7 Home Building Tips for Families with Young Children

by Ben RuttSeptember 10, 2018

Building a new home is the ideal opportunity to create a space that functions well for your entire family. Building a custom home allows you to spend money where it matters most and personalize it to your unique taste and needs. If you have young children, it is important to keep them in mind during this process as well. Here are seven tips for families with young children to consider – including safety, space, and design – to help make the home building process easier.

1. Open Floorplan, Eyes Everywhere

When building your new home, consider a floor plan with an open concept instead of walled-off spaces. Open sightlines alleviate the stress of not knowing what your children are getting into, while still allowing you to get things done.

2. Space for Toys

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Consider including a bonus room or finished basement as a playroom and space for toys. Kids toys typically take up a lot of space in the home – give it a designated area using storage and organization tools. Having a separate area for toys allows your Family Room to be a space that everyone can enjoy together without clutter or stepping on Legos. Once the kids are older, transform this extra square footage into a study or office.

3. Safety First

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Childproofing your new home doesn’t have to be unsightly. Choose rounded corners on your counters instead of sharp edges. Talk to your home builder about incorporating gates, railings, and other features that tie into the design of the home, rather than detracting from it. Don’t forget the safety of outdoor spaces as well, including the deck.

4. Bedrooms That Grow with Your Children

A crib turns into a bed in a few years, then add a bigger dresser and a desk for homework – do you have enough room? Consider the amount of space your young child will need 5-10 years from now. Make sure you build a bedroom that will grow with them and their changing needs. However, don’t be afraid to personalize the existing space to their current interests – a playhouse now can be a practical walk-in closet later.

5. Durable Materials

It’s no secret: children can be messy! Invest in durable materials that will withstand the test of time. Select a hard countertop for kitchens and bathrooms, such as quartz or granite, that can easily be cleaned and wiped down. Two-toned carpet is a great solution for masking inevitable stains and engineered vinyl plank (EVP) is a scratch and stain-resistant flooring ideal for non-carpeted areas.

6. More Laundry, Less Stairs

A growing family means more laundry. During the building process, consider putting your laundry room close to the bedrooms for added convenience. It’s more likely that pile of clothes will travel down a short hallway than up a flight of stairs.

7. Include Your Kids in the Process

Don’t forget – this is their new home as well! Take your children to the homesite and show them the space. Consider letting them pick the color to paint the walls of their bedroom. Including your children in the process will help make the transition easier for them.

When building a new home, it’s important to address the needs of your entire family, including your children. From safety to space to grow, there are several things to consider. If you have young children, use these seven tips to make the home building process easier. Don’t forget to enjoy this process. You’re not only building a home – you’re building memories for years to come’

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About The Author
Ben Rutt
Ben Rutt is the Director of Marketing for Keystone Custom Homes, a homebuilder in Central PA & Northern MD. He is passionate about all things homebuilding and Keystone’s broader purpose of giving back through their partnership with HOPE International. Ben lives in Lancaster, PA with his wife and 3 young children.