as a deterrent for those with ill intentions. If you want to take it a step further, you could also install a heavy-duty gate or fence and get some security cameras to add another layer of security. It is always better to be safer than sorry, and these home amendments will only give your home more value in the long run.
A family home is a backdrop to every moment. The good times, the bad, and all those weird and wonderful in-between moments that make life interesting. Planning out this home transformation will take the pressure off and make you enjoy your journey into starting a family.