My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Young children enjoy having their own space to keep their treasures and decorate the way they like. While many families have the luxury of a dedicated playroom, plenty do not. So, if you are not ready to build an addition to your home or give up your craft room for your children to build forts in, do not worry. The great thing about young children is that they are small, and so you probably have plenty of small spaces that can be converted into play spaces.
Under or Over the Stairs
If you live in a home with stairs, then it is likely that you have quite a bit of wasted space. The most obvious wasted space is beneath the stairs. This area is generally walled off, and even if it is exposed, the stairs make it awkward for adults to move around in. Many people choose to utilize this space for storage or book shelves, but you can go a step further and make it a livable space.
Consider walling off the lower half of the stairs, but leaving the taller half open. Place a twin mattress in the nook that is created and install a window to get some light into the area. Your children will have a great time nesting in their semi-hidden area, but you will still be able to easily check in on them.
If you do not want to tear down a wall below your stairs, consider adding a loft above your stairs. A two-story foyer may look impressive, but it is ultimately dead space that your children could be happily playing in.
Attic Crawl Spaces
Crawl spaces are another short, cozy space perfect for children. However, most crawl spaces are unfinished and provide easy access to electrical and plumbing fixtures. If you finish the attic, and add a panel so that your utilities are still accessible, it can make an interesting playroom. Consider adding a skylight or installing some interesting lighting to brighten up the place.
A garden shed is really just a clubhouse that has not had a child's magical touch yet. Once you clean your shed out, you can let your child paint it and decorate it, without having to be afraid of their style clashing with your home decor. Add some insulation, finish the walls, and install proper lighting and you have a four season clubhouse that will be the hit of the neighborhood.
You don't have to upgrade to a bigger home to give your child their own space to play in. You just have to get creative in your remodeling. If you can't think of where you can add a playroom, call a contractor, like those at Multicraft Home Remodeling, and see if they have some ideas for you.